EU leaders reaffirm support for Ukraine, squabble over gas cap

EU leaders reaffirm support for Ukraine, squabble over gas cap

Division over details of gas price cap European Commission to make proposals for EU summit on Oct.20-21 Poland criticises Germany for big spending on compensation EU27 vow continued financial and military support for Ukraine Scholz says rebuilding Ukraine will take a generation PRAGUE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – European Union leaders on Friday agreed to give … Read more

Putin turns 70 with a prayer for his health amid war crisis

Putin turns 70 with a prayer for his health amid war crisis

Kremlin leader faces deepening crisis in his war in Ukraine Allies pay tribute but criticism of military is mounting Patriarch prays for Putin’s health LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin turned 70 on Friday amid fawning congratulations from subordinates and a plea from Orthodox Patriarch Kirill for all to pray for the health … Read more

Day after Thai attack, traumatised relatives cling to slain children’s toys

Day after Thai attack, traumatised relatives cling to slain children’s toys

Ex-policeman killed 34 at daycentre using a knife and gun After attack, he killed wife and son, turned weapon on himself Police probe motive, believe it may be due to stress Thai flags fly at half mast on buildings to mourn attack UTHAI SAWAN, Thailand, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Crying and clutching toys, traumatised relatives … Read more

Russia says Zelenskiy’s ‘preventive strike’ comments justify its Ukraine ‘special operation’

Russia says Zelenskiy’s ‘preventive strike’ comments justify its Ukraine ‘special operation’

Oct 7 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that remarks by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy suggesting NATO should launch preventive strikes on Russia confirmed the need for what it calls its “special operation” in Ukraine. “By doing so, (he) essentially presented the world with further evidence of the threats posed by … Read more

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

Narrow defeat seen as blow to West, U.N. credibility First attempt to put China’s rights record on agenda Muslim countries like Pakistan reject the motion China lobbied hard against debate on sidelines GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The U.N. rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human … Read more

Thailand massacre: ex-cop kills 24 children in knife and gun rampage

Thailand massacre: ex-cop kills 24 children in knife and gun rampage

Total death toll including shooter is 37 – police Attacker kills 24 children, 13 adults in rampage Thai daycare centre was for children aged 2-5 Most child victims were stabbed – police Attacker killed his wife, child, and shot himself NA KLANG, Thailand, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A former policeman killed 34 people, including 23 … Read more

Europe’s new club meets without Russia

Europe’s new club meets without Russia

44 European gather in Prague for symbolic summit Energy and security high on everyone’s minds Truss’ participation gives hope for better EU-UK ties Doubts about viability of wide European format EU 27 to follow with their own summit, gas cap on the menu PRAGUE, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The European Union and its neighbours from … Read more

UK to propose asylum ban on Channel migrants

UK to propose asylum ban on Channel migrants

BIRMINGHAM, England Oct 4 (Reuters) – British interior minister Suella Braverman will set out plans on Tuesday for new powers which would ban migrants who cross the English Channel from claiming asylum, a government source said. The government has been under pressure to deal with the rising number of people making dangerous journeys despite plans … Read more

Australia to set aside at least 30% of its land mass to protect endangered species

Australia to set aside at least 30% of its land mass to protect endangered species

SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Australia will set aside at least 30% of its land mass for conservation in a bid to protect plants and animals in the island continent famed for species found nowhere else in the world, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said on Tuesday. Australia has lost more mammal species than any other … Read more

Who is Ibrahim Traore, the soldier behind Burkina Faso’s latest coup?

Who is Ibrahim Traore, the soldier behind Burkina Faso’s latest coup?

DAKAR, Oct 3 (Reuters) – As a heavily armed convoy drove through a cheering crowd in Burkina Faso’s capital on Sunday morning, the boyish face of the country’s latest military ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore, emerged from the turret of an armoured personnel carrier. Sporting fatigues and a red beret, the 34-year-old smiled and raised his … Read more