Chinese search for second black box from crashed jet

WUZHOU, China, March 24 (Reuters) – Recovery crews searched in light rain for a second black box from a China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) passenger plane that plunged into a mountainside with 132 people on board, as more information emerged about the pilots of the flight. A first black box found on Wednesday was the cockpit … Read more

Chinese Boeing jet crashes in mountains with 132 on board, no sign of survivors

BEIJING, March 21 (Reuters) – A China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in mountains in southern China on a domestic flight on Monday after a sudden descent from cruising altitude. Media said there were no signs of survivors. The airline said it deeply mourned the loss of passengers and … Read more

Hong Kong to ease strict COVID measures from April, lifts flight ban

HONG KONG, March 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong plans to relax some anti-COVID-19 measures next month, lifting a ban on flights from nine countries, reducing quarantine for arrivals from abroad and reopening schools. The moves, announced on Monday by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, come after a backlash from businesses and residents who see the rest … Read more

Nazanin, Ashoori arrive in Britain after Iran prison ordeal

BRIZE NORTON, England, March 16 (Reuters) – British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and dual national Anoosheh Ashoori arrived in Britain from Iran on Thursday, ending an ordeal during which they became a bargaining chip in Iran’s talks with the West over its nuclear programme. They arrived at the British military airbase of Brize Norton in … Read more

Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing childrens’ hospital in besieged Mariupol

Hospital hit by several Russian bombs, city council says Russia had earlier agreed to ceasefire for evacuation Moscow denies targeting civilians Kyiv calls for ceasefire to restore Chernobyl power LVIV, Ukraine, March 9 (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia on Wednesday of bombing a children’s hospital in the besieged port of Mariupol during a supposed ceasefire … Read more

U.S. rejects Poland’s offer to give it Russian-made fighter jets for Ukraine

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) – The United States rejected a surprise offer by NATO ally Poland on Tuesday to transfer its Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to a US base in Germany as a way to replenish Ukraine’s air force in its defense against invading Russian forces. The United States has sought to speed weapons deliveries … Read more

Carmakers face soaring metal costs with Russian supplies at risk

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Saving up for a new ride? Better start putting more cash aside. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ramping up the price of metals used in cars, from aluminum in the bodywork to palladium in catalytic converters to the high-grade nickel in electric vehicle batteries, and drivers are likely to foot … Read more

Moscow says it will let Ukrainian civilians flee – to Russia

Talk of humanitarian corridors comes after failed ceasefires Oil price surges as US considers Russia oil ban Ukraine says Russian forces assault preparing on Kyiv LVIV/IRPIN, Ukraine, March 7 (Reuters) – Moscow offered Ukrainians escape routes to Russia and its close ally Belarus on Monday, drawing cries of outrage from Ukraine, where officials said a … Read more

Kyiv digs in for battle as fighting flares in areas nearby

KYIV, March 6 (Reuters) – Ukrainian soldiers bolstered defenses around Kyiv on Sunday, digging trenches, blocking roads and liaising with civil defense units as Russian forces bombarded the surrounding areas and attacked towns and villages nearby. While the armed forces and civilian volunteers dug in, thousands of people continued to try to flee the city … Read more

Russian forces seize huge Ukrainian nuclear plant, fire extinguished

Intense fighting in area around huge nuclear plant No signs of elevated radiation – US Energy Sec US and UK hit oligarchs with further sanctions LVIV, Ukraine, March 4 (Reuters) – Russian forces seized the largest nuclear power plant in Europe after a building at the complex was set ablaze during intense fighting with Ukrainian … Read more