Putin is open to talks and diplomacy over Ukraine, Kremlin says

Putin is open to talks about Ukraine Russia will not withdraw from Ukraine The Kremlin strikes a mild tone Biden says he is willing to talk to Putin under conditions MOSCOW, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin is open to talks about a possible settlement of the Ukraine conflict and believes in a diplomatic … Read more

Russia says it will focus on building nuclear weapons infrastructure by 2023

Nov 30 (Reuters) – Russia will pay special attention to building infrastructure for its nuclear forces in 2023, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. Shoigu said in televised commentaries that Russia would also work to improve the combat capabilities of its missile forces and facilities were being built to house new missile systems. Russia … Read more

COVID hits HIV detection in Europe, threatens eradication progress

LONDON, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The number of people in Europe with undiagnosed HIV has risen as testing rates fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, jeopardizing a global goal to end the disease by 2030, according to a report. The joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and … Read more

A bomb is injured at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, Kiev steps up security

MADRID/KYIV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A security officer at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was injured on Wednesday when he opened a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador. The letter, which arrived by regular mail and had not been scanned, caused “a very small wound” to one finger when the officer opened it in the … Read more

South Korea scrambles fighter jets as fighter jets from China and Russia penetrate air defense zone

SEOUL, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The South Korean military said it scrambled warplanes when two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered the air defense zone on Wednesday. The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and exited the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the south and northeast coasts of South Korea from about 05:50 … Read more

Spotify and Epic Games join Musk in battle against Apple fees

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s declaration of war on Apple (AAPL.O) in a series of tweets on Monday gives Spotify and Fortnite maker Epic Games a powerful ally to hold the tech giant to account over its 30% App Store fees. Musk criticized the fee Apple charges software developers for in-app purchases, posting … Read more

Ukrainian avant-garde art finds shelter for war in Madrid

MADRID, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian art has found refuge in Madrid, where a retrospective of the country’s avant-garde in the early 20th century shows works little known to the general public, while giving them provides a safe haven away from the bombs. On Tuesday, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in the Spanish capital opened the exhibition … Read more

Stocks and oil rise on hopes of loosening COVID curbs in China

Euro STOXX 600 up 0.4% Oil prices recover on China’s hopes, production cuts talk Dollar falls as investors look for riskier assets China real estate stocks rise on policy support http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn LONDON/SYDNEY, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Stocks and oil gained on Tuesday on hopes public unrest in China could lead to an earlier easing of … Read more

Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is filing for bankruptcy in New Jersey

Filing follows weeks after FTX collapse FTX listed as number 2 creditor of BlockFi Bitcoin is down more than 70% from its 2021 peak Nov 28 (Reuters) – Major cryptocurrency lender BlockFi along with eight affiliates have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it said Monday, the latest crypto victim after the spectacular collapse of … Read more

Oil prices erase 2022 gains as protests in China raise demand concerns

WTI is lowest since December 2021, Brent lowest since January 2022 Clashes in Shanghai as COVID protests flare up across China Investors are focusing on the next OPEC+ meeting on December 4 Nov 28 (Reuters) – Oil prices fell close to their year-to-date lows on Monday as street protests against strict COVID-19 restrictions in China, … Read more