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23rd May

Pacific leaders congratulate Labor’s Albanese on election result

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Solomon Islands has congratulated Australia’s Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, on his election victory, saying much “remains to be done” in the bilateral relationship, as Pacific islands neighbour Fiji welcomed the party’s...

U.S., Japan, Australia, and India to launch tracking system to monitor illegal fishing by China- FT

(Reuters) – U.S., Japan, Australia, and India will unveil a maritime initiative at the Quad summit in Tokyo to curb illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific, the Financial Times reported on Saturday, citing a U.S. official. The said that the maritime initiative will use satellite technology to create a tracking system for illegal fishing from the...

Ukraine rules out ceasefire as fighting intensifies in Donbas

(Reuters) – Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or concessions to Moscow while Russia intensified an offensive in the eastern Donbas region and stopped providing gas to Finland, as Polish President Andrzej Duda prepared to address the Ukrainian parliament on Sunday. After ending weeks of resistance by the last Ukrainian fighters in the strategic southeastern city...

Shanghai reopens some public transport, still on high COVID alert

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Shanghai reopened a small part of the world’s longest subway system on Sunday after some lines had been closed for almost two months, as the city paves the way for a more complete lifting of its painful COVID-19 lockdown next week. With most residents not allowed to leave their homes and restrictions...

Australia’s Albanese: a pragmatist who promises unity

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Anthony Albanese, who becomes Australia’s prime minister on Monday, is a pragmatic leader from a working-class background who has pledged to end divisions in the country. “I do want to change the country. I want to change the way that politics operates in this country,” the Labor Party leader said on Sunday morning...

22nd May

Germany monkeypox infections rise to three after Berlin cases

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – At least two cases of monkeypox have been registered in Berlin, health authorities in the German capital said on Saturday, one day after the country registered its first case in Munich. The city of Berlin’s health ministry said in a statement that more cases would likely emerge over the next few days,...

Biden says first shipments of baby formula flying in from Europe this weekend

(Reuters) – The first shipments of infant formula from Europe to address a critical shortage in the United States should begin arriving this weekend, President Joe Biden said on Friday amid criticism of his administration’s handling of the issue. Biden said on Twitter the initial military cargo plane flights under “Operation Fly Formula” meant that...

Qatari FM says Iran’s leadership open for a compromise on nuclear file -al Jazeera TV

(Reuters) – Qatar’s foreign minister said on Saturday in remarks cited by al Jazeera TV that the Iranian leadership expressed readiness for a compromise regarding “the Iranian nuclear file”, referring to talks over reviving a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. But Iran’s Foreign Ministry said remarks by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were...

North Korea reports ‘positive trend’ in COVID fight as fever cases dip

SEOUL (Reuters) – For the first time in nearly 10 days North Korea’s daily “fever” cases dropped below 200,000, state media said on Sunday, reporting “a positive trend” after measures were taken to control the country’s first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID wave, declared on May 12, has fuelled concerns over a lack of vaccines,...

Incoming Australian Prime Minister says he wants to unite country

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese said he wanted to bring Australians together as he made his first comments after leading his party to an election victory on Saturday after nine years in opposition. “I want to unite the country,” Albanese told reporters as he left his home late on Saturday night to...

Australian prime minister concedes defeat in election

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had conceded defeat in a national election on Saturday, saying that while vote counting was incomplete the opposition Labor party looked likely to form a government. “Tonight I have spoken to the Leader of the Opposition and the incoming Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, and I’ve...

Japan PM Kishida calls China’s development in E. China Sea “unacceptable”

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday that he was disappointed in China’s efforts to develop areas in the East China Sea, saying that it was “unacceptable.” Speaking to reporters in the western city of Kyoto, he said that the government had lodged a complaint against China via diplomatic channels. The...

Vietnam sacks head of the country’s main stock exchange over “wrongdoing”

HANOI(Reuters) – Vietnam has fired general director of its main Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), the government said on Saturday, as the country intensifies a long-running crackdown on officials it accuses of graft. Le Hai Tra, 47, was dismissed for “having committed serious violations and wrongdoings”, the government said in a statement, without elaborating....

Russia advances in Ukraine’s Donbas as Mariupol steelworks siege ends

KYIV (Reuters) – Russia moved nearer to control over Ukraine’s Donbas region, claiming victory in the months-long battle for Mariupol’s steel plant and launching a major offensive on the remaining Ukrainian-held territory in the province of Luhansk. The last Ukrainian forces holed up in Mariupol’s smashed Azovstal steelworks surrendered on Friday, Russia’s defense ministry said....

Australian voters head to polls in close-run election

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australians were voting in a national election on Saturday, with opinion polls showing the opposition Labor Party narrowly ahead of the ruling conservative coalition although a strong showing by climate-focussed independents could mean a hung parliament. Centre-left Labor held a decent lead going into the campaign after nine years in opposition, but...

