Ukraine says its troops advance towards Izium as fighting rages in Donbas

Heavy Russian shelling reported along Donbas front Fresh Ukrainian attacks damage key bridge in Kherson Both sides blame the other for shelling the nuclear plant KYIV, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Ukraine reported intense Russian shelling across the frontlines on Tuesday as both sides traded blame for the weekend strike on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex which … Read more

Air strikes, rocket attacks pushed Israel, Gaza into the second day of fighting

Fourteen killed, at least 110 wounded – Palestinian Health Ministry At least 160 rockets fired towards Israel-military Israel killed Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza on Friday GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Israel struck in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets at Israeli cities on Saturday after an Israeli operation against the Islamic Jihad militant group ended … Read more

Shelling hits power lines at Ukraine nuclear plant, both sides trade blame

Technicians close the reactor at Europe’s largest nuclear plant Three grain ships leave Ukrainian Black Sea ports Turkey’s Erdogan meets Putin in Russia Fighting in east centers on fortified village KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Shelling hit a high-voltage power line on Friday at a major Ukrainian nuclear power station captured by Russia, prompting the … Read more

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukrainian ports First ship due to arrive in Ukraine since the start of the war Eastern fighting “hell”, says Zelenskiy Amnesty says Ukraine troops are endangering civilians NATO chief warns Putin not to go further ISTANBUL/KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under … Read more

China fires missiles in the largest ever drills in waters off Taiwan

Chinese military exercises include firing of missiles Suspected drones fly over outlying Taiwanese islands Taiwan says several government websites have been hacked China says it’s an internal affair TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday as it launched unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by US House … Read more

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian southern offensive Strike force aimed at president’s hometown, says Ukraine US, Italy approve Finland, Sweden accession to NATO Ukraine calls on China to help end the war, says SCMP KYIV/WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strike force aimed at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown … Read more

Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

Bout dubbed ‘the merchant of death’ and ‘sanctions buster’ He was among the most wanted men in the world before his arrest in 2008 Clients included rogue states, warlords in Asia, Africa Likely had ties to Russian intelligence, experts say Moscow has long sought his release from a long US prison term LONDON, Aug 1 … Read more

Inside the super-secure Swiss lab trying to stop the next pandemic

SPIEZ, Switzerland, July 31 (Reuters) – The setting is straight from a spy thriller: Crystal waters below, snow-capped Swiss Alps above and in between, a super-secure facility researching the world’s deadliest pathogens. Spiez Laboratory, known for its detective work on chemical, biological and nuclear threats since World War Two, was tasked last year by the … Read more

Ukraine hopes to ship grain again this week despite Russian attack

Russia confirms Odesa strike, says warship was hit Ukraine says grain exports will suffer if strikes continue The grain agreement signed on Friday aims to avert the global food crisis Russian-occupied regions may vote to join Russia in September KYIV, July 25 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday it hoped a UN-brokered deal aimed at … Read more

Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exports

Moscow, Kyiv signed a grain export deal on Friday Accord had sought to avert a major global food crisis Zelenskiy: attack shows Moscow can’t be trusted on deal KYIV, July 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine was pressing ahead on Sunday with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after a missile … Read more