Rheinmetall eyes boost in munitions output, HIMARS production in Germany

DUESSELDORF, Jan 29 (Reuters) – German arms-maker Rheinmetall is ready to greatly boost the output of tank and artillery munitions to satisfy strong demand in Ukraine and the West, and may start producing HIMARS multiple rocket launchers in Germany, CEO Armin Papperger told Reuters. He spoke days before Germany’s defense industry bosses are due to … Read more

In Mexico, a reporter published a story. The next day he was shot dead

MEXICO CITY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Just after sunset on Thursday, February 10th, two men in a white Dodge Ram pickup pulled up in front of Heber Lopez Vasquez’s small radio studio in southern Mexico. One man got out, walked inside and shot the 42-year-old journalist dead. Lopez’s 12-year-old son Oscar, the only person with … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian accused of spying

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defense minister Arrested in 2019, he was accused of spying for Britain UK’s Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran must not follow through with the sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its … Read more

China COVID peak to last two-three months, hit rural areas next

Peak of COVID wave seen lasting 2-3 months – epidemiologist Elderly in rural areas particularly at risk People mobility indicators tick up, but have yet to fully recover BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The peak of China’s COVID-19 wave is expected to last two to three months, and will soon swell over the vast countryside … Read more

Chinese fret over elderly as WHO warns of holiday COVID surge

2 bln trips expected over Lunar New Year period Virus spreading from cities to vulnerable villages WHO says China’s response challenged by lack of data China’s grand reopening marred by Japan, Korea spat BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) – People in China worried on Thursday about spreading COVID-19 to aged relatives as they planned returns to … Read more

Factbox: Highlights from Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’

MADRID, Jan 5 (Reuters) – A Spanish-language version of “Spare”, the much-awaited memoir of Britain’s Prince Harry, went on sale in book stores in Spain on Thursday, days ahead of its official launch date. The book reveals details about Harry’s relationship with his father, King Charles, his elder brother, Prince William, and other members of … Read more

Prince Harry says William knocked him to the floor in row over Meghan – Guardian

Altercation in UK prince’s upcoming book – Guardian Harry won’t commit to attending father’s coronation Royal brothers have fallen out in recent years Harry’s book “Spare” to be published next week LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry says in his much-awaited memoir that older brother and heir to the throne Prince William knocked … Read more

The New Year rings in as Asia then Europe ushers out 2022

Dec 31 (Reuters) – With fireworks planned in Paris, hopes for an end to war in Kyiv, and a return to post-COVID normality in Australia and China, Europe and Asia bid farewell to 2022. It was a year marked for many by the conflict in Ukraine, economic stress and the effects of global warming. But … Read more

No immediate surge of Chinese tourists expected after re-opening

SHANGHAI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – China’s relaxation of COVID-19 rules for international arrivals has raised hopes that its multi-billion dollar travel business will soon flourish again but countries longing for the return of Chinese tourists will likely face more of a wait. China’s National Health Commission announced on Monday that inbound travelers would no longer … Read more

Chinese make travel plans as Beijing dismantles zero-COVID rules

China to ease border restrictions from Jan. 8 Online searches for flights spike – travel platforms COVID wave overwhelms hospitals, weighs on economy BEIJING, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Chinese people, cut off from the rest of the world for three years by stringent COVID-19 curbs, flocked to travel sites on Tuesday ahead of borders reopening … Read more