Inside China’s fight over the future of zero-Covid

Opinions diverge over Xi’s zero-COVID policy Anger over lockdowns, fears about opening up Loosening of rules threatens to stir discontent SHANGHAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Samuel Ren is sick of zero-Covid. “Omicron is not a threat, it is just like a normal cold,” said the IT worker in his mid-20s in Shanghai, describing China’s ongoing … Read more

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

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

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

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