LONDON (Bywire News) - Ukraine Beyond the Lines with Zarina Zabrisky brings you reports from the site and the latest from the war in Ukraine. Zarina Zabrisky, an American journalist and an award-winning novelist, reports on the Russian war in Ukraine. She is a war correspondent for Bywire News (UK), writes a Daily Review column for Euromaidan Press, an online Ukrainian English-language independent newspaper since 2014, and contributes articles and podcasts on information warfare, reports from the sites, and interviews with military experts and eyewitnesses for these and other publications, including The Byline Times (UK). Please subscribe to our channel and give us a like so we can reach more people. Episode 5: Zarina is back in Odesa talking to us about the Ukrainian counteroffensive making headway at the forefront of the war. She also gave us an update on the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, followed by an exclusive interview. Lastly, Zarina showed us the outside of the famous Odesa...
LONDON (Bywire News) - Ukraine Beyond the Lines with Zarina Zabrisky brings you reports from the site and the latest from the war in Ukraine. Zarina Zabrisky, an American journalist and an award-winning novelist, reports on the Russian war in Ukraine. She is a war correspondent for Bywire News (UK), writes a Daily Review column for Euromaidan Press, an online Ukrainian English-language independent newspaper since 2014, and contributes articles and podcasts on information warfare, reports from the sites, and interviews with military experts and eyewitnesses for these and other publications, including The Byline Times (UK). Please subscribe to our channel and give us a like so more people can hear the reports. Episode 4. Zabrisky makes it to the wartime Chornobyl power plant, visits the reactor that caused the worst nuclear disaster in the world, reports from the satellite ghost town Pripyat'--a place abandoned three decades ago and meets a radioactive fox. (More interviews with the sta...
OTTAWA - A ceremony to proclaim the accession of Britain's King Charles will take place on Saturday in Ottawa, the office of Canada's Governor General said on Friday.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Caitlin Webber)...
By Steve Keating
NEW, YORK - With the curtain having come down on the Serena Williams show, the U.S. Open woke up to an empty feeling on Saturday as the tennis world began to adjust to life without the sport's biggest star.
For the first time since the U.S. Open began on Monday, the Williams name did not appear on the Flushing Meadows match schedule.
The buzz that had been off the charts just 12-hours earlier, when Williams lost a three-set battle to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in what was likely the final singles match of her glittering career, was dialled down to a hum on Saturday as lost-looking fans ambled around the sprawling tennis complex drifting from court to court.
Williams had signalled her intention to retire in a Vogue article in early August, saying she was "evolving away from tennis" and although she never confirmed the U.S. Open as her final event the news sparked a frenzy with fans not willing to miss a chance to see the 23-times Grand Slam singles champion in action...
By Steve Keating
NEW YORK - Serena Williams signalled she is not quite ready for retirement advancing to the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday with a scrappy 6-3 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic.
The victory over the 80th ranked Kovinic, just her second this year, will be a confidence boost for Williams but the path to a record equalling 24th Grand Slam now gets treacherous.
Waiting in the wings is Estonian second seed Anett Kontaveit, who breezed past Jaqueline Cristian 6-3 6-0.
It was far from a vintage performance from the 40-year-old American but it mattered not to a jam-packed Arthur Ashe Stadium as Williams' fighting spirit remained razor sharp even if her serve and ground strokes were not.
Even with Williams far from her best the odds always appeared stacked against the 27-year-old from Montenegro.
Playing in her 21st U.S. Open, Williams has never lost in the first round and her victory over Kovinic was her 106th at Flushing Meadows.
While Kovinic has been enjoying the best Gra...
By Tom Hals
WILMINGTON, Del. - A whistleblower's complaint that Twitter Inc misled federal regulators about the company's security risks could provide Elon Musk with fresh ammunition in his bid to get out of buying the company for $44 billion.
Until now, Musk's legal showdown with Twitter has primarily centered around claims that the company misled the billionaire about the number of bot and spam accounts on its platform.
The whistleblower complaint by Twitter's former security chief Peiter Zatko gives Musk new angles to pursue in his legal battle, such as claims that Twitter failed to disclose weaknesses in its security and data privacy.
It provides "a different basis for fraud," said Ann Lipton, a professor at Tulane Law School.
It is not clear if and how Musk's team will use the whistleblower's information, although Musk's lawyer, Alex Spiro with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, said on Tuesday that a subpoena had been issued to Zatko.
"We found his exit and that of other key...
By Natalia Zinets and Andrea Shalal
KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine - The U.N. chief and the presidents of Turkey and Ukraine discussed ways to end the war started by Russia and secure Europe's largest nuclear power station, which has come under shelling at the front lines.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters after talks in Lviv, Ukraine, on Thursday that he was gravely concerned by circumstances at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and called for military equipment and personnel to be withdrawn.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he, Guterres and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy discussed building on recent positive atmosphere to revive peace negotiations with Russia that took place in Istanbul in March.
In a deal brokered by the U.N. and Turkey, Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement in July for Moscow to lift a blockade of Ukrainian grain shipments, and exports resumed at the beginning of August.
NATO member Turkey has maintained good relations with Russia, an importa...
CAIRO - At least 35 people were killed and 45 injured in a fire inside a church in the Egyptian city of Giza on Sunday, two security sources told .
