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

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

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

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

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