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

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

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

Exclusive: Kazakhstan to start oil sales via Azeri pipeline to bypass Russia

An interior view shows a new pumping station of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) near the city of Atyrau, Kazakhstan October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mariya Gordeyeva/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Russian court threatened to shut CPC pipeline Several alternatives possible, but less practical Rail option would cross Russia to Georgia … 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

Zelenskiy tells officials to stop discussing tactics, probe opens into leak

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a joint news conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine July 28, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Aug 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday told officials to stop … 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 preparing for ‘tragedy’ at Russian-held nuclear plant – minister

A view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register SUMY REGION, Ukraine, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s interior minister said on Thursday that Ukraine had … Read more

France battles ‘monster’ wildfire as heatwaves scorch Europe

HOSTENS, France, Aug 11 (Reuters) – A “monster” wildfire raged for a third day in southwestern France on Thursday, ravaging forests and forcing 10,000 people to evacuate their homes. With no let-up in scorching temperatures likely before the weekend, firefighters backed by water-bombing aircraft battled on many fronts, saying the massive fire could change direction … Read more