Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban orders NGOs to stop female staff from working Comes after suspension of female students from universities U.N. says order would seriously impact humanitarian operations U.N. plans to meet with Taliban to seek clarity KABUL, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration on Saturday ordered all local and foreign NGOs to stop female employees from … Read more

U.N. council demands end to Myanmar violence in first resolution in decades

U.N. council demands end to Myanmar violence in first resolution in decades

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council adopted its first resolution on Myanmar in 74 years on Wednesday to demand an end to violence and urge the military junta to release all political prisoners, including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar has been in crisis since the army took power from … Read more

Hearses queue at Beijing crematorium, even as China reports no new COVID deaths

Hearses queue at Beijing crematorium, even as China reports no new COVID deaths

Queue of hearses outside Beijing crematorium China reports no new deaths; some criticise its accounting Beijing faces surge in severe COVID in next two weeks – expert BEIJING, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Dozens of hearses queued outside a Beijing crematorium on Wednesday, even as China reported no new COVID-19 deaths in its growing outbreak, sparking … Read more

China races to install hospital beds as COVID surge sparks concern abroad

China races to install hospital beds as COVID surge sparks concern abroad

Authorities rush to add hospital beds, build fever clinics U.S. raises concerns over possibility of COVID mutations Beijing reports five more deaths on Tuesday Security tight at crematoriums amid doubts over death toll BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Cities across China scrambled to install hospital beds and build fever screening clinics on Tuesday as the … Read more

China reports first COVID deaths in weeks as doubts gather over official count

China reports first COVID deaths in weeks as doubts gather over official count

Beijing reports two deaths, first since Dec. 3 Comes after Beijing relaxed anti-virus controls Citizens, analysts question official figures Virus surge weighs on world’s second economy BEIJING, Dec 19 (Reuters) – China reported its first COVID-related deaths in weeks on Monday amid rising doubts over whether the official count was capturing the full toll of … Read more

China braces for COVID spread to countryside as holidays near

China braces for COVID spread to countryside as holidays near

Beijing dropped many anti-virus curbs last week Millions set to travel across country for Lunar New Year China stocks ventilators, drugs, tests for rural areas Infection waves dim near-term growth prospects BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – China set out urgent plans to protect rural communities from COVID-19 on Friday as millions of city-dwellers planned holidays … Read more

China pushes vaccines as retreat from ‘zero-COVID’ turns messy

China pushes vaccines as retreat from ‘zero-COVID’ turns messy

Beijing urges inoculations for elderly WHO calls for vaccine drive as virus spreads Economic summit starts amid more dire data BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 15 (Reuters) – China raced to vaccinate its most vulnerable people on Thursday in anticipation of waves of COVID-19 infections, with some analysts expecting the death toll to soar after it eased strict … Read more

China’s COVID spike not due to lifting of restrictions, WHO director says

China’s COVID spike not due to lifting of restrictions, WHO director says

WHO says China’s control measures were not stopping COVID-19 Countries should ask are the right people sufficiently vaccinated Open channels between China and WHO – Ryan GENEVA, Dec 14 (Reuters) – COVID-19 infections were exploding in China well before the government’s decision to abandon its strict “zero-COVID” policy, a World Health Organization director said on … Read more

Iran likely to be ousted from U.N. women’s commission

Iran likely to be ousted from U.N. women’s commission

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Iran appears set to be ousted from a U.N. women’s body on Wednesday for policies contrary to the rights of women and girls, but several countries are expected to abstain from the vote requested by the United States, diplomats said. The 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will … Read more

‘Tough times’: Warnings sound over China’s rapid ‘zero-COVID’ exit

‘Tough times’: Warnings sound over China’s rapid ‘zero-COVID’ exit

WHO issues rare warning on COVID in China Key policy meeting in doubt as virus spreads China tweaks COVID counting as testing drops BEIJING, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A week after China began dismantling its tough ‘zero-COVID’ controls, the World Health Organization warned of “very tough” times ahead and state media reported some seriously ill … Read more