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UK to fine tech companies that fail to remove self-harm material

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government intends to make it illegal to encourage others to harm themselves online and will fine social media companies that fail to remove such material, as part of a revamp of...

Japan PM Kishida’s approval hits new low after ministers resign

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s public support slipped to a new low in a poll published on Sunday, as a series of cabinet resignations has compounded anger over the ruling party’s ties to a controversial religious group. Support for Kishida’s cabinet fell to 33.1% from 37.6% a month ago in the Kyodo...

In Washington, Macron to seek relief for Europe Inc amid China competition

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron will be hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden next week in a rare state visit aimed at highlighting Franco-American friendship rather than the bitter economic competition between the two sides of the pond. More than a year after Washington, London and Canberra torpedoed a big French submarine contract, pushing...

Uganda’s president extends Ebola epicentre’s quarantine for 21 days

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has extended a quarantine placed on two districts that are the epicentre of the country’s Ebola outbreak by 21 days, adding that his government’s response to the disease was succeeding. Movement into and out of Mubende and Kassanda districts in central Uganda will be restricted up to Dec....

Former Pakistan PM Khan calls off protest march to avoid creating ‘havoc’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month, said on Saturday he was calling off his protest march to Islamabad because he feared it would cause havoc in the country. Khan has been holding country-wide protests to push the...

Attention turns to presidential poll after Taiwan ruling party thrashing

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Attention is turning to Taiwan’s next presidential election in 2024 after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was thrashed at local elections on Saturday, with President Tsai Ing-wen’s move to focus on China backfiring with voters. The main opposition party the Kuomintang, or KMT, romped to victory in the mayoral and county...

Landslide kills at least seven on Italy’s Ischia island

CASAMICCIOLA TERME, Italy (Reuters) -At least seven people, including a newborn baby and two children, were killed on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide caused by torrential rain devastated a small town, an official said on Sunday. Five people were still missing, Naples prefect Claudio Palomba told a news conference. Dozens...

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

LONDON (Reuters) -The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police assaulted and detained one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai, before later releasing him after several hours. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai,” a spokesperson...

China’s industrial profits drop further as COVID woes take toll on economy

BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s industrial firms saw overall profits decline further in the January-October period as COVID-19 outbreaks flared up and cities imposed new virus curbs, including targeted lockdowns, dampening economic activity. Industrial profits fell 3.0% in the first 10 months of 2022 from a year earlier. That compares with a 2.3% drop for January-September, National...

Twitter CEO Musk says user signups at all-time high, touts features of “everything app”

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has said that new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”, as he struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms over concerns about verification and hate speech. Signups were averaging over two million per day in...

Former Pakistan PM Khan calls off protest march to avoid creating ‘havoc’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month, said on Saturday he was calling off his protest march to Islamabad because he feared it would cause havoc in the country. Khan has been holding country-wide protests to push the...

BOJ to conduct annual survey on climate finance to nurture ESG market

TOKYO (Reuters) – Bank of Japan (BOJ) Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya said on Sunday the central bank will conduct a survey annually of financial institutions and companies, seeking ways to nurture the country’s growing climate finance market. An initial survey in August showed “strong demand” in Japan for “green” bonds and other environmental, social and...

China reports fourth straight daily record of new COVID cases

BEIJING (Reuters) -China reported its fourth straight daily record of 39,791 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 26, of which 3,709 were symptomatic and 36,082 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday. That is compared with 35,183 new cases a day earlier – 3,474 symptomatic and 31,709 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. Excluding...

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Attention turns to presidential poll after Taiwan ruling party thrashing

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Attention is turning to Taiwan’s next presidential election in 2024 after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was thrashed at local elections on Saturday, with President Tsai Ing-wen’s move to focus on China backfiring with voters. The main opposition party the Kuomintang, or KMT, romped to victory in the mayoral and county...

Shanghai hit by COVID protests as anger spreads across China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Protests simmered in Shanghai early on Sunday, as residents in several Chinese cities, many of them angered by a deadly fire in the country’s far west, pushed back against heavy COVID-19 curbs nearly three years into the pandemic. A fire on Thursday that killed 10 people in a high-rise building in Urumqi,...

Snow to blanket Kyiv from Sunday as power still in short supply

(Reuters) – Heavy snowfall was expected in Kyiv starting on Sunday, with temperatures dropping below freezing day and night, while millions of people who still live in and around the Ukrainian capital remain with little electricity and heat. Grid operator Ukrenergo said on Saturday that electricity producers were able to cover only three-quarters of consumption...

