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Aston Martin stunt car, Daniel Craig costumes star at James Bond auction

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) – From an Aston Martin DB5 stunt car to costumes worn by Daniel Craig in “No Time to Die”, an array of James Bond props and memorabilia are being offered...

Young Black designer dresses Colombian vice-president in ‘resistance’ fashion

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Esteban Sinisterra, a young Black fashion designer from Colombia’s largely-poor Pacific region, is dressing Vice-President Francia Marquez – the first Afro-Colombian woman to hold the post – in what he calls “resistance” fashion. Sinisterra, whose colorful patterned dresses for Marquez have drawn international attention, grew up in the municipality of Santa Barbara...

Reaction at home and abroad to Italian election outcome

ROME (Reuters) – Giorgia Meloni looks set to become Italy’s first woman prime minister at the head of its most right-wing government since World War Two after leading a conservative alliance to triumph at Sunday’s election. Following is some of the initial reaction. International reaction: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Twitter: “Following yesterday’s...

Italy’s parliamentary seats – YouTrend projection

ROME (Reuters) – A coalition of right-wing parties was projected to have won Italy’s parliamentary election. There is not yet a definitive breakdown of parliamentary seats. The following is a projection by YouTrend of the distribution of seats in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate based on instant polls. Definitive results are expected...

Japan bans chemical weapons-related goods to Russia, concerned by nuke threats

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has decided to ban exports of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia in an additional sanction against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, and is “deeply concerned” about the possible use of nuclear weapons, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday. Japan also added 21 Russian organisations such as science labs...

Prominent Chinese commentator urges COVID experts to ‘speak out’

BEIJING (Reuters) – Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin said on Sunday that as China ponders its COVID-19 policies, epidemic experts need to speak out and China ought to conduct comprehensive research and make any studies transparent to the public. Hu’s unusual call on Chinese social media for candour and transparency earned him 34,000 likes on...

U.S. VP Harris, Japan PM Kishida to discuss Taiwan security issue

ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will discuss a partnership on Taiwan security issues, a senior U.S. administration official said on Monday aboard Air Force Two. The official also told reporters that Washington welcomes Japan’s increased military strength and security role. Harris is set...

New Zealand marks Queen Elizabeth’s passing on national day of mourning

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led a state memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, saying the Pacific nation has had “a deep connection” with her as New Zealand paid tribute to the late monarch. Hundreds watched the state memorial service outdoors on the screens set on the Parliament grounds in Wellington,...

McDonald’s hikes prices in Japan on higher input costs, weaker yen

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s McDonald’s fast food restaurants will raise prices on about 60% of offerings to customers, fuelled by rising input costs and exchange-rate fluctuations, the company said on Monday. From Friday, the cost of the signature Big Mac hamburger will increase to 410 yen ($2.85) from 390 yen, McDonald’s Holding Company Japan Ltc...

26th September

S.Korea’s Yoon says ‘untrue’ media reports damage alliance amid hot mic controversy

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday “untrue” media reports over his remarks threatened to damage relations with the United States after he was caught cursing on a hot mic during his visit to New York last week. A series of gaffes and controversies overshadowed Yoon’s first major...

Internationals lose Presidents Cup but blood new players

By Steve Keating CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) – What the world of professional golf will look like when the next Presidents Cup is staged in Montreal in two years’ time is unclear as the PGA Tour and Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series feud over the sport’s structure. That messy squabble directly impacted this year’s event at Quail...

Philippines’ Marcos orders aid for typhoon-struck areas, five reported dead

BULACAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Philippine authorities rushed on Monday to distribute aid to thousands of evacuees after typhoon Noru made landfall in the capital and northern provinces, leaving at least five dead and many areas flooded. Sustained winds of 185 kilometres (115 miles) per hour hit the main island of Luzon at the weekend, prompting...

Australia plans privacy rule changes after Optus cyber attack

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia plans changes to its privacy rules so that banks can be alerted faster following cyber attacks at companies, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Monday, after hackers targeted Australia’s second-largest telecommunications firm. Optus, owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, last week revealed databases containing home addresses, drivers licences and passport numbers of...

Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party concedes election defeat

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s main centre-left group, the Democratic Party (PD), conceded defeat early Monday in a national election and said it would be the largest opposition force in the next parliament. “This is a sad evening for the country,” Debora Serracchiani, a senior PD lawmaker, told reporters in the party’s first official comment on...

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy: fierce battles along frontline, with some ‘positive results’

LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that heavy fighting is taking place with Russian forces in many places along the frontline, some with “positive results” for Kyiv. “This is the Donetsk region, this is our Kharkiv region. This is the Kherson region, and also the Mykolaiv and Zaporizhzhia regions,” Zelenskiy...

