Cryptoverse: Bitcoin hits the heat in July’s jump

A display of virtual currency bitcoin and a one-dollar bill are seen in front of a stock chart in this photo taken Jan. 8, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Sign up Aug 2 (Reuters) – It’s been a good month for bitcoin – and we haven’t said that … Read more

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from doctor in Cairo to leader of al-Qaeda

Joined the Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a distinguished Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after bin Laden’s death Applied influence as an ideologue, strategist Bin Laden’s charisma was missing DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al-Qaeda leader after years as its chief planner and strategist, but his … Read more

US Says Russia Uses ‘Nuclear Shield’ In Ukraine, Risks Terrible Accident

US Says Russia Uses ‘Nuclear Shield’ The first grain ship leaves Ukraine Ukraine says 22,000 Russian troops are ready to go south Foreign fighters enter Luhansk, governor says Ukraine says it retakes 50 towns in Kherson UNITED STATES/KYIV, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The United States has accused Russia of using Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant … Read more

“Living with COVID”: Where the pandemic could go next

LONDON/CHICAGO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – As the third winter of the coronavirus pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists are warning weary governments and citizens to prepare for more waves of COVID-19. In the United States alone, there could be as many as a million infections a day this winter, said Chris Murray, head of … Read more

Stephen King plans to fight for the US government in a case against a mega publishing merger

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge on Monday to block the $2.2 billion merger of two of the “Big Five” book publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, in a trial expected to testimony from horror writer Stephen King. “This is real money for real people,” said … Read more

HSBC puts on Ping An call, raises payout and profit target

HSBC will return to paying quarterly dividends from 2023 Aims to win investors with a higher return target Says the division of Asian business involves a lot of risk London shares up 6% LONDON/SINGAPORE, Aug 1 (Reuters) – HSBC ( HSBA.L ) rejected a proposal by major shareholder Ping An Insurance Group Co of China … Read more

“Living with COVID”: Where the pandemic could go next

LONDON/CHICAGO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – As the third winter of the coronavirus pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists are warning weary governments and citizens to prepare for more waves of COVID-19. In the United States alone, there could be as many as a million infections a day this winter, said Chris Murray, head of … Read more

Shenzhen accelerates China’s driverless car dreams

SHENZHEN, China, Aug 1 (Reuters) – On a busy downtown street, three delivery bikes suddenly dart across the crosswalk in front of the car. On the car dashboard, they look like little 3D blue blocks from a 1990s video game. The steering wheel turns into a notch and the vehicle slows to a gentle stop … Read more

Hundreds of firefighters battle a blaze near Lisbon

MAFRA, Portugal, July 31 (Reuters) – Hundreds of firefighters battled a fire raging in a Portuguese municipality near the capital Lisbon on Sunday as high temperatures and strong winds made it harder to put out. Backed by water bombers and 123 vehicles, more than 400 firefighters were brought in after a fire broke out in … Read more

Russia pound Ukrainian port; Putin expresses ambitions for global fisheries

Putin’s maritime ambitions include the Black Sea and the Arctic Russian missiles hit the port of Mykolaiv Explosion at Russia’s Black Sea Fleet base Ukrainian grain magnate Oleksiy Vadatursky murdered in Mykolaiv Ukraine’s first grain ship could leave port on Monday KYIV, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian Black Sea port city … Read more