Ukraine says Russian attacks on Donbas intensifying

Donbas region is completely destroyed -Zelenskiy Group of Seven sends billions more to Ukraine US Senate approves $40 bln in further aid KYIV/SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces intensified their offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region using artillery, rocket-launchers and aircraft to damage defenses around Donetsk, Ukraine’s general staff said on Friday. “The … Read more

Oklahoma lawmakers pass near-total abortion ban

May 19 (Reuters) – Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would ban nearly all abortions and would allow private citizens to sue anyone who helps women terminate pregnancy. The bill would take effect immediately upon being signed by Republican Governor Kevin Stitt, making it the most restrictive abortion ban in … Read more

Britain offers smallpox shot as monkeypox cases spread in Europe

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – A smattering of monkeypox cases in Britain has prompted authorities to offer a smallpox vaccine to some healthcare workers and others who may have been exposed, as a handful more cases were confirmed in parts of Europe. Monkeypox is usually a mild viral illness, characterized by symptoms of fever as … Read more

Musk says ‘Tesla is on my mind 24/7’ amid concerns about Twitter distraction

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday that “Tesla is on my mind 24/7,” trying to soothe investor worries about him being distracted by a Twitter (TWTR.N) deal that has depressed stocks at the electric car company. Posting a picture showing a woman (Tesla) who is upset by … Read more

Exclusive: US aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

The US Navy Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile during Pacific Vanguard (PACVAN) quadrilateral exercises between Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and US Naval forces in the Philippine Sea May 26 , 2019. Picture taken May 26, 2019. US Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton/Handout via REUTERS Register … Read more

Russia uses new laser weapons in Ukraine, Zelenskiy mocks ‘wonder weapon’

Russia dips into its secret laser arsenal Zelenskiy mockingly compares laser use to Nazis’ wonder weapons Satellites 1,500 km away can be shielded LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Russia on Wednesday said it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn up drones, deploying some of Moscow’s secret weapons to counter … Read more

Yellen: Not legal for US to seize Russian official assets

BONN, Germany, May 18 (Reuters) – The United States does not have legal authority to seize Russian central bank assets frozen due to its invasion of Ukraine, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, but talks with US partners over ways to make Russia foot the bill for Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction are starting. Yellen also … Read more

Google’s Russian subsidiary to file for bankruptcy after bank account seized

May 18 (Reuters) – Google’s Russian subsidiary plans to file for bankruptcy after the authorities seized its bank account, making it impossible to carry on operations, a Google spokesperson said on Wednesday. Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) Google has been under pressure in Russia for months for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal and for … Read more

Wall Street ends sharply higher, fueled by Apple

Walmart slides after cutting earnings forecast April retail sales rise in line with estimates S&P 500 +2.02%, Nasdaq +2.76%, Dow +1.34% May 17 (Reuters) – Wall Street finished sharply higher on Tuesday, lifted by Apple, Tesla and other megacap growth stocks after strong retail sales in April eased worries about slowing economic growth. Ten of … Read more

Hundreds of Ukrainians defending Azovstal plant surrender to uncertain fate

Reuters witness: seven buses carry out fighters Some not wounded – Reuters witness Azov regiment fighters surrender at Azovstal Unclear what will happen to the fighters MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters surrendered to an uncertain fate on Tuesday after weeks holed up in the bunkers and tunnels below Mariupol’s Azovstal … Read more