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

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

COP27 delivers climate fund breakthrough at cost of progress on emissions

COP27 delivers climate fund breakthrough at cost of progress on emissions

COP27 climate summit ends after marathon weekend negotiations Final deal delivers on creating historic climate finance fund Negotiators say some blocked tighter emissions targets SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Countries closed this year’s U.N. climate summit on Sunday with a hard-fought deal to create a fund to help poor countries being battered by … 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

Michael Bloomberg apologises for Boris Johnson speech criticising China

Michael Bloomberg apologises for Boris Johnson speech criticising China

BEIJING, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Michael Bloomberg apologised last week at a business forum hosted by the news agency he founded for remarks by British former Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticising China as autocratic. The controversy highlights China’s influence in Asia and sensitivities about overt criticism of Beijing. Bloomberg, a former New York mayor who … Read more

Turkish air strikes target Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq

Turkish air strikes target Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq

ISTANBUL, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The Turkish defence ministry said early on Sunday it carried out air strikes on outlawed Kurdish militant bases in northern Syria and northern Iraq, which it said were used to carry out attacks on Turkey. The strikes targeted bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish … Read more

Iran leader says ‘enemies’ may target workers as protests rage

Iran leader says ‘enemies’ may target workers as protests rage

DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Protests raged on at Iranian universities and in some cities on Saturday as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the country’s “enemies” may try to mobilise workers after failing to topple the Islamic government in more than two months of unrest. One of the boldest challenges to Iran’s clerical leaders … Read more