Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

E. Europe arms companies step up production for Ukraine Hope to find new markets as defense spends rise Can produce and service Soviet-era and NATO-standard weaponry Poland, Czechs among big suppliers of military aid to Kyiv Industry’s history stretches from the 1800s and through the Cold War PRAGUE/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe’s arms … Read more

Dutch court sentences three to life in prison for 2014 downing of MH17 over Ukraine

Crash killed 298 passengers and crew Court finds Russian missile downed the plane Convicted men are fugitives, believed to be in Russia AMSTERDAM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Dutch judges convicted two Russian men and a Ukrainian man in absentia of murder for their role in the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 … Read more

How a maverick Brazilian lawmaker helped Lula beat Bolsonaro’s propaganda machine

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 10 (Reuters) – To bring down far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Andre Janones had to fight fire with fire. The little-known 38-year-old lawmaker was running a longshot presidential campaign until he joined forces in August with President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, adding bite to the leftist’s campaign with his raw, … Read more

China reaffirms zero-COVID stance, city of Guangzhou on edge

China’s top leadership reaffirms commitment to COVID policy Guangzhou residents worry lockdown could be imminent China’s flagship auto show in Beijing canceled for 2022 New bank lending falls sharply BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) – China’s new top leadership body reaffirmed Beijing’s “dynamic-zero” COVID-19 policy on Thursday, as case numbers rose and authorities in the city … Read more

Apple warns of lower iPhone shipments as COVID curbs hobble China plant

Apple expects lower shipments of iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max Apple says a Chinese plant operating at sharply reduced capacity Apple supplier Foxconn revises down Q4 outlook TAIPEI, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) expects lower shipments of premium iPhone 14 models than previously anticipated following a significant production cut at … Read more

Students defy Iran protest ultimatum, unrest enters more dangerous phase

Protests show no sign of easing amid fierce state warnings University students clash with security forces Journalists demand the release of their jailed colleagues Rights groups report arrests of activists, students DUBAI, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Weeks of protest in Iran entered a more violent phase on Sunday as students defied an ultimatum by the … Read more

Japan reopens to tourists with shuttered souvenir shops, hotel staff shortage

TOKYO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – As Japan opens its doors to visitors this week after more than two years of pandemic isolation, hopes for a tourism boom face tough headwinds amid shuttered shops and a shortage of hospitality workers. From Tuesday, Japan will reinstate visa-free travel to dozens of countries, ending some of the world’s … Read more

France’s Ernaux, who long scrutinized himself, won the Nobel literature prize

Ernaux is the author of many largely autobiographical books Works examine disparities of gender, language, class Literature award is the fourth of this year’s Nobels STOCKHOLM/PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – French author Annie Ernaux won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for “the courage and clinical acuity” in her largely autobiographical books examining … Read more

Stampede, riot at Indonesia football match killed 174, league suspended

East Java stadium disaster apparently worst since 1964 Around 180 injured during crowd stampede Indonesia football association suspends league to investigate Police say they fired tear gas to control the crowd MALANG, Indonesia, Oct 2 (Reuters) – At least 174 people were killed and 180 injured in a stampede and riot at a soccer match … Read more

Iran arrests Europeans accused of role in unrest

Death of a woman in police custody ignited protests Widening revolt against clerical establishment Iran blames the hostile West for stoking unrest Official says 19 killed during attack on police station DUBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Iran, which has blamed “foreign enemies” for protests that swept the country after the death of a woman in … Read more