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

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

COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as China lockdown anger boils

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in the Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou clashed with white hazmat-suited riot police on Tuesday night, videos on social media showed, as frustration with stringent COVID-19 rules boiled over, three years into the pandemic. The clashes in the southern city marked an escalation from protests in the commercial hub … Read more

China’s lockdown protests spread to campuses and cities abroad

HONG KONG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Protests against China’s strict zero-COVID policy and restrictions on freedoms have spread to at least a dozen cities around the world in a show of solidarity with rare displays of defiance in China over the weekend. Expatriate dissidents and students staged small-scale vigils and protests in cities around the … Read more

Europe’s south offers a warm welcome to energy migrants

Cheaper rent, cheaper bills Some people move permanently Greek tourism minister toured northern Europe to seek visitors Other countries have also campaigned MADRID/LISBON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Software developer Victor Varlamov logs in every morning to work on a sunny Spanish island off the coast of Africa after the prospect of steep heating bills and … Read more

They call it ‘The Hole’: Ukrainians describe the horrors of Kherson occupation

Residents describe detention, torture and death in Kherson Nine-month occupation ended on Friday as Russians retreated Among those detained were suspected resistance fighters Russia denies mistreating detainees UN officials say both sides have abused prisoners of war KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Residents in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson call the two-storey police station … Read more

Ukrainian forces brace for bloody fight for Kherson

Ukrainian forces close in on Russian-controlled Kherson Re-taking the city would be a major victory in the war Kherson acts as a gateway to Crimea, annexed in 2014 Soldiers in trenches foresee a fierce battle ahead FRONTLINE WEST OF KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Oleh, the commander of a Ukrainian mechanized infantry unit dug … Read more

Iran prison fire kills four, injures 61 as protests persist

Iranian judiciary says those killed died of smoke inhalation Iran says calm returns to Evin prison after fire, airs footage Fire comes amid widespread protests, brutal crackdown Iran accuses Biden of interfering in state affairs Protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death enter second month DUBAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A fire at Iran’s Evin prison … Read more

Russian women pay the price in protests against Putin’s war

Data show more women charged in anti-war protests Putin announced partial mobilization on Sept. 21 Many men fled Russia to avoid being drafted LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Women in Russia make up a rising proportion of those being detained in protests against President Vladimir Putin’s mobilization for the war in Ukraine, data show, as … Read more

Iran intensifies crackdown on Kurdish areas as protests rage

Rights group says 7 killed in unrest in Kurdish region Police search homes, arresting dozens in a Kurdish city, source says Judge orders harsh sentences for ‘rioters’ Top official questions whether police should be enforcing hijab DUBAI, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Iranian security forces stepped up their crackdown on Kurdish regions of the country overnight, … Read more