Chinese and Taiwanese warships eye each other as drills due to end

Chinese and Taiwanese ships circle in high seas “cat and mouse” Four days of Chinese drills due to end at noon China warns the US not to create a bigger crisis TAIPEI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Chinese and Taiwanese warships played high-seas “cat and mouse” on Sunday, hours before the scheduled end of four days … 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

Pelosi pledges solidarity with Taiwan as China holds military drills, vents anger

TAIPEI, Aug 3 (Reuters) – China furiously condemned the highest-level US visit to Taiwan in 25 years as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the self-ruled island as “one of the freest societies in the world” and pledged American solidarity. . Beijing demonstrated its anger with Pelosi’s presence on an island that it says … Read more

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined the Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after the death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologue, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but … Read more

US says Russia uses ‘nuclear shield’ in Ukraine, risks terrible accident

US says Russia using “nuclear shield” First grain ship leaves Ukraine Ukraine says 22,000 Russian troops ready southern advance Foreign fighters enter Luhansk, says the governor Ukraine says recaptures 50 towns in Kherson UNITED NATIONS/KYIV, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The United States has accused Russia of using Ukraine’s biggest nuclear power plant as a “nuclear … 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

Ukraine attacks Russian Black Sea Fleet HQ, Sevastopol governor says

Ukraine strikes Russian Black Sea base, governor says Zelenskiy says grain harvest may be halved by war Zelenskiy orders the evacuation of Donetsk Dozens of POWs died in a strike on a separatist-held prison ODESA, Ukraine, July 31 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces struck the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Russian-held Sevastopol early on … Read more