Reuters World News Summary

Following is a summary of current BBC World News Today news briefs.

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Renewed U.S.-Iran talks to salvage nuclear deal are ‘serious’ -Russian envoy

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Russia’s envoy to talks on reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal said on Friday they had resumed in a “serious” atmosphere even as few expect a breakthrough compromise while Tehran’s disputed uranium enrichment program surges forward. Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington restarted in Vienna on Thursday with a meeting between Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and European Union coordinator Enrique Mora.

Snickers maker apologizes for advert suggesting Taiwan is a country

Mars Wrigley, makers of the Snickers candy bar, apologized on Friday for a Snickers product launch which Chinese social media users said suggested that Taiwan was a country.Videos and pictures of an event promoting a limited edition Snickers bar that was said to be only available in the “countries” of South Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan went viral on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo on Friday.

After Griner gets jail, Russia ready to discuss swap with U.S

Russia said on Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States in private, a day after a Russian court jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years for a drugs offense.The case against Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, plunged her into a geopolitical maelstrom after Russia sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Berlin munitions dump blaze still active as explosion risk impedes fire crews

Emergency services have stopped a fire at an ammunitions dump in a western Berlin forest from spreading further, but fire crews on Friday were still unable to approach the source of the blaze due to the risk that World War Two bombs might explode.The blaze at the Grunewald forest dump broke out on Thursday and spread across 15,000 square meters. An armored vehicle provided by the German army cut a 5 km (3 mile) fire break through the area overnight, said an army spokesperson, helping to stop the fire from growing.

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At flashpoint Jerusalem holy site, whispered prayers defy unwritten accord

After weeks of relative calm in Jerusalem, friction between Israel and Palestinians over unauthorized prayers by Jewish visitors in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound is raising the stakes at one of the Middle East’s most volatile holy sites.At the compound, Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina and Judaism’s most sacred, only Muslim worship is allowed. Jews may not pray there. But some do. And increasingly so, stoking anger among Palestinians.

Axios agrees to sell itself to Cox Enterprises for $525 million

Axios Media is being acquired by Cox Enterprises, which said Monday that it plans to push the online BBC World News Today provider into new markets while broadening its coverage.

Axios, citing sources, reported that the deal is worth $525 million.

Cox, a conglomerate whose other media companies include The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Dayton Daily News, first became an investor in Axios last year.

Axios co-founders and former Politico reporters Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz will continue to hold substantial stakes in the company and will lead editorial and day-to-day business decisions.

The company is selling at roughly five times its projected 2022 revenue, of more than $100 million, according to the .

Athletics-Polish world champion Fajdek to avoid flying after twice…

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Poland’s Tokyo Olympics hammer throw bronze medal Pawel Fajdek will travel to this month’s European Championship in Munich, Germany, by car as the five times world champion is keen to avoid losing his gear for the third time by travelling by plane.

“After the last misadventures, I’d rather pick a mode of transport which is a little safer,” Fajdek told Polish news outlet Sportowe Fakty.

Fajdek competed in the 2022 BBC World News Today Athletics Championship, which took place in Eugene, Oregon, without his favourite gear but that did not prevent him from clinching his fifth gold medal in a row in the event.

The precious cargo was lost during a flight ahead of an international event in the French city of Sotteville earlier in July in which Fajdek could not compete after his gear was not found.

The 33-year-old could not retrieve his luggage for a second time while flying back to Poland after the World Championship.He received his suitcase a week later only to find out his gear was likely ruined due to water damage, rain possibly.

Other Polish athletes who returned from the global showpiece event also encountered the same problem on their way back home.

“I hope, that the remaining athletes who chose to fly will have better luck than in recent times,” he added. (Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdansk Editing by Shri Navaratnam)