Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules ahead of an expected shift in virus policies nationwide after widespread social unrest. The uneven relaxation of COVID restrictions is, however, fueling fear among some residents who suddenly feel more exposed … Read more

Five letter bombs detected in Spain, country steps up security

First device sent to prime minister’s office on Nov. 24 Four similar letter bombs received on Wednesday and Thursday Ukraine embassy official slightly injured by one device Defense ministry, arms manufacturer, air base also targeted ‘Homemade’ devices designed to burn rather than explode MADRID, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Bomb disposal experts defused a fifth letter … Read more

Ukraine says Russia pulls back forces from river towns opposite Kherson

Kyiv: Russia withdraws some troops from Oleshky, nearby towns Ukrainian embassy in Spain hit by letter bomb Heavy trench warfare in the east as winter sets in KYIV, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Thursday Russia had pulled some troops from towns on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River from Kherson city, … Read more

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fueled protests across the country. Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, are … Read more

COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as China lockdown anger boils

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in the Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou clashed with white hazmat-suited riot police on Tuesday night, videos on social media showed, as frustration with stringent COVID-19 rules boiled over, three years into the pandemic. The clashes in the southern city marked an escalation from protests in the commercial hub … Read more

Chevron awaits Venezuelan oil cargoes, but PDVSA wants payments

HOUSTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp (CVX.N) aims to start receiving cargoes of Venezuelan oil as early as December after the oil company last week received a US license to do so, but Caracas may not be as eager because US sanctions restrict payments, people familiar with the matter said. The United States on … Read more

China’s lockdown protests spread to campuses and cities abroad

HONG KONG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Protests against China’s strict zero-COVID policy and restrictions on freedoms have spread to at least a dozen cities around the world in a show of solidarity with rare displays of defiance in China over the weekend. Expatriate dissidents and students staged small-scale vigils and protests in cities around the … Read more

Europe’s south offers a warm welcome to energy migrants

Cheaper rent, cheaper bills Some people move permanently Greek tourism minister toured northern Europe to seek visitors Other countries have also campaigned MADRID/LISBON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Software developer Victor Varlamov logs in every morning to work on a sunny Spanish island off the coast of Africa after the prospect of steep heating bills and … Read more

Chevron can resume key role in Venezuela’s oil output, exports

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp on Saturday received a US license allowing the second-largest US oil company to expand its production in Venezuela and bring the South American country’s crude oil to the United States. The decision grants broader rights for the last big US oil company still operating in US-sanctioned Venezuela. However, … Read more

Protests in Shanghai and Beijing as anger over China’s COVID curbs mounts

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Protests in China against heavy COVID-19 curbs spread to Shanghai on Sunday, with demonstrators also gathering at one of Beijing’s most prestigious universities after a deadly fire in the country’s far west sparked widespread anger. The wave of civil disobedience, which has included protests in Urumqi where the fire occurred … Read more