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

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

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

Exclusive: US, Russia have used their military hotline once so far during Ukraine war

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A communication line created between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the beginning of Moscow’s war against Ukraine has been used only once so far, a US official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the United States initiated a call through … 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

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

Indian tycoon Adani’s mega port hangs in the balance as a fishing community protests

VIZHINJAM, India, Nov 23 (Reuters) – On the main road to billionaire Gautam Adani’s planned Vizhinjam mega port on the southern tip of India, a shelter built by the coastal region’s Christian fishing community blocks the entrance, preventing further construction. The simple 1,200 square-feet structure with a corrugated-iron roof has since August stood in the … Read more

They call it ‘The Hole’: Ukrainians describe the horrors of Kherson occupation

Residents describe detention, torture and death in Kherson Nine-month occupation ended on Friday as Russians retreated Among those detained were suspected resistance fighters Russia denies mistreating detainees UN officials say both sides have abused prisoners of war KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Residents in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson call the two-storey police station … Read more

Ukrainian forces brace for bloody fight for Kherson

Ukrainian forces close in on Russian-controlled Kherson Re-taking the city would be a major victory in the war Kherson acts as a gateway to Crimea, annexed in 2014 Soldiers in trenches foresee a fierce battle ahead FRONTLINE WEST OF KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Oleh, the commander of a Ukrainian mechanized infantry unit dug … Read more