Ukrainians flee from Russian annexation – while they still can

Ukrainians flee from Russian annexation – while they still can

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Sept 28 (Reuters) – “It’s funny. Nobody voted, yet the results are in,” laughed Lyubomir Boyko, 43, from Golo Pristan, a village in Russian-occupied Kherson province as he waited on Wednesday outside a United Nations aid office with his family at a refugee reception centre. As Russia prepares to annex a swathe of … Read more

Crowds fill London to ‘be a part of history’ at queen’s funeral

Crowds fill London to ‘be a part of history’ at queen’s funeral

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people, many of whom had camped out overnight, lined the route of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession on Monday and gathered in London’s parks to bid farewell to the only British monarch most have ever known. Complete silence fell over Hyde Park as people who had been … Read more

Famed male Italian director tells Venice he was born a woman

Famed male Italian director tells Venice he was born a woman

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register VENICE, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Award-winning Italian director Emanuele Crialese revealed on Sunday that he had been born a woman as he presented his highly autobiographical movie “L’Immensita”, starring Penelope Cruz, at the Venice Film Festival. “L’Immensita” focuses on an Italian family growing up in 1970s … Read more

Double celebration: Two-headed tortoise Janus turns 25

Double celebration: Two-headed tortoise Janus turns 25

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GENEVA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Angelica Bourgoin strokes the shell of Janus the tortoise, whispering to him quietly as he scuttles in his pen and – his two heads rubbing together – prepares to celebrate his 25th birthday. Janus, who also has two hearts, two pairs … Read more

From furnace to flood: world’s hottest city in Pakistan now under water

From furnace to flood: world’s hottest city in Pakistan now under water

JACOBABAD, Pakistan, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Not long ago, Sara Khan, principal at a school for disadvantaged girls in Jacobabad in southern Pakistan, looked on in alarm as some students passed out from the heat – the city was the world’s hottest at one point in May. Now, after heavy monsoon rains submerged large parts … Read more

Kyiv ravers escape horrors of war through music

Kyiv ravers escape horrors of war through music

KYIV, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Parties rarely start with a DJ arriving in his military uniform, but this is the reality for Ukraine’s electronic music scene as it forges on through the war. Before the Russian invasion began on Feb. 24, Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, was fast becoming a top European nightlife destination. Now, its young … Read more

Mother seeks justice for son in Ukraine: ‘He walked away and they shot him’

Mother seeks justice for son in Ukraine: ‘He walked away and they shot him’

Mother demands: ‘They have to try them in court’ War crimes can take years to probe, say prosecutors Ukraine has opened thousands of war crime cases Russia denies any abuses in its ‘special operation’ BORODIANKA, Ukraine, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Roman Herasymenko, 57, was shot in his hometown in Ukraine by Russian soldiers, his mother … Read more

Turks frustrated by ‘deliberate’ increase in number of European visa rejections

Turks frustrated by ‘deliberate’ increase in number of European visa rejections

ISTANBUL, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Turkish sports presenter Sinem Okten was surprised to see her visa application to Europe’s Schengen area rejected twice, having visited often to cover matches and interview figures like Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon and Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp. “I applied first to Germany then to France. Both rejected my application,” she said. … Read more

Europe’s drought exposes ancient stones, World War Two ships as waters fall

Europe’s drought exposes ancient stones, World War Two ships as waters fall

Aug 20 (Reuters) – Weeks of baking drought across Europe have seen water levels in rivers and lakes fall to levels few can remember, exposing long-submerged treasures – and some unwanted hazards. In Spain, suffering its worst drought in decades, archaeologists have been delighted by the emergence of a prehistoric stone circle dubbed the “Spanish … Read more

Ukrainian soldier, home on leave, reflects on horrors of war

Ukrainian soldier, home on leave, reflects on horrors of war

WROCLAW, Poland, Aug 19 (Reuters) – For Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Dovzhenko, embracing his family back in Poland after six months on the front line has a special poignancy as he tries to clear his mind of the image of a mother and child whose mutilated bodies had been tied together. He came across the corpses … Read more