Novelist Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said. After hours of surgery, … Read more

Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie

Aug 12 (Reuters) – Here are reactions to Friday’s attack on novelist Salman Rushdie. read more SUZANNE NOSSEL, CEO OF FREE EXPRESSION ORGANIZATION PEN AMERICA: “We can think of no comparable incident of a public attack on a literary writer on American soil. Just hours before the attack, on Friday morning, Salman had emailed me … Read more

Away from Gaza, Islamic Jihad digs in against Israel on the West Bank

Gaza conflict sparked by arrest in Jenin Islamic Jihad has a strong presence in the West Bank Movement targets young recruits, claims resistance mantle JENIN, West Bank, Aug 9 (Reuters) – For the masked gunmen in Jenin refugee camp, Israel’s unannounced strike against Islamic Jihad in Gaza on Friday can have come as little surprise … Read more

Exclusive: Russia starts stripping jetliners for parts as sanctions bite

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot ( AFLT.MM ), are stripping jetliners to secure spare parts they can no longer buy abroad because of Western sanctions, four industry sources told Reuters. The steps are … Read more

COVID lockdown turns Chinese tourist hotspot Sanya into nightmare for stranded tourists

People are seen next to restaurants at Houhai village in Sanya, Hainan province, China November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – When Chinese businesswoman Yang Jing was planning this year’s summer holiday in 2021, she chose the tropical southern island of Hainan … Read more

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

White House frustrated as Washington mayor seeks troops to help handle migrants

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants bused to Washington in recent months by Republican governors of states on the US-Mexico border have caused tensions between the White House and the Democratic mayor of the US capital city, four US officials told Reuters . Last week, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called on President Joe … 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

Wildfires rage across Europe as climate alarm sounded

Hundreds flee in Tuscany as fire-hit gas tanks explode Blaze contained near Athens after hundreds evacuated Step up climate fight, UK warned, after hottest day New power use records expected as US braces for heatwave China girds for new heatwave; could last well into August ATHENS / LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Emergency services battled … Read more