Relief and anxiety as major Chinese cities ease COVID restrictions

The easing comes after a week of historic protests The restrictions have hit the world’s second largest economy Nationwide mitigation measures expected soon – sources BEIJING (Reuters) – A further relaxation of COVID-19 testing requirements and quarantine rules in some Chinese cities was met with a mixture of relief and anxiety on Friday, as hundreds … Read more

China is preparing to ease coronavirus restrictions after a week of historic protests

Sources: China allows home quarantine, cuts mass testing A senior official says the severity of the virus is weakening The shift comes after a series of demonstrations Biggest public challenge show in years HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – China is set to announce an easing of COVID-19 quarantine protocols in the coming days and a cut … Read more

Ukraine’s embassy and a Spanish arms company receive booby-trapped letters – Police

MADRID/Kyiv (Reuters) – Spanish police confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that they are examining a possible link between two letter bombs sent to the Ukrainian ambassador in Madrid and a weapons company that makes missile launchers donated to Kyiv. In the first incident, an officer at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid was injured when he … Read more

Clashes between protesters and police around the port of Adani in the Indian state of Kerala; More than 80 injuries

Billionaire Al-Adani’s massive seaport project hits with protests Clashes between police and protesters late Sunday as tensions rose The dispute over the construction of ports, which caused coastal erosion Al-Adani says he has all the necessary permits to develop the ports KOCHI, India, Nov 28 (Reuters) – More than 80 people were injured in India … Read more

Protests erupted in Xinjiang and Beijing after a deadly fire

(Reuters) – Public anger in China over the expansion of COVID-19 lockdowns across the country has erupted in rare protests in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang and the country’s capital, where infections hit a new record. Crowds took to the streets Friday night in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, chanting “Stop the lockdown!” and pumping … Read more

Ukraine freeze gradually restores power after Russian strikes on the grid

Thirty percent of the Ukrainian force is still out The European Union pledges to help Ukraine overcome energy shortages Germany recognizes the Soviet-era famine as genocide Kyiv (Reuters) – Ukrainian authorities on Friday gradually restored electricity with the help of reconnecting the country’s four nuclear plants, but millions of people were kept in the dark … Read more

Ukrainians are preparing for a bleak winter as Russian strikes disrupt energy capacity

Ukrainians with little or no warming up after the bombing Temperatures in several areas are already below freezing Kherson residents receive an offer to evacuate to safer areas Ukrainian security forces raid the famous Kyiv Monastery Kyiv (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded with Ukrainians to conserve energy amid relentless Russian strikes that have halved … Read more

North Korea’s Kim oversees intercontinental ballistic missile testing, and pledges more nuclear weapons

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to counter U.S. nuclear threats with nuclear weapons, state news agency KCNA said on Saturday while inspecting an intercontinental ballistic missile test in the country. The isolated country tested a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, a day after it warned of “fierce military … Read more

Biden and Xi clash over Taiwan in Bali but Cold War concerns are tepid

Biden and Xi meet for 3 hours before the G20 Both leaders stress the need to get relations back on track Indonesia seeks partnerships on the global economy in the G20 Ukraine’s President Zelensky addresses the G20 on Tuesday NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov. 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping … Read more

Marine heat waves in the Mediterranean threaten coastal livelihoods

Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia, November 13 (Reuters) – A decade ago, Tunisian fisherman Ahmed Shelly’s nets bulged with fish and octopus that he sold at the local market on the Kerkennah Islands. Today, he’s only pulling “ISIS” – the locals’ name for the blue crabs that invaded their fishing grounds in the rapidly warming waters of … Read more