The electrical fire broke out as 5000 worshippers gathered for mass at the Abu Sifin church in the Imbaba neighborhood, causing a stampede, the sources said.
(Reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan; Writing by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by David Goodman)...
KIGALI - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday he discussed with Rwandan President Paul Kagame credible reports that Rwanda continued to support the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Blinken said both Kagame and Congo President Felix Tshisekedi had agreed to engage in direct talks with each other to address the fighting.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Clement Uwiringiyimana, Alex Winning and Elias Biryabarema; Writing by James Macharia Chege; editing by Mark Heinrich)...
- Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said on Wednesday that a visit to Taiwan by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a deliberate attempt by Washington to irritate China.
"I see no other reason to create such an annoyance almost out of the blue, knowing very well what it means for the People's Republic of China," Lavrov said on a visit to Myanmar.
Pelosi's arrival on Tuesday in Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province, prompted a furious response from Beijing at a time when international tensions are already elevated by the conflict in Ukraine.
(Reporting by ; Editing by Andrew Heavens)...
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned on Monday the execution of four democracy activists by Myanmar's ruling military, a U.N. spokesperson said.
"The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the immediate release of all arbitrarily detained prisoners, including President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi," deputy U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement.
The spokesperson added that the U.N. chief opposes the death penalty "in all circumstances."
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Kanishka Singh)...
- At least seven people were killed in an attack by Ukrainian armed forces on Monday in the Russian-held town of Nova Kakhovka in Ukraine's southern Kherson region, Russian state news agency TASS said on Tuesday.
"There are already seven dead for sure and about 60 wounded," TASS quoted Vladimir Leontyev, head of Russia-installed Kakhovka District military-civilian administration in the Kherson region.
"There are still many people under the rubble. The injured are being taken to the hospital, but many people are blocked in their apartments and houses," Leontyev added.
According to TASS, in addition to damaged buildings, the attack also led to an explosion at fertiliser warehouses in the region.
could not immediately verify the report.
Ukraine says Russian forces have targeted civilians since they invaded on Feb. 24, leaving cities, towns and villages in ruins, but Moscow rejects the charge and in turn says Ukrainians are responsible for civilians deaths.
Ukrainian officials said their...
By Simon Lewis and Anna Voitenko
KREMENCHUK, Ukraine - In a central Ukrainian intensive-care ward, five people are crammed into a room, their wounds bound up in bloodied bandages. A dead body lies on a stretcher outside, covered in a blanket.
This is the aftermath of a missile strike on a busy shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk on Monday, southeast of Kyiv, an attack one of the patients described as "hell".
According to Ukraine's emergency services the strike has killed at least 16 people and injured 59.
"This is the sixth time the city has been bombed" since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, said Oleksandr Kovalenko, deputy director of the surgery department at Kremenchuk's public hospital. "But never before did it hit so many people."
The hospital is treating 25 people injured in the attack, six of them in critical condition, he told .
The strike drew a global outcry, with leaders of the Group of Seven major democracies, gathered for a summit in Germany, condemning it as "abom...
LONDON (Bywire News) - Boris Johnson’s authority is gone. He has suffered the worst result in a confidence vote any prime minister ever has. It was a crushing verdict on his leadership from Conservative MPs.
41% of them, including up to 75% of his own backbenchers, called for him to stand down. Many more came close to joining the rebels, were it not for Downing Street promising them ministerial jobs and even knighthoods.
If almost any other prime minister had suffered that sort of result, they would have stepped down immediately. But not Johnson.
Talking to broadcasters, he claimed that it was "a very good result for politics and the country" and that "it's a convincing result, a decisive result".
Shortly afterwards, his allies briefed journalists that he would now seek to sack and expel his critics. “The PM’s weakness is he’s too nice to people,” one told the Daily Mail. “We need to start getting tough with some of these people and send a message that we’re not going to put up with i...
The approaching Platinum Jubilee, with all its pageantry and national symbolism, is also an occasion for collective debate about Britain and its identity.
The nationwide commemoration, marked by a four-day bank holiday weekend, is already empowering those on the right of the political spectrum – who are comfortable celebrating monarchy and tradition, and who are not overly concerned with the social and colonial hierarchies symbolised by the royal family.
Draped in the Union Jack, their walls adorned with pictures of the Queen, hard-right political figures will signal – both overtly and covertly – that they embody ‘British values’, contrasting their brand of polished patriotism with the supposedly subversive instincts of lefty ‘woke snowflakes’.
But this ideological rupture is largely a figment of the right’s collective imagination. In an attempt to demonise their opponents and retain the loyalty of important socially conservative constituencies, reactionary actors in politics and the...
LONDON (Bywire News) - When the United Nations published its 2022 'Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction' (GAR2022) in May, the world’s attention was on its grim verdict that the world was experiencing an accelerating trend of natural disasters and economic crises. But not a single media outlet picked up the biggest issue: the increasing probability of civilisational collapse.
Buried in the report, which was endorsed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, is the finding that escalating synergies between disasters, economic vulnerabilities and ecosystem failures are escalating the risk of a "global collapse" scenario.
(Source: Byline Times)...
President Vladimir Putin will send a "doomsday" warning to the West when he leads celebrations on Monday marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany, brandishing Russia's vast firepower while its forces fight on in Ukraine.