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Visa, Mastercard pin hopes on China reopening as travel boom fades

By Niket Nishant (Reuters) – Mastercard Inc and Visa Inc will rely on China reopening to give travel spending a boost, Wall Street analysts said, as the pace of growth in other parts of the...

Australia regulator to probe social media influencers for false endorsements

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s competition regulator said on Friday it would check whether influencers on social media platforms had failed to disclose their affiliation with the brands they were promoting. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it would look at more than 100 influencers after several consumers informed the regulator about some endorsements...

Auckland, New Zealand starts clean-up after torrential rains, flash floods

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Authorities in New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland began mopping up on Saturday, a day after torrential rains brought flooding and evacuations, shutting airports and forcing organisers to cancel a scheduled concert by Elton John. A state of emergency remained in place in the city of around 1.6 million people on New Zealand’s...

U.S. lawmakers ask Kerry to urge UAE to replace oil boss as COP28 president

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over two dozen U.S. representatives on Friday called on top U.S. climate envoy John Kerry to urge the United Arab Emirates to withdraw its appointment of the head of its state oil company as president of the COP28 climate summit it will host this year. The 27 Democratic members...

Czech retired general aims to beat tycoon ex-PM in presidential race

By Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) – Former Czech army chief Petr Pavel, a pro-Western candidate who backs aid for Ukraine, aimed to turn a poll lead into an election win over billionaire ex-premier Andrej Babis on Saturday as Czechs wrapped up voting for a new president. Voting in the run-off started on Friday and is...

Haitian children are vulnerable in capital’s violence, UNICEF says

By Brian Ellsworth (Reuters) – More than one million Haitian children are under constant threat of violence in the area of the capital Port-au-Prince because of chronic lawlessness, the regional director of children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday. UNICEF last year warned that Haitian children are threatened by malnutrition, armed violence, and an outbreak of...

‘Everything Everywhere’ resonates with a diversity of audiences

By Rollo Ross and Danielle Broadway LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was released in March 2022, co-director Daniel Kwan wasn’t sure if audiences would connect with the film and its multiverse premise, but they did. “We tried to make a movie that everyone can relate with, but we thought we’d...

North Korea slams United States for pledging tanks to Ukraine

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea on Saturday denounced U.S. pledges of battle tanks to Ukraine, claiming Washington was “further crossing the red line” to win hegemony by proxy war, state media KCNA reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, made the remarks in a statement carried by KCNA, saying that...

Auckland Airport still closed, no flights until at least noon

Auckland International Airport remains closed due to flooding, after heavy rain hit the super city on Friday night. There will be no flights into or out of Auckland until noon on Saturday at the earliest, the airport said in a statement overnight. The Auckland region is under a state of local emergency. Information on when...

Spain’s hunting dogs law exposes rural and urban divisions

MADRID (Reuters) -A draft law aimed at strengthening animal rights in Spain is exposing divisions within the ruling Socialist Party’s electoral base amid warnings it risks outlawing hunting with dogs. The proposed law would overhaul the treatment of domesticated and wild animals in captivity, with plans to ban the sale of pets in shops, convert...

China’s Xi says ties with Australia moving in “right direction” – state media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday relations with Australia were moving in the right direction in the latest sign of an improvement in ties between the major trading partners. Xi made his comments in a congratulatory message for Australia Day to Australian Governor-General David Hurley, the Xinhua state-run news agency reported....

Five Chinese citizens killed in California shooting – consulate

BEIJING (Reuters) – Five Chinese citizens were among the victims in a shooting in the California town of Half Moon Bay, the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco said. The Half Moon Bay shooting on Monday, in which seven people died, was the second of two gun rampages in California in recent days in which...

Haiti police block streets, break into airport to protest officer killings

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) -Haitian police officers on Thursday blocked streets and forced their way into the country’s main airport to protest the recent killing of officers by armed gangs expanding their grip on the Caribbean nation. Protesters in civilian clothes who identified themselves as police first attacked Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s official residence, according to a...

U.S. EPA administrator contemplating stepping down -sources

(Reuters) -U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan is considering stepping down, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Regan has been thinking seriously about departing and has been exploring options outside the Biden administration but has not made any decisions, one source said. “No plans imminently, but I do know it’s been on...

Blasts near Ukraine nuclear plant, says UN watchdog; Russia calls it provocation

(Reuters) – The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog on Thursday reported powerful explosions near Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station and renewed calls for a security zone around the plant. A Russian official dismissed the comments by Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying they suggested Moscow could not uphold nuclear safety. Russian...

