Chinese astronauts board space station in historic mission

Shenzhou-15 marks last of 11 missions since April 2021 in building of space station Shenzhou-15 crew to take over from Shenzhou-14 astronauts on space station Chinese space station to be second permanently inhabited outpost after NASA-led ISS BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Wednesday at China’s space station for the first … Read more

Dating apps and Telegram: How China protesters are defying authorities

BEIJING, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Opponents of China’s anti-COVID measures are resorting to dating apps and social media platforms blocked on the mainland to evade censors, spread the word about their defiance and strategy, in a high-tech game of cat and mouse with font. Videos, images and accounts of the opposition to China’s tough COVID-19 … 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

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

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

How a maverick Brazil lawmaker helped Lula beat Bolsonaro’s propaganda machine

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 10 (Reuters) – To bring down far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Andre Janones had to fight fire with fire. The little-known 38-year-old lawmaker was running a longshot presidential campaign until he joined forces in August with President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, adding bite to the leftist’s campaign with his raw, … Read more

China reaffirms zero-COVID stance, city of Guangzhou on edge

China’s top leadership reaffirms commitment to COVID policy Guangzhou residents worry lockdown could be imminent China’s flagship auto show in Beijing canceled for 2022 New bank lending falls sharply BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) – China’s new top leadership body reaffirmed Beijing’s “dynamic-zero” COVID-19 policy on Thursday, as case numbers rose and authorities in the city … Read more

Apple warns of lower iPhone shipments as COVID curbs hobble China plant

Apple expects lower shipments of iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max Apple says a China plant operating at sharply reduced capacity Apple supplier Foxconn revises down Q4 outlook TAIPEI, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) expects lower shipments of premium iPhone 14 models than previously anticipated following a significant production cut at … Read more

Students defy Iran protest ultimatum, unrest enters more dangerous phase

Protests show no sign of easing amid fierce state warnings University students clash with security forces Journalists demand release of their jailed colleagues Rights groups report arrests of activists, students DUBAI, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Weeks of protest in Iran entered a more violent phase on Sunday as students defied an ultimatum by the Revolutionary … Read more

Brazil’s top footballers lean towards Bolsonaro in polarized race

SAO PAULO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A few days before Brazil’s first round of voting in this month’s general election, a 13-second TikTok video electrified supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro: soccer star Neymar coming out in favor of his re-election bid . The video posted on Sep. 29 showed Neymar dancing to a campaign jingle … Read more