Evacuations restart at Mariupol steel plant in Ukraine as Russia tightens grip

Civilians trapped in steelworks under Russian siege Two buses depart with evacuees; more expected Kremlin: Time for Victory Day in Mariupol will come EU to tweak sanctions plan to win over eastern states KYIV, May 6 (Reuters) – Ukraine said 50 civilians were evacuated from a bombed-out steelworks in the city of Mariupol on Friday, … Read more

UK PM Johnson suffers heavy losses in London in local elections

Conservatives lose control of London councils Results seen as a test of Johnson’s popularity Bad performance will increase pressure on Johnson LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party lost control of traditional strongholds in London and suffered losses elsewhere in local elections, early results on Friday showed, as voters punished … Read more

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

Civilians evacuated from Mariupol, Pelosi meets Ukraine’s Zelenskiy

UN confirms ‘safe passage’ operation under way from Mariupol Pelosi says US stands with Ukraine after meeting Zelenskiy ‘Our aim does not include regime change’ – Russia’s Lavrov Moscow steps up assault in Ukraine’s south, eastern Donbas KYIV, Ukraine, May 2 (Reuters) – Around 100 civilians evacuated from the ruined Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol were … Read more

As Beijing tightens COVID curbs, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life

Beijing COVID outbreak enters 10th day Shanghai reports 2nd day of zero cases outside quarantine areas Shanghai starts to loosen curbs for some areas BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 1 (Reuters) – The Chinese capital Beijing tightened COVID restrictions on Sunday as it battled an outbreak, while Shanghai let more of its 25 million residents venture … Read more

Buffett reveals big investments, rails against Wall St excess at Berkshire meeting

OMAHA, Neb., April 30 (Reuters) – Warren Buffett on Saturday used the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) to reveal major new investments including a larger stake in Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O), while also railing against Wall Street excess and addressing the risks to his conglomerate of inflation and nuclear war. The meeting in … Read more

Ukraine says Russia pounding Donbass, failing to take targets

Russia continues assault on eastern Ukraine Ukraine says Russians ‘not succeeding’ in taking targets Russia’s Lavrov: lifting sanctions is part of peace talks US Congress to pass Ukraine aid and weapons package soon KYIV, April 30 (Reuters) – Russian forces pounded Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region on Saturday but failed to capture three target areas, Ukraine’s … Read more

‘Entry only. No exit: ‘Beijing sees more COVID closures as anger grows in Shanghai

Beijing closes more gyms, malls, cinemas to contain outbreak Delivery companies work overtime to supply residents “The virus is what’s hurting the economy” – health official BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 29 (Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing closed more businesses and residential compounds on Friday, with authorities ramping up contact tracing to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, … Read more

China’s capital sharpens COVID screening to prevent Shanghai-like chaos

Beijing to test most of its 22 million residents for COVID this week Beijing steps up precautions, curbs to avoid Shanghai lockdown Shanghai’s focus shifts to vaccination of the elderly BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 28 (Reuters) – Beijing closed some schools and public spaces on Thursday, as most of the Chinese capital’s 22 million residents … Read more

Putin warns West of lightning retaliation; sanctions batter Russian economy

Putin warns of retaliation if West interferes Ukraine says Europe should stop depending on Russia France to host EU energy ministers on May 2 Russia denies energy blackmail Canada says Russian attacks are war crimes WARSAW / SOFIA / KYIV, April 28 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of lightning-fast retaliation if countries interfere … Read more