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

Crypto lender Genesis says no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy

Crypto lender Genesis says no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency lender Genesis said on Monday it has no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy, days after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX forced it to suspend customer redemptions. “We have no plans to file bankruptcy imminently. Our goal is to resolve the current situation consensually without the need for any … Read more

‘It’s over’: Twitter France’s head quits amid layoffs

‘It’s over’: Twitter France’s head quits amid layoffs

PARIS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc’s head of French operations, Damien Viel, said he was quitting the social media platform, whose new owner Elon Musk recently fired top executives and enforced steep job cuts at the company. “It’s over,” Viel tweeted on Sunday, thanking his team in France, which he led for the last … 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

Collapsed FTX owes nearly $3.1 billion to top 50 creditors

Collapsed FTX owes nearly .1 billion to top 50 creditors

Nov 20 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which has filed for U.S. bankruptcy court protection, said it owes its 50 biggest creditors nearly $3.1 billion. The exchange owes about $1.45 billion to its top ten creditors, it said in a court filing on Saturday, without naming them. FTX and its affiliates filed for bankruptcy in … 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