Hiroshima prays for peace, fears new arms race on atomic bombing anniversary

TOKYO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Saturday as the city marked the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with officials including the United Nations secretary general warning of a new arms race following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, and, shortly after, Russian President Vladimir … Read more

In China’s Shenzhen, nostalgia persists for the old days of Hong Kong culture

SHENZHEN, China, July 7 (Reuters) – A trip to glamorous Hong Kong was a distant dream for most Chinese mainlanders in the mid-1990s, but for schoolgirl Tracey Chen in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, it was just a lunchtime stroll. As Hong Kong loses autonomy after 25 years of Chinese rule, Chen is among many … Read more

Ancient DNA solves mystery over origin of medieval Black Death

A view of the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan, the region in Central Asia where researchers studying ancient plague genomes have traced the origins of the 14th century Black Death that killed tens of millions of people, in an undated photograph. Lyazzat Musralina / Handout via REUTERS. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com … Read more

Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar

Outbreak prompts return of mass testing, targeted lockdowns Cluster caused by ‘complacency’ – state-backed newspaper Shanghai emerges from weekend testing with no new curbs BEIJING, June 13 (Reuters) – Authorities in China’s capital Beijing on Monday raced to contain a COVID-19 outbreak traced to a raucous 24-hour bar known for cheap liquor and big crowds, … Read more

Tasty name but no Big Mac: Russia opens rebranded McDonald’s restaurants

June 12 (Reuters) – It might look and smell like McDonald’s but now it’s Vkusno & tochka. The golden arches are gone, the Filet-O-Fish is simply a fish burger. The Big Mac has left Russia. A new era for Russia’s fast-food and economic scene dawned on Sunday, as McDonald’s (MCD.N) restaurants flung open their doors … Read more

More seek gun training in Taiwan as Ukraine war drives home China threat

TAIPEI, June 1 (Reuters) – From tour guides to tattoo artists, some in Taiwan are taking shooting lessons for the first time in their lives as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ratchets up anxiety at the prospect of giant neighbor China making a similar move on the democratic island. China’s growing military pressure on the island … Read more