Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules ahead of an expected shift in virus policies nationwide after widespread social unrest. The uneven relaxation of COVID restrictions is, however, fueling fear among some residents who suddenly feel more exposed … Read more

China set to loosen COVID curbs after week of historic protests

China set to loosen COVID curbs after week of historic protests

China to allow home quarantine, cut mass testing – sources Top official says severity of virus weakening Shift comes after string of demonstrations Biggest show of public defiance in a decade BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is set to announce in coming days an easing of its COVID-19 quarantine protocols and a reduction in … Read more

Clashes in Guangzhou as China tries to quell COVID protests

Clashes in Guangzhou as China tries to quell COVID protests

Riot police in hazmat suits clash with protesters Estimated 27-43 protests in 22 cities across China One of the biggest acts of public defiance in a decade Authorities probing protests as security tightens SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in the Chinese city of Guangzhou clashed with riot police in hazmat suits on Tuesday night … Read more

Oath Keepers founder guilty of sedition in US Capitol attack plot

Oath Keepers founder guilty of sedition in US Capitol attack plot

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, and another leader of the right-wing group, were found guilty on Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for the attack on the US Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, an important win for the Justice Department. The verdicts against Rhodes and four co-defendants, after three days of deliberations … Read more

Chinese authorities seek out COVID protesters

Chinese authorities seek out COVID protesters

BEIJING, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have begun inquiries into some of the people who gathered at weekend protests against COVID-19 curbs, three people who were at the Beijing demonstrations told Reuters, as police remained out in numbers on the city’s streets . In one case, a caller identifying as a police officer in … Read more

Elon Musk: Apple threatened to yank Twitter from App Store

Elon Musk: Apple threatened to yank Twitter from App Store

Nov 28 (Reuters) – Elon Musk accused Apple Inc (AAPL.O) of threatening to block Twitter Inc from its app store without saying why in a series of tweets on Monday that also said the iPhone maker had stopped advertising on the social media platform . The billionaire CEO of Twitter and Tesla said Apple was … Read more

China’s lockdown protests spread to campuses and cities abroad

China's lockdown protests spread to campuses and cities abroad

HONG KONG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Protests against China’s strict zero-COVID policy and restrictions on freedoms have spread to at least a dozen cities around the world in a show of solidarity with rare displays of defiance in China over the weekend. Expatriate dissidents and students staged small-scale vigilantes and protests in cities around the … Read more

Protests in Shanghai and Beijing as anger over China’s COVID curbs mounts

Protests in Shanghai and Beijing as anger over China's COVID curbs mounts

Wave of unprecedented civil disobedience under Xi Jinping Protesters hold vigils in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities Anger over Urumqi factory fire and COVID curbs SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Crowds of demonstrators in Shanghai shouted and held up blank sheets of papers early on Sunday evening, as protests flared in China against heavy COVID-19 … Read more

Huge COVID protests erupt in China’s Xinjiang after deadly fire

Huge COVID protests erupt in China's Xinjiang after deadly fire

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Rare protests broke out in China’s far western Xinjiang region, with crowds shouting at hazmat-suited guards after a deadly fire triggered anger over their prolonged COVID-19 lockdown as nationwide infections set another record. Crowds chanted “End the lockdown!”, pumping their fists in the air as they walked down a street, according … Read more

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

E.Europe arms companies step up production for Ukraine Hope to find new markets as defense spends rise Can produce and service Soviet-era and NATO-standard weaponry Poland, Czechs among big suppliers of military aid to Kyiv Industry’s history stretches from 1800s and through Cold War PRAGUE/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe’s arms industry is churning … Read more