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

Congressional report: U.S. FDA broke own protocols in approving Biogen Alzheimer’s drug

Congressional report: U.S. FDA broke own protocols in approving Biogen Alzheimer’s drug

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration failed to adhere to its own guidance and internal practices during the approval process for Biogen’s (BIIB.O) Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, which was “rife with irregularities,” a congressional report showed on Thursday. The FDA’s interactions with Biogen were “atypical” and did not follow the agency’s … 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

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

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

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

Hong Kong scraps most COVID rules, though masks still mandated

Hong Kong scraps most COVID rules, though masks still mandated

HONG KONG, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Hong Kong will cancel its stringent COVID-19 rules from Thursday, city leader John Lee said, meaning that arrivals will no longer need to do mandatory PCR tests while the city’s vaccine pass would also be scrapped. All measures would be cancelled on Thursday, apart from the wearing of masks … 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

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal case over the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange has been reassigned to a judge recently known for handling defamation lawsuits against former U.S. President Donald Trump and a sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan replaces his colleague Ronnie Abrams, who recused … Read more

Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Dec 27 (Reuters) – The leader of a foiled plot by members of right-wing militia groups to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday in a U.S. District Court, prosecutors said. Adam Fox was found guilty in August by a federal court jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on … Read more