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

Devastating fire may force Cuba to resort to floating oil storage

Aug 8 (Reuters) – An inferno at Cuba’s largest oil storage has killed at least one firefighter, injured many more, and threatens to further swell the fuel import bill for the impoverished island nation that relies on foreign oil for everything from transportation to its power grid. Cuban officials may need to scramble to set … Read more

Record rain leaves at least 8 dead in South Korean capital

SEOUL, Aug 9 (Reuters) – At least eight people died in and around Seoul overnight, South Korean authorities said on Tuesday, after torrential rain knocked out power, caused landslides and left roads and subways submerged. The southern part of the national capital received more than 100mm (3.9 inches) of rain per hour on late Monday, … 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

Exclusive: Russia starts stripping jetliners for parts as sanctions bite

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot (AFLT.MM), are stripping jetliners to secure spare parts they can no longer buy abroad because of Western sanctions, four industry sources told Reuters. The steps are in line … Read more

COVID lockdown turns Chinese tourist hotspot Sanya into nightmare for stranded tourists

People are seen next to restaurants at Houhai village in Sanya, Hainan province, China November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – When Chinese businesswoman Yang Jing was planning this year’s summer holiday in 2021, she chose the tropical southern island of Hainan … Read more

Bus crash in Croatia leaves 12 Polish pilgrims dead, 32 injured

VARAZDIN, Croatia, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Twelve people were in Croatia on Saturday when a Polish bus filled with religious pilgrims walked off a road and crashed near Varazdin, authorities said. Thirty-two people were injured in the crash which happened at 5:40 am (0340 GMT) on the highway between Varazdin, in northwest Croatia, and capital … 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

Firefighters battle out-of-control blaze at Berlin ammunitions dump

BERLIN, Aug 4 (Reuters) – More than 100 firefighters on Thursday battled a fire at an ammunition dump in western Berlin, using water cannons and an army robot to try to contain the blaze that had triggered explosions and was still spreading, officials said. The fire service set up a perimeter zone 1,000 meters (0.6 … Read more

Airlines scrap, reroute flights as China fires live missiles in drills near Taiwan

SEOUL, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Airlines have canceled flights to Taipei and rerouted others to avoid airspace nearby that has been closed to civilian traffic during Chinese military exercises sparked by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China deployed scores of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan on Thursday in … Read more