G7 begins to press Russia on Ukraine with oil price cap

Russia says it will not export oil subject to cap Zelenskiy says the price cap will do little to deter Russia Ukrainian regions resort to scheduled blackouts Ukrainian forces holding positions along front line -Zelenskiy Russia says troops conducting successful operations in Bakhmut KYIV, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A Group of Seven (G7) price cap … Read more

Chinese cities ease curbs but full zero-COVID exit seen some way off

BEIJING, Dec 4 (Reuters) – More Chinese cities including Urumqi in the far west announced an easing of coronavirus curbs on Sunday as China tries to make its zero-COVID policy more targeted and less onerous after unprecedented protests against restrictions last weekend. Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region and where the protests first erupted, … Read more

‘Don’t yell that’: fears compete with calls for ‘freedom’ at China protests

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) – As a large Beijing street protest against strict COVID curbs reached a climax late last Sunday, several protesters shouted the unspeakable – for China’s ruling Communist Party and its leader Xi Jinping to step down. They were quickly rebuked by some fellow protesters. “Don’t get people too riled up … … Read more

Inside China’s fight over the future of zero-COVID

Opinions diverge over Xi’s zero-COVID policy Anger over lockdowns, fears about opening up Loosening of rules threatens to stir discontent SHANGHAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Samuel Ren is sick of zero-COVID. “Omicron is not a threat, it is just like a normal cold,” said the IT worker in his mid-20s in Shanghai, describing China’s ongoing … Read more

Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules ahead of an expected shift in virus policies nationwide after widespread social unrest. The uneven relaxation of COVID restrictions is, however, fueling fear among some residents who suddenly feel more exposed … Read more

Five letter bombs detected in Spain, country steps up security

First device sent to prime minister’s office on Nov. 24 Four similar letter bombs received on Wednesday and Thursday Ukraine embassy official slightly injured by one device Defense ministry, arms manufacturer, air base also targeted ‘Homemade’ devices designed to burn rather than explode MADRID, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Bomb disposal experts defused a fifth letter … Read more

Ukraine says Russia pulls back forces from river towns opposite Kherson

Kyiv: Russia withdraws some troops from Oleshky, nearby towns Ukrainian embassy in Spain hit by letter bomb Heavy trench warfare in the east as winter sets in KYIV, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Thursday Russia had pulled some troops from towns on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River from Kherson city, … Read more

US Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron addressed US lawmakers from both political parties on Wednesday and pushed back on new American subsidies that are riling European leaders, according to a participant in a closed-door meeting. Macron arrived in Washington on Tuesday for his second state visit to the United States since taking … Read more

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fueled protests across the country. Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, are … Read more

China’s Jiang Zemin dies at 96, prompting wave of nostalgia

Jiang’s death comes at a tumultuous time in China Some Chinese express nostalgia for Jiang era as a time of optimism Jiang was plucked from obscurity to head the Communist Party Jiang broke China out of diplomatic isolation in years after Tiananmen crackdown BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led … Read more