Thousands of Tunisians demonstrate against the president and demand a democratic return

One of the biggest protests against Saied in months The president prepares a new constitution Saied’s opponents call his moves a coup TUNIS, May 15 (Reuters) – Thousands of Tunisians demonstrated against President Kais Saied on Sunday, demanding a return to normal democratic order and rejecting his replacement of the independent electoral commission with a … Read more

Germany’s conservatives are on track to win key state vote

Conservatives win 35% of vote – exit poll SPD at 27.5% of the vote – exit poll The Greens will become kingmakers for the SPD or the CDU Spotlight on job security and coal transition BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s conservative CDU party was on course to win regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on … Read more

Shanghai aims to reopen more businesses shuttered by COVID, Beijing fights back

Shopping malls and stores in Shanghai will gradually resume in-store operations Some districts in Beijing extend work-from-home guidance Shanghai lockdown frustrates and infuriates residents The brakes have rattled global supply chains SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 15 (Reuters) – Shanghai will gradually start reopening businesses such as shopping malls and hair salons in China’s financial and manufacturing hub … Read more

Children later than earlier. South Korean women freeze eggs as child-rearing costs rise

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – In South Korea, fewer women are having children and those who do are in no rush. The exorbitant costs of housing and education make financial security essential. Social mores also dictate the need to marry. Lim Eun-young, a 34-year-old civil servant, says she is not ready to start a family … Read more

North Korea reports first outbreak of COVID-19, orders lockdown as ‘most serious emergency’

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

Black hole hunters look at the center of the Milky Way galaxy

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – Residing at the center of our spiral-shaped galaxy, the Milky Way, is a beast – a supermassive black hole possessing 4 million times the mass of our sun and consuming all material, including the gas, dust and stars wandering in its immense gravitational pull. Scientists used the Event Horizon Telescope … Read more

Boris Johnson faces electoral test as scandals overshadow vote

Voters should punish Johnson Tories haven’t seen numbers to oust PM Labor hopes to capitalize on cost of living crisis LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) – British voters headed to the polls in local elections on Thursday where they are expected to punish Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a cost-of-living crisis and fines for breaking his … Read more

Beijing limits public transport as COVID spreads in China

Beijing closes over 40 subway stations and 158 bus lines Zhengzhou to enforce strict COVID restrictions next week Shanghai struggles to emerge from month-long lockdown BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 4 (Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing on Wednesday closed dozens of subway stations and bus routes as part of its campaign to halt the spread of COVID-19 and … Read more

Setback for Shanghai’s COVID battle; Beijing focuses on mass testing

Shanghai reports 58 new cases outside quarantine areas Beijing tests millions Epidemic poses biggest test yet for Xi’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – China’s commercial capital, Shanghai, took a heavy blow on Monday as authorities reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 outside lockdown areas, while Beijing continued to test millions of people during … Read more

Violence erupts during May Day protests in Paris, protesters criticize re-elected Macron

Police arrest 45 people in Paris, minister says Protesters denounce Macron’s retirement plan Most other peaceful May Day marches PARIS, May 1 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas to repel black-clad anarchists who ransacked business premises in Paris on Sunday during May Day protests against the policies of newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron. Thousands of … Read more