Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

40% of ECB staff has low or no trust Two-thirds say confidence is damaged 63% worried about ECB’s ability to protect purchasing power FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) – (This Jan. 17 story has been corrected to restore the dropped words in paragraph 11) European Central Bank staff are losing confidence in the institution’s leadership following … 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

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

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

Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Third major border crossing closed on Wednesday Serbs in northern Kosovo resist moves they see as anti-Serb Kosovo declared independence, with backing of West, in 2008 MITROVICA, Kosovo, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Kosovo Serbs who have been blocking roads in northern Kosovo for 19 days have agreed to start removing barricades from Thursday morning, bowing … Read more

Ship insurers to cancel war cover for Russia, Ukraine from Jan 1

Ship insurers to cancel war cover for Russia, Ukraine from Jan 1

LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Ship insurers said they are cancelling war risk cover across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, following an exit from the region by reinsurers in the face of steep losses. Reinsurers, who insure the insurers, typically renew their 12-month contracts with insurance clients on Jan. 1, giving them the first opportunity to … Read more

Kosovo closes main border crossing after roadblock in Serbia

Kosovo closes main border crossing after roadblock in Serbia

Merdare crossing most important for road freight Serb president visits troops near border Kremlin backs Serbia, denies Russia is stoking tensions MERDARE, Kosovo, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Kosovo closed its biggest border crossing with Serbia on Wednesday after protesters blocked it on the Serbian side to support their ethnic kin in Kosovo in refusing to … Read more

Chinese hospitals, funeral homes ‘extremely busy’ as COVID spreads unchecked

Chinese hospitals, funeral homes ‘extremely busy’ as COVID spreads unchecked

Hospitals, funeral parlours report surge in COVID infections China reports three new COVID deaths for Tuesday Some countries consider travel rules for Chinese visitors CHENGDU, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Chinese hospitals and funeral homes were under intense pressure on Wednesday as a surging COVID-19 wave drained resources, while the scale of the outbreak and doubts … Read more

Tensions rise in northern Kosovo, Serbia puts army on alert

Tensions rise in northern Kosovo, Serbia puts army on alert

MITROVICA, Kosovo, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Protesting Serbs in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo erected new barricades on Tuesday, hours after Serbia said it had put its army on the highest combat alert following weeks of escalating tensions between Belgrade and Pristina. Serbia’s defence ministry said in a statement late on … Read more

Chinese make travel plans as Beijing dismantles zero-COVID rules

Chinese make travel plans as Beijing dismantles zero-COVID rules

China to ease border restrictions from Jan. 8 Online searches for flights spike – travel platforms COVID wave overwhelms hospitals, weighs on economy BEIJING, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Chinese people, cut off from the rest of the world for three years by stringent COVID-19 curbs, flocked to travel sites on Tuesday ahead of borders reopening … Read more