Temperatures rise as France tackles its worst drought on record

Temperatures rise as France tackles its worst drought on record

PARIS, Aug 7 (Reuters) – France on Sunday braced for a fourth heatwave this summer as its worst drought on record left parched villages without safe drinking water and farmers warned of a looming milk shortage in the winter. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne’s office has set up a crisis team to tackle a drought that … Read more

Former German chancellor Schroeder says Ukraine grain deal may pave way for ceasefire

Former German chancellor Schroeder says Ukraine grain deal may pave way for ceasefire

Germany’s Schroeder says Moscow wants ‘negotiated solution’ Moscow-Kyiv grain deal may pave way for ceasefire, Schroeder Kremlin accuses U.S. of direct involvement in war First wartime Ukraine grain ship reaches Bosphorus Strait BERLIN/ISTANBUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) – The deal between Moscow and Kyiv to unblock Ukrainian grain exports may offer a way forward to a … Read more

U.S. says Russia using ‘nuclear shield’ in Ukraine, risks terrible accident

U.S. says Russia using ‘nuclear shield’ in Ukraine, risks terrible accident

U.S. says Russia using “nuclear shield” First grain ship leaves Ukraine Ukraine says 22,000 Russian troops ready southern advance Foreign fighters enter Luhansk, says 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 shield” … Read more

Russia pounds Ukrainian port; Putin announces global maritime ambitions

Russia pounds Ukrainian port; Putin announces global maritime ambitions

Putin’s maritime ambitions include Black Sea, Arctic Russian missiles pound port of Mykolaiv Explosion in Russia’s Black Sea fleet base Ukraine grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadatursky killed in Mykolaiv First Ukraine grain ship may leave port Monday KYIV, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Russian missiles pounded Ukraine’s port city Mykolaiv on the Black Sea, as President Vladimir … Read more

Beirut silo collapses, reviving trauma ahead of blast anniversary

Beirut silo collapses, reviving trauma ahead of blast anniversary

Silos a towering reminder of Aug. 4, 2020 explosion Smouldering fire had put Beirut residents on edge for weeks 2020 blast seen as symbol of corruption of Lebanese elite BEIRUT, July 31 (Reuters) – Part of the grain silos at Beirut Port collapsed on Sunday just days before the second anniversary of the massive explosion … Read more

Fate of Ukraine’s second biggest power plant in balance after Russian advance

Fate of Ukraine’s second biggest power plant in balance after Russian advance

Russian-backed forces say they have taken power plant Ukraine does not confirm Vuhlehirsk facility’s capture Says fighting under way nearby in eastern Ukraine Russia cut back gas flows to Europe in energy stand-off Polish PM says Russia can’t be trusted on grains deal KYIV, July 27 (Reuters) – The fate of Ukraine’s second biggest power … Read more

China, Indonesia pledge deeper ties after rare Beijing summit

China, Indonesia pledge deeper ties after rare Beijing summit

BEIJING, July 26 (Reuters) – The leaders of China and Indonesia pledged on Tuesday to scale up bilateral trade and expand cooperation in areas such as agriculture and food security, following a rare visit to COVID-wary China by a foreign head of state. China and Indonesia believe their relations have great strategic significance and far-reaching … Read more

Shakin’ bacon? Belgian researchers study pigs’ response to music

Shakin’ bacon? Belgian researchers study pigs’ response to music

BRUSSELS, July 25 (Reuters) – Scientists in Belgium are investigating a farmer’s claim that different styles of music affect the behaviour of his pigs. Piet Paesmans first noticed the phenomenon when his son started singing a tune in the barn during a sluggish insemination session his sows seemed excited and started wagging their tails. “I … Read more

Russian gas cut to Europe hits economic hopes after Ukraine grain deal

Russian gas cut to Europe hits economic hopes after Ukraine grain deal

Gazprom says turbine halt will further cut gas to Germany United Nations hopes for grain exports in days U.S. exploring overland routes after Russian strike KYIV, July 26 (Reuters) – Russia said it will cut gas supplies to Europe from Wednesday in a blow to countries that have supported Ukraine, just as there were hopes … Read more

Russia’s Gazprom gas cut crushes hopes after grain deal

Russian gas cut to Europe hits economic hopes after Ukraine grain deal

Gazprom says turbine halt will further cut gas to Germany Ukraine hopes to ship grain this week Moscow dismisses concerns deal could be derailed KYIV, July 25 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom is set to cut supplies further through its single biggest gas link to Germany, crushing hopes a deal over grain supplies would lessen the … Read more