Iranian fans savor victory but wrangle over protests

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Iran’s national soccer team sang during the playing of their national anthem at their second World Cup match against Wales on Friday having refrained from doing so in their opening game earlier this week in apparent support for protesters back home. Loud jeers were heard from Iranian supporters … Read more

China’s tightening COVID-19 curbs fuel pushback

BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Frustration simmered in China among residents and business groups navigating stricter COVID-19 control curbs as the country reported on Friday another historic high of daily infections just weeks after hopes were raised of easing measures. The resurgence of COVID cases in China, with 32,695 new local infections recorded for Thursday … Read more

For Anwar, at last: New Malaysian leader went from prisoner to PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Reuters) – As Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim prepares on Thursday to take over as prime minister, one of his recent comments serves to sum up the persistence that secured him the job he has eyed for three decades. “This you need to learn from Anwar Ibrahim – patience, wait a long time, … Read more

Exclusive: Russians, Ukrainians meet in UAE to discuss prisoner swap, ammonia, sources say

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Representatives from Russia and Ukraine met in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the possibility of a prisoner-of-war swap that would be linked to a resumption of Russian ammonia exports, which go to Asia and Africa, via the Ukrainian pipeline, three sources with knowledge of the meeting said. … Read more

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

E. Europe arms companies step up production for Ukraine Hope to find new markets as defense spends rise Can produce and service Soviet-era and NATO-standard weaponry Poland, Czechs among big suppliers of military aid to Kyiv Industry’s history stretches from the 1800s and through the Cold War PRAGUE/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe’s arms … Read more

Some Russian commanders encouraged sexual violence, says lawyer advising Kyiv

KYIV, Nov 23 (Reuters) – There is evidence that Russian commanders in several instances were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine “and in some cases, encouraging it or even ordering it,” according to an international criminal lawyer assisting Kyiv’s war crime investigations. British lawyer Wayne Jordash told Reuters that in some areas … Read more

China widens COVID curbs, Apple factory unrest adds to economy worries

COVID restrictions increase as cases rise Unrest at the iPhone factory adds to concerns about the economy, underscores frustrations Analysts warn of potential for wider lockdowns BEIJING, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Chinese cities imposed more curbs on Wednesday to rein in rising coronavirus cases, adding to investor worries about the economy as fresh unrest at … Read more

Indian tycoon Adani’s mega port hangs in the balance as a fishing community protests

VIZHINJAM, India, Nov 23 (Reuters) – On the main road to billionaire Gautam Adani’s planned Vizhinjam mega port on the southern tip of India, a shelter built by the coastal region’s Christian fishing community blocks the entrance, preventing further construction. The simple 1,200 square-feet structure with a corrugated-iron roof has since August stood in the … Read more

Ukraine promises shelters for its people as winter sets in

‘Invincibility centres’ to provide heat, water, internet Power outages widespread as Russia targets electricity grid G7 to soon announce price cap on Russian oil – US official KYIV, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine promised shelters with heat and water and encouraged its people to save energy as a harsh winter loomed amid relentless Russian strikes … Read more

Beijing shuts parks, museums as China’s COVID cases rise

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Beijing shut parks, shopping malls and museums on Tuesday while more Chinese cities resumed mass testing for COVID-19, as China fights a spike in cases, deepening concerns about its economy and dampening hopes for a quick post -coronavirus reopening. China reported 28,127 new local cases nationally for Monday, nearing its … Read more