Reality ends some Qatari dreams of World Cup rental bonanza

Agency says Qatar hotel group demanded new payments Some rates reduced, but many properties are empty Broker says some landlords sought unrealistic rents DOHA, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Qatar has found itself with an unexpected glut of rooms in the World Cup’s busy group stage, with online portals showing rooms in at least 42 hotels … Read more

Exclusive: Russians, Ukrainians meet in UAE to discuss prisoner swap, ammonia, sources say

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Representatives from Russia and Ukraine met in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the possibility of a prisoner-of-war swap that would be linked to a resumption of Russian ammonia exports, which go to Asia and Africa, via a Ukrainian pipeline, three sources with knowledge of the meeting said. … Read more

US prepared to authorize Chevron to boost Venezuela’s oil output

US ready to allow oil giant to produce, sell Venezuelan oil Chevron is owed billions in unpaid debts by state-run PDVSA US aims to shift Venezuelan oil sales from shadow firms HOUSTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp could soon win US approval to expand operations in Venezuela and resume trading its oil once the … Read more

Ukraine promises shelters for its people as winter sets in

‘Invincibility centers’ to provide heat, water, internet Power outages widespread as Russia targets electricity grid G7 to soon announce price cap on Russian oil – US official KYIV, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine promised shelters with heat and water and encouraged its people to save energy as a harsh winter loomed amid relentless Russian strikes … Read more

Russia’s ‘General Armageddon’ under pressure to deliver on the battlefield after retreat

Top general argued for strategic but humiliating retreat Russian forces left the west bank of River Dnipro as a result Russian war hawks rallied around General Sergei Surovikin But he is now under pressure to show battlefield results LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s leading war hawks rallied behind the humiliating decision for Moscow’s forces … Read more

COP27 nears breakthrough on climate finance in scramble for final deal

Countries studying details of new draft agreement Delegates herald possible breakthrough on loss and damage EU prepared to exit talks without positive outcome Some nations want firmer goals on long-term action SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Negotiators at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt neared a breakthrough deal on Saturday for a fund … Read more

How the Biden White House scrambled after Poland missile blast

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has been adamant that the United States will back Ukraine in its nine-month fight to repel a Russian invasion. But he has insisted, “we will not fight the Third World War in Ukraine.” So when a missile struck a village in Poland near the Ukraine border on … Read more

No alcohol sales permitted at Qatar’s World Cup stadium sites

DOHA Nov 18 (Reuters) – Alcoholic beer will not be sold at Qatar’s World Cup stadiums, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Friday, a last minute reversal which raised questions among some supporters about the host country’s ability to deliver on promises to fans. The announcement comes two days before Sunday’s kickoff of the … Read more

Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries linking debt cost to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be the biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory of … Read more

APEC summit disrupted by North Korean ICBM test

North Korea tests missile as leaders gather for summit Thai pro-democracy protesters tussle with police Thai PM calls for change for sustainable future BANGKOK, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Several Asia-Pacific leaders gathered for an economic summit in the Thai capital broke away from their meeting on Friday to condemn North Korea after it test-fired an … Read more