Half of Russia’s Black Sea fleet’s fighter jets out of action, Western official says

Half of Russia’s Black Sea fleet’s fighter jets out of action, Western official says

LONDON, Aug. 19 (Reuters) – Blasts at Saky Air Force Base in the annexed Crimean peninsula earlier this month knocked out more than half of Russia’s Black Sea fighter jets, a Western official said Friday. The air base near Novofedorivka on the west coast of the peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, suffered … Read more

Russia Intel Knew But Didn’t Tell Kremlin Ukraine Would Fight It: WaPo

Russia Intel Knew But Didn’t Tell Kremlin Ukraine Would Fight It: WaPo

Russian intelligence had evidence that Ukrainians would fight against a Russian invasion, but told the Kremlin otherwise. This is according to information obtained by The Washington Post. A Western official said intelligence officials gave the Kremlin “the feeling that there would be flowers in their path”. Loading Something is loading. Russian officials had information that … Read more

Low water levels on the Danube reveal sunken German warships from World War II

Low water levels on the Danube reveal sunken German warships from World War II

PRAHOVO, Serbia, Aug. 19 (Reuters) – Europe’s worst drought in years has pushed the mighty Danube River to one of its lowest levels in nearly a century, sinking the hulls of dozens of explosive-laden German warships during World War II near the Serbian river port city of Prahovo. The ships were among the hundreds sunk … Read more

Bodies of two children found in suitcases bought at auction in New Zealand

Bodies of two children found in suitcases bought at auction in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, Aug. 19 (Reuters) – New Zealand police are investigating the suspected murder of two children whose remains were found in suitcases bought at an online auction last week for an unclaimed locker. Police launched a murder investigation in Auckland last week after the remains were found by a family who went through the contents … Read more

China sentences tycoon Xiao Jianhua to 13 years, fines his company $8.1 billion

China sentences tycoon Xiao Jianhua to 13 years, fines his company .1 billion

People walk past the building with the listed address of the Tomorrow Holdings office in Beijing, China, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) – A Shanghai court has sentenced Chinese-Canadian billionaire Xiao Jianhua, who has not been seen in public since 2017, to … Read more

China’s response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions

China’s response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions

BANGKOK (AP) — China’s response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has been anything but subtle, sending warships and military planes to all sides of self-governing island democracy and firing ballistic missiles into nearby waters. The dust still hasn’t settled, and Taiwan is conducting exercises of its own this week and Beijing announces … Read more

US pass on Taliban demand could have stopped chaos of troop withdrawal

US pass on Taliban demand could have stopped chaos of troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON — The US made a fatal mistake last year when it turned down the Taliban’s offer to allow US troops to secure Kabul during their failed withdrawal, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee argued in a statement. report released this week. After the Western-backed Afghan government collapsed on August 15, 2021, … Read more

China’s heat wave could have a knock-on effect on the economy: Economist

China’s heat wave could have a knock-on effect on the economy: Economist

A civilian wearing a breathing mask to escape the heat is driving on the road in China on May 23, 2019. Electricity taxes in China’s Henan province hit a new record on Monday, mainly driven by demand for air conditioning, as scorching heat waves spread across regions north of the Yangtze River. Vcg | Visual … Read more