Malaysia’s new PM Anwar says first priority is cost of living

New PM Anwar says cabinet size to be reduced Anwar claims two-thirds majority in parliament KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said on Friday his primary focus would be on the cost of living as he takes office with a slowing economy and a country deeply divided after … Read more

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

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

US prepared to authorize Chevron to boost Venezuela’s oil output

US ready to allow oil giant to produce, sell Venezuelan oil Chevron is owed billions in unpaid debts by state-run PDVSA US aims to shift Venezuelan oil sales from shadow firms HOUSTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp could soon win US approval to expand operations in Venezuela and resume trading its oil once 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

Ukraine braces for harsh winter as Russian strikes cripple power facilities

Ukrainians brace for winter with little or no heating Temperatures in several areas already below freezing Zelenskiy says half Ukraine’s power capacity crippled by Russia Kherson residents can express interest in moving elsewhere Ukraine: Russia bombing Kherson from across the river KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainians braced for a winter with little or no … Read more

EU warns of escalating Serbia, Kosovo car plates dispute

BRUSSELS/BELGRADE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The European Union on Monday warned of “escalation and violence” after emergency talks between Kosovo and Serbia failed to resolve their long-running dispute over car license plates used by the ethnic Serb minority in Kosovo. “After many hours of discussion … the two parties did not agree to a solution … Read more

Russia’s ‘General Armageddon’ under pressure to deliver on battlefield after retreat

Top general argued for strategic but humiliating retreat Russian forces left west bank of River Dnipro as a result Russia war hawks rallied around General Sergei Surovikin But he’s now under pressure to show battlefield results LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s leading war hawks rallied behind the humiliating decision for Moscow’s forces to retreat … Read more