Three years on, Britain still waits for Brexit dividend

UK lags behind peers for growth, investment and trade Many economists say Brexit contributes to underperformance Polls show Britons increasingly regret leaving the EU Pro-Brexit economist Lyons: UK problems have long roots LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Three years after its departure from the European Union, Britain is yet to benefit from the Brexit dividend … Read more

Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

STOCKHOLM, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Swedish and Finnish hopes of quickly joining NATO have run into an obstacle in the form of objections by Turkey, which holds veto powers over accession to the military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement on how to proceed in Madrid last June, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has … Read more

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

French strike nationwide to say ‘no’ to Macron’s pension reform

Government wants to raise retirement age by two years to 64 Railways, schools and refineries among those hit by strike Macron’s reformist credentials at stake in dispute Polls show widespread opposition to pension reform NICE/TOURS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – French workers went on strike and joined marches across the country on Thursday, halting trains and … Read more

China’s Xi frets about COVID in rural areas, sees ‘light ahead’

President Xi says he is worried about rural areas Half a million people now cross China’s borders per day China open to world – state leader tells World Economic Forum Some mourn relatives lost to COVID Medical workers rush to vaccinate the elderly BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday he … Read more

Davos 2023: China reopens its doors with investment pitch to global elite

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China’s Vice-Premier Liu He welcomed foreign investment and declared his country open to the world on Tuesday after three years of pandemic isolation. Liu’s explicit pitch to global leaders gathered in Davos made it clear China wants international investors to play a key role in Beijing’s attempts to revive … Read more

Exclusive: Russian hackers target US nuclear scientists

LONDON/WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – A Russian hacking team known as Cold River targeted three nuclear research laboratories in the United States this past summer, according to internet records reviewed by Reuters and five cyber security experts. Between August and September, as President Vladimir Putin indicated Russia would be willing to use nuclear weapons to … 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

New Year Eve spurs hope in China, censors target online COVID content

WUHAN/BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) – New Year’s Eve in China prompted an outpouring of reflection online, some of it critical, about the strict zero-COVID policy the country adhered to for almost three years and the impact of its abrupt reversal this month. The sudden change to live with the virus has prompted a wave of … 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