Reality ends some Qatari dreams of World Cup rental bonanza

Agency says Qatar hotel group demanded new payments Some rates reduced, but many properties empty Broker says some landlords sought unrealistic rents DOHA, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Qatar has found itself with an unexpected glut of rooms in the World Cup’s busy group stage, with online portals showing rooms in at least 42 hotels and … Read more

Iranian fans savor victory but wrangle over protests

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Iran’s national soccer team sang during the playing of their national anthem at their second World Cup match against Wales on Friday having refrained from doing so in their opening game earlier this week in apparent support for protesters back home. Loud jeers were heard from Iranian supporters … Read more

Exclusive: Russians, Ukrainians met in UAE to discuss prisoner swap, ammonia, sources say

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Representatives from Russia and Ukraine met in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the possibility of a prisoner-of-war swap that would be linked to a resumption of Russian ammonia exports, which go to Asia and Africa, via a Ukrainian pipeline, three sources with knowledge of the meeting said. … Read more

Indian tycoon Adani’s mega port hangs in the balance as a fishing community protests

VIZHINJAM, India, Nov 23 (Reuters) – On the main road to billionaire Gautam Adani’s planned Vizhinjam mega port on the southern tip of India, a shelter built by the coastal region’s Christian fishing community blocks the entrance, preventing further construction. The simple 1,200 square-feet structure with a corrugated-iron roof has since August stood in the … Read more

COP27 negotiators still far apart on strong climate deal

G20 leaders expressed support for climate action Lula boosts COP27 with ‘Brazil is back’ message But countries struggle for climate deal in Egypt SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Countries were far from agreeing the contours of a climate deal at the COP27 summit in Egypt on Wednesday, with the host country urging negotiators … Read more

Key takeaways from the G20 summit in Bali

Nov 16 (Reuters) – Leaders of the world’s Group of 20 (G20) wealthiest nations concluded a two-day summit on the Indonesian island of Bali on Wednesday deploring Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “in the strongest terms”, among other highlights. Here are key takeaways from the meeting: CONDEMNING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION Meetings of G20 ministers earlier this year … Read more

G20 summit deplores war in Ukraine ‘in strongest terms’

G20 says ‘most members’ condemn war in Ukraine Threat of use of nuclear weapons ‘inadmissible’ -declaration Agreement to calibrate monetary tightening NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) nations deplored Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “in the strongest terms” on Wednesday and demanded its unconditional withdrawal in a declaration … Read more

Division at G20 over bid to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion

Most G20 members could strongly condemn the Ukraine war Zelenskiy urges G20 to help end war under his plan Indonesia urges action on global economic problems China’s Xi to hold meetings with several other leaders NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Disagreement emerged at a Group of 20 (G20) summit on Tuesday as the … Read more

Ukraine hails China’s opposition to nuclear threats

Zelenskiy welcomes Chinese comments on nuclear weapon threat US expects G20 condemnation of Russia’s invasion – official Kherson residents recount abuse by Russian forces KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Kyiv welcomed reported Chinese comments criticizing threats to use nuclear weapons as G20 leaders met in Indonesia on Tuesday, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in … Read more

Biden and Xi to meet ahead of G20

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping will arrive on the Indonesian island of Bali on Monday for a long-awaited meeting with US President Joe Biden, ahead of a Group of 20 (G20) summit set to be fraught with tension over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two leaders are expected to … Read more