Exclusive: US issues license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop Venezuela offshore gas field

WASHINGTON/PORT OF SPAIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, US and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela. The license, issued by the US Treasury Department at Trinidad’s … Read more

Exclusive: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialed down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

One year after volcanic blast, many of Tonga’s reefs lay silent

Jan 15 (Reuters) – One year on from the massive eruption of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, the island nation of Tonga is still dealing with the damage to its coastal waters. When Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai went off, it sent a shockwave around the world, produced a plume of water and ash that soared … Read more

Police move on coal mine protesters barricaded in abandoned German village

LUETZERATH, Germany, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Hundreds of police began clearing climate protesters out of an abandoned village on Wednesday in a showdown over the expansion of an opencast lignite mine that has highlighted tensions around Germany’s climate policy during an energy crisis. The protesters formed human chains, made a makeshift barricade out of old … Read more

India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – When Sri Lanka slid into its worst economic crisis in seven decades leading to deadly riots and alarming shortages of fuel, food and medicines earlier this year, its giant northern neighbor stepped into the breach. India provided about $4 billion in rapid assistance between January and July, including credit … Read more

German car giants and Asian battery kings: a match made in Hungary

German, Chinese and South Koreans head to Hungary They dominate auto investment and subsidies Orban’s Hungary keen to court foreign business BERLIN/BUDAPEST, Dec 13 (Reuters) – German automakers and Asian battery suppliers are getting together in Hungary in a multi-billion-dollar marriage of convenience to drive their electric ambitions. The companies are flocking to central Europe, … Read more

‘Burn everything’: Poland chokes on the smog of war

OLPINY, Poland, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The Tkaczuk family moved from the Polish city of Krakow to the village of Olpiny in the Carpathian foothills in 2018 in search of cleaner country air. Four years on, as the fallout from the Ukraine war halted Russian gas supplies to Poland, the local authorities postponed a ban … Read more

Putin acknowledges Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a long one

Nuclear weapons threat rose but ‘we haven’t gone mad’ – Putin Russia fired over 1,000 times at Ukraine power grid – report LONDON/KYIV, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time, but for now there will be no second call-up of … Read more

Drone attacks oil tank at airfield inside Russia – governor

Kyiv region facing among the most emergency blackouts US to enlist executives’ help on Ukraine energy assets Moscow: Ukrainian drones attack air bases in Russia, 3 dead KYIV, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A drone attack on an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region set fire to an oil storage tank, a governor said on Tuesday, a … Read more

G7 begins to press Russia on Ukraine with oil price cap

Russia says it will not export oil subject to cap Zelenskiy says price cap will do little to deter Russia Ukrainian regions resort to scheduled blackouts Ukrainian forces holding positions along front line -Zelenskiy Russia says troops conducting successful operations in Bakhmut KYIV, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A Group of Seven (G7) price cap on … Read more