Relief and anxiety as major Chinese cities ease COVID restrictions

The easing comes after a week of historic protests The restrictions 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 of … 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

The yuan is the new dollar as Russia makes a comeback

Russia resorts to the Chinese currency amid sanctions Moscow has become the No. 4 offshore trading center for the yuan The yuan’s share in the Russian forex market increased from 1% to 45% The Russian Central Bank supports the trend but warns of risks This content was produced in Russia where coverage of Russian military … Read more

Zelensky says Russia will not stop the strikes until its missiles run out

The President warns the Ukrainians to prepare for new Russian attacks Heavy fighting in eastern Donetsk The Kremlin says the Zaporizhia plant remains under Moscow’s control LVIV/Kyiv (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Ukrainians to expect another harsh week of cold and darkness ahead, predicting more Russian attacks on infrastructure that won’t stop until Moscow … Read more

Canada to enhance defense and cyber security in Indo-Pacific policy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada launched its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday, outlining C$2.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in spending to boost military and cyber security in the region and pledging to deal with a “troubled” China. While working with her on climate change and trade issues. The plan, detailed in a 26-page document, said Canada would … Read more

Ukrainians suffer in the cold and darkness as the president pleads with the United Nations to punish Russia

Widespread power outages due to Russia targeting the electricity grid United States: Russia is trying to freeze Ukraine into submission Crews are working to restore power and water President Zelensky says: “We are an unbreakable people” WASHINGTON/Kyiv (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the United Nations Security Council to act against Russia over … Read more

EXCLUSIVE: The US aims to punish deforestation in Brazil, as well as fight the climate

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The United States is looking to crack down on the environmental criminals behind escalating deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, U.S. sources and officials told Reuters, using sanctions like the Magnitsky sanctions to tackle climate change more aggressively. The plan represents a major shift in Washington’s strategy to combat global warming, … Read more

COP27 offers a breakthrough in the climate fund at the cost of advances in emissions

The COP27 climate summit ends after long negotiations at the end of the week Delivers final agreement on the creation of a landmark climate finance fund Negotiators say some have blocked tougher emissions targets SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (November 20) (Reuters) – Countries wrapped up this year’s United Nations climate summit on Sunday with a … 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