China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF help still in doubt

China offers debt service relief in 2022, 2023 Sri Lanka sources unclear if China letter will be enough for IMF Broad agreement between IMF, China on Zambia could provide clues NEW DELHI/COLOMBO, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Sri Lanka a two-year moratorium on its debt and said it would … Read more

Exclusive: WHO investigating links between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO is … Read more

How India’s ruling party is tightening its grip on Kashmir

Over a million could vote in local polls for the first time BJP aims to take control of assembly from Muslim parties Pakistan accuses India of marginalizing Kashmir’s Muslims JAMMU/SRINAGAR, India, Jan 12 (Reuters) – For the first time in her life, Asha, a street cleaner in the Indian city of Jammu, will be allowed … Read more

China state media plays down the severity of the COVID wave before the WHO meeting

State media says severe illness from COVID is rare Chinese scientists expected to brief WHO China factory activity shrinks in December BEIJING, Jan 3 (Reuters) – China’s state media played down the severity on Tuesday of the COVID-19 wave surging over the country, with its scientists expected to give a briefing to the World Health … Read more

COVID travel curbs against Chinese visitors ‘discriminatory’ – state media

US, Japan, others require COVID tests from Chinese visitors China state media calls COVID travel curbs “discriminatory” China’s factory activity likely cooled in December -poll BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Chinese state-media said COVID-19 testing requirements imposed by several places around the world in response to a surging wave of infections were “discriminatory”, in the … Read more

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defenses

Hospitals, funeral parlors overwhelmed by COVID wave Some countries impose testing rules on Chinese travelers China reports one new COVID death for Dec. 28 SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – China’s sprawling and thinly resourced countryside is racing to beef up medical facilities before hundreds of millions of factory workers return to their families for the … Read more

‘Coup-mongering’ Bolsonarista’s battle cry reveals a radicalized Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defeated far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s most fraught election in a generation, Milton Baldin arrived in the capital Brasilia to try to overturn the result. A small business owner from the deep interior of Brazil, Baldin, 55, joined … 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 hospitals, funeral homes ‘extremely busy’ as COVID spreads unchecked

Hospitals, funeral parlors report surge in COVID infections China reports three new COVID deaths for Tuesday Some countries consider travel rules for Chinese visitors CHENGDU, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Chinese hospitals and funeral homes were under intense pressure on Wednesday as a surging COVID-19 wave drained resources, while the scale of the outbreak and doubts … Read more

India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – When Sri Lanka slid into its worst economic crisis in seven decades leading to deadly riots and alarming shortages of fuel, food and medicines earlier this year, its giant northern neighbor stepped into the breach. India provided about $4 billion in rapid assistance between January and July, including credit … Read more