France hit by nationwide strikes as unions fight Macron’s pension reform

Government wants to raise retirement age by two years to 64 Railways, schools and refineries among those hit by strike Macron’s reformist credentials at stake in dispute Polls show widespread opposition to pension reform PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – French train drivers, teachers and refinery workers were among those who walked off their jobs on … Read more

Nepal finds black boxes of aircraft after deadliest crash in 30 years

Searchers look for four unaccounted passengers Hazy, cloudy weather hampering rescue efforts Cockpit voice recorder, flight data recorder recovered, in good shape Nepal declares national mourning, launches investigation KATHMANDU, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Searchers found both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder on Monday from a passenger flight that crashed killing at least … Read more

Ukraine clinches US, German armored vehicles, rejects Russian truce order

Ukraine calls Putin order for Orthodox Christmas truce a trick Russian envoy to UN says Ukraine has no respect Kyiv to get US Bradley and German Marder combat vehicles KYIV/BAKHMUT, Ukraine, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Ukraine dismissed as a trick a unilateral order by Russia for a 36-hour ceasefire starting on Friday and the leaders … Read more

‘Feels like summer’: Warm winter breaks temperature records in Europe

Ski slopes deserted due to lack of snow Activists call for faster action on climate change Pollen warning issued as plants bloom early Governments get short-term gas-price respite LONDON/BRUSSELS, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Record-high winter temperatures swept across parts of Europe over the new year, bringing calls from activists for faster action against climate change … Read more

The New Year rings in as Asia then Europe ushers out 2022

Dec 31 (Reuters) – With fireworks planned in Paris, hopes for an end to war in Kyiv, and a return to post-COVID normality in Australia and China, Europe and Asia bid farewell to 2022. It was a year marked for many by the conflict in Ukraine, economic stresses and the effects of global warming. But … Read more

The world fears a new China COVID wave, ponders how to help Xi

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Officials and global health experts outside China are anxiously watching a COVID-19 surge there, worried a nation of 1.4 billion people is inadequately vaccinated and may not have the healthcare tools to treat a wave of illness expected to kill more than one million people through 2023. Some US and … Read more

Russian ‘kamikaze’ drones hit Kyiv, Putin arrives in ally Belarus

Ukraine shoots down 30 drones Putin arrives in Belarus to meet ally Lukashenko Russian troops in Belarus to conduct exercises – Interfax China and Russia to hold annual naval drills KYIV, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Moscow launched a “kamikaze” drone attack on Monday, hitting key infrastructure in and around Kyiv, hours before Russian President Vladimir … Read more

US Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron addressed US lawmakers from both political parties on Wednesday and pushed back on new American subsidies that are riling European leaders, according to a participant in a closed-door meeting. Macron arrived in Washington on Tuesday for his second state visit to the United States since taking … Read more

Welders wanted: France steps up recruitment drive as nuclear crisis deepens

PARIS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – French power giant EDF (EDF.PA) is looking to recruit a new generation of welders, pipe-fitters and boiler makers to fix its aging nuclear reactors and build more of them, as Europe’s energy crisis rekindles the allure of atomic power. The problem is that in France such skilled workers are in … Read more

China’s lockdown protests spread to campuses and cities abroad

HONG KONG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Protests against China’s strict zero-COVID policy and restrictions on freedoms have spread to at least a dozen cities around the world in a show of solidarity with rare displays of defiance in China over the weekend. Expatriate dissidents and students staged small-scale vigils and protests in cities around the … Read more