EU reaches agreement on filling stations for electric cars, alternative fuels

BRUSSELS, March 28 (Reuters) – The European Union on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement to deploy more filling stations for electric and alternative fuel cars as the bloc seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of its transport sector. “The agreement will send a clear signal to citizens and other stakeholders that user-friendly charging infrastructure and … Read more

Anger over ‘climate lockdown’ drives Swiss grandmother to take Bern to European court

Climate case is first for European human rights tribunal The applicant’s medical records show the impact of heat waves Some old women take refuge in their cellars Switzerland is warming up quickly, glaciers are melting GENEVA, March 28 (Reuters) – While dozens of Swiss pensioners campaigned in the Alps last summer to save their rapidly … Read more

As confidence in the banking sector faltered, central banks called for more

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – Some investors and analysts are calling for more coordinated interventions by central banks to restore financial stability as they fear the turmoil in the global banking sector will continue amid rising interest rates. After the collapse of two US lenders this month and the Swiss government-orchestrated takeover of troubled … Read more

Morning Bid: Weighing the Global Banking Crisis

27 March (Reuters) – A look at the day ahead in Asian markets by Jamie McGeever. Asia’s economic data and policy calendar this week is light, which may be a good thing because investors’ focus is elsewhere: the global banking crisis and what it means for growth, markets and policy. Some may resent recent events … Read more

Berliners vote against referendum on tightened climate targets

BERLIN, March 26 (Reuters) – A referendum in Berlin on Sunday that would require the city to be carbon neutral by 2030 has failed, the city’s mayor, Franziska Giffey, said in a statement. The measure would have forced the new conservative local government to invest heavily in renewable energy, building efficiency and public transport. Had … Read more

French police clash with demonstrators against farm reservoir

SAINTE-SOLINE, France, March 25 (Reuters) – Several people were injured on Saturday after clashes between French police and protesters opposing a large water reservoir used to irrigate farms, despite a ban on gatherings in the area. Police fired tear gas to fend off some protesters who threw fireworks and other projectiles as they crossed fields … Read more

Putin proposes ally to ban ICC in Russia

March 25 (Reuters) – The speaker of Russia’s parliament on Saturday proposed banning the activities of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the court issued an arrest warrant against President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of war crimes. Vyacheslav Volodin, an ally of Putin, said Russian law should be changed to ban any ICC activity in … Read more

Last Russian war against Ukraine: Russia attacks along Ukraine’s front

March 25 (Reuters) – Russian troops attacked northern and southern parts of the front in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, as Kiev said Moscow’s attack near the city of Bakhmut was weakening. WAR ZONE * Some 10,000 Ukrainian citizens, many elderly and disabled, cling to survival in squalid conditions in and around the besieged city of … Read more

Vaccine makers make bird flu shot for humans ‘just in case’; wealthy nations lay down supplies

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Some of the world’s leading makers of flu vaccines say they could make hundreds of millions of bird flu shots for humans within months if a new strain of bird flu ever jumps the species divide. A current outbreak of bird flu, known as H5N1 clade, has killed a … Read more

Morning offer: Investors take the support position as banks collapse

A look at the day ahead at Wayne Cole’s European and global markets During the last major banking crises, an analyst was asked by a TV presenter what position he would recommend to investors? “Fetal” was his curt reply. That pretty much sums up the reaction in Asian markets to UBS’s extraordinary government-engineered takeover of … Read more