Heatwave: Western Europeans wilt in early summer, compounding climate change fears

Heatwave: Western Europeans wilt in early summer, compounding climate change fears

Reuters — Spain is seeing its hottest early summer temperatures, one area of ​​France banned outdoor events, and drought stalked Italian farmers as a heatwave sent Europeans hunting for shade and fretting over climate change. Such was the heat that England’s upscale Royal Ascot Racecourse even saw a rare change of protocol: guests were allowed … Read more

Former Russian advocate in Ukraine disavows Putin, saying there’s ‘no choice but to join NATO’

Former Russian advocate in Ukraine disavows Putin, saying there’s ‘no choice but to join NATO’

Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the military administration in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, in his temporary office, on May 23.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail Before war came to Ukraine, critics saw Oleksandr Vilkul as an unofficial Russian representative in their country. Mr. Vilkul is the head of the military administration in Kryvyi Rih, his latest post after … Read more

Macron spars with French presidential challenger Le Pen in fiery TV debate

Macron spars with French presidential challenger Le Pen in fiery TV debate

Paris CNN — French President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen clashed Wednesday night in a TV debate that laid bare their differences, as they prepare to face off in the presidential runoff Sunday. The centrist incumbent beat a familiar tune of heavy investment in French industry and an uncompromising commitment to … Read more

Trading the winners and losers from the dollar at two-year highs

Trading the winners and losers from the dollar at two-year highs

Wall Street may be underestimating the dollar’s jump to two year highs. “With each passing day the dollar goes higher. That creates more of a headwind for the multinationals in the market in general,” “Fast Money” trader Guy Adami said on Tuesday. “A stronger dollar, as counterintuitive as it may be, is not good for … Read more

Germany issues ‘early warning’ of possible gas shortages as Russia threatens

Germany issues ‘early warning’ of possible gas shortages as Russia threatens

London CNN Business — Germany issued an “early warning” of possible natural gas shortages on Wednesday over a payments dispute with Russia that could lead to energy rationing in Europe’s biggest economy. Moscow said last week that it wanted to be paid in rubles, rather than US dollars or euros as per existing gas supply … Read more