Sirens wail in Kyiv as city hit by Russian drone attack

Sirens wail in Kyiv as city hit by Russian drone attack

Drone attack forces Kyiv residents to shelter Follows biggest aerial assault of war a day earlier NATO chief calls for more weapons for Ukraine Britain sends metal detectors to clear landmines Both sides in eastern frontline of Ukraine still dug in KYIV, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv were urged to … Read more

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

GUANABARA BAY, Dec 29 (Reuters) – On a stormy evening in mid-November, a huge, abandoned cargo ship broke free of its moorings and slowly floated into the massive concrete bridge that carries cars across Brazil’s Guanabara Bay to Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s navy said the 200-meter-long (660-ft.) Sao Luiz, a rust-spattered bulk carrier built in … Read more

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Dec 28 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc suffered a major outage on Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of users globally unable to access the popular social media platform or use its key features for several hours before services appeared to come back online. The incident is the social media site’s first apparent widespread service disruption since … Read more

Southwest flight upheaval a ‘system failure,’ U.S. says

Southwest flight upheaval a ‘system failure,’ U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure on Southwest Airlines (LUV.N), saying thousands more canceled flights indicated a system failure at the low-cost carrier. “We are past the point where they could say this is a weather-driven issue,” Buttigieg said in an interview posted by ABC News … Read more

Kosovo closes main border crossing after roadblock in Serbia

Kosovo closes main border crossing after roadblock in Serbia

Merdare crossing most important for road freight Serb president visits troops near border Kremlin backs Serbia, denies Russia is stoking tensions MERDARE, Kosovo, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Kosovo closed its biggest border crossing with Serbia on Wednesday after protesters blocked it on the Serbian side to support their ethnic kin in Kosovo in refusing to … Read more

Wall St stocks fall, oil rises as China drops quarantine rule

Wall St stocks fall, oil rises as China drops quarantine rule

NEW YORK/LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 and the Nasdaq fell on Tuesday after the release of U.S. economic data, while oil prices rose after China said it would scrap its COVID-19 quarantine rule for inbound travellers, which was seen as a major step in reopening its borders. U.S. Treasury yields … Read more

Battery swapping spurs Kenya’s electric motorbike drive

Battery swapping spurs Kenya’s electric motorbike drive

Electric motorbike startups making inroads in Kenya Say battery swapping saves drivers time, money Planning to expand model to Tanzania, Uganda NAIROBI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Over recent months, sets of sturdy, brightly-branded battery swapping stations have cropped up around Kenya’s capital Nairobi, allowing electric motorcyclists to exchange their low battery for a fully-charged one. … Read more

Blizzard kills 13 in Buffalo, N.Y., area

Blizzard kills 13 in Buffalo, N.Y., area

Dec 25 (Reuters) – A lethal blizzard paralyzed Buffalo, New York, on Christmas Day, trapping motorists and rescue workers in their vehicles, leaving thousands of homes without power and raising the death toll from storms that have chilled much of the United States for days. At least 30 people have died in U.S. weather-related incidents, … Read more

Thousands lose power after three substations targeted in Washington state, sheriff says

Thousands lose power after three substations targeted in Washington state, sheriff says

Dec 25 (Reuters) – Thousands of residents were without power near Tacoma, Washington, after three electrical substations were vandalized, local authorities said on Sunday, adding that it was not yet clear if the Christmas Day incidents were linked. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said robberies were reported at two substations belonging to Tacoma Public Utilities … Read more

Six dead after bus plunges off bridge into river in Spain

Six dead after bus plunges off bridge into river in Spain

MADRID, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Six people died and two were injured after a passenger bus careened off a bridge and plunged into an overflowing river in northwestern Spain, emergency services said on Sunday. Two survivors – the vehicle’s 63-year-old driver and a female passenger – were pulled out of the river by firefighters with … Read more