Venezuela frees 7 jailed Americans in swap for 2 Maduro relatives

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Venezuela on Saturday freed seven Americans, including five oil executives, in exchange for two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro jailed in the United States on drug convictions, US officials said. The swap included executives of Citgo Petroleum held for years, in addition to US Marine veteran Matthew Heath and … Read more

Italy’s Eni working with Gazprom to resolve Russian gas flow halt

MILAN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI) said it would not receive any of the gas it had requested from Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) for delivery on Saturday, but the firms said they were working to fix this . Russian gas supplies through the Tarvisio entry point will be at zero for Oct. 1, Eni, … Read more

Gas starts flowing to Poland through new Baltic Pipe pipeline

WARSAW, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Gas started flowing to Poland through the new Baltic Pipe pipeline from Norway via Denmark and the Baltic Sea on Saturday morning, Polish gas pipeline operator Gaz-System said. The pipeline is at the center of Poland’s strategy to diversify its gas supplies away from Russia that began years before Moscow’s … Read more

Russian patrol detains head of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

KYIV, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A Russian patrol has detained the director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said on Saturday, and the UN nuclear watchdog said Russia had confirmed the move. Ihor Murashov was detained on his way from the nuclear plant, Europe’s largest, … Read more

Tesla’s robot waves but can’t walk, yet. Musk plans to make millions of them

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk showed off on Friday a prototype of its humanoid robot ‘Optimus’, predicting the electric vehicle maker would be able to produce millions and sell them for under $20,000 – less than a third of the price of a Model Y. Musk said he expected … Read more

Meta board approves personal security to outgoing executive Sheryl Sandberg

Sept 30 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said on Friday its board had approved providing personal security services to train Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, citing “continuing threats to her safety”. The company, however, did not elaborate on the threats that Sandberg, one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, faces. It expects … Read more

Nord Stream rupture may mark biggest single methane release ever recorded -UN

Sept 30 (Reuters) – The ruptures on the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline system under the Baltic Sea have led to what is likely the biggest single release of climate-damaging methane ever recorded, the United Nations Environment Program said on Friday. A huge plume of highly concentrated methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent but … Read more

US has much to gain from Nord Stream damage, Russia says at UN

Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Friday told the Security Council that the US has much to gain in gas trade from damage to the Nord Stream pipeline system under the Baltic Sea but stopped short of blaming Washington for this week’s explosions. A council meeting convened at Russia’s … Read more

Hurricane Ian looms off Carolinas after 21 deaths reported in Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla., Sept 30 (Reuters) – A resurgent Hurricane Ian barreled toward South Carolina on Friday, a day after carving a path of destruction across the Florida peninsula, washing away houses, causing a causeway to collapse and stranding thousands along the state’s Gulf Coast. The hurricane led to at least 21 confirmed or unconfirmed … Read more

Nord Stream gas ‘sabotage’: who’s being blamed and why?

WARSAW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Major leaks that suddenly erupted in the Nord Stream gas pipelines that run from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea have generated plenty of theories but few clear answers about who or what caused the damage. Here is what we know and what has been said so far: WHO … Read more