France to loosen COVID curbs in February, allowing popcorn in cinemas again

A medical worker administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center in Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay near Nantes, France, January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PARIS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – France will ease work-from-home rules from early February and allow nightclubs to reopen two … Read more

UK government accused of ‘blackmail’ to keep scandal-plagued Johnson in power

Senior lawmaker says lawmakers were targeted Johnson promises to keep fighting Wakeford said he was threatened because of a vote Unaware of any evidence, Downing Street says LONDON, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – A senior Conservative lawmaker on Thursday accused the British government of intimidating and “blackmailing” lawmakers it believes are trying to force Prime Minister … Read more

New Zealand rules out lockdowns as it prepares for Omicron outbreak

WELLINGTON, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that restrictions across the country will be tightened if the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is transmitted through the community, but she is ruling out lockdowns. New Zealand’s tight controls and geographic advantage have ensured it is free of the Omicron … Read more

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

Mild COVID cases still lead to attention and memory issues – study

A health worker closes the door of an ambulance outside of the Royal London Hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, January 7, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – People with mild COVID-19 who do not suffer any other traditional “long … 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

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