Alibaba lays off 40% of AliExpress Russia staff amid Ukraine war – Nikkei

A man walks past a logo of Alibaba Group at its office building in Beijing, China August 9, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 13 (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding (9988.HK) has laid off about 40% of the staff in its Russian joint venture as the ongoing Ukraine … Read more

UAE’s newly elected ruler sees Iran, Islamists as threat to Gulf safe haven

De facto ruler elected president after brother’s death MbZ forged new axis with Israel against Iran, Islamists Perhaps the Gulf’s ‘savviest’ ruler, Obama wrote DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was formally elected president on Saturday, led a realignment of the Middle East that created a … Read more

“Moles in the dark”: survival and escape from the Mariupol steelworks

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Five stores below the besieged Azovstal steelworks, Ukrainian soldiers told Nataliya Babeush she had a few minutes to prepare to escape the underground bunker she called home for more than two months. The 35-year-old grabbed little more than a handful of children’s drawings: some sketches of flowers and food … Read more

Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard Ukraine deputy PM says war “entering new, long phase” Ukraine military photographs show failed Russian river crossing Kyiv says it’s negotiating for evacuation of Mariupol wounded KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine were brought to a rail yard outside … Read more

Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

JERUSALEM, May 13 (Reuters) – Israeli police officers charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, before thousands led her casket through Jerusalem’s Old City in an outpouring of grievance and anger over her killing. Packed around Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of Palestinians, some waving Palestinian flags … Read more

Australia says Chinese spy ship’s presence off west coast ‘concerning’

SYDNEY, May 13 (Reuters) – A Chinese intelligence ship was tracked off Australia’s west coast within 50 nautical miles of a sensitive defense facility, Australia said on Friday, raising concern amid an election campaign about China’s behavior in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Chinese navy vessel was not in Australian territorial waters … Read more

With China in focus, Biden makes $150 million commitment to ASEAN leaders

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden opened a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders with a promise to spend $150 million on their infrastructure, security, pandemic preparedness and other efforts aimed at countering the influence of rival China. On Thursday, Biden started a two-day summit with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations … Read more

Ukraine says it damaged Russian ship, seeks evacuation of wounded Mariupol fighters

Ukraine says it Russian damaged supply ship in Black Sea Relatives of Mariupol fighters plead for rescue Finland wants security after Russian invasion of Ukraine Sweden expected to follow suit in bid to join alliance KHARKIV, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine said it had damaged a Russian navy logistics ship near Snake Island, a … Read more

North Korea reports first COVID-19 death after 350,000 sickened with fever

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and millions of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country’s first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. About 187,800 people are being treated in isolation after … Read more

Russia could cut gas supply to Finland on Friday -newspaper

A model of the natural gas pipeline is seen in front of displayed Finnish and Russian flag colors in this illustration taken April 26, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HELSINKI, May 12 (Reuters) – Key Finnish politicians have been warned that Russia could halt its gas supplies … Read more