Sister of Iran’s leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm – letter

Sister of Iran’s leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm – letter

DUBAI, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A sister of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned his crackdown on nationwide protests and called on the widely-feared Revolutionary Guards to lay down their weapons, according to a letter published by her France-based son. Iran has been gripped by unrest since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian … Read more

Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

Protests in Sweida over worsening economy Crowds storm governor’s office, set fire to building Authorities say armed “outlaws” also tried to seize police HQ One policeman killed, Interior Ministry says Hospital source says one demonstrator has died from injuries AMMAN, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Dozens of demonstrators angry over worsening economic conditions in Syria stormed … Read more

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Protesters call for economic boycott from Monday to Wednesday Raisi visits Tehran University on Wednesday for Student Day Interior ministry silent on the morality police’s status DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Protesters in Iran called on Sunday for a three-day strike this week, stepping up pressure on authorities after the public prosecutor said the morality … Read more

Chinese cities ease curbs but full zero-COVID exit seen some way off

Chinese cities ease curbs but full zero-COVID exit seen some way off

BEIJING, Dec 4 (Reuters) – More Chinese cities including Urumqi in the far west announced an easing of coronavirus curbs on Sunday as China tries to make its zero-COVID policy more targeted and less onerous after unprecedented protests against restrictions last weekend. Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region and where the protests first erupted, … Read more

El Salvador deploys 10,000 troops to gang-run capital suburb

El Salvador deploys 10,000 troops to gang-run capital suburb

SAN SALVADOR, Dec 3 (Reuters) – El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced Saturday the deployment of 10,000 security forces to a suburb of San Salvador known to be a stronghold for gangs. The move is the latest escalation in a crusade against gang violence that began in March, which human rights groups say has been … Read more

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed Iran’s Islamic Republic as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, defending the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 300 lives. A top state security body meanwhile said that 200 people, including members of … 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 mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Chinese newspapers turned their front pages black on Thursday and flags were put at half mast in mourning for the death of former president Jiang Zemin, while well-wishers laid piles of bouquets outside his childhood home. Jiang died in his home city of Shanghai just after noon on Wednesday of … 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

Letter bomb injures one at Ukraine’s Madrid embassy, Kyiv ramps up security

Letter bomb injures one at Ukraine’s Madrid embassy, Kyiv ramps up security

MADRID/KYIV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A security officer at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid was injured when he opened a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador on Wednesday, and Kyiv ordered a bolstering of security at all its representative offices abroad. The security officer suffered light injuries and went under his own steam to hospital for … Read more