Anxiety over Fed tightening, Ukrainian tensions drag stocks and oil down

Anxiety over Fed tightening, Ukrainian tensions drag stocks and oil down

A general view of the U.S. Federal Reserve Building in Washington, July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Wall Street selloff worsens, major indexes drop more than 2% Oil down as much as 3% amid concerns over future Fed tightening Bitcoin Hits Six-Month Low, Latest 5.4% Drop … 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

Tonga struggles with ash and psychological trauma after eruption and tsunami

Tonga struggles with ash and psychological trauma after eruption and tsunami

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Families have prevented children from playing outside as Tonga struggles to cope with the ash and psychological fallout from last week’s volcanic eruption and tsunami, aid workers and residents said . Communication with the outside world remained difficult on Sunday, with little internet service, and the outer islands still cut off … 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

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

Britain warns Putin and Xi: West will resist ‘dictatorship’

Britain warns Putin and Xi: West will resist ‘dictatorship’

SYDNEY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Britain warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that its allies would unite to fight for democracy against dictatorships it said were more emboldened than at any time since the Cold War. Speaking in Australia, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Britain and its allies … Read more

World rushes to help tsunami-hit Tonga as clean water and food run out

World rushes to help tsunami-hit Tonga as clean water and food run out

First aid flights begin arriving in Tonga Australian and New Zealand ships expected in coming days UN says Tonga has requested emergency aid The UN seriously concerned about access to drinking water WELLINGTON/SYDNEY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – More ships and planes carrying aid are expected to arrive in Tonga in the coming days as the … Read more

Serbia revokes Rio Tinto lithium project licenses amid protests

Serbia revokes Rio Tinto lithium project licenses amid protests

BELGRADE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Serbia revoked lithium exploration licenses from Rio Tinto (RIO.L) on Thursday, bowing to protesters who opposed the British-Australian mining giant’s development of the project for environmental reasons. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the government’s decision followed demands from various environmental groups to halt the $2.4 billion Jadar lithium project … Read more

Help finally reaches devastated Tonga, water supply ship expected

Help finally reaches devastated Tonga, water supply ship expected

Tonga airport reopens after runway ash cleared Australian and New Zealand flights bring in first supplies Telephone contact with Tonga established after five days UN says 80% of Tonga’s population is severely affected A New Zealand ship is expected to arrive with water on Friday Jan 20 (Reuters) – The first emergency supply plane reached … Read more