21st May

Grunt, hoo, pant, scream: Chimps use complex vocal communication

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists exploring the evolutionary origin of language have detected a vocal communication system among wild chimpanzees more complex and structured than previously known, with a dozen call types combined into hundreds of different sequences. The researchers made more than 4,800 recordings of vocalizations produced by members of three groups of chimpanzees inhabiting...

Boeing’s Starliner capsule nears rendezvous with space station in uncrewed test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Boeing’s new crew capsule Starliner neared a rendezvous in orbit on Friday with the International Space Station (ISS), a day after launching successfully on a highly anticipated do-over test flight without astronauts aboard. The gumdrop-shaped CST-100 Starliner was due to arrive at the space station at about 7:10 p.m. EDT...

N.Korea reports over 200,000 fever cases for 5th day amid COVID wave -Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea reported more than 200,000 new patients suffering from fever for a fifth consecutive day as the country fights its first confirmed coronavirus outbreak, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Saturday, citing the North’s state broadcaster. The ongoing COVID wave, declared last week, has fuelled concerns over a lack of...

Locked-down Shanghai finds new cases, breaking “zero COVID” streak

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Shanghai announced its first new COVID-19 cases outside quarantined areas in five days on Friday and imposed stricter curbs in two districts, but did not signal any change to the planned end of a prolonged city-wide lockdown on June 1. The commercial hub of 25 million, in its seventh week of lockdown,...

N.Korea reports over 200,000 fever cases for 5th day amid COVID wave -Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea reported more than 200,000 new patients suffering from fever for a fifth consecutive day as the country fights its first confirmed coronavirus outbreak, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Saturday, citing the North’s state broadcaster. The ongoing COVID wave, declared last week, has fuelled concerns over a lack of vaccines,...

Nicaraguan bishop, alleging police harassment, goes on hunger strike

MANAGUA (Reuters) – A Nicaraguan bishop critical of President Daniel Ortega’s government began a hunger strike on Friday after taking refuge in a Catholic church indefinitely in the capital Managua, alleging he had been targeted by the police. Rolando Alvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa and Esteli in the north of the country, said...

Two cases of monkeypox confirmed in Canada, health agency says

(Reuters) – The Public Health Agency of Canada said on Thursday two cases of monkeypox have been detected in the province of Quebec, the first confirmed cases in Canada.

EU exploring ways to use Russian oligarchs’ frozen assets to rebuild Ukraine

BERLIN (Reuters) -The European Union is looking into ways of using the frozen assets of Russian oligarchs to fund the reconstruction of Ukraine after the war, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday. The commission proposed on Wednesday a 9 billion euro loan to Ukraine to keep the country going as it...

U.S. says ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Rusesabagina ‘wrongly detained’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States has determined that Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” sheltering hundreds of people during the African nation’s 1994 genocide, has been “wrongfully detained,” the State Department said on Thursday. Rusesabagina, 67, was sentenced last September to 25 years in prison over eight terrorism charges tied to an organization...

U.S. CDC advisers recommend COVID booster for children 5-11

(Reuters) – A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday voted to recommend that all children aged 5 to 11 should receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose at least five months after completing the primary vaccination course.

U.S. launches $3.5 billion program to speed development of up carbon removal tech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department launched a program on Thursday to fund four large-scale projects across the country that can remove carbon dioxide from the air, investing $3.5 billion in a nascent technology the Biden administration says is necessary to meet a goal of achieving net zero emissions by mid century. The agency...

Israel’s ruling coalition becomes minority after lawmaker quits

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel’s ruling coalition became a minority in parliament on Thursday when an Arab lawmaker from a left-wing party quit, leaving Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with a more precarious grip on power. The defection by Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi leaves Bennett controlling 59 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. In a letter to the...

U.S. CDC says COVID vaccine-related myocarditis much lower for children than teens

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday said reports of heart inflammation linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been much lower in 5- to 11-year-old boys than in adolescents and young men, representing only a slightly elevated rate than normal. The agency, in a presentation to...

EU health regulator backs using AstraZeneca COVID shot as booster

LONDON (Reuters) – The European health regulator on Thursday endorsed the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine, Vaxzevria, as a booster. The recommendation, made by a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), encompasses adults who have either been previously vaccinated by Vaxzevria or an mRNA vaccine, such as the ones made by Pfizer and BioNTech...

Bollywood sex worker biopic resonates in India’s brothels

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The brothels look brighter, the alleyways are cleaner, and a stirring soundtrack accompanies the protagonists, but a new Bollywood film set in Mumbai’s red-light district has struck a chord with India’s roughly 1 million sex workers. “Gangubai Kathiawadi” is a biopic telling the story of a sex worker of the...

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