Beijing, Shenzhen loosen more COVID curbs as China fine-tunes policy

SHANGHAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Beijing residents on Saturday cheered the removal of COVID-19 testing booths while Shenzhen said it would no longer require commuters to present test results to travel, as an easing of China’s virus curbs gathered pace. Although daily cases are near all-time highs, some cities are taking steps to loosen COVID … Read more

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

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

Dutch court sentences three to life in prison for 2014 downing of MH17 over Ukraine

Crash killed 298 passengers and crew Court finds Russian missile downed the plane Convicted men are fugitives, believed to be in Russia AMSTERDAM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Dutch judges convicted two Russian men and a Ukrainian man in absentia of murder for their role in the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 … Read more

Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again

SAO PAULO, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff election on Sunday that marked a stunning comeback for the leftist former president and the end of Brazil’s most right-wing government in decades. Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court declared Lula the next president, with 50.9% of votes … Read more

Mexico succession puts scientist on path to be first woman president

Sheinbaum favored by Lopez Obrador, aides say She would be Mexico’s first woman president Women rising rapidly in Mexican politics Sheinbaum has made progress on crime in Mexico City MEXICO CITY, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The most historic legacy of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-leaning resource nationalist who casts his administration as a … Read more

UK PM Truss clings to power as chaos in Westminster escalates

Truss losing authority as lawmakers quarrel Pound stable against the dollar Some lawmakers say Truss must go now LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss battled to retain her grip on power on Thursday, a day after a second top minister quit and rowing and jostling broke out among her lawmakers in … Read more

Liz Truss says sorry, faces deep spending cuts to balance books

Truss says she’s sorry for mistakes Says she is ‘sticking around’ Economic agenda that caused market rout scrapped Some Conservative MPs are calling on her to quit LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Liz Truss apologized for threatening Britain’s economic stability after she was forced to scrap her vast tax-cutting plans and embark on … Read more

N.Korea fires missile, flies warplanes near border as South imposes sanctions

SEOUL, Oct 14 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Friday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of launches by the nuclear-armed country amid heightened tensions. South Korea also scrambled fighter jets when a group of about 10 North Korean military aircraft … Read more

Ukraine vows to strengthen its armed forces after major Russian air strikes

Attacks across Ukrainian cities during Monday rush hour Fourteen dead and 97 injured, says Ukraine Zelenskiy after Biden call: Air defense is number 1 priority KYIV, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Ukraine vowed to strengthen its armed forces after Russia launched its biggest aerial assaults on cities since the beginning of the war, forcing thousands to … Read more