Rihanna to perform at Super Bowl halftime show in Arizona

(Reuters) – Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in February in Glendale, Arizona, the National Football League announced on Sunday. The Grammy-winning Barbadian singer is filling one of the most coveted slots in the U.S. music calendar, watched by millions of television viewers annually. Previous halftime performers have included Michael Jackson, Prince,...

Cubans head to polls to vote on govt-sponsored code to legalize gay marriage, adoption

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans headed to the polls on Sunday to vote on a package of measures that would upend the island’s long-held “machista” culture and legalize gay marriage even as the country wrestles with a deepening economic crisis. If approved, the 100-page “family code” would put Cuba at the vanguard of progressive social policy...

Eyes on Belgium as some EU states push for Russian diamond ban

By Gabriela Baczynska and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union must stop importing diamonds from Russia, five of the bloc’s 27 countries said in a joint proposal seen by Reuters, as the EU prepares new sanctions against Moscow for waging war against Ukraine. The EU, which has so far implemented six rounds of...

Prominent Chinese commentator urges COVID experts to ‘speak out’

BEIJING (Reuters) – Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin said on Sunday that as China ponders its COVID-19 policies, epidemic experts need to speak out and China ought to conduct comprehensive research and make any studies transparent to the public. Hu’s unusual call on Chinese social media for candour and transparency earned him 34,000 likes on...

Tropical Storm Ian to hit Cuba and become a hurricane

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Ian was on Sunday barreling toward western Cuba, where it is expected to soak the Caribbean island with heavy rainfall and trigger storm surges as it turns into a hurricane on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecast to begin rapidly strengthening later Sunday, storm Ian was about 570 miles...

Cyprus LGBT+ pride marchers seek equal family rights

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Hundreds of activists turned streets of the Cypriot capital into a sea of rainbows on Sunday on a pride march in a push for equal rights irrespective of sexual orientation. “Marriage for all” was the slogan of a parade through Cyprus’s capital Nicosia, using the Cypriot vernacular “Gamos Gia Oullous” to emphasise...

Italy’s right-wing, led by Meloni, set to win election

By Crispian Balmer and Angelo Amante ROME (Reuters) – A right-wing alliance led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party was on course for a clear majority in the next parliament, giving the country its most right-wing government since World War Two. Meloni, as leader of the largest coalition party, was also likely to become...

Giorgio Armani brings plenty of sparkle to Milan Fashion with main line

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian designer Giorgio Armani presented a light spring/summer collection with plenty of sparkle for his eponymous main line at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday. The 88-year-old fashion veteran opened the show, called “Fil d’Or” (golden thread), with lightly-coloured looks in sand and pale grey. Models wore elongated jackets and tapered loose trousers...

Canada girds for long haul after historic storm Fiona ravages east coast

By John Morris STEPHENVILLE, Newfoundland (Reuters) – After powerful storm Fiona left a trail of destruction in Canada’s east coast on Saturday, the focus shifted to massive clean-up efforts, damage assessment and restoration of power and telecom services as officials warned of a long road to recovery. The historic storm slammed into eastern Canada with...

Dolce & Gabbana team up with Kim Kardashian at Milan Fashion Week

MILAN (Reuters) – Dolce & Gabbana teamed up with U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian at Milan Fashion Week on Saturday as the Italian luxury label presented its latest collection for women’s wardrobes. To the backdrop of a giant screen showing a black and white video of Kardashian eating spaghetti, models wore embellished corset dresses,...

Galapagos park testing coral replanting to restore fragile ecosystem

(Reuters) – Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park is testing different coral replanting methods in an effort to restore fragile underwater ecosystems around the storied islands. Coral reef die-offs affect the marine food supply chain and are considered a major climate tipping point. The experimental project is run by park rangers and volunteers, with support from the...

Egypt to apply to host 2036 Olympic Games

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt will apply to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2036, the Egyptian youth and sports minister said in a statement on Saturday, a bid that if successful would make it the first Arab or African nation to host the event. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave the green light to apply,...

25th September

North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of U.S. VP Harris visit

By Jihoon Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast on Sunday, ahead of planned military drills by South Korean and U.S. forces involving an aircraft carrier and a visit to the region by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. South Korea’s military said it was a...

Kremlin’s mention of possible use of nuclear weapons ‘absolutely unacceptable’ – Ukraine’s Kuleba

(Reuters) – The Kremlin’s statements on the possible use of nuclear weapons are “absolutely unacceptable” and Kyiv will not give into it, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said early on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, have mentioned nuclear weapons as an option in extremis. “Putin’s and...

More than 730 detained in anti-mobilisation protests across Russia – rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than 730 people were detained across Russia at protests against a mobilisation order on Saturday, a rights group said, three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first military draft since World War Two for the conflict in Ukraine. The independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group said it was aware of detentions...

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