Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘provocation’ during UN visit, warning of nuclear disaster

Russia has warned of the risk of a man-made nuclear disaster at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and accused Ukraine of planning a “provocation” during a visit by the United Nations Secretary-General. Most important points: Russia and Ukraine blame each other for nuclear plant shelling Russia has made unverified claims Ukraine will stage ‘minor incident’ … Read more

Rivers, lakes dry up during drought

Due to the drought in parts of North America, Europe and Asia, lakes, reservoirs and rivers are much lower than normal. The dry conditions create problems for people who depend on the water for grazing animals and transporting goods. Some regions are being forced to supply water to those in need, while others are resorting … Read more

Drought in Europe: A city calls water ‘blue gold’ in one of the worst droughts on record

On this small farm in the upper reaches of Seillans, a commune in the Var in southern France, the fields are bare except for the dried-up remains of the last harvest. Normally aubergines, tomatoes, peppers and melons thrive here. Now the fields are fallow. The Messelis reservoirs only emptied after the last winter had been … Read more

‘Color of the skin’: WHO chief lashes out at indifference to Tigray crisis | Ethiopia

The head of the World Health Organization described the crisis in the Ethiopian region of Tigray as “the worst disaster on Earth”, while questioning aloud whether the reason world leaders had not responded was “the color of the people’s skin”. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – himself an ethnic Tigrayan – said the situation caused by the … Read more

US in trade talks with Taiwan, potentially undermining China’s role as key trading partner

The US government will talk to Taiwan about a broad trade deal as a sign of support for the self-ruled island democracy that China claims as its own territory. Most important points: US and Taiwan to hold trade talks on agriculture, labour, environment and digital technology The announcement came after Beijing conducted extensive military exercises … Read more

China sows clouds to replenish shrinking Yangtze River

Hong-Kong CNN — Chinese planes are flying fishing rods to bring more rain to the crucial Yangtze River, which has dried up in parts, as parts of the nation fall into drought and struggle with the worst heat wave on record. Several regions on the Yangtze have launched weather modification programs, but with too thin … Read more

Donald Trump news today: Poll says majority of Americans support Mar-a-Lago raid as Pence chides GOP for FBI attacks

Michael Cohen Says Trump Kept Mar-a-Lago Documents As ‘Negotiation Token’ Since a new poll shows the majority of Americans support the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Palm Beach estate, a hearing will be held today on whether or not to unseal the affidavit justifying the search. The Justice Department has rejected demands to release the document, … Read more

Chinese government launches ‘Belt and Road’ warehouse in Surrey – BC News

Photo: Image: 2018 views of a warehouse and trade center now under construction in Surrey A huge logistics facility in Surrey officially opened last month, paving the way for more trade between BC and China. Opening on July 28, the Vancouver Logistics Park was originally called the “World Commodity Trade Center” and was billed … Read more

At least 21 people have been killed in bomb attack on mosque in Kabul, including prominent cleric

Kabul, Afghanistan — A bomb attack on a mosque in the Afghan The capital of Kabul killed at least 21 people, including a prominent cleric, and injured at least 33 during evening prayers on Wednesday, police and an eyewitness said. Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, gave the figures to The … Read more