UAE blocks missiles as Yemen’s Houthis attack region’s commercial hub

UAE blocks missiles as Yemen’s Houthis attack region’s commercial hub

UAE says it intercepted two ballistic missiles Houthis tell investors that UAE ‘has become dangerous’ Yemen widely seen as an Iranian-Saudi proxy war DUBAI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates, a tourism and trade hub in the Gulf region, said on Monday it had thwarted a second missile attack by the Iran-aligned Houthi … Read more

Australia PM Morrison loses control of WeChat Chinese account as election looms

Australia PM Morrison loses control of WeChat Chinese account as election looms

SYDNEY, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party lost access to his official WeChat social media account months ago, politicians said on Monday, issuing claims of censorship, while the still-active account being run by a new Chinese controller now promotes Chinese life in Australia. Amid growing diplomatic tensions with China, Australia’s … Read more

One surrendered Hong Kong hamster tests COVID positive as city lockdown grows

One surrendered Hong Kong hamster tests COVID positive as city lockdown grows

HONG KONG, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities said on Sunday one hamster surrendered to authorities by pet owners had tested positive for COVID-19 and that over 2,200 hamsters had been culled as the city struggled to contain an outbreak. On Tuesday, officials ordered the killing of hamsters from dozens of pet shops after … Read more

Italian Berlusconi hospitalized in Milan since Thursday – source

Italian Berlusconi hospitalized in Milan since Thursday – source

MILAN, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalized since Thursday at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday after the 85-year-old decided not to run for president. The ANSA news agency reported earlier on Sunday that Berlusconi’s hospitalization was linked to … Read more

British MP says she was fired from ministerial post for being ‘Muslim’

British MP says she was fired from ministerial post for being ‘Muslim’

MP Nusrat Ghani speaks during a session in Parliament in London, Britain May 12, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Former British Muslim minister says her faith was a problem Party enforcer denies allegations Johnson under pressure over lockdown rallies Lawmaker to meet with police over … Read more

UK warns Russia will face stiff penalties if it installs a ‘puppet regime’ in Ukraine

UK warns Russia will face stiff penalties if it installs a ‘puppet regime’ in Ukraine

UK accuses Moscow of trying to install pro-Russian leader in Ukraine Russia dismisses comments as ‘disinformation’ Ukrainian presidential adviser says UK allegations must be taken seriously Russia has massed troops near the Ukrainian border LONDON/KIYV, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Russia will face stiff economic sanctions if it installs a puppet regime in Ukraine, a British … Read more

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern calls off wedding despite new Omicron restrictions

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern calls off wedding despite new Omicron restrictions

SYDNEY, Jan 23 (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has called off her wedding as the country imposes new restrictions to slow community spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, she told reporters on Sunday. . New Zealand will impose mask rules and limit gatherings from midnight on Sunday after a cluster of nine … Read more

Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority

Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority

Jan 22 (Reuters) – Tongans lined up for limited money services which were restored in the Pacific island capital on Saturday as cleanup continued a week after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. Tonga’s government said drinking water was the priority and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 liters of water to residents. … Read more

Biden and Kishida agree to strengthen security and economic cooperation amid growing concern

Biden and Kishida agree to strengthen security and economic cooperation amid growing concern

WASHINGTON/TOKYO, Jan 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed in a virtual meeting on Friday to boost cooperation on pressing economic and security issues, including the China, North Korean missiles and the Russian threat against Ukraine. The online meeting, their first substantive talks since Kishida became Japan’s prime … Read more

Rio Tinto shares slump as Serbia pulls plug on its $2.4 bln lithium project

Rio Tinto shares slump as Serbia pulls plug on its .4 bln lithium project

Serbia revokes Rio’s lithium exploration licenses Share prices drop as cancellation seen as major setback Cancellation will mean greater shortage of lithium – analyst MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Shares in Rio Tinto tumbled on Friday after Serbia revoked its lithium exploration licenses over environmental concerns, hurting the Anglo-Australian miner’s ambition to become Europe’s largest … Read more