Protests erupt in Xinjiang and Beijing after deadly fire

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Public anger in China over increasing COVID-19 lockdowns across the country erupted into rare protests in China’s far western region of Xinjiang and the country’s capital, Beijing, as nationwide infections set a new record. Crowds took to the streets in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, on Friday evening chanting “End the … Read more

Germany is in talks with allies over Polish insistence on sending Patriots to Ukraine

NATO says the decision on whether to deploy Patriots depends on a specific country Poland asked to send German launchers to Western Ukraine BERLIN/WARSAW, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Germany said on Friday it was discussing with allies Poland’s request to send German Patriot air defense units to Ukraine after the NATO chief suggested the military … Read more

Putin tells mothers of fallen soldiers in Ukraine: ‘We share your pain’

Putin meets mothers of soldiers, some of them next of kin Putin: ‘I personally, and the entire leadership, share your pain’ Russia has not fully enumerated its losses on the battlefield Some mothers say the Kremlin ignores more critical relatives LONDON, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Friday met with more than a … Read more

In Mexico, the Aztec excavation sets new records as the royal mystery deepens

MEXICO CITY, Nov 24 (Reuters) – An extensive cache of Aztec ritual offerings found beneath the center of Mexico City, near the steps of what would have been the empire’s holiest shrine, provides new insight into pre-Hispanic religious rituals and political propaganda. Sealed in stone boxes at the base of the temple five centuries ago, … Read more

Ukrainians brace for a harsh winter as Russian attacks cripple power capacity

Ukrainians with little or no heating after bombing Temperatures in several areas already below freezing Residents of Kherson receive offers to evacuate to safer regions Ukraine’s security services raid the famous Kiev monastery KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed to Ukrainians to conserve energy amid brutal Russian strikes that have cut the … Read more

Earthquake in Indonesia leaves dozens dead, houses reduced to rubble and hundreds injured

CIANJUR, Indonesia, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake killed more than 60 people and injured hundreds in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday. Rescue workers tried to reach survivors trapped under the rubble amid a series of aftershocks. The epicenter was near the town of Cianjur in West Java, about 75 km southeast … Read more

‘Playing with fire’: UN warns as a team to inspect damage to Ukrainian nuclear power plant

IAEA chief warns: ‘You are playing with fire!’ after explosions Russia, Ukraine trade debt for shelling President Zelensky says the eastern region has been hit by heavy artillery ‘Fierce battles’ in the Donetsk region, says Zelensky LONDON/LVIV, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog has warned that whoever fired artillery … Read more

Ukraine says Russians are pounding frontline positions with artillery

LVIV, Ukraine, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces pounded Ukrainian positions with artillery fire and launched nearly 400 attacks in the eastern region alone on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address. Russia withdrew its troops from the southern city of Kherson this month and moved some of them to reinforce positions in … Read more

Kazakh leader heading for major election victory, exit polls show

ALMATY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was on course for a landslide victory in a snap election on Sunday, according to exit polls, tightening his grip on power less than a year after his long-ruling predecessor Nursultan sidelined Nazarbayev. The former diplomat, who came to power in 2019 as Nazarbayev’s hand-picked successor … Read more

COP27 provides breakthrough in climate fund at the expense of progress on emissions

Climate summit COP27 ends after marathon weekend negotiations Final deal creates historic climate finance fund Negotiators say some have blocked tighter emissions targets SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Countries closed this year’s UN climate summit on Sunday with a hard-fought agreement to create a fund to help poor countries ravaged by climate disasters, … Read more