How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Turkey caught NATO allies by surprise Finland, Sweden hoped for quick accession Turkey’s Cavusoglu meets US counterpart Blinken ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – When Finland and Sweden signaled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its … Read more

‘Huge’ pressure for Shanghai to stay COVID-free as lockdown end nears

Shanghai health authorities warn of risks of COVID rebound Some migrant workers looking to leave Shanghai Goldman cuts China GDP forecast, warns of further slip E-commerce giant JD.com says consumers losing confidence SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) – Health authorities in Shanghai faced “huge” pressure to keep China’s most populous city free of COVID-19 … Read more

When Africans asked for COVID shots, they didn’t get them. Now they do not want them

Demand for COVID shots drops in Africa as supply rises Countries turn to mobile campaigns to boost uptake Africa, average age 20, has fared better in pandemic Experts warn new variants could emerge on continent DAKAR / ACCRA, May 18 (Reuters) – It’s noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more

Mariupol siege appears over as Ukrainian defenders emerge from ruins

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Finland, Sweden set to file NATO applications MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of desperate resistance, bringing an end to … Read more

Shanghai hits prized ‘zero COVID’ status but lockdown lingers

Shanghai goes three days with no new community infections Only a few signs of a gradual re-opening Amcham warns COVID controls hamper foreign investment SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 17 (Reuters) – Shanghai achieved its long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones on Tuesday but most residents will have … Read more

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

War in Ethiopia has killed thousands, uprooted millions Tigrayans tell of many arrests to force people into local army Elders, pregnant woman among those rounded up, residents say ‘He said my mother would be jailed,’ recounts one fighter ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI, May 16 (Reuters) – Authorities in Ethiopia’s war-shattered Tigray region are forcing young … Read more

Shanghai targets June COVID lockdown exit as China economy slumps

Shanghai aims for return to normal from June 1 City’s residents frustrated with shifting schedules China’s retail sales, industrial output plunge in April SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 16 (Reuters) – Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the end of a painful COVID-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks, heavily bruising China’s economy, … Read more

Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east

NATO chief says Russian offensive is not going to plan Russia’s Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Finland confirms bid for NATO membership RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine, May 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine counter-attacked Russian forces on the eastern front on Monday with fighting reported near its second-largest city of Kharkiv, after Western military agencies … Read more