Ukraine advance in Lyman shows it can push back Russian forces, NATO chief says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s capture of a city within territory of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared annexation demonstrates that Ukrainians are making progress and able to push back against Russian forces, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday. “We have seen that they have been able to take a new town, Lyman, and … Read more

Venezuela frees 7 jailed Americans in swap for 2 Maduro relatives

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Venezuela on Saturday freed seven Americans, including five oil executives, in exchange for two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro jailed in the United States on drug convictions, U.S. officials said. The swap included executives of Citgo Petroleum held for years, in addition to U.S. Marine veteran Matthew Heath and … Read more

Protesters rally across Iran in third week of unrest over Amini’s death

Protests sparked by death in custody enter 3rd week Reports of student arrests in Tehran, tear gas in Isfahan Four members of security forces confirmed killed in southeast Strikes reported across Kurdish regions DUBAI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Protesters rallied across Iran and strikes were reported throughout the country’s Kurdish region on Saturday as demonstrations … Read more

Chechen leader Kadyrov: Russia should use low-yield nuclear weapon after new defeat in Ukraine

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s region of Chechnya, said on Saturday that Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine after a major new defeat on the battlefield. As Russia confirmed the loss of its stronghold of Lyman in eastern Ukraine, Kadyrov slammed top commanders for their failings … Read more

Mexican government suffers major data hack, president’s health issues revealed

MEXICO CITY, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Mexican government said on Friday it had suffered a major cyber hack of data held by the armed forces, including details about President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s heart condition that led to his hospitalization in January. The president, speaking at a regular news conference, said information published in … Read more

Nord Stream rupture may mark biggest single methane release ever recorded -UN

Sept 30 (Reuters) – The ruptures on the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline system under the Baltic Sea have led to what is likely the biggest single release of climate-damaging methane ever recorded, the United Nations Environment Programme said on Friday. A huge plume of highly concentrated methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent but … Read more

U.S. has much to gain from Nord Stream damage, Russia says at U.N.

Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Friday told the Security Council that the U.S. has much to gain in gas trade from damage to the Nord Stream pipeline system under the Baltic Sea but stopped short of blaming Washington for this week’s explosions. A council meeting convened at Russia’s … Read more

Russia vetoes U.S.-led resolution on Moscow’s proclaimed annexations, China abstains

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution introduced by the United State and Albania condemning Moscow’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, and China chose to abstain from the vote. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed Russian rule over four regions that make up 15% of Ukraine’s territory … Read more

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over annexation of swath of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over its declared annexation of a swath of Ukraine, targeting hundreds of people and companies, including those in Russia’s military-industrial complex and lawmakers. Washington acted after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proclaimed the biggest annexation in Europe since World … Read more

Burkina Faso junta leader urges calm after gunshots raise coup fears

OUAGADOUGOU, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s military leader said he was in talks to restore calm on Friday after gunfire and a blast in the capital raised fears of a second coup in eight months. Soldiers and military vehicles took to the deserted streets of Ouagadougou after dawn on Friday, cutting off access to … Read more