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

Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

SAO PAULO, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player who rose from barefoot poverty to become one of the greatest and best-known athletes in modern history, died on Thursday at the age of 82. Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27 p.m. “due to … Read more

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

GUANABARA BAY, Dec 29 (Reuters) – On a stormy evening in mid-November, a huge, abandoned cargo ship broke free of its moorings and slowly floated into the massive concrete bridge that carries cars across Brazil’s Guanabara Bay to Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s navy said the 200-meter-long (660-ft.) Sao Luiz, a rust-spattered bulk carrier built in … 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

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

Exxon sues EU in move to block new windfall tax on oil companies

Exxon sues EU in move to block new windfall tax on oil companies

Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) is suing the European Union in a bid to force it to scrap the bloc’s new windfall tax on oil groups, arguing Brussels exceeded its legal authority by imposing the levy. Record profits this year by oil companies benefiting from high energy prices have … 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

Slipping over Mexico border, migrants get the jump on U.S. court ruling

Slipping over Mexico border, migrants get the jump on U.S. court ruling

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico Dec 28 (Reuters) – Even before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday opted to keep in place a measure aimed at deterring border crossings, hundreds of migrants in northern Mexico were taking matters into their own hands to slip into the United States. The contentious pandemic-era measure known as Title 42 had … Read more