India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – When Sri Lanka slid into its worst economic crisis in seven decades leading to deadly riots and alarming shortages of fuel, food and medicines earlier this year, its giant northern neighbour stepped into the breach. India provided about $4 billion in rapid assistance between January and July, including credit … 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

U.S. deep freeze forecast to break Christmas Eve records

U.S. deep freeze forecast to break Christmas Eve records

Dec 24 (Reuters) – An arctic blast gripped much of the United States on Saturday driving power outages, flight cancellations and car wrecks, as plummeting temperatures were predicted to bring the coldest Christmas Eve on record to several cities from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Temperatures are forecast to top out on Saturday at just 7 degrees … Read more

Storm cuts U.S. oil, gas, power output, sending prices higher

Storm cuts U.S. oil, gas, power output, sending prices higher

Dec 23 (Reuters) – Frigid cold and blowing winds on Friday knocked out power and cut energy production across the United States, driving up heating and electricity prices as people prepared for holiday celebrations. Winter Storm Elliott brought sub-freezing temperatures and extreme weather alerts to about two-thirds of the United States, with cold and snow … Read more

Rainwater Tech to list in New York via SPAC merger

Rainwater Tech to list in New York via SPAC merger

NEW YORK, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Rain Enhancement Technologies Inc, a developer of systems that boost rainfall in arid regions, has agreed to combine with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) dMY Technology Group VI (DMYS.N), the companies told Reuters. Led by Mike Nefkens, the former president of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Rain Enhancement Technologies – … Read more

Magnitude 6.4 quake shakes northern California, leaves 2 dead, thousands without power

Magnitude 6.4 quake shakes northern California, leaves 2 dead, thousands without power

RIO DELL, Calif., Dec 20 (Reuters) – A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake jolted the extreme northern coast of California before dawn on Tuesday, damaging homes, roads and water systems and leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity. At least 11 people were reported injured, and two others died from “medical emergencies” that occurred during … Read more

Gazprom: gas supplied in full, bypassing damaged Russian export pipeline

Gazprom: gas supplied in full, bypassing damaged Russian export pipeline

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Dec 20 (Reuters) – A local unit of the Russian energy giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) said on Tuesday that gas was being supplied to customers in full via parallel pipelines following a fatal explosion in a section of … Read more

World’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium bursts in Berlin

World’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium bursts in Berlin

BERLIN, Dec 16 (Reuters) – An aquarium in Berlin that was home to around 1,500 exotic fish burst early on Friday, spilling 1 million litres (264,172 gallons) of water and debris onto a major road in the busy Mitte district, emergency services said. Around 100 emergency responders rushed to the scene, a leisure complex that … Read more

German car giants and Asian battery kings: a match made in Hungary

German car giants and Asian battery kings: a match made in Hungary

German, Chinese and S.Koreans head to Hungary They dominate auto investment and subsidies Orban’s Hungary keen to court foreign business BERLIN/BUDAPEST, Dec 13 (Reuters) – German automakers and Asian battery suppliers are getting together in Hungary in a multi-billion-dollar marriage of convenience to drive their electric ambitions. The companies are flocking to central Europe, where … Read more