Israel’s pioneering drones use free-falling bombs, can carry a tonne

Details emerging of Israel’s secret armed drone capability Drones aimed at Palestinian enemies and more distant targets Israel exports its closely-watched drone technology TEL AVIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Israeli armed drones use gravity bombs that produce no noise or smoke as they fall, making them hard for enemies to anticipate or evade, and the … Read more

Gulf markets mixed as Qatar falls, Dubai gains

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Qatar’s stock market was the worst performer among mixed Gulf bourses on Thursday amid volatile energy markets, while Dubai shares ended higher on a strong banking sector performance. The Qatari stock index (.QSI) dropped 0.9%, falling for a fourth consecutive session, with most of its constituent stocks in negative territory. Index … Read more

ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base – analyst note

Feb 1 (Reuters) – ChatGPT, the popular chatbot from OpenAI, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history, according to a UBS study on Wednesday. The report, citing data from analytics firm Similarweb, said an average of about … Read more

Russia advances in east Ukraine, strike on apartments kills civilians

Russian strike destroys apartment building; 3 dead – officials Zelenskiy gives gloomy assessment on Russian offensive in east Zelenskiy vows more anti-corruption measures New Russian offensive could begin on Feb. 24 – Ukraine minister KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The battle on the front lines in eastern Ukraine “has become tougher” as Russian forces push … Read more

Investor reaction to Adani market rout after short-seller report

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Adani Group called off a $2.5 billion share sale as losses for the conglomerate’s biggest firms snowballed to more than $100 billion in the wake of a US short-seller’s report. The rout has sparked concern that the fallout could also affect, more broadly, confidence in India. Following are comments from … Read more

Adani market losses snowball to $100 bln on shelved share sale

NEW DELHI, Feb 2 (Reuters) – India’s Adani group shares sank on Thursday after market turmoil forced the conglomerate to ax a crucial $2.5 billion stock offering, deepening its market losses to more than $100 billion and sparking worries about the potential systemic impact. The withdrawal of Adani Enterprises’ (ADEL.NS) share sale marked a dramatic … Read more

Honda to start producing new hydrogen fuel cell system co-developed with GM

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor Co ( 7267.T ) said it will start producing a new hydrogen fuel cell system jointly developed with General Motors Co ( GM.N ) this year and gradually step up sales this decade, in a bid to expand its hydrogen business. Honda will target annual sales of … Read more

Airbus and Qatar Airways settle bitter A350 jet row

PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Airbus ( AIR.PA ) and Qatar Airways have settled a dispute over grounded A350 jets, the companies said on Wednesday, averting a potentially damaging UK court trial after a blistering 18-month feud that tore the lid off the global jet market. The “amicable and mutually agreeable settlement” ends a $2 … Read more

North Korea says US drills have pushed situation to ‘extreme red-line’ – KCNA

SEOUL, Feb 2 (Reuters) – North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that drills by the United States and its allies have pushed the situation to an “extreme red-line” and threaten to turn the peninsula into a “huge war arsenal and a more critical war zone.” The statement, carried by state news agency KCNA, said … Read more

Hindenburg bet against India’s Adani puzzles rival US short sellers

Feb 1 (Reuters) – When Hindenburg Research revealed a short position in Adani Group last week, some US investors said they were intrigued about the actual mechanics of its trade, because Indian securities rules make it hard for foreigners to bet against companies there. Hindenburg’s bet has been lucrative so far. Its allegations, which the … Read more