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Kremlin’s mention of possible use of nuclear weapons ‘absolutely unacceptable’ – Ukraine’s Kuleba

(Reuters) – The Kremlin’s statements on the possible use of nuclear weapons are “absolutely unacceptable” and Kyiv will not give into it, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said early on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

More than 730 detained in anti-mobilisation protests across Russia – rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than 730 people were detained across Russia at protests against a mobilisation order on Saturday, a rights group said, three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first military draft since World War Two for the conflict in Ukraine. The independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group said it was aware of detentions...

Storm Fiona ravages Canada’s east coast, causing ‘terrifying’ destruction

By Eric Martyn and John Morris STEPHENVILLE, Newfoundland (Reuters) – Powerful storm Fiona ripped into eastern Canada on Saturday with hurricane-force winds, forcing evacuations, knocking down trees and powerlines, and reducing many homes on the coast to “just a pile of rubble in the ocean.” The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the center of...

Right-wing alliance seen as likely winner as Italians vote

By Crispian Balmer and Keith Weir ROME (Reuters) – Millions of Italians will vote on Sunday in an election that is forecast to return the country’s most right-wing government since World War Two and usher in its first woman prime minister. Italy’s first autumn national election in more than a century was triggered by party...

Russia’s Lavrov accuses Washington of ‘playing with fire’ around Taiwan

By Michelle Nichols, Humeyra Pamuk and Daphne Psaledakis UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States on Saturday of “playing with fire” around Taiwan while China said it will press on working for “peaceful reunification” with the democratically-governed island and pledged to take forceful steps to oppose any external interference, a thinly-veiled reference to...

Saudi crown prince meets with Turkish officials

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Turkey’s Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati and Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman and chief foreign policy adviser, in Jeddah on Saturday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Turkey is hoping for a currency swap deal with Saudi Arabia, after it established one with...

Russia holds votes in occupied parts of Ukraine; Kyiv says residents coerced

By Pavel Polityuk KYIV (Reuters) – Russia launched referendums on Friday aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognise their results. Ukrainian officials said people were banned from leaving some occupied areas until the four-day vote...

Buckingham Palace issues photo of Queen Elizabeth’s final resting place

LONDON (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace published a photograph on Saturday from Queen Elizabeth’s final resting place at the royal chapel in Windsor, featuring a ledger stone bearing her name and those of her parents, and husband Prince Philip. The stone, made of black Belgian marble, sits in the King George VI Memorial Chapel which Queen...

UK says Russia struck dam this week on Siverskyi Donets river

(Reuters) – Russia struck the Pechenihy dam on the Siverskyi Donets River in northeast Ukraine this week using short-range ballistic missiles or similar weapons, the British military said on Saturday. The attack on Sept. 21 and 22 followed an earlier one on the Karachunivske dam near Krivyi Rih in central Ukraine on Sept. 15, the...

China Construction Bank to set up $4 billion rental housing fund

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China Construction Bank (CCB) said it plans to set up a 30-billion-yuan ($4-billion) fund to finance rental housing, China’s latest state-backed effort to aid the struggling property sector. The state-owned lender, which will provide money for the fund, plans to invest in real estate projects and turn them into affordable rental houses,...

Cambodia still searching for at least 10 Chinese missing from sunken boat

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian rescuers were still searching on Saturday for at least 10 missing Chinese nationals after a boat with more than 40 people on board sank near islands off the coastal town of Sihanoukville, the provincial government said. At least one body has been found, and there were reports that Vietnamese authorities...

Canada braces for possibly historic storm in Hurricane Fiona

By Eric Martyn and Ismail Shakil HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – Eastern Canada on Saturday braced for what could become one of the most severe storms in the country’s history as Hurricane Fiona barreled toward Nova Scotia nearly a week after devastating parts of the Caribbean. Experts predicted high winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall...

24th September

Brazil environmentalist Silva, former PT rival, all-in with Lula against Bolsonaro

By Flavia Marreiro SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Marina Silva, a former environment minister under ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and once his rival, told Reuters she is throwing her full support behind his campaign and did not rule out an eventual role in his government if he wins a third term. Silva resigned from...

Moderna seeks FDA nod for Omicron-targeted COVID shot for adolescents, younger kids

(Reuters) – Moderna Inc said on Friday it has requested U.S. authorization for use of its Omicron-targeting COVID vaccine in adolescents and children. The company is seeking emergency use authorization of its updated vaccine in two age groups – adolescents aged 12 to 17 years and children aged six to 11. The application for the...

