Wildfires rage in France, thousands evacuated from homes

Wildfires rage in France, thousands evacuated from homes

HOSTENS, France, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Wildfires tore through the Gironde region of southwestern France on Wednesday, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of 10,000 residents, some of whom had clambered onto rooftops as the flames got closer. Black-and-orange skies, darkened by the smoke billowing from forests and lit up by the flames, were seen … Read more

Bus crash in Croatia leaves 12 Polish pilgrims dead, 32 injured

Bus crash in Croatia leaves 12 Polish pilgrims dead, 32 injured

VARAZDIN, Croatia, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Twelve people were killed in Croatia on Saturday when a Polish bus filled with religious pilgrims slipped off a road and crashed near Varazdin, authorities said. Thirty-two people were injured in the crash which happened at 5:40 a.m. (0340 GMT) on the highway between Varazdin, in northwest Croatia, and … Read more

Greek intelligence service boss quits amid wiretapping allegations

Greek intelligence service boss quits amid wiretapping allegations

ATHENS, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The head of Greece’s intelligence service stepped down on Friday amid increased scrutiny of the agency’s surveillance practices including an accusation by an opposition party leader that he was wiretapped in 2021. Panagiotis Kontoleon, chief of the EYP intelligence service, submitted his resignation “following mistaken actions found during lawful wiretapping … Read more

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine ports First ship due to arrive in Ukraine since start of war Eastern fighting “hell”, says Zelenskiy Amnesty says Ukraine troops endangering civilians NATO chief warns Putin not to go further ISTANBUL/KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under a recently concluded … Read more

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian southern offensive Strike force aimed at president’s hometown, says Ukraine U.S., Italy approve Finland, Sweden accession to NATO Ukraine calls on China to help end war, says SCMP KYIV/WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strike force aimed at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown of … 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

Kosovo closes two border crossings after local Serbs block roads

Kosovo closes two border crossings after local Serbs block roads

FILE PHOTO- Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti looks on during a news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Germany May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MITROVICA, Kosovo, July 31 (Reuters) – Kosovo police said they closed two border crossings in the volatile north after local … Read more

Russia’s Gazprom gas cut crushes hopes after grain deal

Russia’s Gazprom gas cut crushes hopes after 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

Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exports

Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exports

Moscow, Kyiv had signed grain export deal on Friday Accord had sought to avert major global food crisis Zelenskiy: attack shows Moscow can’t be trusted on deal KYIV, July 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine pressed ahead on Sunday with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after a missile attack that … Read more