Europe’s gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Europe’s gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Russia imposes sanctions on European Gazprom subsidiaries Polish firm operating Yamal-Europe section also hit Germany to lose 10 mcm / day of gas supply Dutch gas prices rise by up to 20% BERLIN, May 12 (Reuters) – Pressure on Europe to secure alternative gas supplies increased on Thursday as Moscow imposed sanctions on European subsidiaries … Read more

Sounds of Ukrainian counter-offensive echo in ruined village near Russia’s border

Sounds of Ukrainian counter-offensive echo in ruined village near Russia’s border

VILKHIVKA, Ukraine, May 11 (Reuters) – The near-constant crump of shellfire washed over this battered hamlet on Wednesday, testifying to fierce fighting beyond its wind-swept fields between Ukrainian troops pressing a counter-offensive and Russian forces that once occupied the area. While Ukrainian troops drove their foes from Vilkhivka in early April, the narrow lanes remained … Read more

Sri Lanka names new PM in bid to address growing crisis

Sri Lanka names new PM in bid to address growing crisis

Wickremesinghe has held the post five times before Island nation badly needs cash, in talks with IMF Protests turned deadly this week before subsiding COLOMBO, May 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka appointed a new prime minister on Thursday, as its embattled president seeks a way out of the country’s worst economic crisis since independence that … Read more

Sri Lanka’s ruling family in fight for survival as crisis worsens

Sri Lanka’s ruling family in fight for survival as crisis worsens

WEERAKETIYA, Sri Lanka, May 12 (Reuters) – His beloved villa has been daubed in graffiti by protesters, and a museum dedicated to his father ransacked. Now former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is in hiding in a heavily fortified military base, protected by the armed forces. The reversal of fortunes for the island nation’s … Read more

At mercy of zealous residential committees, Shanghai’s locked-down vent frustration

SHANGHAI, May 12 (Reuters) – Last week, Elizabeth Liu and her husband were excited about the prospect of leaving their Shanghai residential compound for the first time in over a month. All but one building in the compound had just been reclassified as low risk after 14 days of no COVID cases. “My husband put … Read more

Exclusive: Top EU official backs multi-trillion plan to rebuild Ukraine

Rebuilding Ukraine will cost trillions of euros – top EU banker EIB chief Hoyer calls for Marshall-style Plan for Ukraine Urges West and its banks to underwrite Ukraine finances BRUSSELS, May 11 (Reuters) – A top European official has backed a multi-trillion-euro “Marshall” -style plan to rebuild Ukraine, pledging the firepower of the EU’s lending … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined int’l offer of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national … Read more

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland expected to announce bid to join NATO Ukraine halts major route for Russian gas to Europe Russia imposes sanctions on Gazprom units in Europe, US Ukrainian forces seek to cut Russian battlefield supply lines KYIV / BRUSSELS, May 12 (Reuters) – Finland is expected to announce on Thursday its intention to join NATO with … Read more

UK rejects EU proposals to resolve N.Irish trade dispute

Says could take direct action over customs checks Action without more talks risks trade war with EU ‘We need to sort it out,’ UK PM Johnson says Irish nationalists’ election win adds urgency LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday rejected European Union proposals to resolve a standoff over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern … Read more

Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

Deadly shooting occurred during Israeli raid Israel says troops exchanged fire with Palestinians Journalist’s wounded colleague blames Israel for death Israel says Palestinian gunmen likely shot her JENIN, West Bank, May 11 (Reuters) – A prominent Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter was shot dead during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, with … Read more