Tag: Europe

Top Russian hypersonic missile scientist arrested on treason charge

August 6, 2022

Dr Alexander Shiplyuk, director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Siberian Branch, is the third Russian scientist this summer to be arrested on suspicion of treason. The institute’s scientific director Vasily Fomin told the Russian news agency TASS that Shiplyuk was sent to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention…

London’s River Thames has shrunk in extreme heat and looming drought

August 5, 2022

London CNN — The starting point of England’s famous River Thames has dried up and moved downstream, following weeks of little rainfall and a heat wave in July that smashed the UK’s all-time temperature record. The Thames usually begins in the English market town of Cirencester, part of the green and hilly Cotswolds countryside, and…

Scientist admits ‘space telescope image’ was actually a slice of chorizo

August 5, 2022

Étienne Klein, a celebrated physicist and director at France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, shared the image of the spicy Spanish sausage on Twitter last week, praising the “level of detail” it provided. “Picture of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years away from us. It was taken by…

Huge relief as Ukrainian grain shipped out, but the food crisis isn’t going anywhere

August 5, 2022

Millions of people have been pushed into hunger as the Russian blockade fueled soaring grain commodity prices, which reached record highs this year as more than 20 million metric tons of Ukrainian wheat and corn remained trapped in Odesa. All these interacting factors “are going to remain for some time,” Laura Wellesley, a senior research…

After Brittney Griner conviction, Russia is ready to discuss prisoner swap with US, Lavrov says

August 5, 2022

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Cambodia that the Kremlin is “ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channel that has been agreed by the presidents,” state news agency RIA Novosti reported. “There is a specified channel that has been agreed upon by [Russian President Vladimir Putin and US…

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

August 5, 2022

A general view shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, situated in the Russian-controlled area of ​​Enerhodar, seen from Nikopol in April 27, 2022. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Concerns have mounted after the British Ministry of Defense echoed accusations from the Ukrainian military that Russian forces are using the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine to fire…

Brittney Griner is facing a 9-year sentence in a Russian jail following conviction. Here’s what could come next for the WNBA star

August 5, 2022

Now, Griner has returned to the detention center where she was held during her weeks-long trial as her lawyers vow to appeal the sentence and the Biden administration attempts to negotiate for her release. During the trial, Griner pleaded guilty to carrying less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in her luggage as she traveled…

Opinion: The big mistake the US could make on Iran nuclear talks

August 5, 2022

Editor’s Note: Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.” Miller was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author;…

Hanover County, Virginia, school district apologizes for logo resembling swastika

August 5, 2022

CNN — A Virginia school district has apologized for distributing T-shirts with a logo resembling a swastika during a professional learning conference. During the conference held for staff this week, Hanover County Public Schools distributed T-shirts and conference materials containing the logo, which the district says had been designed by one of its teachers. The…

Joe Biden calls Brittney Griner’s sentence ‘unacceptable’

August 4, 2022

CNN — President Joe Biden on Thursday said the nine-year sentence handed down to WNBA star Brittney Griner by a Russian court for drug smuggling is “unacceptable.” “Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney. It’s unacceptable, and…