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

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

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

‘No one can stop them’: African migrants aim for Spain’s Canary Islands

Canary Islands an increasingly popular migrant route Arriving Africans recall horrors of sea voyage Numbers rise as Ukraine wars worsen global hunger GRAN CANARIA, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Standing in a cemetery of abandoned boats, Mohamed Fane picks a West African franc off the floor and shudders at the traumatic memory of his voyage from … Read more

Shock, shame among some Muslims as Afghan accused of New Mexico murders

Participants in an interfaith memorial ceremony at the New Mexico Islamic Center mosque to commemorate four murdered Muslim men, hours after police said they had arrested a prime suspect in the killings, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US August 9, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Hay Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Aug 10 … Read more

Wildfires rage in France, thousands evacuated from homes

HOSTENS, France, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Wildfires tore through the Gironde region of southwestern France on Wednesday, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of 10,000 residents, some of whom had clambered onto rooftops as the flames got closer. Black-and-orange skies, darkened by the smoke billowing from forests and lit up by the flames, were seen … Read more

Japan PM shakes up cabinet as anger grows over ties to Unification Church

Voter support slumps over party’s ties to church Shake-up comes earlier than analysts had expected Church defends its right to participate in politics Kishida only chose ministers who will “review” ties to the group TOKYO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, as he battled growing public anger … Read more

Afghan Muslim arrested for killings that shook New Mexico’s Islamic community

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Aug 9 (Reuters) – A Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan has been arrested as the prime suspect in the serial killings of four Muslim men that rattled the Islamic community of New Mexico’s largest city, police said on Tuesday. After days bolstering security around Albuquerque-area mosques, seeking to allay fears of a shooter driven … Read more

Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’ once haunted drivers. Now it’s a wildlife haven

LOS YUNGAS, Bolivia, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Bolivia’s decision to open an alternate route to its historic ‘Death Road’ – a serpentine dirt path across the towering Andes hills known for its deadly cliffs – has led to a resurgence of wildlife in the area, according to an environmental group. The route was once a … Read more