Israel launches rocket from Gaza and admonishes Jordan as tensions simmer in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, April 18 (Reuters) – Israel shot down a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday, the Israeli military said, the first such attack in months, as tensions around a focal point of the shrine in Jerusalem raged pro-Palestinian rhetoric from Jordan and US mediation entailed efforts. No faction in Gaza claimed responsibility for … Read more

Wall Street ends lower as investors await more earnings clues

Bank of America boosts S&P 500 Twitter wins after launch of ‘poison pill’ Didi meets on US delisting plans, stocks plummet Indices down: Dow 0.11%, S&P 0.02%, Nasdaq 0.14% April 18 (Reuters) – US stocks ended lower on Monday after all three benchmarks slipped between positive and negative territory as investors contrasted positive Bank of … Read more

US judge overturns mask requirements for planes and trains

WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) – A federal judge in Florida on Monday said a US mask mandate on public transit was unlawful, overturning efforts by the Biden administration to stem the spread of COVID-19. Last week, U.S. health officials extended the mandate requiring travelers to wear masks on planes, trains and in taxis, ridesharing services … Read more

Britons captured in Ukraine appear on Russian TV asking for exchanges with Putin’s allies

Viktor Medvedchuk, leader of the Opposition Platform – For Life political party, attends a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 13, 2021. REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to to register Russian state television shows two captured British fighters It is not clear from the footage whether they speak freely or … Read more

Shanghai factories are stuttering toward reopening as the city aims to ease the lockdown

SHANGHAI, April 18 (Reuters) – Manufacturers including Tesla (TSLA.O) began preparations to reopen their plants in Shanghai on Monday, as China’s most populous city accelerates efforts to return to normal after a nearly three-week COVID shutdown. Still, most workers will have to live locally, and there was no immediate word on how the factories will … Read more

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid to treat long COVID

Two long COVID patients recover after Paxlovid treatment Side effects, safety issues need to be investigated CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – Reports from two patients who found relief from long COVID after taking Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) The antiviral Paxlovid, including a researcher who tested it on herself, provides intriguing evidence for clinical trials to help … Read more

Oil prices are stabilizing amid fears of a slowdown in Chinese demand

The chimneys of the Total Grandpuits oil refinery are seen just after sunset southeast of Paris, France, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to to register China’s Q1 GDP beats expectations but March weakness increases forecast risk Libya halts operations at El Feel oil field amid protests US … Read more

Shanghai is targeting lockdown tipping point by Wednesday

SHANGHAI, April 17 (Reuters) – Shanghai has set a goal of halting the spread of COVID-19 outside of quarantine areas by Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter said, which would allow the city to further ease its lockdown and move forward with the Return to begin normal life while public frustration grows. According to … Read more

Kim Jong Un observes weapons tests to improve nuclear capabilities

SEOUL, April 17 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has watched the test firing of a new type of tactical guided missile aimed at boosting the country’s nuclear capabilities, North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA reported on Sunday. The report comes amid signs North Korea may soon resume nuclear testing, according to South … Read more

Ukraine says fighting is raging around the Mariupol Steel Plant and port

Ukraine says street fighting in Mariupol continues Moscow says it captures Mariupol steel mill Largest ship sunk in war in 40 years Industrial site in Kyiv hit in apparent retaliation Kyiv, April 15 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Friday it was trying to break the siege of Mariupol by Russian forces, with fighting raging around … Read more