German police recover bulk of booty from $120 million Dresden diamonds heist

German police recover bulk of booty from $120 million Dresden diamonds heist

BERLIN, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Most of the jewels stolen from a historic Dresden art collection in 2019 in a $120 million heist have been recovered, German police and prosecutors said on Saturday. The 31 pieces, including a breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle and an ornate diamond head-dress, had been … Read more

Fog-shrouded Kyiv recovers after Russia strikes, power restored to 6 million

Fog-shrouded Kyiv recovers after Russia strikes, power restored to 6 million

KYIV, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Basic services were being restored in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv on Saturday after the latest wave of Russian air strikes on critical infrastructure, as residents navigated a city gripped by fog and girded for a holiday season marked by uncertainty. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said a quarter of Kyiv remained without heating … Read more

In a small Russian town, a pensioner’s street art denounces Ukraine conflict

In a small Russian town, a pensioner’s street art denounces Ukraine conflict

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. BOROVSK, Russia, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Over 20 years, Russian pensioner Vladimir Ovchinnikov gained a following for his street murals in the small town of Borovsk, some 70 miles (115 km) southwest of Moscow, many of which depicted … Read more

Serbs in Kosovo clash with police as ethnic tensions flare

Serbs in Kosovo clash with police as ethnic tensions flare

MITROVICA, Kosovo Dec 11 (Reuters) – Serb protesters in northern Kosovo blocked main roads for a second day on Sunday following a nighttime exchange of fire with police after the arrest of a former Serb policeman, amid rising tensions between authorities and Kosovo’s Serb minority. In recent weeks Serbs in northern Kosovo – which they … 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

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

COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as China lockdown anger boils

COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as China lockdown anger boils

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in the Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou clashed with white hazmat-suited riot police on Tuesday night, videos on social media showed, as frustration with stringent COVID-19 rules boiled over, three years into the pandemic. The clashes in the southern city marked an escalation from protests in the commercial hub … Read more

China tightens security after rare protests against COVID curbs

China tightens security after rare protests against COVID curbs

Shanghai, Beijing police make presence visible on streets No sign of new protests in Beijing, Shanghai on Monday Backlash is a setback for efforts to stamp out virus News of the protests roils global markets SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Police on Monday patrolled the scenes of weekend protests in Shanghai and Beijing after crowds … Read more

Putin tells mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine: ‘We share your pain’

Putin tells mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine: ‘We share your pain’

Putin meets soldiers’ mothers, some bereaved Putin: ‘I personally, and the whole leadership, share your pain’ Russia has not fully enumerated its battlefield losses Some mothers say Kremlin ignores more critical relatives’ groups LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Friday met with more than a dozen mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in … Read more

In cold Ukraine village, Banksy mural offers warm bath

In cold Ukraine village, Banksy mural offers warm bath

HORENKA, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – As they head into a cold winter, residents of a bombed-out Ukrainian village say they appreciate a warm bath in a mural painted by graffiti artist Banksy. The mural, showing a man scrubbing his back in a bathtub, is on the ground floor of what remains of an apartment … Read more