Return of the Moskvich: Russia to revive ‘legendary’ Soviet-era car after Renault exit

(Corrected to say $1 billion not $1 million in the ninth paragraph.) -A Soviet-era car brand the “Moskvich” could make a surprise comeback in Russia, as Moscow takes over assets belonging to Renault following the French carmaker’s exit from the country. Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin said he would nationalise Renault’s car factory in the city, after the Western carmaker said it was selling its local business following the start of the conflict in Ukraine. The…

"Return of the Moskvich: Russia to revive ‘legendary’ Soviet-era car after Renault exit"

Motor racing-F1’s jewellery ban is for right reasons, says GPDA’s Wurz

LONDON – Formula One is right to ban jewellery from the cockpit but the governing FIA could have enforced the rule in a less confrontational way, according to Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) chairman Alex Wurz. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the FIA were in a standoff at this month’s Miami Grand Prix over piercings the Mercedes driver has raced with for years and said he could not remove. Hamilton has been told to…

"Motor racing-F1’s jewellery ban is for right reasons, says GPDA’s Wurz"

Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east

RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine – Russia attacked positions in eastern Ukraine as it tries to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around the city of Izium. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s offensive in Donbas had stalled and Ukraine could win the war, an outcome few military analysts predicted at the outset of the conflict. “Russia’s war in Ukraine is not going as Moscow had planned,” Stoltenberg told reporters on Sunday.…

"Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east"

Deutsche Bank not financing controversial African oil pipeline, source says

FRANKFURT – Deutsche Bank is not financing a pipeline in Africa that environmental campaigners have said will displace thousands of families and disrupt nature reserves, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday. Germany’s largest lender has come under pressure to clarify its stance on the financing of the planned $3.5 billion East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), which would stretch more than 1,400 kilometres from Uganda to Tanzania. Deutsche has so far…

"Deutsche Bank not financing controversial African oil pipeline, source says"

Frontlines moving in “Battle of the Donbas’, Ukraine mounts counter-offensive

KYIV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian counteroffensive was underway near the Russian-held town of Izium, but its military reported on Sunday that Russian forces were advancing elsewhere in the Donbas region, which has become the main theatre of war over the past month. Having resisted fiercely since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24, Ukraine’s military has notched a string of successes, first forcing Russia’s commanders to abandon an advance on the capital Kyiv, and then…

"Frontlines moving in “Battle of the Donbas’, Ukraine mounts counter-offensive"

Soccer-Sloppy Bayern draw in season finale, Lewandowski ready to leave

WOLFSBURG, Germany – Champions Bayern Munich squandered a two-goal lead to end their season with a 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday but of more concern was confirmation that top striker Robert Lewandowski said he wanted to leave the club. With the Pole in the starting line-up after informing the club of his wish to leave and not extend his contract that runs out next year, Bayern were in control from the start. Josip…

"Soccer-Sloppy Bayern draw in season finale, Lewandowski ready to leave"

Soccer-Haaland scores in Dortmund farewell appearance

DORTMUND, Germany – Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland scored on his last game for the German club as they beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 on Saturday in the season finale, forcing their opponents into a relegation playoff. Haaland scored with a penalty to level the score at 1-1 with his 86th goal in his 89th match in all competitions since 2020, as Dortmund finished runners’-up to champions Bayern Munich. The Norwegian will join Manchester City next…

"Soccer-Haaland scores in Dortmund farewell appearance"

Soccer-Leipzig hang on to last Champions League spot

BIELEFELD, Germany -RB Leipzig scored in added time through Willi Orban to snatch a 1-1 draw at Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday and secure their Champions League berth with a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga as their opponents were relegated. Leipzig needed at least a point to make sure of a top-four place, but their job was made easier after Freiburg lost 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen to fall short on the last matchday. Janni Serra scored…

"Soccer-Leipzig hang on to last Champions League spot"

Pfizer, EU push back COVID vaccine delivery to help booster campaign

– Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said on Friday they had agreed to push back deliveries of their COVID-19 vaccines to the European Union by three months as the bloc prepares for a potential booster campaign in the fall. The companies amended their supply agreement with the European Commission to push back delivery of doses scheduled for June through August until September through the fourth quarter of this year. “This amendment meets…

"Pfizer, EU push back COVID vaccine delivery to help booster campaign"

Food security, Moldova in focus at G7 foreign minister meeting

WEISSENHAUS, Germany – Foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich nations will discuss how to alleviate food security concerns when they meet in Germany on Friday as fears mount that the war between Russia and Ukraine could further destabilise Moldova. The annual meeting running until Saturday brings together top diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan the United States and the European Union, to the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus. Talks are set…

"Food security, Moldova in focus at G7 foreign minister meeting"