Insiders admit race to be UK’s next prime minister is heading for ‘five-star disaster’

The race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and thus prime minister has turned into a Rorschach test designed to discover all the different ways in which British Conservatives are suffering. In Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister, Conservative Party members see a man who was unfaithful to Johnson by leading the exodus of … Read more

Wildfires are raging across Europe as the climate alarm is sounding

Hundreds fled Tuscany as gas tanks hit by fire exploded Fire contained near Athens after hundreds evacuated UK warns against stepping up climate fight after hot day Expect new records of energy use as US approaches heat wave China is preparing for a new heat wave; Can last until August ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) – Emergency services … Read more

Putin establishes ties with Iran’s supreme leader in Tehran talks

The Russian leader also meets the main Iranian President Discusses Ukraine’s grain exports with Turkey’s Erdogan The Turkish threat to the Syrian operation is also in focus LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran on Tuesday, the first visit by a Kremlin leader outside the … Read more

France battles massive wildfires, and bakes Britain in a record heat wave

Forest fires burn forests in the Gironde, southwest France UK temperatures exceed 40°C for the first time Germany and Belgium brace for possible record temperatures More than 30 wildfires destroy parts of Spain Portugal has more than 1,000 deaths from the heat wave LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Firefighters in southwest France struggled to contain massive bushfires … Read more

The contenders for the British Prime Minister quarrel over tax cuts in a TV debate

Five challenged to succeed Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister The second of three televised debates on Sunday Tax plans at the heart of the hot contest Polls show a conflicting picture of who is the winner LONDON (Reuters) – The five Conservative party contenders still vying for Britain’s next prime minister battled over tax … Read more

Forest fires erupt in France and Spain as heat waves swept across Europe

Forest fires in southwestern France, Spain Health officials have reported hundreds of heat-related deaths UK emergency committee meeting after weather warning PARIS/LISBONA (Reuters) – Wildfires raged in southwest France and Spain on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate as sweltering summer temperatures soared and put authorities on alert in parts of Europe. More than … Read more

A heat wave is burning Europe. Issuing health warnings

WMO issues air quality warnings in towns and cities UK announces first red heat warning for Monday, Tuesday Forest fires erupt in France, Spain and Portugal LERIA (Portugal/London) (Reuters) – Hundreds more people were evacuated from their homes as wildfires raged in France, Spain and Portugal on Friday, while officials in Europe issued heatwave health … Read more

The dollar catches its breath as Federal Reserve officials leave the market contemplating the path of interest rates

A woman holds US dollar bills in this illustration taken on May 30, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Rovich/Illustration Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar hovered below a two-decade high in Asian trading on Friday, after falling overnight after two Federal Reserve policymakers said they favored a rate hike … Read more

Analysis: Euro at par. Its fate is now with the energy markets

Euro coins sinking into the water in this illustration taken, May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Rovich/Illustration Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON (Reuters) – The euro’s plunge below $1 for the first time in two decades puts it on course for one of the worst years in its history, especially if … Read more

Eight candidates are running to replace British Prime Minister Johnson

Johnson had to announce his resignation due to scandals Eight get enough nominations to replace him, two leave Pledges to cut taxes dominate contentious party competition Favorite Sunak says inflation must be curbed LONDON (Reuters) – Eight Conservatives are in the fight to succeed Boris Johnson as party leader and British Prime Minister after winning … Read more