Hong Kong will scrap COVID hotel quarantine from Sept. 26

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Hong Kong will scrap its controversial COVID-19 hotel quarantine policy for all arrivals from Sept. 26, more than 2.5 years after it was first implemented, in a long-awaited move for many residents and businesses in the financial hub. All international … Read more

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologist, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack … Read more

Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

Bout dubbed ‘the merchant of death’ and ‘sanctions buster’ Was among the most wanted men in the world before the 2008 arrest Clients included rogue states, warlords in Asia, Africa Likely had ties to Russian intelligence, experts say Moscow has long sought his release from a long US jail term LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – … Read more

In fighting gun crime, Canada has an American problem

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 27 (Reuters) – A Texas man bought dozens of guns from licensed dealers in the state before illegally reselling at least 16, US officials say. Twelve were traced to crimes committed in America. The other four were traced to crimes in Canada. The case of the 31-year-old, indicted last month on charges that … Read more

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, UN rights expert ‘outraged’

Executed includes democracy figure, former lawmaker Activists had been sentenced in January after a closed-door trial Death sentences a vile attempt to instil fear – UN experts July 25 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military authorities have executed four democracy activists accused of helping carry out “terror acts”, state media said on Monday, the Southeast Asian nation’s … Read more

As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of US citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of … Read more

Germany’s gas crisis generates nuclear dilemma for ruling Greens

BERLIN, July 15 (Reuters) – German conservative politicians have revived debate on extending the life of the country’s three remaining nuclear power plants, and polls show a rise in public support for the energy source in the face of a possible cut-off of Russian gas. But an extension is highly sensitive for Germany’s ruling Greens … Read more

Forty-five nations pledge to coordinate evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

EU countries, US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia in deal Commit 20 million euros to assist International Criminal Court Aim is to avoid overlapping investigations in Ukraine Meeting overshadowed by missile strike in Ukraine’s west THE HAGUE, July 14 (Reuters) – The United States and more than 40 other countries agreed on Thursday to coordinate investigations … Read more

Millions tested in Shanghai as China grapples COVID resurgence

Third day of mass testing in many Shanghai districts In a first, Beijing mandates vaccination proof for crowded venues China battles COVID outbreaks in several provinces Economy recovering, but foundation not solid, premier says SHANGHAI / BEIJING, July 7 (Reuters) – Millions of people in Shanghai queued for a third day of mass COVID-19 testing … Read more

Exclusive: Suspect confesses to killing Malta journalist, says hit was “just business”

George Degiorgio confesses to crime in interview from jail Says he will implicate others in assassination plot Journalist Daphne Caruana Galicia was murdered in 2017 VALLETTA, July 5 (Reuters) – The man accused of detonating a car bomb that killed a prominent Maltese journalist has confessed to the crime in an interview with a Reuters … Read more