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

Exclusive: Russian weapons in Ukraine powered by hundreds of Western parts, report says

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – More than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, evidence that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe and Asia in the years before the invasion, according to a new report by Royal United Services Institute defense think tank. Since the … Read more

Taiwan says Chinese planes, ships carry out attack simulation exercise

Chinese ships aircraft conduct simulated attack Blinken calls China’s cessation of dialogue ‘irresponsible’ China calls for US to ‘rectify mistakes’ TAIPEI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Taiwan officials said Chinese aircraft and warships rehearsed an attack on the island on Saturday, part of Beijing’s retaliation for a visit there by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that … Read more

Shelling hits power lines at Ukraine nuclear plant, both sides trade blame

Technicians close reactor at Europe’s largest nuclear plant Three grain ships leave Ukrainian Black Sea ports Turkey’s Erdogan meets Putin in Russia Fighting in east centers on fortified village KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Shelling hit a high-voltage power line on Friday at a major Ukrainian nuclear power station captured by Russia, prompting the plant’s … Read more

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine ports First ship due to arrive in Ukraine since the start of war Eastern fighting “hell”, says Zelenskiy Amnesty says Ukraine troops are endangering civilians NATO chief warns Putin not to go further ISTANBUL/KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under a … Read more

Sterling falls as BoE expects recession, US futures up

Bank of England hikes rates by 50 basis points BoE expects recession throughout 2023 Fed official: 50bp hike in Sept “reasonable” Oil stabilizes after hitting six-month low Lufthansa returns to operating profit LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Sterling fell on Thursday after the Bank of England followed its counterparts in the United States and euro … Read more

China fires missiles in largest ever drills in waters off Taiwan

Chinese military exercises include firing of missiles Suspected drones fly over outlying Taiwanese islands Taiwan says several government websites hacked China says it’s an internal affair TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday as it launched unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by US House of Representatives … Read more

Pelosi pledges solidarity with Taiwan as China holds military drills, vents anger

TAIPEI, Aug 3 (Reuters) – China furiously condemned the highest-level US visit to Taiwan in 25 years as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the self-ruled island as “one of the freest societies in the world” and pledged American solidarity . Beijing demonstrated its anger with Pelosi’s presence on an island that it says … Read more

Chinese warplanes buzz line dividing Taiwan Strait before expected Pelosi visit – source

A newspaper front page reporting about US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured in Taipei, Taiwan, August 2, 2022. REUTERS/Ann Wang Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TAIPEI, Aug 2 (Reuters) – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to arrive in Taipei later on Tuesday, people briefed … Read more

Inside the super-secure Swiss lab trying to stop the next pandemic

SPIEZ, Switzerland, July 31 (Reuters) – The setting is straight from a spy thriller: Crystal waters below, snow-capped Swiss Alps above and in between, a super-secure facility researching the world’s deadliest pathogens. Spiez Laboratory, known for its detective work on chemical, biological and nuclear threats since World War Two, was tasked last year by the … Read more