China calls WHO chief ‘irresponsible’ for saying zero-COVID strategy ‘not sustainable’

A resident and a child look out through gaps in the barriers at a closed residential area during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, May 10, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register WHO’s Tedros says China’s COVID policy “not sustainable” China calls Tedros remarks “irresponsible” … Read more

Wall Street set to open higher, oil prices extend losses

LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – European stock indexes rose on Tuesday as risk appetite showed some signs of picking up again after Monday’s sharp falls, but fears over economic growth still weighed on markets, pushing oil prices lower. Asian equities slipped to their lowest in nearly two years overnight, before trimming losses. read more A … Read more

Tesla stutters under tighter Shanghai lockdown; Beijing keeps hunting COVID

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 10 (Reuters) – Tesla operates its Shanghai plans well below capacity on Tuesday, showing the problems factories face trying to ramp up output under a tightening COVID-19 lockdown, while China’s capital kept up its fight with a small but Stubborn outbreak. Many of the hundreds of companies reopening factories in Shanghai in recent … Read more

Analysis: test, test, test? Scientists question costly mass COVID checks

COPENHAGEN/LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – For many people worldwide, having cotton swabs thrust up their nose or down their throat to test for COVID-19 has become a routine and familiar annoyance. But two years into the pandemic, health officials in some countries are questioning the merits of repeated, mass testing when it comes to containing … Read more

‘Like a prison’: Shanghai, Beijing ratchet up COVID restrictions

Shanghai tells some to stay home, not receive deliveries Part of push to eliminate infections by late May -sources Chinese capital Beijing imposes tightest curbs so far Lawyers question legality of tough measures as anger grows China export growth weakest in two years, currency falls SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 9 (Reuters) – China’s two largest cities tightened … Read more

Belfast takes Sinn Fein’s historic election win in its stride

No major celebrations following breakthrough win Sinn Fein still needs rival’s backing to rule United Ireland referendum years away BELFAST, May 8 (Reuters) – Irish nationalists in Belfast toasted Sinn Fein’s historic election victory on Sunday while pro-British neighbors quietly fumed, but there was little sign the weekend’s political earthquake was about to rock this … Read more

Strong voter turnout in Philippines as Marcos targets presidency

Voting underway, poll official says encourage early turnout No reports of any major voting disruption poll body Election is a rematch between frontrunner Marcos, VP Robredo Unofficial count could indicate winner hours after polls close BATAC CITY/NAGA CITY, Philippines May 9 (Reuters) – Philippine voters streamed to polling stations on Monday, with the prospect of … Read more

Putin to mark Soviet WW2 victory as Ukraine decries school bombing

Putin to lead celebrations of Soviet victory in WW2 60 killed after Russian shell hits school in Ukraine’s east G7 says Putin’s actions ‘bring shame on Russia’ Mariupol residents evacuate, soldiers hold out in steelworks ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 9 (Reuters) – Russian forces bombed a village school in eastern Ukraine killing about 60 people, President … Read more

South Korea hunts tungsten treasure in race for rare minerals

S.Korean tungsten mine gets $100 million makeover Dozens of new mineral projects launched globally Green, digital boom fuel demand for rare minerals China is preeminent in critical minerals supply GRAPHIC-S.Korea’s reliance on China: SANGDONG, South Korea, May 9 (Reuters) – Blue tungsten winking from the walls of abandoned mine shafts, in a town that’s seen … Read more

Chaos at Apple supplier shows strains of Shanghai COVID lockdown

FILE PHOTO: Residents line up for nucleic acid tests during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, April 30, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register SHANGHAI, May 8 (Reuters) – Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City would seem like an ideal site to implement China’s “closed-loop” … Read more