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

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

Beijing shuts parks, museums as China’s COVID cases rise

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Beijing shut parks, shopping malls and museums on Tuesday while more Chinese cities resumed mass testing for COVID-19, as China fights a spike in cases, deepening concerns about its economy and dampening hopes for a quick post -coronavirus reopening. China reported 28,127 new local cases nationally for Monday, nearing its … 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

China COVID cases rise, hard-hit Beijing districts shut schools

Three weekend deaths in Beijing, first since May Guangzhou orders five-day lockdown of its Baiyun district China nationally reported 26,824 new local cases BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Students in schools across several Beijing districts buckled down for online classes on Monday after officials called for residents in some of its hardest-hit areas to stay … Read more

China’s COVID frustrations spark unrest in Guangzhou as cases rise

New cases hit highest since April, cross 5,000 in Guangzhou October retail sales fall, factory output misses targets Guangzhou unrest is the latest outburst of frustration over COVID Cases in capital city Beijing hit record high BEIJING, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Crowds of people in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou crashed through COVID barriers … Read more

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Prominent Sunni cleric criticizes security forces Unrest in minority areas General tells clerics to watch their words, restore calm DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of Iranians protested in the restive southeast on Friday to mark a Sept. 30 crackdown by security forces known as “Bloody Friday” as the country’s clerical rulers battled persistent nationwide … 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

President Raisi says Iran thwarted US destabilization

Raisi spoke after Biden said the US would ‘free Iran’ Those who create insecurity ‘must be dealt with’ – Raisi Sunni cleric says southeast protests treated ‘mercilessly’ DUBAI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi said Iran’s cities were “safe and sound” after what he called a failed attempt by the United States to repeat … Read more

China to make ‘substantial’ COVID policy changes soon – ex-govt expert

Remarks add to investor optimism on further easing Ex-official says changes likely in next 5-6 months China may shorten quarantine for inbound travelers – sources Health officials set to hold a news conference on Saturday SHANGHAI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – China will make substantial changes to its “dynamic-zero” COVID-19 policy in coming months, a former … Read more