The Spanish Prime Minister sent a message bomb similar to the device that hit the Ukrainian embassy official

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain has beefed up security at public and diplomatic buildings after a series of rigged letters, including one to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and another to the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, in which an official was slightly injured. The Interior Ministry revealed Thursday that an “envelope containing pyrotechnic substance” addressed to Sanchez … Read more

The Italian government approves the 2023 budget of 35 billion euros to boost the economy

The budget finds more than 21 billion euros to tame energy bills Additional energy company profits are taxed at 35%. Includes amnesty for tax arrears, lowering the retirement age Relaunching a bridge project linking Sicily with the mainland ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s new right-wing government approved its first budget on Tuesday, a package focused on … Read more

Debate over the Ukraine war dominates the summit of the Group of 20 major economies

Draft Declaration: “Most” G20 Members Condemn Ukraine’s War Ukrainian Zelensky pushes his plan to end the conflict Indonesia calls for an end to political polarization US President Biden skips a dinner party in Bali NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – A Western-led campaign to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominated Tuesday’s G20 summit in Indonesia’s Bali … Read more

Biden and Xi clash over Taiwan in Bali but Cold War concerns are tepid

Biden and Xi meet for 3 hours before the G20 Both leaders stress the need to get relations back on track Indonesia seeks partnerships on the global economy in the G20 Ukraine’s President Zelensky addresses the G20 on Tuesday NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov. 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping … Read more

Marine heat waves in the Mediterranean threaten coastal livelihoods

KIRKANAH ISLANDS, Tunisia, NOV 13 (Reuters) – (This story was corrected on November 13 to show that the sea temperature is 1.2°C higher than it was 30 years ago, not 0.4°C, in paragraph 18) A decade ago, the nets of Tunisian fisherman Ahmed Cheli were bloated with fish and octopus that he sold at the … Read more

Doubts about Russia’s exclusive oil ceiling raise insurer’s concerns about ships leaving at sea

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two senior oil industry executives told Reuters that tankers laden with oil risked being left at sea if insurers did not come up with urgent clarification on an incomplete plan of the Group of Seven and the European Union to cap the price of Russian crude. The Group of Seven, which includes … 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

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

Ukraine grain export deal returns as Russia resumes participation

Turkey says the grain deal will resume at noon on Wednesday Russia says it has received guarantees from Ukraine The stated guarantees do not go further than the original deal ANKARA/Kyiv (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it would resume its participation in a deal to free up vital grain exports from war-torn Ukraine after … Read more

Russia halts grain exports from Ukraine in the Black Sea, angering Biden

Russia halts participation in UN grain deal The move comes after drone attacks on Crimea Russia says British personnel assisted in drone attack Ukraine says Russia is inventing attacks Biden says the move is outrageous (Reuters) – Russia suspended participation in a United Nations-brokered Black Sea grain deal on Saturday after what it said was … Read more