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Russia says drone attack near Moscow a 'terrorist' act by Kyiv

Russia said Tuesday it had downed five Ukrainian drones in the Moscow region, calling it a "terrorist act" that briefly disrupted air traffic at an international airport near the capital.. Several flights were redirected to other airports and Russia's air transport agency said traffic at Vnukovo resumed at 0500 GMT. Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency said that other airports in Moscow and the surrounding region were operating normally.

Carbon 'capture' climate tech is booming, and confusing

Humanity's failure to draw down planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions -- 41 billion tonnes in 2022 -- has thrust once-marginal options for capping or reducing CO2 in the atmosphere to centre stage in climate policy and investment.. Unlike CCS, which by itself only prevents additional carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, DAC extracts CO2 molecules already there. 

Trial over Spanish ecological disaster starts, 25 years on

Twenty five years after one of Spain's worst ecological disasters, a court case against the Swedish mining company involved opened Tuesday in the southern city of Seville.. The case got underway on Tuesday after years of legal wrangling, which ground to a halt in 2002 when the Supreme Court ruled that Boliden was not criminally responsible.

UN warns world to prepare for El Nino impact

The United Nations on Tuesday warned the world to prepare for the effects of El Nino, saying the weather phenomenon which triggers higher global temperatures is set to persist throughout 2023.. "The effect of El Nino is usually perceived with a delay in time," he added, with an eye on global temperatures increasing further.

Afghan Taliban order women's beauty parlours to shut

Afghanistan's Taliban authorities have ordered beauty parlours across the country to shut within a month, the vice ministry confirmed Tuesday, the latest curb to squeeze women out of public life.. Mohammad Sadeq Akif Muhajir, spokesman for the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, would not say why the order had been given.

France seeks answers as Macron declares riots 'peak' passed

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday met with hundreds of French officials to begin exploring the "deeper reasons" for the country's plunge into riots after the killing of a teenager at a traffic stop. . The government has battled riots and looting since 17-year-old Nahel M. was killed by an officer during a traffic stop on Tuesday just outside Paris, rekindling long-standing accusations of systemic racism among security forces.

Twitter chaos leaves door open for Meta's rival app

Elon Musk spent the weekend further alienating Twitter users with more drastic changes to the social media giant, and he is facing a new challenge as tech nemesis Mark Zuckerberg prepares to launch a rival app this week.. Many social media users speculated that Musk had simply failed to pay the bill for his servers.

Jens Stoltenberg: NATO chief who faced Russia's war and Trump

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg had already lined up a job as head of the central bank in his native Norway when Russia's invasion of Ukraine pushed allies last year to ask him to stay on. . Three years later, when the NATO job came up, he was backed by two centrist heavyweights -- German chancellor Angela Merkel and then-US president Barack Obama "I was surprised when I was asked to become the secretary general of NATO because I have never planned for being that," Stoltenberg recounted. 

NATO chief Stoltenberg's mandate extended to 2024

NATO's members on Tuesday extended the tenure of alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg for one year, after struggling to find a replacement in the shadow of Russia's war in Ukraine.. Stoltenberg -- who already had his tenure extended for a year shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 -- has the strong backing of the United States and other key allies.