Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

E. Europe arms companies step up production for Ukraine Hope to find new markets as defense spends rise Can produce and service Soviet-era and NATO-standard weaponry Poland, Czechs among big suppliers of military aid to Kyiv Industry’s history stretches from the 1800s and through the Cold War PRAGUE/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe’s arms … Read more

Some Russian commanders encouraged sexual violence, says lawyer advising Kyiv

KYIV, Nov 23 (Reuters) – There is evidence that Russian commanders in several instances were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine “and in some cases, encouraging it or even ordering it,” according to an international criminal lawyer assisting Kyiv’s war crimes investigations. British lawyer Wayne Jordash told Reuters that in some areas … Read more

Indian tycoon Adani’s mega port hangs in the balance as a fishing community protests

VIZHINJAM, India, Nov 23 (Reuters) – On the main road to billionaire Gautam Adani’s planned Vizhinjam mega port on the southern tip of India, a shelter built by the coastal region’s Christian fishing community blocks the entrance, preventing further construction. The simple 1,200 square-feet structure with a corrugated-iron roof has since August stood in the … Read more

Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries linking debt cost to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, … Read more

They call it ‘The Hole’: Ukrainians describe the horrors of Kherson occupation

Residents describe detention, torture and death in Kherson Nine-month occupation ended on Friday as Russians retreated Among those detained were suspected resistance fighters Russia denies mistreating detainees UN officials say both sides have abused prisoners of war KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Residents in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson call the two-storey police station … Read more

Mediterranean marine heatwaves threaten coastal livelihoods

KERKENNAH ISLANDS, Tunisia, Nov 13 (Reuters) – A decade ago, Tunisian fisherman Ahmed Chelli’s nets bulged with fish and octopus that he sold at the local market in the Kerkennah islands. Today, he pulls up only “ISIS” — the name locals have given to the blue crabs that have invaded their fishing grounds in the … Read more

From Russia with cash: Georgia booms as Russians flee Putin’s war

At least 112,000 Russians moved to neighboring Georgia Georgia set to be one of the fastest-growing economies Some locals being priced out of housing, education Economy could face hard landing if newcomers leave TBILISI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – As war chokes Europe, a small nation wedged beneath Russia is enjoying an unexpected economic boom. Georgia … Read more

Mexico succession puts scientist on path to be first woman president

Sheinbaum favored by Lopez Obrador, aides say She would be Mexico’s first woman president Women rising rapidly in Mexican politics Sheinbaum has made progress on crime in Mexico City MEXICO CITY, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The most historic legacy of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-leaning resource nationalist who casts his administration as a … Read more

When Chinese protesters came up against Xi’s security machine

BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Jack Yao, a Chinese Communist Party member, never wanted to be an activist. Having escaped rural poverty and joined Beijing’s middle classes through decades of study and work, he saw himself as a patriotic poster child of the party’s successful rule. Yet the 43-year-old’s life has been upended since he … Read more

Cops on Brazil’s campaign trail call for backup as violence spikes

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The day after a Workers Party (PT) official was shot dead by a supporter of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in July, the Federal Police guarding his leftist campaign rival sent a classified memo to senior colleagues across Brazil. They were calling for backup. In the document seen by … Read more