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Cash-strapped Britons give up pets as living costs soar

LONDON (Reuters) – Stood on her hind legs to greet any prospective owner who might approach her glass-doored kennel, Harriet is a black English cocker spaniel abandoned as a deepening cost-of-living crisis pushes growing numbers...

Biden calls India an ‘indispensable partner’ on 75th anniversary of independence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday congratulated India on 75 years of independence and said the United States and India were “indispensable partners” that would continue to work together to address global challenges in the years ahead. India will mark its 75th year of independence on Monday, celebrating the end of British...

Eight hurt in gun attack on Jewish worshippers’ bus in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -A gunman wounded at least eight people aboard a bus carrying Jewish worshippers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday, Israeli authorities and witnesses said. The shooter later turned himself into Israeli authorities, according to a statement by the police, which did not identify him. Israeli media reported the assailant was a...

Poland says Oder tests so far not showing poison as cause of fish die-off

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poison cannot be ruled out as the cause of a mass die-off of fish in the Oder river but tests so far have not proven toxic substances were to blame, Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskwa said on Sunday. Tonnes of dead fish have been found since late July in the river Oder,...

Egyptian church fire kills at least 41, most of them children- sources

CAIRO (Reuters) -An electrical fire swept through an Egyptian Coptic Christian church during Mass on Sunday, causing a stampede and killing at least 41 people, most of them children and many suffering from smoke inhalation. The blaze started just before 9 a.m. in the Abu Sifin church in the city of Giza where about up...

Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations – KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the two countries will “expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts,” Pyongyang’s state media reported on Monday. In a letter to Kim for North Korea’s liberation day, Putin said that closer ties would be in both countries’...

Poland says Oder tests so far not showing poison as cause of fish die-off

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poison cannot be ruled out as the cause of a mass die-off of fish in the Oder river but tests so far have not proven toxic substances were to blame, Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskwa said on Sunday. Tonnes of dead fish have been found since late July in the river Oder,...

U.S. adversaries could exploit former Afghan commandos – U.S. Republican report

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Afghan security personnel with sensitive knowledge of U.S. operations left behind by the American evacuation operation are vulnerable to recruitment or coercion by Russia, China and Iran, Republican lawmakers said on Sunday, noting that President Joe Biden’s administration failed to prioritize evacuating them. “This is especially true given...

White House to circulate Afghanistan memo defending U.S. withdrawal -Axios report

(Reuters) – The White House is planning to circulate a memo in the U.S. Congress defending President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan a year ago, Axios reported on Sunday. The memo said Biden’s move strengthened national security by freeing critical military and intelligence agents, the report said, citing a copy of the...

‘Bullet Train’ repeats No. 1, ‘Top Gun’ returns to second place as box office nearly grinds to halt

By Rebecca Rubin LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Is everyone on vacation? That would be one plausible explanation behind the great box office slowdown. Although three new movies opened nationwide, none were able to crack the top five on domestic charts and only two — A24’s satirical slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies” and Lionsgate’s vertigo-inducing thriller “Fall”...

Nigerian police urged to be ‘humane’ as they tighten security

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerian police are to tighten security at schools and hospitals and conduct stop and search operations in a bid to stamp out increasing gang attacks, they said on Sunday, at the same time as being urged to be “professional and humane”. Attacks by Islamist militants and armed gangs are some of the...

Ship carrying first Ukraine grain cargo nears Syria -shipping sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The first ship to depart Ukraine under a deal to resume grain exports from the country two weeks ago was approaching the Syrian port of Tartous on Sunday, two shipping sources said, after the vessel had been sailing with its transponder off. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni set sail from Ukraine’s Odesa port...

Britain’s opposition Labour Party to demand energy price cap freeze

By Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s main opposition Labour Party will call for the energy price cap to be frozen this autumn, a party source said, to help the public deal with another expected surge in energy bills during the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades. The Labour leader Keir Starmer is expected to set...

Ukraine war diverts attention from hunger, pope says in Somalia appeal

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday that the war in Ukraine had distracted attention from the problem of world hunger and called for urgent food aid to stave off looming famine in Somalia. “The people of this region, who already live in very precarious conditions, are now in mortal...

Cash-strapped Britons give up pets as living costs soar

By Muvija M LONDON (Reuters) – Stood on her hind legs to greet any prospective owner who might approach her glass-doored kennel, Harriet is a black English cocker spaniel abandoned as a deepening cost-of-living crisis pushes growing numbers of Britons to part with their pets. She was found running along a busy road in London...

U.S. Vice President Harris to attend Abe’s state funeral – Nikkei

(Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will attend former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state funeral on Sept. 27, Nikkei Asia reported https://s.nikkei.com/3QIM37n on Sunday. Harris is also expected to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on her first visit to Japan in her current capacity, the report added. (Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in...

