Russia can buy yuan, rupees and Turkish lira for rainy day fund, central bank says

National flag flies over the headquarters of the Russian Central Bank in Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register This content was produced in Russia, where the law limits coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – Russia is considering buying the … Read more

Forest fires rage in France, thousands evacuated from homes

HOSTENS, France, Aug. 10 (Reuters) – Wildfires ripped through the Gironde region of southwestern France on Wednesday, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of 10,000 residents, some of whom had climbed onto rooftops as flames approached. Black-orange skies, obscured by the smoke billowing from the woods and lit by the flames, were seen over the … Read more

Kosovo detains Russian journalist at border

PRISTINA, Aug. 6 (Reuters) – Kosovo’s interior minister said on Saturday it had arrested a Russian journalist at the border on suspicion of being a spy, and security authorities were looking for “her intentions”. Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla called the journalist Daria Aslamova. “Many countries have proven that she engaged in espionage for Russian military … Read more

Greek intelligence chief resigns over wiretapping allegations

ATHENS, Aug. 5 (Reuters) – The head of the Greek intelligence service resigned on Friday after increased scrutiny of the agency’s surveillance practices, including an allegation by an opposition party leader that he had been wiretapped in 2021. Panagiotis Kontoleon, head of EYP intelligence, tendered his resignation “after faulty actions found during legal wiretapping,” according … Read more

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine ports First ship to arrive in Ukraine since the start of the war Eastern battles “hell”, says Zelenskiy Amnesty says Ukrainian troops endanger civilians NATO chief warns Putin not to move forward ISTANBUL/KIEV, Aug. 5 (Reuters) – Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under a recently … Read more

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

Ukraine warns of new Russian southern offensive Strike force targeting president’s birthplace, Ukraine says US, Italy approve Finland and Sweden joining NATO Ukraine calls on China to help end war, SCMP says KYIV/WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia had begun creating a military strike force targeting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown, Kryvyi Rih, as … Read more

Ukrainian Zelenskiy says first grain ship ‘nothing’, economy in coma

Grain transport vessel from Ukraine inspected in Turkey Shipment is first of its kind to leave Ukraine in wartime But Ukrainian leader says much more is needed Kiev urgently needs to ship 10 million tons to reduce the deficit KYIV/ISTANBUL, Aug. 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy dismissed the importance of his country’s first … Read more

Kosovo government postpones volatile north plan after tensions mount

FILE PHOTO – Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti looks on during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Germany, May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MITROVICA, Kosovo, July 31 (Reuters) – The government of Kosovo has postponed implementation of a decision that would oblige … Read more

Greece, Saudi Arabia sign data cable deal, discuss link to power grid

RIYADH/ATHENS, July 26 (Reuters) – Greece and Saudi Arabia signed a deal on Tuesday to lay a submarine data cable that will connect Europe to Asia and discussed the possibility of interconnecting their electricity grids to supply Europe with cheaper green energy . Greece and Saudi Arabia agreed in May the key terms of a … Read more

Gazprom gas cut dampens economic hopes after Ukraine grain deal

Gazprom says shutdown of turbines will further reduce gas to Germany Ukraine hopes to ship grain this week Moscow dismisses concerns that deal could derail KYIV, July 25 (Reuters) – Russia on Monday dealt another blow to European countries for its support of Ukraine, saying it would further cut gas supplies through its largest gas … Read more