U.S. to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing war amid broader aid effort

A woman holds a child as people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine queue at the train station in Lviv, Ukraine March 21, 2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register US pledges $1 billion in aid Russian invasion triggers massive refugee crisis Several million Ukrainians have fled their homeland BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, … Read more

Chinese search for second black box from crashed jet

WUZHOU, China, March 24 (Reuters) – Recovery crews searched in light rain for a second black box from a China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) passenger plane that plunged into a mountainside with 132 people on board, as more information emerged about the pilots of the flight. A first black box found on Wednesday was the cockpit … Read more

Putin wants ‘unfriendly’ countries to pay for Russian gas in roubles

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – Russia will seek payment in roubles for gas sold to “unfriendly” countries, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, and European gas prices soared on concerns the move would exacerbate the region’s energy crunch. European nations and the United States have imposed heavy sanctions on Russia since Moscow sent troops into … Read more

Oil jumps 5% as Caspian pipeline disruption adds to supply fears

A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai, India, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Caspian crude pipeline accounts for over 1% of world demand US crude stockpiles fall, output flat for 7th week in a row Biden … Read more

Russia finds Meta guilty of ‘extremist activity’ but WhatsApp can stay

Moscow court says Meta engaged in ‘extremist activity’ Facebook, Instagram already banned in Russia Prosecutors, court say WhatsApp will not be affected Lawmaker says Meta can return if sticks to Russia’s terms March 21 (Reuters) – A Moscow court said on Monday that Meta (FB.O) was guilty of “extremist activity”, but the ruling will not … Read more

Chinese Boeing jet crashes in mountains with 132 on board, no sign of survivors

BEIJING, March 21 (Reuters) – A China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in mountains in southern China on a domestic flight on Monday after a sudden descent from cruising altitude. Media said there were no signs of survivors. The airline said it deeply mourned the loss of passengers and … Read more

Hong Kong to ease strict COVID measures from April, lifts flight ban

HONG KONG, March 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong plans to relax some anti-COVID-19 measures next month, lifting a ban on flights from nine countries, reducing quarantine for arrivals from abroad and reopening schools. The moves, announced on Monday by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, come after a backlash from businesses and residents who see the rest … Read more

Biden administration rules Myanmar army committed genocide against Rohingya

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has formally determined that violence committed against the Rohingya minority by Myanmar’s military amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity, US officials told Reuters, a move that advocates say should bolster efforts to hold the junta that now runs Myanmar accountable. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will … Read more

Stocks steady after Fed hike, BoE’s turn next

A man wearing a protective mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walks past an electronic board displaying various countries’ stock indexes including Russian Trading System (RTS) Index which is empty, outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, March 10, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON/TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters) … Read more

WHO says global rise in COVID cases is ‘tip of the iceberg’

March 16 (Reuters) – Figures showing a global rise in COVID-19 cases could herald a much bigger problem as some countries also report a drop in testing rates, the WHO said on Tuesday, warning nations to remain vigilant against the virus. After more than a month of decline, COVID cases started to increase around the … Read more