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Exclusive-U.S. and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, U.S. and...

South Africa’s Zuma suffers new setback in corruption trial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has suffered another setback in his attempts to remove the lead prosecutor from his arms deal corruption trial, as a top judge dismissed his latest petition in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Zuma, ousted in 2018 after nine years in power, accuses the prosecutor of...

U.S. proposes offshore wind sale off California coast

(Reuters) – The Biden administration on Thursday proposed auctioning five areas off the coast of California for offshore wind development, a critical milestone in expanding the nascent U.S. industry to Pacific waters. It is the latest in a government effort to put wind turbines along every U.S. coastline, with a goal of generating 30 gigawatts...

‘Goodfellas’ actor Ray Liotta dies

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – American actor Ray Liotta, 67, who starred in the 1990 blockbuster crime film “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep on Thursday in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic General Directorate of Cinema confirmed to Reuters. Liotta died in bed at a hotel where he was staying with his fiancée Jacy Nittolo while...

Amber Heard details death threats as testimony ends in Johnny Depp defamation case

(Reuters) – “Aquaman” actor Amber Heard delivered the final testimony in the multimillion-dollar defamation battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp on Thursday, telling jurors she has faced daily harassment and death threats since she accused the Hollywood star of abuse. Depp, 58, sued Heard in Virginia for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when...

Asia’s war on inflation targets supply, not consumers

(Reuters) – From export bans to price controls, governments in Asia are taking a much more targeted approach than their Western counterparts in curbing global inflationary pressure, a strategy that appears to be working at least for now. While inflation remains a serious economic challenge in Asia, the measures have in many countries helped shield...

Philippines’ Marcos names new finance chief and central bank governor

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday announced the current central bank governor Benjamin Diokno would be his finance minister when he takes office next month. Diokno will be replaced by Felipe Medalla as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor, Marcos said in an interview conducted by his press new secretary, which was...

Australia’s new PM shifts focus to domestic woes after Quad trip

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New prime minister Anthony Albanese said on Thursday Australia faces significant economic headwinds, turning his attention to domestic affairs after a first few days in office dominated by international security. “I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around,” Albanese told ABC television. Treasurer Jim Chalmers on Wednesday...

Elvis fever grips Cannes ahead of Luhrmann biopic premiere

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll died 45 years ago, but Elvis fever was alive in Cannes on Wednesday as fans delighted at seeing an impersonator stroll down the resort city’s famed promenade, La Croisette. The Elvis lookalike, real name Eryl Prayer, was in town to celebrate the premiere of Baz...

26th May

Ghana startup strives for greater African representation in cancer research

ACCRA (Reuters) – In the open-air kitchen of a small research clinic in Ghana’s capital, Accra, pathologist Kafui Akakpo carefully carved a piece of cancerous breast tissue into a sample smaller than a matchbox. Hundreds of other samples bobbed around him in plastic jars of formaldehyde, but this one would soon travel across town to...

Syria says any Turkish incursion amounts to ‘war crimes’

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syria’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it would consider any Turkish military incursions into its territory as “war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said Ankara would soon create safe zones 30 km (20 miles) beyond its southern borders to combat what he characterized as terrorist...

Warming French rivers could take more nuclear supply offline

PARIS (Reuters) – An unseasonably warm May has led to high water temperatures in several rivers throughout France, putting some nuclear plants’ output at risk during a period of historically high unavailability, Refinitiv Eikon data showed on Wednesday. River water is often used for cooling reactors before being returned to the the river at a...

Gambian government says it will prosecute exiled ex-president Jammeh

BANJUL (Reuters) – Gambia’s government on Wednesday said it accepted a recommendation by a truth and reconciliation commission that exiled former president Yahya Jammeh be prosecuted for killings and other suspected crimes from his time in office. Attorney General Dawda Jallow said a special prosecutor would oversee cases of abuses found from Jammeh’s 1994 to...

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attends Chelsea Flower Show

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attended the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, the latest of several appearances that have helped to ease public concerns about her health ahead of a national celebration of her seven decades on the throne. The 96-year-old monarch was driven around the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual festival of garden design...

Ukraine’s Kuleba says Russia trying blackmail with Black Sea blockade offer

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Wednesday that Russia was trying to “blackmail” the international community by raising the possibility of an offer to unblock Black Sea ports in return for a relaxation of sanctions. The Interfax news agency earlier cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko as saying Moscow...

