At least 44 dead in Nepal’s worst plane crash in nearly five years

KATHMANDU, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – At least 44 people were killed when a domestic flight crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara on Sunday, an aviation authority official said. Hundreds of rescuers were scouring the hill where the Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people from the capital Kathmandu crashed. The weather was clear, said Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for … Read more

Moldova says missile remnants found in country’s north

CHISINAU, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – The president of Moldova, Ukraine’s western neighbour, on Saturday denounced a new wave of Russian attacks on Ukrainian targets after missile remnants were found just inside the border of the small former Soviet state. “Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine once again has direct consequences for Moldova. Moldovan border police found … Read more

Retired general, former Prime Minister in the second round of the Czech presidential election

Retired general Petr Pavel wins first round for former prime minister Presidents appoint officials, but have little executive power Pavel may have a lead in the second round in two weeks Babis would clash with the centre-right government PRAGUE, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Retired General Petr Pavel narrowly defeated billionaire former Prime Minister Andrej Babis … Read more

Explainer: Why Malaysia is considering a ban on palm oil exports to the European Union

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, said on Thursday it could halt palm exports to the European Union after the bloc imposed additional import restrictions on the edible oil over deforestation concerns. WHAT IS THE DISCONCERN ABOUT? Malaysia and Indonesia have been at odds with the European Union … Read more

Last Russian war against Ukraine: Moscow and Kiev dispute control of Soledar

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday its forces had taken control of Soledar in eastern Ukraine in what would be a rare success for Moscow after months of battlefield reversals, but Kiev said its forces are still in the city ​​were fighting. FIGHT * President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian troops continued to fight … Read more

Lithuania-Latvia gas pipeline explodes, but no sign of attack

VILNIUS, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – A gas pipeline connecting Lithuania and Latvia was hit by an explosion on Friday but there was no immediate evidence of an attack, Lithuanian gas transporter Amber Grid said. Video published by Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT showed a fire raging at the site of the explosion in Panevezys county in … Read more

Swedish miner finds Europe’s largest reserve of rare earths

The LKAB facility in Kiruna, Sweden. The company said on Jan. 12 that it found Europe’s largest known deposit of rare earth metals there. Jonas Extromer | Afp | Getty Images Swedish state-owned mining company LKAB said it has found the largest known deposit of rare earth metals in Europe. Based in Kiruna, in Sweden’s … Read more

China COVID peak lasts two to three months, then rural areas hit

Peak of COVID wave observed for 2-3 months – epidemiologist The elderly in rural areas are particularly at risk People’s mobility indicators are ticking, but have yet to fully recover BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The peak of China’s COVID-19 wave is expected to last for two to three months and will soon swell across … Read more