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

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

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

Foxconn apologises for pay-related error at China iPhone plant after worker unrest

Foxconn apologises for pay-related error at China iPhone plant after worker unrest

Foxconn says it is working with staff to resolve disputes Major iPhone factory rocked by protests over pay, terms Apple says it has team on the ground in Zhengzhou TAIPEI/SHANGHAI, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Foxconn (2317.TW) said on Thursday a pay-related “technical error” occurred when hiring new recruits at a COVID-hit iPhone factory in China … Read more

Walmart Chesapeake shooting: Employee kills 6 and himself in Virginia

Walmart Chesapeake shooting: Employee kills 6 and himself in Virginia

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Nov 23 (Reuters) – A Walmart employee killed six people and injured several others before fatally shooting himself at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, authorities said on Wednesday, in the latest episode of gun violence in the United States. The shooter, who has not been identified, used a pistol in the shooting late … Read more

They call it ‘The Hole’: Ukrainians describe horrors of Kherson occupation

They call it 'The Hole': Ukrainians describe horrors of Kherson occupation

Residents describe detention, torture and death in Kherson Nine-month occupation ended on Friday as Russians retired Among those detained were suspected resistance fighters Russia denies mistreating detainees UN officials say both sides have abused prisoners of war KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Residents in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson call the two-storey police station … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov dismisses report that he was taken to hospital at G20

Russia's Lavrov dismisses report that he was taken to hospital at G20

Lavrov dismisses Associated Press report AP: Lavrov was treated for heart condition Bali governor: Lavrov had checks in hospital, in good health NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday dismissed a news agency report that he had been taken to hospital with a heart condition, scolding Western journalists … Read more

Ukrainian forces brace for bloody fight for Kherson

Ukrainian forces brace for bloody fight for Kherson

Ukrainian forces close in on Russian-controlled Kherson Re-taking city would be a major victory in the war Kherson acts as a gateway to Crimea, annexed in 2014 Soldiers in trenches foresee a fierce battle ahead FRONTLINE WEST OF KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Oleh, the commander of a Ukrainian mechanized infantry unit dug into … Read more