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

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

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

Wall Street banks eye ‘new normal’ for trading revenue after stellar two years

A street sign, Wall Street, is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, New York, U.S., January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Photo archive Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Check in NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Wall Street banks expect trading income to settle into a “new … 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

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

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

Goldman profit hit by weaker trading, rising expenses; shares tumble

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Shares of Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) fell as much as 8% on Tuesday after Wall Street’s top investment bank missed quarterly earnings expectations, hampered by weaker trading earnings and growing expenses. The stock slump put Goldman on track for its worst single-day performance since June 2020, shedding about $10 billion from … 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