US says ex-Army major and wife tried to leak military health data to Russia

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A former US Army major and his anesthesiologist wife have been criminally charged for allegedly plotting to leak highly sensitive healthcare data about military patients to Russia, the Justice Department revealed on Thursday. Jamie Lee Henry, the former major who was also a doctor at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, … Read more

US charges Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska with violating sanctions

NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) – US prosecutors on Thursday unveiled criminal charges accusing the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska of violating sanctions imposed after Russia invaded Ukraine. Deripaska, the 54-year-old founder of aluminum giant Rusal (RUAL.MM), , was among two dozen Russian oligarchs and government officials blacklisted by Washington in 2018 in reaction to Russia’s … Read more

Russia says Nord Stream likely hit by state-backed ‘terrorism’

Kremlin says damage to pipelines looks like ‘terrorism’ EU official says leaks change nature of Ukraine conflict European officials say Russian ships seen nearby -CNN MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday that leaks spewing gas into the Baltic Sea from pipelines to Germany appeared to be the result of state-sponsored “terrorism”, as … Read more

Myanmar court jails Suu Kyi, Australian economist for 3 years – source

Sept 29 (Reuters) – A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday jailed deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her former economic adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, for three years for violating a secrets law, a source familiar with the proceedings said. Both had pleaded not guilty to charges of violating the official secrets act, which … Read more

Iran president says Amini’s death is ‘tragic incident’, but ‘chaos’ unacceptable

Raisi says Amini’s death has saddened everyone Says “chaos” is unacceptable, backs security forces Growing death toll as protests spread to over 80 cities Death of woman in morality police custody kindled protests DUBAI, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday said that the death of a young woman in custody had … Read more

EU executive proposes eighth batch of sanctions against Russia

EU states start negotiating new package of Russia sanctions 27 member countries split on oil price cap Ukraine: It’s needed to stop ‘blood money’ flowing to Russia BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The European Union executive proposed on Wednesday an eighth round of sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, including tighter trade restrictions, … 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 center. As Russia prepares to annex a swathe of … Read more

Pound drops more than 1% as Bank of England steps into bond market

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sterling fell more than 1% against the dollar and euro on Wednesday after the Bank of England said it would step in to calm the UK’s frenzied bond markets. The pound was on track for its biggest monthly fall since October 2008, just after Lehman Brothers collapsed. The Bank said … Read more

Millions urged to evacuate as Florida Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Ian

SARASOTA, Fla., Sept 28 (Reuters) – Florida Gulf Coast residents emptied grocery shelves, boarded up windows and fled to evacuation shelters as Hurricane Ian barreled closer on Wednesday, lashing the state’s southern tip hours before it was forecast to make US landfall. Ian has strengthened into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane, the US National … Read more

Meta says it removes China-based propaganda operation targeting US midterms

Sept 27 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms (META.O) said on Tuesday it disrupted the first known China-based influence operation focused on targeting users in the United States with political content ahead of the midterm elections in November. The network maintained fake accounts across Meta’s social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, as well as competitor service Twitter … Read more