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Zimbabwe healthcare workers temporarily call off wage strike

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwean healthcare workers halted a five-day-old pay strike and returned to work on Saturday, but union leaders warned they would resume the walkout if the government failed to make an improved wage...

UK PM Boris Johnson urges restraint on public pay

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday that public pay could not be raised sharply, as demanded by trade unions, because it would risk fuelling a further rise in inflation. “What we can’t have is a situation in which increases in pay are just wiped out by further increases in prices,...

Beijing to reopen schools, Shanghai declares victory over COVID

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) -Beijing on Saturday said it would allow primary and secondary schools to resume in-person classes and Shanghai’s top party boss declared victory over COVID-19 after the city reported zero new local cases for the first time in two months. The two major cities were among several places in China that implemented curbs to...

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ends constitutional right to abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion, a decision condemned by President Joe Biden that will dramatically change life for millions of women in America and exacerbate growing tensions in a deeply polarized country. The court, in a 6-3...

Chinese military says U.S. plane in Taiwan Strait endangered peace

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China’s military said on Saturday that the recent fly through of a U.S. maritime plane through the Taiwan Strait deliberately disrupted the regional situation and endangered peace and stability. Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, said in a statement that the military had organised air...

Ecuador opposition lawmakers push to remove president after protests

QUITO (Reuters) – A group of opposition lawmakers in Ecuador are pushing for the removal of conservative President Guillermo Lasso after nearly two weeks of mass protests led by indigenous groups demanding lower fuel and food prices, though other legislators say they will not back his ouster. The sometimes-violent demonstrations, which began on June 13,...

Cuba zookeepers celebrate birth of rare baby white rhino

HAVANA (Reuters) – The zookeepers at Cuba’s National Zoo are especially proud of Ale, a pudgy, gray-brown baby white rhinoceros born earlier this month on the outskirts of capital Havana. For starters, he’s cute. Baby rhinos look similar to adults, but have a stub in place of the horn and thus, are more docile in...

Restricting abortion just makes it more deadly, says U.N. after U.S. ruling

(Reuters) – Restricting abortion access does not stop people seeking the procedure “it only makes it more deadly,” a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1973 decision legalizing abortion. “Sexual and reproductive health and rights are the foundation of a life of choice, empowerment and...

Two dead, 10 wounded in Norway nightclub shooting, police say

OSLO (Reuters) – Two people were killed and around 10 wounded on Saturday in a shooting at a nightclub in Norway’s capital Oslo, Norwegian police said. Public broadcaster NRK and other local media reported that the shooting had taken place at the London Pub, a popular gay bar and nightclub in the centre of the...

Russia’s war to cast 40-50 million people into hunger -Blinken

BERLIN (Reuters) – Russia’s war against Ukraine, not Western sanctions, will add another 40 or 50 million more people to the ranks of the hungry, said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin. “There is no reason other than Russia’s blockade of Ukraine and Russia’s refusal in many cases to export its own grain...

WHO says over 900 probable cases of acute hepatitis reported in children

(Reuters) – Thirty-three countries have reported 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis in children so far, a jump of 270 from May, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The WHO said that the European Region accounted for half the probable cases, including 267 from the United Kingdom, while a third of the...

Bristol Myers must face $6.4 billion lawsuit over delayed cancer drug

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday refused to dismiss a $6.4 billion lawsuit accusing Bristol Myers Squibb Co of delaying its Breyanzi cancer drug to avoid payments to shareholders of the former Celgene Corp, which the drugmaker bought for $80.3 billion in 2019. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan rejected Bristol...

As deadline looms, countries struggle to agree on protecting nature

NAIROBI (Reuters) – With only two days left to hash out a U.N. draft agreement to protect global biodiversity, organizers on Friday urged delegates in Nairobi to “pick up the pace”. “We cannot afford to spend hours discussing one line of text,” Basile van Havre, one of the two co-chairs of the talks, told Reuters....

UN rights office says its findings suggest Al Jazeera journalist killed by Israeli forces

LONDON (Reuters) -Information reviewed by the U.N. human rights office suggests Israeli security forces fired the shot that killed Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in May, not indiscriminate firing from Palestinians, a spokesperson said on Friday. “It is deeply disturbing that Israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation,” Ravina Shamdasani told a briefing in...

Sanctioned Russian’s superyacht docked in Dubai

DUBAI (Reuters) – A luxurious superyacht belonging to a sanctioned Russian billionaire parliamentarian featuring six suites, an elevator, its own beach club and a helicopter pad is anchored in Dubai where Russians have sheltered wealth since the invasion of Ukraine. Andrei Skoch’s blue and white “Madame Gu” was docked at Port Rashid on Friday, where...

Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

KIGALI (Reuters) -Britain’s Prince Charles expressed deep sorrow over slavery in a speech to Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda on Friday and acknowledged that the roots of the organisation lay in a painful period of history. The Commonwealth, a club of 54 countries that evolved from the British Empire, encompasses about a third of humanity and...

