Scientists unveil an image of a huge black hole at Milky Way’s center

This is the first image of Sagittarius A * (or Sgr A * for short), the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. It was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an array which linked together radio observatories across the planet to form a single “Earth-sized” virtual telescope. The new view captures … 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

‘Our blood is boiling’: Victims angry as son of dictator closes in on Philippine presidency

MANILA, May 5 (Reuters) – Former political prisoner Cristina Bawagan still has the dress she wore the day she was arrested, tortured and sexually abused by soldiers during the late Philippines’ dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s brutal era of martial law. Bawagan fears the horrors of Marcos’s rule would be diminished if his namesake son wins the … Read more

In the Supreme Court shadow, Biden urges voters to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden on Tuesday appeared to vote to protect abortion rights by backing candidates who support them in November’s elections after a leaked Supreme Court draft showed it could soon overturn its 1973 decision legalizing abortion. Biden said his administration would respond once the Supreme Court formally rules … 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

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

Alphabet misses on revenue as YouTube ad business slowed by Ukraine war

April 26 (Reuters) – Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) on Tuesday reported its first quarterly revenue miss of the pandemic after the war in Ukraine hurt YouTube ad sales, leaving investors rattled as the global economy sputters. The world’s largest provider of search and video made a fortune over the last two years as the … Read more