UK economy to shrink in 2023, risks ‘lost decade’: CBI

UK economy to shrink in 2023, risks ‘lost decade’: CBI

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s economy is on course to shrink 0.4% next year as inflation remains high and companies put investment on hold, with gloomy implications for longer-term growth, the Confederation of Business Industry forecast on Monday. “Britain is in stagflation – with rocketing inflation, negative growth, falling productivity and business investment. Firms … Read more

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Protesters call for economic boycott from Monday to Wednesday Raisi visits Tehran University on Wednesday for Student Day Interior ministry silent on the morality police’s status DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Protesters in Iran called on Sunday for a three-day strike this week, stepping up pressure on authorities after the public prosecutor said the morality … Read more

El Salvador deploys 10,000 troops to gang-run capital suburb

El Salvador deploys 10,000 troops to gang-run capital suburb

SAN SALVADOR, Dec 3 (Reuters) – El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced Saturday the deployment of 10,000 security forces to a suburb of San Salvador known to be a stronghold for gangs. The move is the latest escalation in a crusade against gang violence that began in March, which human rights groups say has been … Read more

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed Iran’s Islamic Republic as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, defending the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 300 lives. A top state security body meanwhile said that 200 people, including members of … Read more

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Dec 2 (Reuters) – A second Indiana judge on Friday blocked the state from enforcing its law banning most abortions after Jewish, Muslim and other non-Christian women challenged it in a lawsuit. Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued a preliminary injunction against the Republican-backed law, which prohibits abortions with limited exceptions for rape, … Read more

Exclusive: Twitter exec says moving fast on moderation, as harmful content surges

Exclusive: Twitter exec says moving fast on moderation, as harmful content surges

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s Twitter is leaning heavily on automation to moderate content, doing away with certain manual reviews and favoring restrictions on distribution rather than removing certain speech outright, its new head of trust and safety told Reuters. Twitter is also more aggressively restricting abuse-prone hashtags and search results in areas including … Read more

Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules ahead of an expected shift in virus policies nationwide after widespread social unrest. The uneven relaxation of COVID restrictions is, however, fuelling fear among some residents who suddenly feel more exposed … Read more

U.S. appeals court rules against Trump in documents fight, ends arbiter

U.S. appeals court rules against Trump in documents fight, ends arbiter

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday dealt a blow to Donald Trump, reversing a judge’s appointment of an independent arbiter to vet documents seized by the FBI from his Florida home and allowing all of the records to be used in a criminal investigation of the former president. A three-judge … Read more

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Chinese newspapers turned their front pages black on Thursday and flags were put at half mast in mourning for the death of former president Jiang Zemin, while well-wishers laid piles of bouquets outside his childhood home. Jiang died in his home city of Shanghai just after noon on Wednesday of … Read more

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fuelled protests across the country. Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, are … Read more