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

Shanghai reports 58 new cases outside quarantine areas Beijing testing millions Outbreak poses biggest test yet to Xi’s “zero-COVID” strategy SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – China’s commercial capital of Shanghai was dealt a blow on Monday as authorities reported 58 new COVID-19 cases outside areas under lockdown, while Beijing pressed on with testing … Read more

Indonesia’s palm oil export ban leaves global buyers with no plan B

People shop for cooking oil made using palm oil at a supermarket in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 27, 2022. REUTERS / Willy Kurniawan Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register All vegetable oil prices set to jump on supply disruption Buyers can’t replace Indonesian palm oil shortfall Soyoil, canola oil supply hit by drought, … Read more

Governor signs a new budget to increase funding for mental health, law enforcement, education in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Kansas Governor has signed a new budget for FYs 2022 and 2023 which includes increases in funding for mental health, law enforcement, education and health services in the state. On Wednesday, April 20, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she signed the state’s budget, House Substitute for Substitute for Senate Bill … Read more

Concern over possible use of chemical weapons as battle rages in besieged Ukrainian port

Ukraine and allies check reports of chemical weapons use Battle for Mariupol reaches decisive stage Russian troops mass for eastern offensive UN official cites growing reports of rape US urges India to cut Russian oil and gas LVIV, Ukraine, April 12 (Reuters) – Civilians were fleeing from areas of eastern Ukraine on Tuesday ahead of … Read more

Marijuana business booming in Yellowstone County, but not in Billings city limits

BILLINGS – It’s now clear that cannabis is a cash cow in Montana, with dispensaries across the state seeing millions in revenue since recreational sales first went online at the beginning of this year. “Our traffic has doubled. Our overall intake of customers has doubled,” said Kyle Knight, owner of Frosteez Cannabis Company just south … Read more

Russia’s Putin gets Chinese backing to stay in G20

Russian leader plans to be at the next G20 summit in Indonesia US, allies mull barring Russia over invasion of Ukraine Move could face vetoes from others in G20, sources say China: Russia is an ‘important member’ of the big economies group JAKARTA, March 23 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the … Read more