Setback for Shanghai’s COVID battle; Beijing focuses on mass testing

Setback for Shanghai's COVID battle;  Beijing focuses on mass testing

Shanghai reports 58 new cases outside quarantine areas Beijing testing millions Outbreak poses biggest test yet to Xi’s “zero-COVID” strategy SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – China’s commercial capital of Shanghai was dealt a blow on Monday as authorities reported 58 new COVID-19 cases outside areas under lockdown, while Beijing pressed on with testing millions of … Read more

Violence erupts in May Day protests in Paris, marchers criticize re-elected Macron

Violence erupts in May Day protests in Paris, marchers criticize re-elected Macron

Police arrest 45 in Paris, minister says Marchers condemn Macron’s retirement plan Most other May Day marches peaceful PARIS, May 1 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas to push back black-clad anarchists who ransacked business premises in Paris on Sunday during May Day protests against the policies of newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron. Thousands of … Read more

As Beijing tightens COVID curbs, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life

As Beijing tightens COVID curbs, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life

Beijing COVID outbreak enters 10th day Shanghai reports 2nd day of zero cases outside quarantine areas Shanghai starts to loosen curbs for some areas BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 1 (Reuters) – The Chinese capital Beijing tightened COVID restrictions on Sunday as it battled an outbreak, while Shanghai let more of its 25 million residents venture out for … Read more

Singapore executes Malaysian on drugs charges after rejecting mental disability appeal

Singapore executes Malaysian on drugs charges after rejecting mental disability appeal

People take part in a vigil ahead of the planned execution of Malaysian drug trafficker, Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, outside Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 26, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Nagaenthran Dharmalingam had been on death row for over a decade Brother confirmed execution after legal … Read more

Panic buying in Beijing as district starts mass COVID testing

Panic buying in Beijing as district starts mass COVID testing

Beijing kicks off first of three rounds of mass testing in populous district Mass testing fuels concerns of shortages of food, supplies Chinese stock market down on fears Beijing may join Shanghai in lockdown BEIJING, April 25 (Reuters) – Beijing residents snapped up food and other supplies as the city’s biggest district began mass COVID-19 … Read more

Blast at illegal Nigerian oil refinery kills more than 100 people

Blast at illegal Nigerian oil refinery kills more than 100 people

A man stands at the scene of explosion in which over 100 people lost their lives, at an illegal crude oil bunkering site at Abaezi forest, in Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of ​​Imo state, Nigeria April 24, 2022. REUTERS/Tife Owolabi Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Bunkering site was on border of … Read more

Shanghai fences up COVID-hit areas, fueling fresh outcry

Shanghai fences up COVID-hit areas, fueling fresh outcry

SHANGHAI, April 24 (Reuters) – Shanghai authorities battling an outbreak of COVID-19 have erected fences outside residential buildings, sparking fresh public outcry over a lockdown that has forced much of the city’s 25 million people indoors. Images of white hazmat suit-clad workers sealing entrances of housing blocks and closing off entire streets with roughly two … Read more

US will no longer enforce mask mandate on airplanes, trains after court ruling

US will no longer enforce mask mandate on airplanes, trains after court ruling

WASHINGTON/Chicago, April 18 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will no longer enforce a US mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, overturning a key White House effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Soon after the announcement, United Airlines (UAL.O) and Alaska … Read more

Penthouses in North Korea are mainly for the unfortunate few

Penthouses in North Korea are mainly for the unfortunate few

Few of North Korea’s rich drawn to live in penthouses Concerns over power and water supply keep them away Uncertain functioning of elevators also deters many For leader Kim Jong Un, skyscrapers showcase build quality SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) – For people in many countries, living in a penthouse is the dream. In North Korea? … Read more

Russia warns of nuclear deployment if Sweden and Finland join NATO

Russia warns of nuclear deployment if Sweden and Finland join NATO

Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev delivers a speech during a meeting with members of the Security Council in Moscow, Russia February 21, 2022. Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Russia warns of nuclear deployment Says Iskander and hypersonic missiles would be deployed Finland and Sweden … Read more