In beleaguered Puerto Rico, Fiona revives trauma of Hurricane Maria

By Ivelisse Rivera and Rich McKay SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Javier Rivera-Aquino is a lawyer who supplemented his income by raising bananas on a 17-acre plot of land in the mountains of west-central Puerto Rico until five years ago, when Hurricane Maria plowed into the island and swept away his plantation. For Rivera-Aquino,...

Ukraine Russia holds votes in occupied parts of Ukraine; Kyiv says residents coerced

By Pavel Polityuk KYIV (Reuters) – Russia launched referendums on Friday aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognise their results. Ukrainian officials said people were banned from leaving some occupied areas until the four-day vote...

Cuban zoo helps deaf visitors experience the wild

By Mario Fuentes and Nelson Gonzalez HAVANA (Reuters) – The rhinos, giraffes and lions that populate Cuba’s national zoo have long been a wonder for all, but for deaf Cubans like Tatiana Romero, tours of the sprawling facility outside Havana have recently become a lot more welcoming. Earlier this year, sign language interpreters began accompanying...

‘Time is up’: Countries trapped in climate crisis raise alarm at UN

By Daphne Psaledakis and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Countries on the front lines of the climate crisis are fed up. During the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations this week, low-lying island nation Vanuatu stepped up a fight to get the world to focus on combating global warming by calling...

Biden: Russian referendums are a ‘sham’, U.S. will never recognize annexation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that Russian referendums aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine are a sham and said Washington “will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of Ukraine.” In a statement, Biden said Washington “will work with our allies and partners to impose additional...

Greek PM tells Turkish people ‘we are not enemies’

(Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey’s leadership of undermining peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region at time of war but assured Turkish people that Greece is not a threat to their country. The two countries – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies but historic foes – have been at odds...

Australia’s Optus says up to 10 million customers caught in cyber attack

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian No. 2 telco Optus, owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, said it will contact up to 10 million customers whose personal details were taken in a “sophisticated” hack, but added no corporate clients were compromised. Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin said she was angry and sorry that an offshore-based entity had...

Australia seeks stable ties with “great power” China, minister says

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia is aiming for a stable relationship with China despite differences in particular on trade, Australia’s foreign minister said, as she called on China to use its influence as a great power to help end the war in Ukraine. Australia’s ties with its largest trading partner are at a low after disputes...

Britain’s Prince William thanks funeral volunteers and staff

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine on Thursday met volunteers and staff involved in Monday’s funeral for Queen Elizabeth, their first in-person public engagement since the event. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out to watch the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving monarch on Monday, packing out streets and public spaces in...

Europe’s vegetable farmers warn of shortages as energy crisis bites

BOUVINES, France (Reuters) – Emmanuel Lefebvre produces thousands of tonnes of endives on his farm in northern France annually, but this year he may abandon his crop because of the crippling energy costs required to freeze the harvested bulbs. Across northern and western Europe, vegetable producers are contemplating halting their activities because of the financial...

University of Cambridge says it gained from slave trade

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s University of Cambridge said on Thursday it had benefited from the proceeds of slavery over its history, and promised to expand scholarships for Black students and fund more research into the murderous trade. The acknowledgement comes as a string of leading institutions – from the Bank of England to the Church...

Pakistan former prime minister Khan says sorry in contempt of court case

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said sorry in a contempt of court case and promised not to hurt the dignity of the judiciary, the court said, a concession that could avoid his disqualification from politics. The charges are related to a speech by Khan in which he allegedly threatened police...

Erdogan says prisoner exchange is important step towards ending Ukraine war

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the prisoner swap carried out by Russia and Ukraine, involving almost 300 people and mediated by Turkey, was an important step towards ending the war, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported on Thursday. Among those swapped, five senior Ukrainian commanders have arrived in Turkey, where they will remain until...

Italy’s population could shrink by 11.5 million by 2070 – statistics agency

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s population is set to decline by almost a fifth over the next five decades as a result of a steadily falling birthrate, the country’s statistics agency ISTAT said on Thursday. A shrinking and ageing population is a major worry for the euro zone’s third-largest country. Among other things, it is linked...

Mobile internet disrupted in Iran during protests – Netblocks

DUBAI (Reuters) – A new mobile internet disruption has been registered in Iran, internet monitoring group Netblocks wrote on Twitter on Thursday, as unrest spread over the death of a woman after she was arrested by Iran’s morality police.

23rd September

Women sacrifice their health to shield families from spiking costs

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When the pain started in Agnes Wachira’s chest almost six months ago, the Kenyan mother-of-three dismissed it as a symptom of the daily grind of working long hours hand-washing clothes in the narrow lanes of Nairobi’s Kawangware informal settlement. Over the months, the ache has developed into a persistent tightness...

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