U.N. chief tells Security Council: Afghanistan ‘hanging by thread’

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is “hanging by a thread,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday, calling for countries to authorize all transactions needed to carry out humanitarian activities in the Taliban-ruled state. He also pushed for a suspension of any rules or conditions constricting “lifesaving” aid operations … Read more

Global share sell off pauses in Asia as investors await Fed policy update

Men wearing protective face masks walk under an electronic board displaying Japan’s Nikkei stock average inside a conference room, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan, on 25 January 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Check in Asian Stock Markets: Nikkei falls 0.1%; Gains on Chinese stocks … Read more

Pfizer and BioNTech launch trial of Omicron-targeted COVID vaccine

NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE said on Tuesday they have started a clinical trial to test a new version of their vaccine designed specifically to target the COVID-19 Omicron variant, which has eluded some of the protection provided by the original two-dose vaccine regimen. Enlisting volunteers in the … Read more

British police investigating lockdown parties at PM Johnson’s residence

Johnson attended birthday gathering in lockdown Police will investigate alleged lockdown breaches Government’s own internal inquiry to continue LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – British police said on Tuesday they had opened an investigation into possible COVID lockdown breaches at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence after receiving evidence from an internal government probe into … Read more

COVID cases reported on Australian aid vessel sailing to virus-free Tonga

Jan 25 (Reuters) – About two dozen cases of COVID-19 have been recorded among the crew of an Australian warship expected to arrive in coronavirus-free Tonga on Wednesday to deliver humanitarian aid, Australian authorities said on Tuesday. Tonga, hit by a massive volcanic eruption and a tsunami on Jan. 15, has asked for aid to … Read more

Peloton stock jumps as Blackwells pushes for CEO ouster, sale

Jan 24 (Reuters) – Shares of Peloton Interactive Inc (PTON.O) rose on Monday after investment firm Blackwells Capital urged the exercise equipment maker’s board to fire its chief executive and put the company up for sale. . Shares of the company rose nearly 10% to close trading at $29.71 after falling 3.4% in premarket trading … Read more

NATO sends reinforcements and U.S. puts troops on alert as Ukraine tensions rise

NATO sending ships, fighter jets to eastern Europe US says some 8,500 troops on alert Kremlin says West, not Russia, is escalating tensions UK withdraws some staff from Kyiv embassy MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, … Read more

Tesla countersues JPMorgan, claims bank sought ‘windfall’ after Musk tweet

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UAE blocks missiles as Yemen’s Houthis attack region’s business hub

UAE says it has intercepted two ballistic missiles Houthis tell investors UAE ‘has become unsafe’ Yemen largely seen as Iranian-Saudi proxy war DUBAI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates, the tourism and commercial hub of the Gulf region, on Monday said it had foiled a second missile attack by Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi movement … Read more

U.S. carriers in South China Sea, Taiwan reports further Chinese incursion

TAIPEI, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – Two US aircraft carrier groups have entered the disputed South China Sea for training, the Defense Ministry said Monday as Taiwan reported another Chinese air force raid on the top of the waterway, including a terrifying new electronic warplane. The South China Sea and self-governing Taiwan are two of China’s … Read more