Price protests turn political in Iran as rallies spread

DUBAI, May 15 (Reuters) – Spreading protests across Iran over cuts in state food subsidies have turned political with slogans calling on top leaders to quit, according to social media posts , and unconfirmed reports indicate that at least four protesters were killed. . Protests began in some cities last week, sparked by the government’s … 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

North Korea reports more deaths, says taking ‘swift action’ against COVID outbreak

SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) – North Korea said on Sunday a total of 42 people had died as the country entered its fourth day of nationwide lockdown aimed at halting the first confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 in the impoverished country. North Korea’s admission on Thursday that it is battling an ‘explosive’ COVID-19 outbreak has raised … Read more

Northern Ireland DUP blocks new provincial legislature

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson arrives for a press conference at the Parliament Buildings in Stormont after meeting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to form a power-sharing government , in Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 9, 2022. REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register … Read more

At the mercy of zealous residential committees, the frustration of Shanghai’s locked vents

SHANGHAI, May 12 (Reuters) – Elizabeth Liu and her husband were elated last week to leave their residential complex in Shanghai for the first time in more than a month. All but one of the buildings in the compound had just been reclassified as low risk after 14 days with no COVID cases. “My husband … 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

Chinese plane aborts takeoff and catches fire, causing minor injuries during evacuation

Rescue workers are seen at the site where a Tibet Airlines Airbus A319 plane caught fire after an aborted takeoff, at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing, China May 12, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, May 12 (Reuters) – China’s Tibet Airlines said all passengers and … Read more

Hong Kong police release Catholic cardinal arrested on national security charges

HONG KONG, May 11 (Reuters) – Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of Asia’s top Catholic clerics, and three other people who helped run a now disbanded fund for protesters in Hong Kong have been arrested for “collusion with foreign forces”. , then released on bail. Zen, a 90-year-old former Hong Kong bishop, was interrogated for several … Read more

Content moderator in Kenya sues Meta over working conditions

NAIROBI, May 10 (Reuters) – A former moderator working for Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc. (FB.O) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit alleging that poor working conditions for contracted content moderators violate the Kenyan constitution. The petition, also filed against Meta’s local outsourcing company, Sama, alleges that workers who moderate Facebook posts in Kenya have been … Read more

Abandoning zero-COVID policy in China without safeguards puts 1.5 million lives at risk – study

A delivery man standing on a scooter looks over barriers in a closed residential area during the lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Aly song Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Safeguards include strengthening vaccinations, access to health care “Zero-COVID” stance key to defeating virus … Read more