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Bangladesh floods leave 3.5 million children needing clean water: UNICEF

LONDON (Reuters) – Fifteen children have drowned in flash floods that swept through Bangladesh with another 3.5 million urgently needing clean drinking water as the risk of waterborne diseases grows, UNICEF’s country representative said on Friday. “That’s a staggering number of children and an increase over the last couple of days. Huge areas are fully...

World faces unprecedented global hunger crisis, U.N. chief says

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – There is a “real risk” of multiple famines this year, U.N. chief Antonio Guterres said on Friday and urged ministers meeting on food security to take practical steps to stabilize food markets and reduce commodity price volatility. “We face an unprecedented global hunger crisis,” Guterres told the meeting in Berlin via...

Wildfire rages on Turkish coast where officials warned of vulnerabilities

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Firefighters were tackling a wildfire for a third day on Friday in southwest Turkey, where municipal officials have warned that national authorities are unprepared even after last year’s devastating fires revealed a lack of planes and personnel. Scenes of burning woodland near the Aegean coastal resort of Marmaris since Tuesday have sparked...

Dire Italian drought worsening, breaking records – water authority

ROME (Reuters) – Drought conditions are rapidly spreading through Italy, with rivers and reservoirs drying up and the forecast of higher temperatures likely to make things worse, the country’s irrigation authority warned on Thursday. Several Italian regions have already declared a state of emergency, looking to free up funds to counter the growing water crisis,...

Denmark agrees corporate carbon tax – government

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish lawmakers on Friday agreed a new corporate carbon tax, the highest in Europe, which will target companies both in and outside the EU’s carbon quota system, the government said. A high carbon tax is seen as crucial to help reach Denmark’s ambitious 2030 target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70%...

Taiwan donates $1 million for Afghan earthquake relief efforts

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan will donate $1 million to Afghan earthquake relief efforts in response to a call from the United Nations and others for humanitarian assistance, the government said late on Thursday. Taiwan is not a U.N. member due to pressure from China which considers the democratically-governed island part of its territory, but is always...

Protests force South Africa’s Eskom to widen power cuts

(Reuters) – South African state power company Eskom said it would be forced to widen electricity cuts on Friday and over the weekend as labour protests linked to deadlocked wage talks disrupt operations. The utility, which has struggled to meet power demand in Africa’s most industrialised nation for over a decade, has been implementing “Stage...

Five killed in Afghanistan tremors close to Wednesday’s earthquake epicentre -Afghan official

KABUL (Reuters) – Five people were killed on Friday in eastern Afghanistan after fresh tremors shook areas close to the epicentre of Wednesday’s 6.1 magnitude earthquake, a senior Afghan official said. “(This) morning another earthquake happened in Paktika in Gayan district, according primary information… five have died,” Afghan health ministry spokesman Sharafat Zaman told Reuters....

China’s envoy calls on new Australian government to repair bilateral ties

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s ambassador said on Friday Australia had fired the “first shot” in deteriorating trade relations but that there was an opportunity to improve bilateral ties if the new government in Canberra took action. China is Australia’s largest trading partner and the biggest customer for its iron ore, but relations have deteriorated in...

Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner calls for urgent change in mining sector

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner has called for urgent changes in the country’s mining industry after a state government report found that sexual harassment and assault were rife in the sector. The Western Australia parliamentary report on Thursday detailed what it said was horrifying behaviour against women in the mining industry, and recommended...

Norway bow and arrow attacker sentenced to psychiatric care

OSLO (Reuters) – A Norwegian court sentenced a man to psychiatric care on Friday after finding him guilty of stabbing to death five people and attempting to murder 11 others with a bow and arrow. Espen Andersen Braathen, 38, a Danish citizen who has lived his whole life in Norway, had pleaded guilty to the...

Togo sees Commonwealth entry as pivot to English-speaking world

LOME (Reuters) – Togo’s decision to join the Commonwealth will help it develop closer ties with English-speaking countries, opening up new horizons outside of France’s sphere of influence in West Africa, the Togolese foreign minister said. Francophone Togo’s application to join the 54-nation club made up mostly of former British colonies is expected to be...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in jail – military

(Reuters) -Myanmar military authorities have transferred deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a prison in the capital from an undisclosed location where she had been held since she and her government were ousted in a coup last year, a military spokesman said. The Nobel laureate, who turned 77 on Sunday, had been moved to...

China’s envoy calls on new Australian government to repair bilateral ties

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s ambassador said on Friday Australia had fired the “first shot” in deteriorating trade relations but that there was an opportunity to improve bilateral ties if the new government in Canberra took action. China is Australia’s largest trading partner and the biggest customer for its iron ore, but relations have deteriorated in...

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