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

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

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 Check in MSCI Asia ex … Read more

Tongans deafened by volcanic blast as they fled for safety

Jan 20 (Reuters) – When Tonga’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted violently, sending shockwaves and tsunami across the Pacific, the blast in the tiny island nation was so deafening that fleeing families could only wave to their loved ones to run . “The first explosion… our ears are ringing and we couldn’t even hear each … 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

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

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 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