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

More than 50 injured in Peru as protests cause ‘national chaos’

More than 50 injured in Peru as protests cause ‘national chaos’

LIMA, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Dozens of Peruvians were injured after tensions erupted again on Friday night as police clashed with protesters during anti-government protests that are spreading across the country. In the capital Lima, police used tear gas to repel protesters throwing glass bottles and rocks as fires burned in the streets, local television … 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

Musk expected to take a stand as trial resumes over Tesla tweet

Musk expected to take a stand as trial resumes over Tesla tweet

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk (TSLA.O) is set to testify in a jury trial on Friday over his 2018 Twitter post that he had ” secured financing” to take the power automaker private, which shareholders say has cost them millions in business losses. The class action lawsuit in … Read more

China plays down COVID outbreak with full-throttle holiday rush

China plays down COVID outbreak with full-throttle holiday rush

Senior official says COVID is at ‘relatively low’ level Hospital, critical cases down, authorities say More than 2 billion trips expected for Lunar New Year Some fear the travel season will see a rise in infections BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) – People across China crammed into trains and buses for one of its busiest travel … Read more

Hundreds evacuated as fire breaks out in slum next to Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district

Hundreds evacuated as fire breaks out in slum next to Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district

SEOUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) – A fire swept through part of a slum in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on Friday, destroying 60 homes, many made of cardboard and wood, and forcing the evacuation of around 500 people. Emergency services took five hours to extinguish the blaze, which broke out before dawn in Guryong Village, … Read more

China says critical COVID cases have peaked as holiday travel surges

China says critical COVID cases have peaked as holiday travel surges

Millions travel across the country for Lunar New Year President Xi says he is worried about the elderly and rural areas Daily deaths could reach 36,000 next week, analysis finds Chinese drugmakers rush to make fever medicine BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The number of COVID patients requiring intensive care in Chinese hospitals has peaked, … Read more

Davos 2023: Greta Thunberg accuses energy companies of throwing people ‘under the bus’

Davos 2023: Greta Thunberg accuses energy companies of throwing people ‘under the bus’

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Greta Thunberg on Thursday called on the global energy industry and its financiers to end all fossil fuel investment during a high-level meeting in Davos with the chief of the International Energy Agency (IEA). During a panel discussion with Fatih Birol on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum … Read more

Berlin imposes conditions on the United States on the export of German tanks to Ukraine – source

Berlin imposes conditions on the United States on the export of German tanks to Ukraine – source

German Leopard tanks are considered the best suited for Ukraine All eyes are on Germany as defense leaders meet on Friday U.S. to provide $125 million to Ukraine to support energy systems Minister among dead in helicopter crash in Ukraine KYIV/BERLIN, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Germany will send German-made tanks to Ukraine as long as … Read more