Aid to arrive in Tonga as airport opens, phone lines partially restored

Tonga airport reopens after ash cleared from runway Flights AU, NZ with relief supplies en route to Nuku’alofa Telephone contact with Tonga 5 days after blackout UN says 80% of Tonga’s population has been hit hard Tongans fear safe drinking water is running out Jan 20 (Reuters) – Planes carrying much-needed humanitarian supplies from Australia … 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

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

Gilead says counterfeit HIV drugs ended up with patients

The logo of pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc is seen in Oceanside, California, U.S., April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Check in NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD.O) said an unauthorized network of drug distributors and suppliers sold more than $250 million worth … 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

Australian court starts considering Djokovic visa verdict

MELBOURNE, Jan. 16 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic could find out later on Sunday whether he can defend his Australian Open title after the chief justice of the Federal Court said he hoped to make a decision on the decision later in the day. ask whether the tennis star, who has not been vaccinated against the … Read more

Philippines to acquire missile system from India for $375 mln

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana answers questions during an interview with Reuters at the military headquarters of Camp Aquinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Feb. 9, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MANILA, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – The Philippines has signed a deal to purchase India’s shore-based anti-ship … 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

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