West stresses unity on Ukraine after Biden implies divided response

Russia has gathered troops near the border with Ukraine Top US diplomat Blinken holds talks with allies BERLIN, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – Western countries urged on Thursday that they would be united to respond strongly to any Russian attack on Ukraine, moving towards damage reduction after US President Joe Biden suggested division over how to … Read more

China says it warned away U.S. warship in South China Sea, U.S. denies

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – Chinese troops tracked and warned a US warship entering waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the country’s military said Thursday, but the US Navy denied the ship had been warned . The People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command said the USS Benfold “illegally” entered Chinese territorial … Read more

Asian shares rise as China cuts key mortgage rate

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, talks on his mobile phone in front of a screen showing the Nikkei index outside a stock exchange in Tokyo, Japan February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha /File Photo Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Check in MSCI Asia ex … Read more

China cuts key rates, stepping up monetary stimulus effort to underpin economy

A man checks the phone at the Lujiazui financial district in Pudong, Shanghai, China March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Check in SHANGHAI, Jan 20 (Reuters) – China stepped up its monetary easing efforts to prop up a slowing economy this week by cutting a set of … Read more

Blinken vows ‘relentless’ diplomacy to avert Russian attack on Ukraine

Blinken says Russia can attack Ukraine in the short term Kremlin says arms supplies to Ukraine are raising tensions Blinken meets the Russian Lavrov in Geneva on Friday KYIV, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that Russia could launch another attack on Ukraine at very short notice, but … Read more

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

Stocks slide, treasury yields jump as inflation fears crescendo

A screen shows Nikkei index after a ceremony marking the end of trading in 2021 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) in Tokyo, Japan December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register US bond yields rise, investors brace for tighter monetary policy Oil hits fresh 7-year high after Turkey … Read more

Airlines scramble to rejig schedules amid U.S. 5G rollout concerns

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Major international airlines rushed to readjust or cancel flights to the United States ahead of a 5G wireless rollout on Wednesday that raised security concerns, despite two wireless carriers saying they would delay parts of the rollout. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that potential 5G interference could affect height … Read more

Damage in tsunami-hit Tonga hampering relief efforts

An eruption occurs at the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai off the coast of Tonga, January 14, 2022 in this screenshot obtained from a social media video. Video recorded Jan 14, 2022. Tonga Geological Services/via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Significant damage to the west coast of the main island … Read more

Dove soap maker Unilever signals pursuit of GSK consumer arm; shares fall

Unilever shares fall more than 8%, GSK gains Unilever says it would seek deal for GSK unit Says he is committed to ‘strict financial discipline’ Jan 17 (Reuters) – Unilever (ULVR.L) said on Monday it would seek a deal for GSK’s (GSK.L) consumer business, calling it a “strong strategic fit”, but Unilever shares fell more … Read more