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

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

US prepared to authorize Chevron to boost Venezuela’s oil output

US ready to allow oil giant to produce, sell Venezuelan oil Chevron is owed billions in unpaid debts by state-run PDVSA US aims to shift Venezuelan oil sales from shadow firms HOUSTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp could soon win US approval to expand operations in Venezuela and resume trading its oil once the … Read more

Some Russian commanders encouraged sexual violence, says lawyer advising Kyiv

KYIV, Nov 23 (Reuters) – There is evidence that Russian commanders in several instances were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine “and in some cases, encouraging it or even ordering it,” according to an international criminal lawyer assisting Kyiv’s war crime investigations. British lawyer Wayne Jordash told Reuters that in some areas … 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

‘Playing with fire’: UN warns as team to inspect damage at Ukraine nuclear plant

IAEA chief warns: ‘You’re playing with fire!’ after blasts Russia, Ukraine trade blame for shelling President Zelenskiy says eastern region hit by heavy artillery ‘Fiercest battles’ in Donetsk region, Zelenskiy says LONDON/LVIV, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has warned that whoever fired artillery at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power … Read more

COP27 delivers climate fund breakthrough at the cost of progress on emissions

COP27 climate summit ends after marathon weekend negotiations Final deal delivers on creating historic climate finance fund Negotiators say some blocked tighter emissions targets SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Countries closed this year’s UN climate summit on Sunday with a hard-fought deal to create a fund to help poor countries being battered by … Read more

COP27 nears breakthrough on climate finance in scramble for final deal

Countries studying details of new draft agreement Delegates herald possible breakthrough on loss and damage EU prepared to exit talks without positive outcome Some nations want firmer goals on long-term action SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Negotiators at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt neared a breakthrough deal on Saturday for a fund … Read more