Thousands in Hong Kong volunteer to adopt hamsters amid COVID-19 fears

HONG KONG, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered to adopt unwanted hamsters on Wednesday after a massive government cull order over COVID-19 sparked fears panicked owners would leave their pets behind. Authorities on Tuesday ordered 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet stores and storage facilities to be culled after tracing … Read more

UK PM Johnson faces growing pressure to resign

Johnson faces a mounting revolt from lawmakers Threshold for leadership challenge may be close Revelations about lockdown parties undermine Johnson Johnson lifts COVID restrictions LONDON, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fought to bolster his premiership on Wednesday amid an uprising from his own lawmakers angry over a string of closed parties … Read more

Japan widens COVID-19 curbs as Omicron drives record infections

TOKYO, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – Japan on Wednesday widened its COVID-19 borders to the capital Tokyo and a dozen regions covering half the population as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus caused record new infections. The measures, already in place in three regions, were made official by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida from Friday to February … Read more

DirecTV loss could cripple rightwing One America News

Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks to a One America News Network (OANN) reporter from a bus window after a tour of a section of the US-Mexico border on a Mississippi Highway Patrol vessel. Texas in Mission, Texas, U.S., March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Check in WASHINGTON, … Read more

U.S. grocery shortages deepen as pandemic dries supplies

Jan 14 (Reuters) – High demand for groceries combined with high freight costs and Omicron-related labor shortages are creating a new round of delays at processed food and fresh produce companies, leading to empty supermarket shelves at major US retailers. Producers of perishables across the West Coast are paying nearly triple pre-pandemic freight rates to … Read more

Netflix raises monthly subscription prices in U.S., Canada

LOS ANGELES, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc raised the price of its monthly subscription by between $1 and $2 per month in the United States, according to the plan, the company said on Friday, to help pay for new programming to compete in the crowded streaming. television market. The standard plan, which allows for … Read more

Dutch announce COVID lockdown easing amid record infections

A general view of a largely abandoned Dutch urban center is seen as the country enters its third day of lockdown, in Den Bosch, Netherlands December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register The Dutch end lockdown since mid-December New cases are at record level, but hospital … Read more