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

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

Nazanin, Ashoori arrive in Britain after Iran prison ordeal

BRIZE NORTON, England, March 16 (Reuters) – British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and dual national Anoosheh Ashoori arrived in Britain from Iran on Thursday, ending an ordeal during which they became a bargaining chip in Iran’s talks with the West over its nuclear programme. They arrived at the British military airbase of Brize Norton in … Read more

China share surge boosts Asian equity gauges ahead of Fed

A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MSCI Asia ex-Japan up more than 3%, Nikkei +1.7% China Vice Premier comments trigger jump in Chinese shares US Treasury yields down from June … Read more

China’s soaring COVID infections fuel concern about cost of containment

BEIJING, March 15 (Reuters) – China posted a steep jump in daily COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with new cases more than doubling from a day earlier to hit a two-year high, raising concerns about the rising economic costs of its tough measures to contain the disease. A total of 3,507 domestically transmitted cases with confirmed … Read more

China daily local symptomatic COVID cases more than triple

Residents line up outside a nucleic acid testing site of a hospital, following cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China March 11, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, March 13 (Reuters) – Mainland China reported a two-year high 1,807 new local symptomatic COVID-19 cases … Read more

Russian forces regroup near Kyiv after setbacks

Biden to call for an end of normal trade with Russia – source Satellite images show Russians redeploy north of Kyiv Britain says Russia could launch assault on Kyiv within days LVIV, Ukraine, March 11 (Reuters) – Russian forces bearing down on Kyiv are regrouping northwest of the Ukrainian capital, satellite pictures showed, and Britain … Read more

U.S. House approves Ukraine aid, Russia oil ban, funds averting U.S. gov’t shutdown

The US Capitol building is pictured in Washington, US, January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) – The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to rush $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine as it battles invading Russian forces, along with $1.5 trillion … Read more

Russian forces seize huge Ukrainian nuclear plant, fire extinguished

Intense fighting in area around huge nuclear plant No signs of elevated radiation – US Energy Sec US and UK hit oligarchs with further sanctions LVIV, Ukraine, March 4 (Reuters) – Russian forces seized the largest nuclear power plant in Europe after a building at the complex was set ablaze during intense fighting with Ukrainian … Read more

Ukraine and Russia agree on evacuation corridors as U.S. punishes oligarchs

Russian troops’ advance stalled outside Kyiv Refugee total exceeds 1 million – UNHCR Ukraine president says defense lines holding US and UK hit oligarchs with sanctions BORODYANKA/LVIV, Ukraine, March 3 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine agreed on Thursday to the need for humanitarian corridors to help civilians escape Moscow’s eight-day-old invasion, the first apparent progress … Read more