Ukraine celebrates retaking main city, Putin ally raises nuclear fears

Ukraine’s restoration of Lyman control is a major setback for Moscow Chechen leader suggests using low-yield nuclear weapon Liman is a major logistics center in the eastern Donetsk region Donetsk is one of four regions that Putin says are now Russian Kyiv (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces said they have retaken the main Lyman stronghold in … Read more

Analysis: Nord Stream gas leak raises climate concerns, but its impact is hard to determine

(Reuters) – Unexplained leaks in two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea are releasing greenhouse gas emissions, raising fears that the disruption could cause climate catastrophe — though it remains unclear to what extent. Neither pipeline was in operation, but both contained natural gas — which consists largely of methane, a potent greenhouse gas … Read more

‘Sham’ Ukrainian referendum results point to Russia’s annexation

Russia says the majority voted for annexation “Welcome home, in Russia!” Medvedev says Russia’s parliament says it may consider annexation on October 4 The United States plans a UN resolution to reject any change in Ukraine Russian undersea gas pipelines mysteriously damaged LONDON/ZAPORIZIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Officials who installed Russia in four occupied regions of … Read more

At the United Nations, Micronesia denounces Japan’s plan to release Fukushima waters into the Pacific Ocean

A worker, wearing protective suits and masks, takes notes in front of radioactive water storage tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) in Okuma City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Toro Hanai Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The … Read more

Japan intervenes in the foreign exchange market to stop the yen’s decline after the Bank of Japan kept rates very low

Bank of Japan maintains very low rates, pessimistic policy guidance A Japanese foreign exchange diplomat said he had taken “decisive” action. Confirmation of intervention pushes the dollar to slide more than 2% Analysts doubt Tokyo’s ability to continue supporting the yen Bank of Canada says it didn’t help the Bank of Japan TOKYO (Reuters) – … Read more

Putin acknowledges China’s concerns about Ukraine in reference to friction

Putin says he will explain Moscow’s position to China The Russians in the East are digging in – Ukrainian official EU chief in Kyiv says good progress on accession Kyiv (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he understands Chinese President Xi Jinping has concerns about the situation in Ukraine, in a surprising … Read more

Exclusive US weighs China sanctions to deter Taiwan action, Taiwan puts pressure on EU

Taipei/Frankfurt/Washington, Sept. 13 (Reuters) – The United States is considering options for a sanctions package against China to deter it from invading Taiwan, with the European Union coming under diplomatic pressure from Taipei to do the same, according to informed sources. with discussions. The sources said the deliberations in Washington and Taipei’s separate pressure for … Read more