Shanghai edges towards COVID reopening as Beijing plans to ease curbs

Shanghai edges towards COVID reopening as Beijing plans to ease curbs

Shanghai aims to essentially end lockdown from Wednesday City of 25 million under strict curbs for two months SHANGHAI, May 28 (Reuters) – The Chinese metropolis of Shanghai inched further towards a gradual reopening from two months of grinding COVID-19 lockdown, while officials in Beijing prepared to ease curbs in parts of the capital, saying … Read more

No work and nowhere to live: a rural migrant’s ordeal in locked-down Shanghai

BEIJING, May 27 (Reuters) – When Shanghai began its draconian COVID-19 lockdown two months ago, the French restaurant where Sun Wu waited tables closed and the 22-year-old, like countless other rural migrants, lost his job. To make ends meet, Sun helped sort government deliveries for residents under lockdown, earning 250 yuan ($ 38) a day … Read more

Iran seizes two Greek tankers amid row over US oil grab

DUBAI / ATHENS, May 27 (Reuters) – Iranian forces seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf on Friday, shortly after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens over the confiscation of Iranian oil by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek coast. “The Revolutionary Guards Navy today seized two Greek … Read more

EXCLUSIVE How a Russian billionaire shielded assets from European sanctions

Melnichenko ceded ownership of coal, fertilizer firms to wife Cession occurred the day before EU imposed sanctions on him Transfers of assets fuel doubts over sanctions’ effectiveness ISTANBUL / BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) – Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko ceded ownership of two of the world’s largest coal and fertilizer companies to his wife the day … Read more

Tanks, but no ammo – Germany’s Ukraine pledges show military muddle

BERLIN, May 25 (Reuters) – Four weeks ago, Germany agreed to send dozens of anti-aircraft tanks to help defend Ukraine from Russia’s invasion, part of what it called a turning point after decades of military restraint. Berlin says it can deliver the first Gepard tanks in July. That’s too slow, a Ukrainian parliamentarian said on … Read more

China strategy is about rules-based order, not ‘new Cold War,’ Blinken says

Blinken calls China the most serious challenge to global order In response, China says both stand to gain from cooperation WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – The United States will not block China from growing its economy, but wants it to adhere to international rules, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday in a long-awaited … Read more

‘Stop playing’ with Russia, end war: Zelenskiy tells West

Ukraine president critical of EU, urges tougher sanctions ‘Stop playing’ with Russia, end ‘senseless war’-Zelenskiy Russia forces reach key highway from Donbas cities Kyiv says 25 battalions involved in assault Russia warns West against giving long-range arms KYIV, May 27 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the West to stop playing around with Russia and … Read more

EXCLUSIVE US and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, US and diplomatic officials tell Reuters. The behind-the-scenes discussions, which are highly sensitive and have not been previously reported, do … Read more

UK imposes 25% energy windfall tax to help households as bills arise

Energy producers making extraordinary profits, says Sunak Five billion pound tax offsets 15 billion pound support plan High inflation causing acute distress for Britons – Sunak LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Britain announced a 25% windfall tax on oil and gas producers’ profits on Thursday, alongside a 15 billion pound ($ 18.9 billion) package of … Read more

Boris Johnson takes responsibility but will not quit over lockdown parties

Official report blames senior leadership failures Time to go, Labor leader tells UK prime minister LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson said he was humbled and took responsibility but refused to quit after a damning official report on Wednesday detailed a series of illegal lockdown parties at the British leader’s Downing Street office. Opposition … Read more