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

FDNY EMT Alison Russo-Elling stabbed to death in Queens

Alison Russo-Elling, a 25-year-veteran of the FDNY, was working at her EMS station when she went to get food, officials said. The suspect stabbed Russo-Elling, 61, numerous times before fleeing the scene and barricading himself at his nearby residence, New York City Police Department Chief James Essig said at a press conference. Members of the … Read more

Russia loses UN aviation council seat in rebuke

MONTREAL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Russia failed to win enough votes for re-election to the United Nation’s aviation agency’s governing council on Saturday, in a rebuke of Moscow for aviation-related actions taken after its invasion of Ukraine. Russia fell short of the 86 votes needed to stay on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) 36-nation … 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

Russia’s Ukraine invasion is backdrop to election in Latvia

VILNIUS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvians were voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election, with opinion polls predicting that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’ centre-right New Unity party will win the most votes, enabling him to continue his coalition with the conservative National Alliance . A victory for Karins could widen a growing rift between the … 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 Justice Dept seeks expedited ruling in Trump special master case

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The US Justice Department on Friday moved to expedite its appeal of an order appointing a special master to review records the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate. In a court filing late on Friday, the Justice Department said its inability to access the non-classified documents is … Read more

Hurricane Ian barrels into South Carolina after slamming Florida

Elections officials in portions of Florida hard hit by Hurricane Ian are scrambling to meet a fast-approaching deadline to begin sending out absentee ballots and are working to develop contingency plans for November’s general election. In Lee County, Florida – home to Fort Myers, which saw homes and businesses torn apart and flooded this week … Read more