Russian missile wrecks apartment block, killing 3, as EU leaders visit Kyiv

Zelenskiy gives gloomy assessment on Russian offensive in east Russian strike destroys apartment building; 4 dead – officials Lavrov says Russia will respond to long-range rocket deliveries European Commission chief in Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s EU bid Zelenskiy vows more anti-corruption measures KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – A Russian missile destroyed an apartment building in … Read more

Myanmar junta extends emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held ‘Current situation is under unusual circumstances,’ acting president says Streets deserted in some Myanmar cities for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta extended the country’s state of emergency by another six months, the acting president … Read more

Two years on, Myanmar coup takes a ‘catastrophic toll’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after Myanmar’s military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter mourns the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family in four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintry Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of returning to … Read more

Exclusive: WHO investigating links between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO is … Read more

The New Year rings in as Asia then Europe ushers out 2022

Dec 31 (Reuters) – With fireworks planned in Paris, hopes for an end to war in Kyiv, and a return to post-COVID normality in Australia and China, Europe and Asia bid farewell to 2022. It was a year marked for many by the conflict in Ukraine, economic stresses and the effects of global warming. But … Read more

EU agrees law preventing import of goods linked to deforestation

BRUSSELS/SAO PAULO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Tuesday on a new law to prevent companies from selling into the EU market coffee, beef, soy and other commodities linked to deforestation around the world. The law will require companies to produce a due diligence statement showing their supply chains are not contributing … Read more

Indonesia bans sex outside marriage in new criminal code

New criminal code ushers in controversial changes Sex outside marriage, insulting the president banned New laws will hamper tourism, investment, critics say JAKARTA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code on Tuesday that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, despite worries the laws … Read more

Malaysia’s new PM Anwar says first priority is cost of living

New PM Anwar says cabinet size to be reduced Anwar claims two-thirds majority in parliament KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said on Friday his primary focus would be on the cost of living as he takes office with a slowing economy and a country deeply divided after … Read more

For Anwar, at last: New Malaysian leader went from prisoner to PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Reuters) – As Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim prepares on Thursday to take over as prime minister, one of his recent comments serves to sum up the persistence that secured him the job he has eyed for three decades. “This you need to learn from Anwar Ibrahim – patience, wait a long time, … Read more

Exclusive: Russians, Ukrainians meet in UAE to discuss prisoner swap, ammonia, sources say

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Representatives from Russia and Ukraine met in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the possibility of a prisoner-of-war swap that would be linked to a resumption of Russian ammonia exports, which go to Asia and Africa, via the Ukrainian pipeline, three sources with knowledge of the meeting said. … Read more