Russian prankster impersonating Macron spoke to Poland’s Duda after blast

Russian prankster impersonating Macron spoke to Poland’s Duda after blast

WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The Polish president spoke to a hoax caller pretending to be France’s Emmanuel Macron on the night that a missile hit a village near the Ukrainian border, his office said on Tuesday, an admission likely to raise questions about its operations. In a 7-1/2 minute recording of the call posted … Read more

Ukraine braces for harsh winter as Russian strikes cripple power facilities

Ukraine braces for harsh winter as Russian strikes cripple power facilities

Ukrainians brace for winter with little or no heating Temperatures in several areas already below freezing Zelenskiy says half Ukraine’s power capacity crippled by Russia Kherson residents can express interest in moving elsewhere Ukraine: Russia bombing Kherson from across river KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainians braced for a winter with little or no power … Read more

In cold Ukraine village, Banksy mural offers warm bath

In cold Ukraine village, Banksy mural offers warm bath

HORENKA, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – As they head into a cold winter, residents of a bombed-out Ukrainian village say they appreciate a warm bath in a mural painted by graffiti artist Banksy. The mural, showing a man scrubbing his back in a bathtub, is on the ground floor of what remains of an apartment … Read more

France’s Macron accuses Russia of ‘predatory’ influence in Africa

France’s Macron accuses Russia of ‘predatory’ influence in Africa

PARIS, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of feeding anti-French propaganda in Africa to serve “predatory” ambitions in troubled African nations, where France has suffered military setbacks and a wider loss of influence over recent years. Speaking on the sidelines of a summit of French-speaking nations in Tunisia, Macron was asked to … Read more

Kazakh leader stages snap vote to emerge from predecessor’s shadow

Kazakh leader stages snap vote to emerge from predecessor’s shadow

ALMATY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev holds a snap election on Sunday that he is certain to win, solidifying his grip on power less than a year after he sidelined his long-ruling predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev. The former diplomat, who came to power in 2019 as Nazarbayev’s hand-picked successor when the country’s only … Read more

Russia’s Shivulech volcano extremely active, threatens eruption, scientists say

Russia’s Shivulech volcano extremely active, threatens eruption, scientists say

Nov 20 (Reuters) – The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East has become extremely active, threatening a powerful eruption, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team said on Sunday. “A growth of the lava dome continues, a strong fumaroles activity, an incandescence of the lava dome, explosions, and hot avalanches accompanies … Read more

Ukraine nuclear plant shelled, U.N. warns: ‘You’re playing with fire!’

Ukraine nuclear plant shelled, U.N. warns: ‘You’re playing with fire!’

IAEA says Ukraine plant rocked by 12 blasts Plant is controlled by Russian forces Moscow and Kyiv accuse other of shelling ‘You’re playing with fire!’ – IAEA chief LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control, was rocked by shelling on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the U.N. nuclear … Read more

New UK PM Sunak visits Kyiv, pledges support

New UK PM Sunak visits Kyiv, pledges support

KYIV, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made his first visit to Kyiv on Saturday, pledging to continue the firm support for Ukraine that was a focus of his predecessors, and providing a new air defence package to help shoot down Russian drones. “Britain knows what it means to fight for … Read more

Bulgaria charges five people in connection with Istanbul blast

Bulgaria charges five people in connection with Istanbul blast

SOFIA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Bulgarian prosecutors have charged five people for supporting terrorist acts in connection with an explosion in central Istanbul that killed six people on Nov. 13, chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev said on Saturday. Bulgarian special police forces detained three men of Moldovan origin and a man and woman of Syrian Kurdish … Read more

Nord Stream leaks confirmed as sabotage, Sweden says

Nord Stream leaks confirmed as sabotage, Sweden says

Sweden says damage to Nord Stream pipes was “gross sabotage” Traces of explosives found at site during investigations Further probe will determine if any suspects can be identified STOCKHOLM, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Investigators have found traces of explosives at the site of the damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines, confirming sabotage had taken place, a … Read more