‘I am Inca blood’: Peru protests fire up a divided nation

LIMA/DESAGUADERO, Peru, Jan 30 (Reuters) – In the Peruvian southern border town of Desaguadero, indigenous protester Adela Perez is defiant after almost eight weeks of deadly clashes that have roiled the Andean nation, hit its huge copper mines and strained the country’s democratic institutions. The country of some 34 million people has been in the … Read more

Thousands march on Peru’s capital as unrest spreads, building set ablaze

LIMA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters in Peru, many from the country’s heavily indigenous south, descended on Lima, the capital, on Thursday, angered by a mounting death toll since unrest erupted last month and calling for sweeping change. Police estimated the march at around 3,500 people, but others speculated it attracted more than … 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 reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data criticism

Nearly 60,000 COVID-related hospital deaths reported China has been criticized for under-reporting COVID deaths Official says emergency hospitalizations have peaked Travel recovering ahead of Lunar New Year holiday BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) – China said on Saturday nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last month, a … 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

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

China retaliates against South Korea, Japan over COVID curbs

China embassy decrees “discriminatory” S.Korea border rules Some cities say the peak of COVID infections was last month Chinese state media criticizes Pfizer over Paxlovid price BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) – China began retaliating on Tuesday against South Korea and Japan, two of the countries which have imposed COVID-19 curbs on travelers from China, the … Read more

‘Life is moving forward’: China declares new COVID phase

China dropped pandemic border controls on Sunday Chinese stocks, yuan rally on Monday BEIJING, Jan 9 (Reuters) – China braced for a “new phase” in its battle against COVID-19 on Monday and financial markets strengthened after Beijing dropped pandemic border controls in the latest easing of curbs that has let the virus loose on its … Read more