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

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

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

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

Swedish police hunt for drone seen flying over Forsmark nuclear plant

A general view of the nuclear power plant at Forsmark, Sweden, June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register STOCKHOLM, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – Police in Sweden deployed patrols and helicopters at the Forsmark nuclear power plant to hunt for a large drone that flew over the site late … 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

Sweden to withdraw from French-led special forces mission in Mali

BREST, France, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Sweden will withdraw troops from a European special forces mission to the Sahel region this year and review its participation in a UN force in Mali due to the presence of private Russian military contractors, it said the Minister of Foreign Affairs . Secretary of State Ann Linde criticized … Read more