OPEC+ agrees deep oil production cuts, Biden calls it shortsighted

OPEC+ to cut output by 2 million bpd Real cuts estimated at 1 million bpd due to under-production Biden criticizes decision, calls it shortsighted Saudi says West’s criticism driven by wealth arrogance Saudi says cuts necessary due to rising interest rates VIENNA/LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – OPEC+ agreed steep oil production cuts on Wednesday, curbing … Read more

Grim winter looms as wartime Ukraine braces for infrastructure attacks

Elderly bracing for the worst winter in decades Fears that attacks could target infrastructure Families buy wood, mend windows, light stoves KHARKIV, Ukraine, Oct 4 (Reuters) – In an abandoned tower block damaged by Russian shelling in Ukraine’s second city, Olga Kobzar plans to tough out winter for as long as she can without electricity, … Read more

Brazil markets soar as Bolsonaro’s strong showing sparks runoff vote

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Brazil’s real currency and stock market surged on Monday after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polling and clinched his place in a tense runoff vote, denying leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an outright victory in the first round. The unexpectedly strong showing by Bolsonaro on Sunday dashed hopes … Read more

Russia has funds to support four regions being annexed, the finance minister says

Oct 3 (Reuters) – Russia has funds to support four Ukrainian regions which President Vladimir Putin began annexing last week and these funds are part of the country’s budget, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told parliament. Russia declared the annexations of the regions after holding what it called referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine. Western governments … Read more

Ukraine claims control of Russian logistics hub, seeks to cut more supply lines

Lyman town recapture could help Ukraine against Russians in east Russian hawks criticize loss, some demand tougher measures Pope calls for end to ‘spiral of violence and death’ KYIV, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine claimed full control of Russia’s eastern logistics hub Lyman, its most significant battlefield gain in weeks, setting the stage for further … Read more

Britain to acquire two specialist ships to protect underwater infrastructure

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Britain will acquire two specialist ships to protect underwater infrastructure such as cables and pipelines, defense minister Ben Wallace said on Sunday, following leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Europe. “I can announce we have recently committed to two specialist ships with the capability to … Read more

Gas starts flowing to Poland through the new Baltic Pipe pipeline

WARSAW, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Gas started flowing to Poland through the new Baltic Pipe pipeline from Norway via Denmark and the Baltic Sea on Saturday morning, Polish gas pipeline operator Gaz-System said. The pipeline is at the center of Poland’s strategy to diversify its gas supplies away from Russia that began years before Moscow’s … Read more

Sweden resumes arms exports to Turkey after NATO membership bid

OSLO/STOCKHOLM, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Sweden’s Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) said on Friday it reversed a ban against exporting military equipment to Turkey, following the Nordic country’s decision to join the NATO military alliance and agreement to overcome Turkish objections. The Sweden and Finland sought membership to NATO earlier this year following Russia’s invasion … Read more

Tunisian tattoo artist revives Berber designs for new generation

KAIROUAN, Tunisia, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Tunisian tattoo artist Manel Mahdouani is reviving traditional Berber designs that had long been considered unfashionable but are now gaining in popularity among a hip new generation. Few Tunisians now speak the Berber languages ​​more commonly found in Algeria and Morocco, and outward signs of Berber cultural identity are … Read more

Green gold: Mexican avocados, beloved in US, fuel multi-billion dollar market

MEXICO CITY, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Hass avocado imports from Mexico, the main ingredient of guacamole – a favorite Super Bowl snack – are now worth $4 billion, up from about $2.5 billion two years ago, according to a new study by Texas A&M University. A person in the United States now eats an average … Read more