G20 pandemic fund ploughs ahead amid fears world not ready for future threats

LONDON (Reuters) – A multi-billion dollar fund set up by G20 countries to help developing countries better prepare for pandemics could be operational within months, according to the World Bank. The bank – which will house the fund – said it was “proceeding quickly” to set up the facility, after releasing a white paper for...

Philippines Congress proclaims Marcos as next president

MANILA (Reuters) – A joint session of Philippines Congress on Wednesday declared Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the notorious late dictator, the winner of this month’s election and confirmed he would become the country’s next president. The proclamation formalises the once unimaginable return to power of the country’s most famous political dynasty,...

Texas gunman warned online of attack minutes before rampage that killed 19 children

UVALDE, Texas (Reuters) -The Texas gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers posted on social media that he was going to shoot up an elementary school about 15 minutes before his rampage, Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday, as harrowing details about the attack continued to emerge. The gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos,...

Tedros re-elected as head of World Health Organization

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) members re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director General by a strong majority for another five years, the president of the World Health Assembly said on Tuesday. The vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a major annual meeting, was seen as a...

New Zealand extends troop deployments to Solomon Islands

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand on Wednesday said it would extend the New Zealand Defence Force’s deployment to the Solomon Islands until at least May next year, amid concerns among Western allies about China’s growing presence in the South Pacific. New Zealand deployed troops to the Solomon Islands at the request of the nation’s government...

Food crisis fuels fears of protectionism compounding shortages

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A growing world food crisis is precipitating protectionist moves by countries which are likely to compound the problem and could lead to a wider trade war, business leaders and policymakers at the World Economic Forum said. In a sign of the escalating squeeze on food supplies and rising prices, a government...

Russian parliament scraps age limit for army recruits

(Reuters) -Russia’s parliament approved a law on Wednesday in double-quick time removing the upper age limit for contractual service in the military, amid heavy casualties in Ukraine. Lawmakers in the State Duma lower house approved the bill in three readings in a single session, with the upper house, the Federation Council, giving its assent shortly...

Pope ‘heartbroken’ by Texas school shooting, calls for gun control

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -Pope Francis on Wednesday said he was “heartbroken” by the shooting at a school in Texas that killed at least 19 children and two teachers, calling for greater controls on weapons. The crowed in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly general audience applauded his appeal, made a day after worst school shooting...

As hunger spreads in Somalia, babies start to die

DOLLOW, Somalia (Reuters) -Hacked-off thorn branches encircle two mounds of earth heaped over the tiny bodies of Halima Hassan Abdullahi’s twin granddaughters. Babies Ebla and Abdia lived only a day. Weakened by hunger, their mother gave birth to the twins a month early, eight weeks after their exhausted family walked into a camp for displaced...

Philippines Congress proclaims Marcos as next president

MANILA (Reuters) – A joint session of Philippines Congress on Wednesday declared Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the notorious late dictator, the winner of this month’s election and confirmed he would become the country’s next president. The proclamation formalises the once unimaginable return to power of the country’s most famous political dynasty,...

Victims in Texas school shooting all died in single classroom, authorities say

UVALDE, Texas (Reuters) -The 19 children and two teachers massacred at a South Texas elementary school were in a single fourth-grade classroom where the gunman barricaded himself, authorities said on Wednesday as the deadliest school shooting in a nearly decade reignited debate over America’s gun laws. Police circled Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, breaking...

25th May

Russia releases Jehovah’s Witness follower from prison

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -A Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses was released from a Russian prison on Tuesday after serving five years on extremism charges as part of Moscow’s crackdown on the religious group, it said. Dennis Christensen, a 49-year-old builder, was arrested at a prayer meeting in Oryol, 200 miles (320 km) south of Moscow,...

App to help blind people navigate public transit to debut in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An app designed to help visually impaired or blind pedestrians use public transit will debut at a Washington subway station on Tuesday. Waymap aims to expand travel options for blind and visually impaired people with step-by-step audio directions that it says are accurate up to 3 feet (0.9 meter) throughout a trip....

Floods kill 25 in India’s Assam, displace thousands

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – Flash floods and landslides in India’s northeast Assam state killed at least 25 people and displaced over 650,000 from their homes in the past 10 days, officials said on Tuesday. Heavy monsoons are a yearly occurrence in Assam, resulting in flooding and landslides which force residents to flee their homes, often...

French health authority recommends targeted monkeypox vaccinations

PARIS (Reuters) -France’s health authority said on Tuesday it recommended starting a targeted vaccination campaign against monkeypox. The health authority said it recommended that at-risk adults who have been in contact with a patient with confirmed monkeypox should be vaccinated. Health staff who have been exposed to a monkeypox patient should also receive the vaccine,...

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