Turkey cancels Swedish minister’s visit as planned protests stoke tension

Turkey cancels Swedish minister’s visit as planned protests stoke tension

ISTANBUL/STOCKHOLM, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday that a planned visit for next week by his Swedish counterpart to Ankara had been canceled after Swedish authorities allowed protests to take place. Stockholm. Protests planned in Stockholm later on Saturday were aimed at Turkey’s and Sweden’s efforts to join NATO, … Read more

Pig kills butcher at Hong Kong slaughterhouse

Pig kills butcher at Hong Kong slaughterhouse

CNN — A butcher died on Friday trying to slaughter a pig in Hong Kong, city police said. The 61-year-old butcher, who worked at the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse on the city’s northern outskirts near its border with mainland China, was knocked down by the struggling pig and injured by 40 centimeters of meat (15 inches). … Read more

Death toll in Tibet tunnel avalanche rises to 28 | Environment News

Death toll in Tibet tunnel avalanche rises to 28 |  Environment News

Vehicles were crushed under tons of snow and ice which collapsed on a road tunnel. Rescuers in Tibet have discovered eight more bodies, bringing the death toll to 28 following an avalanche that buried several vehicles in deep snow and ice on a stretch of road connected to a road tunnel. Chinese state media reported … Read more

Feds seized nearly $700 million from FTX founder Bankman-Fried

Feds seized nearly 0 million from FTX founder Bankman-Fried

Jan 20 (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors seized nearly $700 million in assets from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried in January, much of it in the form of Robinhood stock, according to a court filing on Friday. Bankman-Fried, who was accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX clients to pay debts incurred by his crypto-focused hedge … Read more

Amazon’s AWS to invest $35 billion in Virginia

Amazon’s AWS to invest  billion in Virginia

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The cloud services division of Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Friday it plans to invest an additional $35 billion by 2040 to expand data centers in Virginia. Amazon Web Services (AWS) said the new investment will create 1,000 jobs. Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said AWS will establish multiple data … Read more

Chris Hipkins set to replace Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

Chris Hipkins set to replace Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

WELLINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Chris Hipkins, who has played a significant role in New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister after emerging on Saturday as the sole candidate for the leadership of the ruling Labor Party. Hipkins, 44, is expected to be confirmed as the … Read more

Year of the Rabbit? Not so fast! Vietnamese Lunar New Year to celebrate the cat

Year of the Rabbit?  Not so fast!  Vietnamese Lunar New Year to celebrate the cat

HANOI, Jan 20 (Reuters) – As China, Japan and other East Asian countries prepare to celebrate the start of the Lunar Year of the Rabbit on Sunday, the Vietnamese people will be an exception – welcoming instead the year of the cat. There is no official explanation as to when and why the Vietnamese adopted … Read more

Genesis Crypto Lending Unit Files For Bankruptcy In The US

Genesis Crypto Lending Unit Files For Bankruptcy In The US

Jan 20 (Reuters) – The loan unit of crypto firm Genesis filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Thursday, owing its creditors at least $3.4 billion, after being knocked down by a rout market with companies like FTX exchange and lender BlockFi. Genesis Global Capital, one of the biggest crypto lenders, froze client … Read more

Japan plans to downgrade Covid-19 to same level as seasonal flu

Japan plans to downgrade Covid-19 to same level as seasonal flu

Tokyo CNN — Japan will consider downgrading Covid-19 to the same category as seasonal flu this spring, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Friday. Kishida said he has asked Health Ministry officials to discuss the decision and that his administration will also review rules on face masks and other pandemic measures. “In order to further … Read more

Mapping the Battle for Ukraine Bakhmut | Russia–Ukraine War

Mapping the Battle for Ukraine Bakhmut |  Russia–Ukraine War

The frontline town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine has been at the center of intense fighting for months. The battles have grown fiercer this week, but Ukrainian forces appear to be holding their own against the Russians, who recently claimed to have captured the nearby salt-mining town of Soledar – a victory Kyiv denies. If … Read more