Environmentalists Protest Airport Project Near Albanian Bird Sanctuary

Environmentalists Protest Airport Project Near Albanian Bird Sanctuary

VJOSE-NARTE, Albania (Reuters) – Environmentalists protested over the weekend at the building site of a new airport in Albania’s south meant to boost tourism but which they say will endanger sanctuaries for some 200 bird species including flamingos and pelicans. The picturesque Vjose-Narte lagoon close to Albania’s Adriatic seaside is a crucial stop for flocks … Read more

EU President Says Ukraine Has Unconditional Support Ahead of Summit

EU President Says Ukraine Has Unconditional Support Ahead of Summit

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of an EU-Ukraine summit next week that Ukraine had unconditional support from the bloc and that the country needed to prevail against Russian attacks to defend European values. “We stand by Ukraine’s side without any ifs and buts,” von der Leyen said in … Read more

Development Partners Commit $30 Billion to Food Production in Africa

Development Partners Commit $30 Billion to Food Production in Africa

DAKAR (Reuters) – Development partners have committed $30 billion to boost food production in Africa over the next five years, said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, during closing remarks at a food security summit on Friday. The three-day summit in Senegal’s capital Dakar brought together African leaders, development banks and international partners … Read more

Norway Finds ‘Substantial’ Mineral Resources on Its Seabed

Moldova Says Missile Debris Found in North of the Country

OSLO (Reuters) – A Norwegian study has found a “substantial” amount metals and minerals ranging from copper to rare earth metals on the seabed of its extended continental shelf, authorities said on Friday in their first official estimates. The Nordic country, a major oil and gas exporter, is considering whether to open its offshore areas … Read more

Ukraine Faces Deadly Russian Missile Onslaught After Securing Tanks From Allies

Ukraine Faces Deadly Russian Missile Onslaught After Securing Tanks From Allies

By Tom Balmforth and Ivan Lyubysh-Kirdey KYIV (Reuters) – Russia pounded Ukraine with missiles and drones, killing at least 11 people, according to officials, after Western allies pledged tanks to Kyiv in its fight against Moscow’s invasion. Air raid alarms sounded across Ukraine on Thursday as people headed to work. In the capital Kyiv, crowds … Read more

Russia Says Tank Promises Show Direct and Growing Western Involvement in Ukraine

Russia Says Tank Promises Show Direct and Growing Western Involvement in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Thursday it saw the promised delivery of Western tanks to Ukraine as evidence of direct and growing U.S. and European involvement in the conflict. It was the first Kremlin reaction to announcements by the United States and Germany on Wednesday that they would arm Ukraine with dozens of … Read more

Russia Launches Air Attack, Ukraine Shoots Down Missiles – Officials

Moldova Says Missile Debris Found in North of the Country

(Reuters) -Russia launched its latest air attack on Ukraine during rush hour on Thursday morning and officials told Ukrainians to take cover in shelters as air defence forces shot down incoming missiles. A Reuters reporter heard the sound of a missile flying overhead at a low altitude, about 30 kms from the capital Kyiv. Two … Read more

Explainer-Why Is Turkey Blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO Membership?

Explainer-Why Is Turkey Blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO Membership?

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish and Finnish hopes of quickly joining NATO have run into an obstacle in the form of objections by Turkey, which holds veto powers over accession to the military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement on how to proceed in Madrid last June, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said Sweden, … Read more

Iran Condemns Sanctions Imposed by EU, Britain and Threatens Retaliation

Iran Condemns Sanctions Imposed by EU, Britain and Threatens Retaliation

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Tuesday strongly condemned new sanctions imposed by the European Union and Britain and said it would retaliate, after the West stepped up pressure on Iran over its crackdown on protests. “The Islamic Republic will soon announce the list of new sanctions against the human rights violators of EU and England,” … Read more

Sweden Should Not Expect Turkey’s Support for NATO Membership After Stockholm Protest – Erdogan

Sweden Should Not Expect Turkey's Support for NATO Membership After Stockholm Protest - Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) – Sweden should not expect Turkey’s support for its NATO membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend including the burning of a copy of the Koran, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. “Those who allow such blasphemy in front of our embassy (in Stockholm) can no longer … Read more