Russia restarts major gas pipeline, expands Ukraine war goals

Nord Stream pipeline restarts with reduced capacity Moscow says southern Ukraine is also in focus now US says any annexations would not go unchallenged US estimates 15,000 Russian forces killed in war so far July 21 (Reuters) – Russia is resuming supplies of gas via a major pipeline to Europe on Thursday, the pipeline operator … Read more

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Wildfires rage across Europe as the climate alarm sounds

Hundreds flee in Tuscany as fire-hit gas tanks explode Blaze contained near Athens after hundreds evacuated Step up climate fight, UK warned, after hottest day New power use records expected as US braces for heatwave China girds for new heatwave; could last well into August ATHENS/LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Emergency services battled wildfires across … Read more

Europe braces as Nord Stream Russian gas link set to restart

Annual maintenance scheduled to end at 0600 CET on July 21 Differing signals about resumption Extension could disrupt gas storage refilling LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – Europe is on edge regarding the restart of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline from Russia after annual maintenance is set to end on Thursday, with governments bracing for … Read more

Ukraine seeks debt freeze as war ravages economy

Police officers look at a bus stop, a mosque and buildings damaged by a Russian military strike, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine July 20, 2022. REUTERS/Nacho Doce Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register KYIV/LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine has asked its international creditors, including Western powers and … Read more

EU tells members to cut gas usage amid new Putin warning

Nord Stream 1 pipeline out of action for maintenance Pipeline due to resume pumping on Thursday EU says states must act now to reduce gas consumption Germany, others have rationing and other plans in place BRUSSELS/LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – The European Union told member states on Wednesday to cut gas usage by 15% until … Read more

Putin says Ukraine did not make good on preliminary peace deal

No immediate response from the Ukrainian government on Putin’s remarks Putin visited Iran, also met Turkey’s Erdogan Russia ready to clear the way for Ukraine grain exports, Putin says Russian bombardment of Ukraine cities continues July 20 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow did not see any desire from Ukraine to … Read more

As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of US citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of … Read more

France battles massive wildfires, Britain records highest ever temperature

Wildfires burn forests in Gironde, southwest France UK temperatures exceed 40C for the first time Germany, Belgium brace for possible record-breaking temperatures More than 30 wildfires ravaged parts of Spain LONDON/PARIS July 19 (Reuters) – Firefighters in southwestern France battled on Tuesday to contain massive forest wildfires and Britain recorded its highest ever temperature as … Read more

Britain braces for record temperatures as heatwave ripples across Europe

Heatwave consistent with climate change, scientists say Firefighters battle to contain wildfires Britain set to pass 40C/104 F MADRID/LISBON July 18 (Reuters) – Britain was heading for its highest temperatures on record and firefighters battled blazes across southern Europe as a heatwave sent people hunting for shade and compounded fears about climate change. In Spain, … Read more

Shanghai enforces new COVID testing, some areas in China extend lockdowns

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, July 18 (Reuters) – Several large Chinese cities including Shanghai are rolling out new mass testing or extending lockdowns on millions of residents to counter new clusters of COVID-19 infections, with some measures being criticized on the internet. China has reported an average of around 390 local daily infections in the seven days ending … Read more