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

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

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

Sri Lanka asks China to defer military ship visit after India protests

A Navy officer stands in front of India’s and Sri Lanka’s national flags as Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shoor is in the Colombo port during its visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register COLOMBO, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka said … Read more

New Mexico police seek public’s help in probe of four Muslim slayings

Aug 7 (Reuters) – Police in New Mexico on Sunday asked for the public’s help in locating a “vehicle of interest” in their probe of four fatal shootings of Muslim men whose slayings in Albuquerque over the past nine months are believed by investigators to be related. Mayor Tim Keller said state authorities were working … Read more

Fourth Muslim man murdered in New Mexico in ‘targeted killings’

Houses reach the edge of the desert on the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Aug 6 (Reuters) – Police in New Mexico and federal agencies were probing the murders of four Muslim men to determine if the killings, the latest … Read more

Bomb blast in Kabul kills eight, injures more than 20

A general view of a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 5, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register KABUL, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A bomb blast in a busy shopping street in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least eight people and injured 22, hospital officials and witnesses said. … Read more

India bids to sell fighter jets to Malaysia, says six other countries interested

An Indian Air Force (IAF) light combat aircraft “Tejas” flies during the “Aero India 2021” air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, India, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Samuel Rajkumar/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register NEW DELHI, Aug 5 (Reuters) – India has offered to sell 18 light-combat aircraft (LCA) “Tejas” … Read more

U.S. opposes any effort to change Taiwan status quo , Blinken says

PHNOM PENH, Aug 4 (Reuters) – The United States opposes any unilateral efforts to change the Taiwan status quo, especially by force, and its policy on Taiwan has not changed, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Southeast Asian counterparts on Thursday. Cross-strait stability is in the interests of the whole region, he told a meeting … Read more