Shanghai aims for June 1 return to normal as COVID lockdown batters economy

Shanghai aims to lift COVID lockdown on June 1 City’s residents frustrated with shifting schedules China’s retail sales, industrial output plunge in April SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 16 (Reuters) – Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the end of a painful COVID-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks, heavily bruising China’s economy, and for … 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

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

Sri Lanka names new PM in bid to address growing crisis

Wickremesinghe has held the post five times before Island nation badly needs cash, in talks with IMF Protests turned deadly this week before subsiding COLOMBO, May 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka appointed a new prime minister on Thursday, as its embattled president seeks a way out of the country’s worst economic crisis since independence that … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined int’l offer of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national … Read more

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland expected to announce bid to join NATO Ukraine stops major route for Russian gas to Europe Russia imposes sanctions on Gazprom units in Europe, US Ukrainian forces seek to cut Russian battlefield supply lines KYIV/BRUSSELS, May 12 (Reuters) – Finland is expected to announce on Thursday its intention to join NATO with Sweden likely … Read more

Burial sites found at 53 Native American boarding schools, U.S. government says

May 11 (Reuters) – A US government investigation into the dark history of Native American boarding schools has found “marked or unmarked burial sites” at 53 of them, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said on Wednesday. Haaland, the first Native American cabinet member, announced the investigation last year. In releasing preliminary findings during a press conference … Read more

Pro-Moscow leaders of occupied region seek to join Russia, Zelenskiy slams ‘collaborators’

Live-streamed footage shows people carrying a banner in the colors of the Ukrainian flag as they protest amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kherson, Ukraine, March 13, 2022 in this still image from a social media video obtained by REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Kherson would be first area annexed … Read more