Polls close as Bosnians choose between nationalists and reformists

Polls close as Bosnians choose between ‘old and ‘new’ 35% of voters turned out by 3 p.m (1300 GMT) Election authorities say vote proceeded well SARAJEVO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s polls closed on Sunday as voters turned out to choose the country’s new collective presidency and lawmakers at national, regional and local levels, in … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion is backdrop to election in Latvia

VILNIUS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvians were voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election, with opinion polls predicting that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’s centre-right New Unity party will win the most votes, enabling him to continue his coalition with the conservative National Alliance. A victory for Karins could widen a growing rift between the Latvian … Read more

Russia vetoes U.S.-led resolution on Moscow’s proclaimed annexations, China abstains

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution introduced by the United State and Albania condemning Moscow’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, and China chose to abstain from the vote. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed Russian rule over four regions that make up 15% of Ukraine’s territory … Read more

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over annexation of swath of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over its declared annexation of a swath of Ukraine, targeting hundreds of people and companies, including those in Russia’s military-industrial complex and lawmakers. Washington acted after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proclaimed the biggest annexation in Europe since World … Read more

Q+A Nord Stream gas ‘sabotage’: who’s being blamed and why?

WARSAW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Major leaks that suddenly erupted in the Nord Stream gas pipelines that run from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea have generated plenty of theories but few clear answers about who or what caused the damage. Here is what we know and what has been said so far: WHO … Read more

Gunfire, blast jolt Burkina Faso capital, soldiers on streets

OUAGADOUGOU, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Heavy gunfire rang out from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday and a large blast was heard near the presidential palace, Reuters reporters said. Armed soldiers took up positions along the avenue leading to the presidency and blocked access to administrative buildings … Read more

U.S. FDA proposes new rules for packaged foods to qualify as ‘healthy’

Sept 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday proposed new rules for labeling packaged foods as “healthy”, as it seeks to help people make informed nutritional choices which can help lower the risk of chronic diseases. The proposed changes to food labeling come on the day of the first White … Read more

Ukrainians flee from Russian annexation – while they still can

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Sept 28 (Reuters) – “It’s funny. Nobody voted, yet the results are in,” laughed Lyubomir Boyko, 43, from Golo Pristan, a village in Russian-occupied Kherson province as he waited on Wednesday outside a United Nations aid office with his family at a refugee reception centre. As Russia prepares to annex a swathe of … Read more

Bank of England seeks to stem bond market turmoil

IMF does ‘not recommend’ policies like UK growth plan Moody’s: economic plan is ‘growth negative’ Pound trading down 0.7% to $1.065 Bond strategists warn market almost untradeable LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The Bank of England sought to quell a fire-storm in the British bond market, saying on Wednesday it would buy as much government … Read more

IMF criticises UK policy, Bank of England to make big response

Proposals likely to increase inequality, IMF says BoE’s Pill says ‘significant’ response likely Economists, executives call for a policy U-turn Pound recovers slightly, up 0.4% on the day LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund openly criticised Britain’s new economic strategy on Tuesday, following another slide in bond markets that forced the Bank … Read more