China Jan-Oct industrial profits fall 3.0% y/y

BEIJING (Reuters) – Profits at China’s industrial firms fell 3.0% in January-October from a year earlier, after a 2.3% slump in the first nine months, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released on Sunday. The bureau did not report standalone figures for October. With new COVID-19 cases in China hitting record...

China reports fourth straight daily record of new COVID cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported a record high of 39,791 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 26, of which 3,709 were symptomatic and 36,082 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday. That is compared with 35,183 new cases a day earlier – 3,474 symptomatic and 31,709 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. Excluding imported...

Equatorial Guinea president wins re-election, VP says on Twitter

DAKAR (Reuters) -Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has won re-election with 95% of the Nov. 20 vote and his party took all the senate and parliament seats, his son Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue said on Twitter on Saturday. Reuters was not able to immediately verify the claim. A win would given Obiang,...

India’s first private rocket company looks to slash satellite costs

BENGALURU (Reuters) – The startup behind India’s first private space launch plans to put a satellite into orbit in 2023 and expects to be able to do so at half of the cost of established launch companies, the founders of Skyroot Aerospace told Reuters in an interview. The Hyderabad-based company, backed by Singapore’s sovereign wealth...

Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s goal is for world’s strongest nuclear force

SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country’s ultimate goal is to possess the world’s most powerful nuclear force, as he promoted dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of North Korea’s largest ballistic missile, state media reported on Sunday. The announcement comes after Kim inspected a test of the...

Taliban’s treatment of women may be crime against humanity: UN experts

GENEVA (Reuters) -The Taliban’s treatment of Afghan women and girls, including their exclusion from parks and gyms as well as schools and universities, may amount to a crime against humanity, a group of U.N. experts said on Friday. The assessment by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan Richard Bennett and nine other U.N. experts says...

Peru’s president reshuffles cabinet again amid political crisis

LIMA (Reuters) -Peruvian President Pedro Castillo announced an updated cabinet on Friday, including leadership changes to six ministries, as his embattled administration engages in wide-ranging conflicts with its political opposition. Among the new members of the leftist president’s 18-member cabinet is Oliverio Muñoz, appointed as energy and mining minister for the major copper-producing nation. Castillo...

Researchers test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

(Reuters) – An experimental vaccine provided broad protection against all 20 known influenza A and B virus subtypes in initial tests in mice and ferrets, potentially opening a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a U.S. study published on Thursday. The two-dose vaccine employs the same messenger...

Landslide hits Italian island of Ischia, one woman dead, 10 missing

CASAMICCIOLA TERME/MILAN (Reuters) -A woman was found dead and around 10 people were still missing on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide engulfed buildings during heavy rain on Saturday, a local Italian government official said. Torrential rain hit the port of Casamicciola Terme, one of the six small towns on the...

U.S. bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales, citing national security risk

(Reuters) -The Biden administration has banned approvals of new telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE because they pose “an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it had adopted the final rules, which also bar the sale or import of equipment made by Chinese surveillance equipment...

Russia’s war on Ukraine latest news: Ukraine gradually restores power

(Reuters) – Ukrainian authorities are gradually restoring power, aided by the reconnection of the country’s four nuclear plants, but millions of people are still without heat or electricity after the most devastating Russian air strikes of the war. CONFLICT * NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the Western military alliance would not back down on its...

Elon Musk says Twitter’s ban on Trump after Capitol attack was ‘grave mistake’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter’s ban on then President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters was a “grave mistake” that had to be corrected, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday, although he also stated that incitement to violence would continue to be prohibited on Twitter. “I’m...

Clitoris reconstruction offers hope to Kenyan women after childhood mutilation

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Imagine having no sensation in a body part for most of your life and then being able to feel it at last. That was the transformation being sought by about 60 Kenyan women who had undergone female genital mutilation, or FGM, during childhood and came forward for reconstructive surgery of the clitoris...

Macau’s 6 casino operators get new licences, Malaysia’s Genting out

(Reuters) -Macau’s government said on Saturday its six incumbent casino operators would be given new licences to operate in the world’s biggest gambling hub from January, with Malaysian operator Genting missing out on a spot. The highly anticipated announcement signals stability and continuity for the Macau operators who have invested more than $50 billion in...

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