BOJ defies market bets for policy tweaks, yen tumbles

BOJ defies market bets for policy tweaks, yen tumbles

BOJ keeps interest rate targets, yield band intact BOJ ramps up market operation tool, signal status quo on YCC Board raises inflation forecasts but cuts growth projections TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan on Wednesday maintained ultra-low interest rates, including a bond yield cap it was struggling to defend, defying market expectations … Read more

Factbox: Spain, Malaysia add to restrictions on travellers from China

Factbox: Spain, Malaysia add to restrictions on travellers from China

Dec 30 (Reuters) – Authorities around the world are imposing or considering curbs on travellers from China as COVID-19 case there surge following its relaxation of “zero-COVID” rules. They cite a lack of information from China on variants and are concerned about a wave of infections. China has rejected criticism of its COVID data and … Read more

Sirens wail in Kyiv as city hit by Russian drone attack

Sirens wail in Kyiv as city hit by Russian drone attack

Drone attack forces Kyiv residents to shelter Follows biggest aerial assault of war a day earlier NATO chief calls for more weapons for Ukraine Britain sends metal detectors to clear landmines Both sides in eastern frontline of Ukraine still dug in KYIV, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv were urged to … Read more

COVID travel curbs against Chinese visitors ‘discriminatory’ -state media

COVID travel curbs against Chinese visitors ‘discriminatory’ -state media

U.S., Japan, others require COVID tests from Chinese visitors China state media calls COVID travel curbs “discriminatory” China’s factory activity likely cooled in December -poll BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Chinese state-media said COVID-19 testing requirements imposed by several places around the world in response to a surging wave of infections were “discriminatory”, in the … Read more

TSMC starts volume production of most advanced chips in Taiwan

TSMC starts volume production of most advanced chips in Taiwan

TAINAN, Taiwan, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (TSMC)(2330.TW), began mass production of its most advanced chips in southern Taiwan on Thursday and the company’s chairman said it would continue to expand capacity on the island. The long-awaited mass production of chips with 3-nanometre technology comes as attention focuses on the … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

ANKARA, Dec 28 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan eliminated a retirement age requirement on Wednesday in a move that allows more than 2 million Turkish workers to retire immediately, less than six months before an election. The announcement was made during a news conference and follows Erdogan’s ruling AK Party delivering a hefty hike to … Read more

Chinese jet came within 10 feet of U.S. military aircraft -U.S. military

Chinese jet came within 10 feet of U.S. military aircraft -U.S. military

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – A Chinese military plane came within 10 feet (3 metres) of a U.S. air force aircraft in the contested South China Sea last week and forced it to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision in international airspace, the U.S. military said on Thursday. The close encounter followed what the … Read more

Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

HONG KONG, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s government has asked Japan to withdraw a COVID-19 restriction that requires passenger flights from the financial hub to land at only four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision will impact about 60,000 passengers. The United States, India, Italy and Taiwan now require mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers … Read more

Explosions rock Ukrainian cities as Russia launches ‘more than 100 missiles’ in waves

Explosions rock Ukrainian cities as Russia launches ‘more than 100 missiles’ in waves

KYIV/BAKHMUT, Ukraine, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Air raid sirens rang across Ukraine as Russia unleashed more than 100 missiles on Thursday morning, according to a Ukrainian presidential adviser, and blasts were heard in several cities, including the capital Kyiv.”A massive air raid. More than 100 missiles in several waves,” presidential office adviser Oleksiy Arestovych wrote … Read more

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defences

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defences

Hospitals, funeral parlours overwhelmed by COVID wave Some countries impose testing rules on Chinese travellers China reports one new COVID death for Dec. 28 SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – China’s sprawling and thinly resourced countryside is racing to beef up medical facilities before hundreds of millions of factory workers return to their families for the … Read more