Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia’s Soyuz rockets. The private American competitor to Europe’s Arianespace has emerged as a key contender to plug … Read more

Taliban cleric killed in blast in Kabul – officials

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Prominent Taliban cleric Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani was killed in an attack in a seminary in Kabul when the attacker detonated explosives hidden in a plastic artificial leg on Thursday, according to officials and Taliban sources. “Very sadly informed that a respected cleric (Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani) was martyred in a cowardly … Read more

Strikes at Ukraine nuclear plant prompt UN chief to call for demilitarised zone

Russia ambassador warns of ‘nuclear catastrophe’ Zelenskiy demands Russia return plant to Ukraine Satellite images show damage at Russian air base in Crimea KYIV/NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling nuclear power plant as the UN chief proposed a demilitarized zone at the site amid fears of a … Read more

Sweden agrees to extradite man to Turkey in wake of NATO deal

Swedish and NATO flags are seen printed on paper this illustration taken April 13, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register STOCKHOLM, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Sweden’s government has decided to extradite a man to wanted for fraud, it said on Thursday, the first case since Turkey demanded a number … Read more

In Gaza, denial and doubt over misfiring rocket claims

JERUSALEM, Aug 11 (Reuters) – As the cleanup in Gaza continues from last weekend’s brief conflict with Israel, another battle has continued over which side caused the casualties, after Israel said misfiring rockets from the Palestinian side killed 15 people in the enclave. According to Israeli military authorities, the fifth of the more than 1,000 … Read more

Western countries pledge $1.55 bln in military aid to Ukraine

Funding pledged by 26 countries at conference Poland, Slovakia, Czech Rep willing to expand arms production UK to send more weapons to Ukraine COPENHAGEN, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Western countries on Thursday committed more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.55 billion) in cash, equipment and training to boost Ukraine’s military capabilities in its war against Russia, … Read more

Ukraine’s creditors agree 2-year freeze on $20 bln overseas debt

Ukraine says move will save it $5 bln over two years Creditors back similar move for 2 state firms Comprehensive debt restructuring seen following freeze LONDON/NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s overseas creditors have backed its request for a two-year freeze on payments on almost $20 billion in international bonds, a regulatory filing showed … Read more

South Korea, China clash over U.S. missile shield, complicating conciliation

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is seen in Seongju, South Korea, June 13, 2017. Picture taken on June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register SEOUL, Aug 11 (Reuters) – China and South Korea clashed on Thursday over a US missile defense shield, threatening to undermine … Read more

North Korea declares victory over COVID, suggests leader Kim had it

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a politburo meeting of the Worker’s Party on the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 21, 2022. KCNA via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register SEOUL, Aug 11 … Read more

China calls U.S. ‘main instigator’ of Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, February 4, 2022. Sputnik/Aleksey Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – China, which Russia has sought as an ally since being … Read more