Exclusive: Pro-Kremlin activists in Germany gave money for Russian army gear

Jan 30 (Reuters) – A group of pro-Russian activists in Germany donated funds to a Russian army division fighting in Ukraine, and the money was used to purchase walkie-talkie radios, headphones and telephones, according to an officer in the division and messages from the group’s organizers seen by Reuters. The couple at the center of … Read more

Exclusive: US issues license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop Venezuelan offshore gas field

WASHINGTON/PORT OF SPAIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, US and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela. The license, issued by the US Treasury Department at Trinidad’s … Read more

Exclusive: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialed down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

Exclusive: China in talks with Pfizer for generic COVID drug – sources

HONG KONG/BEIJING, Jan 7 (Reuters) – China is in talks with Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) to secure a license that will allow domestic drugmakers to manufacture and distribute a generic version of the US firm’s COVID-19 antiviral drug Paxlovid in China, three sources told Reuters. China’s medical products regulator – the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) … Read more

Exclusive: Russian hackers target US nuclear scientists

LONDON/WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – A Russian hacking team known as Cold River targeted three nuclear research laboratories in the United States this past summer, according to internet records reviewed by Reuters and five cyber security experts. Between August and September, as President Vladimir Putin indicated Russia would be willing to use nuclear weapons to … Read more

Exclusive: Children among 547 detained Syrians declared dead – rights monitor

Rights group gathers list of 547 death certificates Says certificates obtained from whistleblowers Many certificates issued long after date of death BEIRUT, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Ever since Yehya Hijazi and his two sons were detained in 2012 by the Syrian government, their relatives had clung onto the hope that they were still alive and … Read more

Exclusive: The global supply trail that leads to Russia’s killer drones

Dec 15 (Reuters) – The hundreds of Russian drones hovering ominously over the Ukrainian battlefield owe their existence to an elastic, sanctions-evading supply chain that often runs through a shabby office above a Hong Kong marketplace, and sometimes through a yellow stucco home in suburban Florida. The “Sea Eagle” Orlan 10 UAV is a deceptive, … Read more

Exclusive: Legal experts help Ukraine in sexual violence investigation

KHERSON, Ukraine, Dec 11 (Reuters) – An international team of legal advisers has been working with local prosecutors in Ukraine’s recaptured city of Kherson in recent days as they began gathering evidence of alleged sexual crimes by Russian forces as part of a full-scale investigation. The visit by a team from Global Rights Compliance, an … Read more

Exclusive: Twitter exec says moving fast on moderation, as harmful content surges

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s Twitter is leaning heavily on automation to moderate content, doing away with certain manual reviews and favoring restrictions on distribution rather than removing certain speech outright, its new head of trust and safety told Reuters. Twitter is also more aggressively restricting abuse-prone hashtags and search results in areas including … Read more

Exclusive: South Korea’s Yoon warns of unprecedented response to North Korea nuclear test, calls on China to do more

SEOUL, Nov 29 (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol warned of an unprecedented joint response with allies if North Korea goes ahead with a nuclear test, and urged China to help dissuade the North from pursuing banned development of nuclear weapons and missiles . In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters on Monday, Yoon called … Read more