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

White House frustrated as Washington mayor seeks troops to help handle migrants

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants bused to Washington in recent months by Republican governors of states on the US-Mexico border have caused tensions between the White House and the Democratic mayor of the US capital city, four US officials told Reuters . Last week, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called on President Joe … 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

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian southern offensive Strike force aimed at president’s hometown, says Ukraine US, Italy approve Finland, Sweden accession to NATO Ukraine calls on China to help end war, says SCMP KYIV/WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strike force aimed at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown of … Read more

Ukrainian grain ship heads through safe waters, but economy is still in doldrums

Grain-carrying ship from Ukraine inspected in Turkey Ship, headed for Lebanon, transits Bosphorus Shipment is first of kind to leave Ukraine in wartime But Ukrainian leader says much more is needed Kyiv urgently needs to ship 10 mln tons to cut deficit KYIV/ISTANBUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy dismissed the importance of … 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

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologue, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack … Read more