Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

Rheinmetall eyes boost in munitions output, HIMARS production in Germany

DUESSELDORF, Jan 29 (Reuters) – German arms-maker Rheinmetall is ready to greatly boost the output of tank and artillery munitions to satisfy strong demand in Ukraine and the West, and may start producing HIMARS multiple rocket launchers in Germany, CEO Armin Papperger told Reuters. He spoke days before Germany’s defense industry bosses are due to … Read more

Exclusive: US issues license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop Venezuela offshore gas field

WASHINGTON/PORT OF SPAIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, US and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela. The license, issued by the US Treasury Department at Trinidad’s … Read more

China says critical COVID cases have peaked as holiday travel surges

Millions travel across the country for Lunar New Year President Xi says worried about elderly, rural areas Daily deaths could hit 36,000 next week, analysis shows Chinese drugmakers rush to make fever medicines BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The number of COVID patients needing critical care in China’s hospitals has peaked, health authorities said on … Read more

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

China COVID peak to last two-three months, hit rural areas next

Peak of COVID wave seen lasting 2-3 months – epidemiologist Elderly in rural areas particularly at risk People mobility indicators tick up, but yet to fully recover BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The peak of China’s COVID-19 wave is expected to last two to three months, and will soon swell over the vast countryside where … Read more

Chinese fret over elderly as WHO warns of holiday COVID surge

Two billion trips expected over Lunar New Year Virus spreading from cities to vulnerable villages WHO says China response challenged by lack of data China’s grand reopening marred by Japan, Korea spat BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) – People in China worried on Thursday about spreading COVID-19 to aged relatives as they planned returns to their … Read more

Police move on coal mine protesters barricaded in abandoned German village

LUETZERATH, Germany, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Hundreds of police began clearing climate protesters out of an abandoned village on Wednesday in a showdown over the expansion of an opencast lignite mine that has highlighted tensions around Germany’s climate policy during an energy crisis. The protesters formed human chains, made a makeshift barricade out of old … Read more

China imposes transit curbs for S.Korea, Japan in growing COVID spat

New curbs for S.Korea, Japan nationals transiting China China says visa suspensions for South Korea, Japan “reasonable” Escalating diplomatic spat may complicate economic relations Social media users lash out at S.Korea’s “insulting” COVID curbs BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) – China introduced transit curbs for South Korean and Japanese nationals on Wednesday, in an escalating diplomatic … Read more