South Sudan’s displaced hope pope’s visit will bring peace

JUBA (Reuters) – After spending nearly a decade in a camp for the displaced in South Sudan’s Juba, Mayen Galuak hopes that Pope Francis’ visit to the capital city next week will inspire political leaders to finally restore peace, allowing him to go home. The 44-year-old entered the United Nations camp, just a few kilometres...

Taiwan appoints new, British-educated intelligence chief

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appointed a new intelligence chief on Thursday, a British-educated senior diplomat, as part of a broader government reshuffle currently underway and as the island faces growing military threats from China. Tsai’s office said that deputy foreign minister Tsai Ming-yen, who has previously served as Taiwan’s de facto ambassador...

Pope condemns Holocaust denial as Australia mulls Kanye West visa

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned Holocaust denial, as Australia came under pressure to refuse a visa to American rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, because of his history of anti-Semitic remarks. The pope spoke about Holocaust denial at the end of his weekly general audience at the Vatican, noting that...

27th January

Royal mail resumes more services after cyber incident

LONDON (Reuters) – British postal firm Royal Mail is restarting some of its international export services, the company said on Thursday, two weeks after its operations were disrupted by what it called a “cyber incident.” Royal Mail will be resuming its International Tracked and Signed, and International Signed services to all destinations for business account...

South Africa signs deal with India to relocate dozens of cheetahs

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa has signed an agreement with India to introduce dozens of African cheetahs to the Asian country over the next decade, its environmental department said on Thursday, after the first were transferred last year from neighbouring Namibia. A big cat species similar to the cheetah disappeared from India some 70...

Lebanese protest as fate of blast probe hangs in balance

BEIRUT (Reuters) -More than 200 people protested outside Lebanon’s justice palace on Thursday over efforts to derail an investigation into the deadly 2020 Beirut port explosion, as top judges cancelled a meeting to discuss the fate of the inquiry. Judge Tarek Bitar announced on Monday he was resuming his investigation into the blast that killed...

Archaeologist hails possibly ‘oldest’ mummy yet found in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptologists have uncovered a Pharaonic tomb near the capital Cairo containing what may be the oldest and “most complete” mummy yet to be discovered in the country, the excavation team leader said on Thursday. The 4,300-year-old mummy was found at the bottom of a 15-metre shaft in a recently uncovered group of...

Brazil says plans green bond sale this year

LONDON/BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil plans to issue its first-ever green bond in 2023, the Treasury secretary said on Thursday, as the country’s new leftist government tries to use its environmental agenda to attract investment. Rogerio Ceron, speaking at a news conference, said the timing and terms of the sale would be specified later this year. “The...

Power surge crashes Pakistan grid, plunging millions into darkness

ISLAMABAD/SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Pakistan’s generators produced more power than was required on Monday, causing voltage fluctuations that culminated in a system collapse that plunged 220 million people into darkness, an internal government document reviewed by Reuters showed. Complete grid failures are rare, and operators of modern grids count local shocks from integration of renewable energy as...

FDA advisers recommend using same strain for initial COVID vaccine and boosters

(Reuters) – Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of using the same coronavirus strain for the initial COVID-19 vaccine doses and the boosters, to simplify the vaccination regimen in the United States.

New museum in Mexico spotlights endangered axolotl salamander

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A new museum and conservation center dedicated to Mexico’s critically endangered axolotl salamander is highlighting the amphibian’s remarkable story that has captured the attention of scientists and the public alike. With an impressive ability to heal itself, the axolotl (pronounced ah-sho-LO-tul) salamanders were showcased in the exhibit, which opened on Saturday,...

Australia regulator to probe social media influencers for false endorsements

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s competition regulator said on Friday it would check whether influencers on social media platforms had failed to disclose their affiliation with the brands they were promoting. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it would look at more than 100 influencers after several consumers informed the regulator about some endorsements...

EU wants to send more people back to Africa, Middle East, Asia

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – European Union migration ministers meet on Thursday to discuss visa restrictions and better coordination inside the bloc to be able to send more people with no right to asylum in Europe back to their home countries including Iraq. Three years after the 27-nation EU agreed to restrict visas for countries deemed failing...

Former Panama president’s sons return after U.S. conviction for money laundering

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli returned to their country on Wednesday, after serving a sentence in the United States for money laundering in a case linked to the Odebrecht scandal, a spokesperson for the family said. The sons of Martinelli – Luis Enrique Martinelli and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli...

Meta’s social media apps back up after brief outage, Downdetector says

(Reuters) -Meta Platforms Inc’s social media apps appeared to be back up after facing a brief disruption in the United States on Wednesday, data on outage tracking website Downdetector.com showed. At the peak of the outage, more than 17,000 user reports had indicated issues with Instagram in the United States, as of 2352 GMT. Over...

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