Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

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

Exclusive: US issues license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop Venezuelan offshore gas field

WASHINGTON/PORT OF SPAIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, US and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela. The license, issued by the US Treasury Department at Trinidad’s … Read more

China says critical COVID cases have peaked as holiday travel surges

Millions travel across the country for Lunar New Year President Xi says worried about elderly, rural areas Daily deaths could hit 36,000 next week, analysis shows Chinese drugmakers rush to make fever medicines BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The number of COVID patients needing critical care in China’s hospitals has peaked, health authorities said on … 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 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

China defends its retaliation against South Korea, Japan COVID curbs

China says visa suspensions for South Korea, Japan “reasonable” Social media users lash out at South Korea’s “insulting” COVID curbs China working to secure Paxlovid, molnupiravir BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Chinese state media defended on Wednesday the retaliatory measures against South Korea and Japan over their COVID-19 travel curbs as “reasonable”, while Chinese tourists … Read more

China retaliates against South Korea’s COVID curbs, says outbreaks past peaks

China embassy decrees “discriminatory” S.Korea border rules Some cities say peak of COVID infections was last month Chinese state media criticizes Pfizer over Paxlovid price BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Beijing retaliated on Tuesday against South Korea’s COVID-19 curbs on travelers from China, while state media further downplayed the severity of the outbreak in the … Read more

Chinese rush to renew passports as COVID border curbs lifted

China dropped quarantine for visitors on Sunday Latest move in easing that has let virus run free Several nations demand COVID tests from Chinese travelers Chinese stocks, yuan rally on growth hopes BEIJING, Jan 9 (Reuters) – People joined long queues outside immigration offices in Beijing on Monday, eager to renew their passports after China … Read more