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Germany and Poland search for cause of mass fish die-off in river Oder

Tons of dead fish collected in river on Polish-German border Authorities are working to establish cause Polish authorities criticized for slow response Polish PM says Oder “may take years” to return to normal state BERLIN/WARSAW, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Polish and German authorities are working “flat-out” to establish the cause behind a mass fish die-off …

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Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia’s Soyuz rockets. The private American competitor to Europe’s Arianespace has emerged as a key contender to plug …

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Strikes at Ukraine nuclear plant prompt UN chief to call for demilitarized zone

Russia ambassador warns of ‘nuclear catastrophe’ Zelenskiy demands Russia return plant to Ukraine Satellite images show damage at Russian air base in Crimea KYIV/NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant as the UN chief proposed a demilitarized zone at the site amid fears …

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Kenyans anxious for news on next president, two days after tight vote

Opposition leader Odinga faces Deputy Pres. Ruto Election commission yet to say when it’ll announce winner Kenyans anxious for updates; media tallies inconclusive Previous elections marred by violence, claims of rigging NAIROBI/ELDORET, Kenya, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Kenyans crowded round radios and televisions on Thursday, increasingly anxious for news of who their next president might …

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France battles ‘monster’ wildfire as heatwaves scorch Europe

HOSTENS, France, Aug 11 (Reuters) – A “monster” wildfire raged for a third day in southwestern France on Thursday, ravaging forests and forcing 10,000 people to evacuate their homes. With no let-up in scorching temperatures likely before the weekend, firefighters backed by water-bombing aircraft battled on many fronts, saying the massive fire could change direction …

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Ukraine’s creditors agree 2-year freeze on $20 bln overseas debt

Ukraine says move will save $6 bln over two years Creditors back similar move for two state firms Comprehensive debt restructuring seen following freeze LONDON/NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s overseas creditors backed its request for a two-year freeze on payments on almost $20 billion in international bonds, a regulatory filing showed on Wednesday, …

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North Korea declares victory over COVID, suggests leader Kim had it

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a politburo meeting of the Worker’s Party on the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 21, 2022. KCNA via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Aug 11 …

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South Korea, China clash over US missile shield, complicating conciliation

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is seen in Seongju, South Korea, June 13, 2017. Picture taken on June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Aug 11 (Reuters) – China and South Korea clashed on Thursday over a US missile defense shield, threatening to undermine …

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Like a scene from ‘Parasite’: Floods lay bare social disparity in South Korea

SEOUL, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Using a plastic bowl, Ha In-sik bailed water out of his lower ground apartment in the low-income housing district of Sillim in southwestern Seoul on Wednesday, where flooding caused by torrential rain forced his family to sleep at a nearby park. The 50-year-old man, along with his wife and daughter …

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Japan premier shakes up cabinet as anger grows over party ties to Unification Church

Vote support slumps over party’s ties to controversial church Shake-up comes earlier than analysts had expected Church defends its right to participate in politics Prime minister to hold news conference later on Weds TOKYO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, dropping some ministers with links to the …

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