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: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialed down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

World making little progress on food waste, a big climate problem

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Every Thursday, California resident Richard Redmond takes a gallon-sized container of food scraps to the farmers market in the city of South Pasadena where it is collected and composted for use in gardens – an effort to reduce the amount of household waste he sends to landfill. “It’s just stunning,” the … Read more

EXCLUSIVE US blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns

Nov 11 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at US ports since June under a new law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal customs officials and industry sources. The level of seizures, which has … Read more

Factbox: Europe’s alternatives if Russia shuts off gas supply

LONDON, Oct 20 – Unexplained damage to the Nord Stream pipelines that run under the Baltic Sea have dashed hopes that Russian gas flow to Germany will resume anytime soon. Nord Stream 1 had been idle since the end of August for maintenance work, prompting concerns about supply to Europe if the outage was extended. … Read more

France, Spain and Portugal agree to build Barcelona-Marseille gas pipeline

MADRID/BRUSSELS, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Spain, Portugal and France said on Thursday they will build a sea-based pipeline to carry hydrogen and gas between Barcelona and Marseille, substituting plans to extend the so-called MidCat pipeline across the Pyrenees that France opposed. The route, dubbed BarMar, will mainly be used to pump green hydrogen and other … Read more

For China’s women, this week’s Congress is unlikely to mean progress

HONG KONG, Oct 18 (Reuters) – As Xi Jinping consolidates power at China’s 20th Communist Party Congress this week, Chinese women are not holding their breath for progress in gender equality. Xi’s decade as the party’s general secretary has seen the number of women in politics and elite government roles decline and gender gaps in … Read more

UK’s Truss expected to fire Kwarteng – Times

Kwarteng leaves IMF meeting early Pressure mounts for a U-turn over tax policy Pound, bond prices recovering PM Truss now faces political fight LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss will fire her finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng and scrap parts of her economic package, the Times newspaper reported on Friday, in a … Read more

When Chinese protesters came up against Xi’s security machine

BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Jack Yao, a Chinese Communist Party member, never wanted to be an activist. Having escaped rural poverty and joined Beijing’s middle classes through decades of study and work, he saw himself as a patriotic poster child of the party’s successful rule. Yet the 43-year-old’s life has been upended since he … Read more

India finds serious violations at firm linked to Gambian deaths, suspends production

Maiden Pharmaceuticals ordered to suspend output India forms committee to probe matter, advise next steps Gambia: Maiden cough syrups may be linked to 69 deaths NEW DELHI, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Indian health authorities said on Wednesday they had halted all production of New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals after a WHO report that its cough and … Read more