Low water on Rhine poses new threat to Germany’s economy

Water in the river has dropped to “exceptionally low” levels in some areas, disrupting shipping on the country’s most important inland waterway, German officials told CNN on Friday. A lack of rainfall in recent months means that cargo ships are now carrying lighter loads, transport costs are soaring, and economic and power supply risks are … Read more

Russia-Ukraine War: Latest Crimea News

A Ukrainian artillery unit firing from a frontline position near the town of Bakhmut on Wednesday.Credit…David Guttenfelder for The New York Times BAKHMUT, Ukraine — Ukrainian soldiers scurried around the howitzer in a field one recent morning. In a flurry of activity, one man lugged a 106-pound explosive shell from a truck to the gun. … Read more

Biden senior advisor Anita Dunn has to divest investment portfolio to avoid conflict

White House senior advisor Anita Dunn is being forced to divest an investment portfolio worth an estimated $16.8 million to $48.2 million that ethics attorneys say poses significant conflicts of interest in her new role. The political and communications strategist will also have to refuse herself from myriad domestic and international issues that affect her … Read more

Woman gets full-page ad in newspaper to shame ‘filthy cheater’ husband

This is an affair to remember. A scorned wife has taken out a full-page advertisement in her local newspaper, publicly humiliating her husband for being a “dirty cheater.” The woman, identified only as Jenny, expressed her rage in the Aug. 12 edition of the Australian paper Mackay and Whitsunday Life. “Dear Steve, I hope you’re … Read more

Kenya electoral officials blame presidential candidates’ agents for results delay

The chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) accused party agents of approaching the process like a “forensic audit,” saying they were disrupting the process. “Please don’t interrogate the returning officers and slow down the process. If we do that then we shall not be able to finish this exercise,” the chair Wafula … Read more

Global LGBTQ event cancelled after demand to remove Taiwan’s name | News

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry says WorldPride event would have advanced regional diversity and equality in East Asia. An international LGBTQ gathering in Taiwan has been canceled after global organizers demanded the self-ruling island’s name be removed from the 2025 event. Taiwan on Friday blamed “political considerations” for the cancellation of the WorldPride 2025 Taiwan after it … Read more

Germany and Poland search for cause of mass fish die-off in river Oder

Tonnes of dead fish collected in river on Polish-German border Authorities are working to establish cause Polish authorities criticized for slow response Polish PM says Oder “may take years” to return to normal state BERLIN/WARSAW, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Polish and German authorities are working “flat-out” to establish the cause behind a mass fish die-off … Read more

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water levels on … Read more

Climate risks dwarf Europe’s energy crisis, space chief warns

PARIS, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The head of the European Space Agency (ESA) has warned economic damage from heatwaves and drought could dwarf Europe’s energy crisis as he called for urgent action to tackle climate change. Director General Josef Aschbacher told Reuters successive heatwaves along with wildfires, shrinking rivers and rising land temperatures as measured … Read more