Explainer-What’s at Stake in Russia’s Assault on Avdiivka?

[ad_1] By Dan Peleschuk and Andrew Osborn KYIV/LONDON (Reuters) – Russian forces are intensifying attacks on the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, seeking to encircle Kyiv’s troops there as Moscow’s war in Ukraine grinds on. The fighting is reminiscent of a battle for another eastern city, Bakhmut, which fell to Russian forces last May after … Read more

Ethereum Blockchain Produced Equivalent of Honduras’ Annual Emissions Before Upgrade

[ad_1] LONDON(Reuters) – The Ethereum blockchain’s historical greenhouse gas emissions before a major software upgrade last year were equivalent to the yearly emissions of Honduras, a University of Cambridge study showed on Friday. Blockchains – the digital ledgers that underpin cryptocurrencies – typically consume large amounts of energy as they produce coins and process transactions, … Read more

Russian Court Extends Pre-Trial Detention of U.S. Journalist Until Feb. 5

[ad_1] KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – A Russia court extended the detention of Russian-American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva on Friday as she awaits trial for failing to register as a “foreign agent”. The court in the city of Kazan prolonged her detention until Feb. 5. No date has been set for the trial. Kurmasheva is a Prague-based … Read more

Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Says He Has Been Handed New Criminal Charges

[ad_1] MOSCOW (Reuters) -Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on social media on Friday that he had been informed of new criminal charges against him. Navalny, 47, is already serving sentences in a penal colony totalling more than 30 years on charges including extremism, which he denies, and has spent much of the last two years … Read more

Hungary’s Orban Says EU Should First Sign Strategic Partnership Accord With Ukraine

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The European Union should first sign a strategic partnership agreement with Ukraine instead of starting membership talks with the country, Hungary’s Viktor Orban said on Friday, flagging a way to a possible compromise ahead of a crucial EU summit. The 27 national EU leaders are due to decide in mid-December on … Read more

Britain’s Sunak Tries to Reclaim Climate Narrative With $2 Billion Pledge

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will pledge 1.6 billion pounds ($2 billion) in funding at the U.N. climate summit on Friday, an attempt to bolster his green credentials after watering down Britain’s measures to reach net zero targets. Sunak, in Dubai for COP28 leaders’ day, will try to restore Britain’s reputation as … Read more

For Eastern Ukrainians, the Ordeal of War Is Entering Its Second Decade

[ad_1] CHASIV YAR, Ukraine (Reuters) – Yevhen Tkachov, a volunteer aid worker and devout Pentecostal from Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, spent much of his life travelling to the world’s war zones helping civilians in need. Nearly 10 years ago, his own homeland erupted into conflict, and the war never went away. “Right now I think … Read more

Britain’s King Charles to Push for Global Action on Climate in COP28 Speech

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – Britain’s King Charles will give an opening address to the U.N. COP28 climate summit on Friday where he is expected to tell world leaders that the repeated warning signs of the impact of climate change are being disregarded, with devastating consequences. In his first major speech on climate change since he … Read more

Europe Agrees on Rules to Protect Smart Devices From Cyber Threats

[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU countries and EU lawmakers on Thursday agreed to rules to protect laptops, fridges, mobile apps and smart devices connected to the internet from cyber threats following a spate of such attacks and ransom demands in recent years around the world. Proposed by the European Commission in September last year, the … Read more

Russian National Pleads Guilty to US Cybercrime Charges

[ad_1] (Reuters) – A Russian national who was extradited to the United States from South Korea earlier this year pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges stemming from his role in a cybercriminal organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Prosecutors say Vladimir Dunaev, 40, was a member of a cybercriminal organization that deployed a … Read more