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Ukraine announces 'green corridor' to streamline tourism to Chernobyl Ukraine's president has decreed a “green corridor” to ease tourism to Chernobyl after interest skyrocketed on the back of the popular HBO show about the disaster. Ukraine's president has decreed a green corridor to ease tourism to Chernobyl after interest skyrocketed on the back of the popular HBO show about the disaster Speaking at the official unveiling on Wednesday of a massive new confinement structure built over the ill-fated reactor, he said streamlining regulations would help stop bribe-taking to visit or collect scrap metal or timber around Chernobyl
Candidate Biden says Trump's foreign policies have harmed America's... Former Vice President Joe Biden, in his first major foreign policy address as a ... Domestically, Biden would terminate Trump’s travel ban against people from Muslim-majority countries and end the practice of separating migrant families at the U.S. border with Mexico Well, he was: He was going to save every country but ours Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
House votes to end US role in Yemen, poised to block Trump from launching Iran strike Next up: a proposal that would bar Trump from launching a military strike against Iran, which supporters predict will pass in a vote set for Friday. The only way to prevent the starvation of millions of Yemenis is to end the war, Rep The U.S.-Iran tensions come as Tehran has stopped complying with key elements of the 2015 nuclear deal, which limited Iran's ability to make a nuclear weapon in exchange for sanctions relief European leaders have tried to salvage the deal, but last week, Iran said it had started enriching uranium at levels that breach the accord
Opinion | Beware the Trump administration’s plans for ‘fresh thinking’ on human rights A State Department proposal poses threats to the very human rights that it purports to strengthen. But while China, for example, has never ratified the civil and political rights treaty the sorts of rights detailed in the U.S. Constitution the United States has never ratified the one on economic, social and cultural rights, which lists such rights as to food, health care and housing
Chernobyl holiday warning: Insurance won’t cover long term effects - ‘travel with caution’ CHERNOBYL’s exclusion zone has become a tourism hotspot for those wanting to see the abandoned area 33 years after the nuclear disaster there – but anyone going should be fully prepared. HBO and Sky Atlantic’s drama Chernobyl has sparked increasing interest in Chernobyl and thousands are flocking to northern Ukraine for a tour The exclusion zone was 30km and left several ‘ghost towns’ including the nearby town of Pripyat They added: While the area is generally at a safe level of radiation, the ground and anything found on the ground could have very dangerous levels of radiation
Saudi Arabia moves to secure Yemen ports after UAE drawdown Analysts say UAE's surprise pullout may strain ties with ally Saudi Arabia at a time of heightened tensions with Iran. Two Yemeni military commanders and two Yemeni government officials told Reuters news agency that Saudi officers took command of military bases at the ports of al-Mokha and al-Khokha, which Emirati forces used to back their campaign in nearby Hodeidah and to monitor the coastline Could tension in Gulf escalate into an open conflict 190708155534616 Abu Dhabi has been alarmed by the escalations in recent months and sought to limit the risks to itself Inside Story What can be done to resolve the conflict in Yemen
Iran tensions surge as Gibraltar police arrest captain of seized oil tanker GIBRALTAR police have arrested the captain of the detained oil tanker from Iran accused of violating EU sanctions. Europe does not have broad sanctions in place against Iran, but the US does, forcing Tehran into mainstream markets to look for unconventional outlets to sell oil In light of the announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the Islamic Republic Republic that if it does exceed the limit, the US will be forced to carry out more sanctions on the country
Putin and Ukraine's new leader discuss east Ukraine conflict MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin had his first phone call with Ukraine's new president on Thursday and discussions centered on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that has bitterly... Asked about Zelenskiy’s proposal earlier Thursday, Putin told reporters that he’s open for talks with the new Ukrainian leader He added, however, that such negotiations would be unlikely before Ukraine’s parliamentary elections are held on July 21 and a new Ukrainian Cabinet is formed __ Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report
Britain says it thwarted Iranian vessels from interfering with its tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied involvement in this latest escalation in the Persian Gulf. The tanker had failed to load its 140,000-ton cargo of crude oil in Basra, Iraq, on July 4, the maritime intelligence site Lloyd’s List reported, and instead diverted to Saudi territorial waters in the gulf Missy Ryan and Dan Lamothe contributed reporting from Washington
Ukrainians Overwhelmingly (69%) Support Making Peace With Russia Five years of civil war have convinced most Ukrainian voters to vote for peace by negotiation and compromise with the regional governments of Donetsk and Lugansk, and with Moscow. Support for continuing the war until the eastern regions capitulate has now shrunk to the western region of Ukraine around Lviv, and among those in Kiev living off the flow of cash from the US, Canada, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The most important finding is that President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party, Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People) is drawing more votes than all of its party rivals put together; 43% of those who say they will vote The Dutch Government wording of the questions avoided the thirteen points of the Minsk Protocol signed in February 2015 by representatives of the Donetsk, Lugansk, Russian and Ukrainian governments; read the terms of Minsk-II here
A British warship stops Iran seizing an oil tanker Another naval incident in the Gulf heightens the military tensions between Iran and Western powers In 2007, for instance, IRGC naval forces surrounded and captured a boarding party of 15 British sailors off the coast of Iraq and Iran; they were released a fortnight later Its starting capital of only a few million euros is laughably small But it is also a sign that America only expects this crisis to worsen
29 New Wonders Of The World From UNESCO: The Full Winners List One of the world's greatest beauty contests, at least some of these sites should be on everyone's "must-visit" list. Today's ruins attest to such an important past, despite the ravages of time and war Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal: On the slopes of Mount Espinho, overlooking the city of Braga in the north of Portugal, evokes Christian Jerusalem Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice, Iceland 28
Putin and Zelensky hold first discussion with talks on conflict, prisoner swap The telephone conversation was the first interaction between the two leaders It was agreed to continue this work at the expert level The possibility of continuing contacts in the Normandy format was also discussed, the Kremlin added in its statement, referring to the talks between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany
The Vietnam War Was Already Lost, but I Had to Go Anyway Fifty years ago, American troops began withdrawing, but tens of thousands were yet to die. The first plane load of American troops withdrawn from Vietnam arriving at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Wash Solution: We would do the mission only on the radio, but no one would move a muscle He was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Uzbekistan and elsewhere