‘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

Gas leakage from Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to the Baltic Sea

Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN (Reuters) – Danish authorities on Monday told ships to stay away from a five-nautical-mile radius off the island of Bornholm after a gas leak overnight from the Russian-owned Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea. The German government said it was in contact … Read more

Storm Fiona rips through Canada’s east coast, destroying homes and roads

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – Strong storm Fiona slammed into eastern Canada on Saturday, bringing hurricane-force winds, forcing evacuations, blowing trees and power lines and reducing many homes to “just a pile of rubble.” The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm’s center, which has been downgraded to Post-Tropical Hurricane Fiona, is now in … 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

Strong earthquake hits Mexico on fateful anniversary, killing at least two

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico on Monday on the anniversary of two devastating earthquakes, killing at least two people, damaging buildings, disrupting electricity and sending Mexico City residents out for safety. Authorities said two people died in the Pacific port of Manzanillo, one of whom crashed into a department store … 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

Traffic, water shortages and now floods: the slow death of India’s tech hub?

A large part of Bengaluru has been submerged in recent floods Forced residents to wade into deep water The unrest raises questions about the city’s future as a technology hub Authorities have vowed to act, but severe weather may complicate plans BENGALURU (Reuters) – Harish Polanor spent weekends in the late 1980s wandering the swamps … Read more

The Northeast US faces potential power shortages as rails begin to close

Unused oil tanker cars appear on the New York West Pennsylvania Railroad outside Hinsdale, New York, August 24, 2015. Photo taken August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Lindsay Dedario/File Photo Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some trains carrying fuel components to the northeastern United States have been halted in … Read more

In the liberated town of Ukraine, locals weep with relief and tell harrowing tales

BAALAKLIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Defended calm reigned after three days of fighting in the battle-ravaged town of Balaklya in northeastern Ukraine, but Maria Timofeeva said it was only when she saw Ukrainian soldiers that she was wounded by more than six. Months of Russian occupation is over. “I was walking away … when I saw … Read more