Biden and Xi prepare to meet ahead of Ukraine-overwhelmed G20 summit

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived on the Indonesian island of Bali on Monday for a long-awaited meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden ahead of a set to be perilous summit of the Group of 20 nations. With tension due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The two leaders are expected … Read more

Ukraine’s Kherson races to restore energy and water after Russia’s withdrawal

The humanitarian situation in Kherson is “extremely difficult” – official The authorities are working to restore vital services Joy mixes with concerns about water and energy for Kherson residents Residents recount the violations committed by the occupation forces Fighting rages in Donetsk and eastern Luhansk regions Kherson, Ukraine (Reuters) – Public utilities companies in Kherson … Read more

COVID public health emergency in the US to stay in place

Two Biden administration officials said Friday that the United States will maintain a public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to get free tests, vaccines and treatments. One of the officials said the possibility of an increase in coronavirus cases in the winter and the need for more time to transition … Read more

Britain froze Russian assets worth 18 billion pounds

Russia bypasses Libya and Iran as prime target of UK sanctions The UK says sanctions are hurting Russia’s military Russia uses chips in kitchen utensils for cabinets The UK government has reported 236 sanctions violations LONDON (Reuters) – The British government said on Thursday it had frozen more than 18 billion pounds ($20.5 billion) in … Read more

Lola’s honeymoon ends with markets amid concerns over spending plan

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s honeymoon with markets appeared to be over on Thursday, as investors grew impatient with his desire to boost social spending without setting long-term fiscal rules or naming top economic policymakers. Brazil’s currency and the Bovespa stock exchange benchmark (.BVSP) Both jumped last week after Lula … Read more

COP27: Polluters must pay for climate change, poor countries say to the rich

Island nations demand global carbon tax “While they win, the planet is burning” Fears grow over hunger striker imprisoned in Egypt SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – Leaders of poor countries criticized rich governments and oil companies for causing global warming, using their speeches on Tuesday at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt to demand that … Read more

Mastodon: What social network has been hailed as an alternative to Twitter?

BERLIN (Reuters) – With Twitter in disarray since it was taken over by the world’s richest person last week, Mastodon, a decentralized and open alternative from privacy-obsessed Germany, has seen an influx of new users. Tesla wrote on Twitter: “The bird is free.” (TSLA.O) Mongolian Elon Musk when he completed his $44 billion acquisition of … Read more

Ukraine warns of more attacks on infrastructure, mayor urges Kyiv to prepare for the worst

Russia may be preparing for more attacks on energy sites – Zelensky 4.5 million Ukrainians without electricity as winter approaches Biden aide held talks with senior Russian officials Report: US urges Ukraine to open up to talks with Russia Kyiv/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Sunday of possible further Russian attacks on … Read more

The Fed is raising interest rates significantly, indicating possible smaller increases in the future

The US central bank raises interest rates by 75 basis points Powell says the time to reassess the pace of rate hikes is ‘coming’ WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point as it continued to battle the worst spread of inflation in 40 years, … Read more

Russian missiles hit apartments in Ukraine, killing one person

Kyiv, other cities suffer from blackouts and water Putin: Missile strikes ‘not all we can do’ Russia also suspended its role in the grain deal after saying its ships were damaged Zelensky: Russia is ‘blackmailing the world with hunger’ Kyiv (Reuters) – Russia fired four missiles at the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv overnight, … Read more