Dating apps and Telegram: How Chinese protesters are defying authorities

BEIJING, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Opponents of China’s anti-COVID measures are resorting to dating apps and social media platforms blocked on the mainland to evade censors, spread the word about their defiance and strategy, in a high-tech game of cat and mouse with police. Videos, images and accounts of the opposition to China’s tough COVID-19 … Read more

Reality ends some Qatari dreams of World Cup rental bonanza

Agency says Qatar hotel group demanded new payments Some rates reduced, but many properties are empty Broker says some landlords sought unrealistic rents DOHA, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Qatar has found itself with an unexpected glut of rooms in the World Cup’s busy group stage, with online portals showing rooms in at least 42 hotels … Read more

Exclusive: US blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns

Nov 11 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at US ports since June under a new law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal customs officials and industry sources. The level of seizures, which has … 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

From Russia with cash: Georgia booms as Russians flee Putin’s war

At least 112,000 Russians moved to neighboring Georgia Georgia set to be one of the fastest-growing economies Some locals are priced out of housing, education Economy could face hard landing if newcomers leave TBILISI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – As war chokes Europe, a small nation wedged beneath Russia is enjoying an unexpected economic boom. Georgia … Read more

Rishi Sunak looks set to become the next UK PM after Johnson quits the race

Sunak could be declared the winner after 2 pm Penny Mordaunt races to secure backing to challenge him Borrowing costs ease as Boris Johnson withdraws from the race LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain’s next prime minister after his rival Boris Johnson quit the race, admitting he could no … Read more

Xi Jinping has silver linings for the rest of the world

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters Breakingviews) – A third term for Xi Jinping would risk a cold war, or even a hot one. But the prospect of China’s nationalistic leader staying in power, which the ruling Communist Party is almost certain to approve at its congress this week, isn’t all bad for the rest of the … Read more

When Chinese protesters came up against Xi’s security machine

BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Jack Yao, a Chinese Communist Party member, never wanted to be an activist. Having escaped rural poverty and joined Beijing’s middle classes through decades of study and work, he saw himself as a patriotic poster child of the party’s successful rule. Yet the 43-year-old’s life has been upended since he … Read more