Vietnam considers $58.7-billion high-speed railway – govt

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam is considering building a high-speed railway that runs along the country’s length with a possible price tag of up to $58.7 billion, the government said on Sunday. The Southeast Asian country’s transport ministry will next month submit a proposal to build the 1,545 km (960 miles) railway to the Politburo, the...

Reactions to the death of Indian billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

(Reuters) – Here are reactions to the death of billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, known as “India’s Warren Buffet”. INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI: “Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was indomitable. Full of life, witty and insightful, he leaves behind an indelible contribution to the financial world. He was also very passionate about India’s progress. His passing away is...

14th August

Rushdie attack a ‘wake-up call’ on Iran, says UK PM candidate Sunak

LONDON (Reuters) – Rishi Sunak, one of two candidates seeking to become Britain’s next prime minister, said Friday’s attack on author Salman Rushdie should serve as a wake-up call to the West over Iran, the Sunday Telegraph reported. Indian-born author Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him over his...

Four Latam nations back Castillo as Peru political crisis continues

LIMA (Reuters) – The governments of Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia on Saturday backed the continuation of Pedro Castillo’s presidency in Peru, where he is facing several criminal investigations and constant threats of impeachment. “We reiterate our solidarity with the legitimately elected authorities,” the countries said in a joint statement. “We trust that all (Peruvian)...

EU’s Borrell condemns attack on Salman Rushdie

(Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Saturday that he “strongly” condemns the attack on writer Salman Rushdie. “International rejection of such criminal actions, which violate fundamental rights and freedoms, is the only path towards a better and more peaceful world”, Borrell said in his tweet https://twitter.com/JosepBorrellF/status/1558529740402790402. (Reporting by Akanksha Khushi...

One killed, dozens injured as high winds cause stage collapse at Spain festival

By Eva Manez CULLERA, Spain (Reuters) – One person was killed and dozens were injured when high winds caused part of the main stage to collapse at a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia early on Saturday, emergency services said. Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts battered the Medusa Festival, a...

Mali PM on ‘forced rest’, his office says

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali Prime Minister Choguel Maiga has been ordered by his doctor to rest after months of intense exertion, his office said on Saturday, while an adviser denied media reports that he had been hospitalised after suffering a stroke. “After 14 months of working without a break, the prime minister, head of government,...

Split families still suffer after 75 years of India-Pakistan partition

KARACHI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Ali Hasan Baqai and Abid Hasan Baqai, brothers split for 75 years by the partition of India and Pakistan, talk with their families on a video call, words and tears binding them but with no hope of reunion. Thousands of families like the Baqai brothers remain divided three-quarters of a century...

France halts spread of “monster” wildfire, reopens highway

PARIS (Reuters) – Firefighters have managed to halt the spread of a “monster” blaze in southwest France, allowing authorities to reopen a stretch of highway to traffic ahead of a busy travel weekend. “The fire did not advance overnight thanks to the significant means employed,” the local prefect said in a tweet Saturday. Reinforcements from...

Shanghai extends weekly COVID-19 testing requirement until end of September

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – China’s most populous city Shanghai has extended its weekly COVID-19 test requirement and extended free testing until the end of September in a bid to keep the virus in check, authorities announced on Saturday. Citizens without a record of a nucleic acid test from within seven days will be assigned a...

Brussels’ flower carpet blooms despite heatwave

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The creators of Brussels’ vast flower carpet, unfurled every two years in front of city hall, are opting for more heat-resistant blooms and the use of pot plants for the first time in the art project’s 50-year history to adapt to Europe’s heatwave. Returning to the Belgian capital’s opulent Grand Place after...

Canadian Arctic city declares state of emergency over water shortage

By Ismail Shakil OTTAWA (Reuters) – The northern Canadian city of Iqaluit declared a state of emergency on Friday after scarce rain this year left water levels in the local Apex River at a four-decade low. Iqaluit warned it may not have enough water in its reservoir to sustain its population of about 7,800 when...

N.Korea lifts mask mandate, distancing rules after declaring COVID victory

By Soo-hyang Choi SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has dropped a face mask mandate and other social distancing rules as leader Kim Jong Un declared victory over COVID-19 this week, state media said on Saturday, three months after its first acknowledgement of the virus outbreak in the isolated country. Kim presided over a COVID meeting...

Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanks U.S. for maintaining security in Taiwan Strait

(Reuters) – Taiwan’s foreign ministry expressed its “sincere gratitude” towards the United States for taking “concrete actions” to maintain security and peace in the Taiwan Strait and the region in a statement on Saturday. The statement came in response to comments from U.S. Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell, who said on Friday that China “overreacted” to...

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