Australia ousts conservatives after nine years, Albanese to be prime minister

Climate key issue as conservatives punished in urban seats Morrison to quit as Liberal Party leader after loss Greens and ‘teal’ independents put on a strong showing Treasurer Frydenberg looks set to lose seat SYDNEY, May 21 (Reuters) – Australia’s Labor Party was set to end almost a decade of conservative rule as the government … Read more

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon vow to stop North Korea but offer COVID aid

SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger military drills and deploy more US weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to send COVID-19 vaccines and potentially meet Kim Jong Un. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said their countries’ decades-old alliance needed … Read more

Shanghai inches towards COVID lockdown exit, Beijing plays defense

Shanghai cautiously works to restore transport services Shanghai reports mostly zero new community cases this week Beijing on edge as new infections keep appearing BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 21 (Reuters) – Shanghai cautiously pushed ahead on Saturday with plans to restore part of its transport network in a major step towards exiting a weeks-long COVID-19 lockdown, while … Read more

Russia advances in Ukraine’s Donbas as Mariupol steelworks siege ends

Weeks-long siege ends at Azovstal, Russia says Russia intensifies offensive in Donbas Zelenskiy seeks deal to secure Russian compensation Russia stops Finland gas flows over payment dispute KYIV, May 21 (Reuters) – Russia pressed for control of Ukraine’s Donbas region, claiming victory in the months-long battle for Mariupol’s steel plant and launching a major offensive … Read more

Russia says Azovstal siege is over, shows video of defenders surrendering

May 20 (Reuters) – Russia’s defense ministry on Friday said the last group of Ukrainian forces holed up in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel works had surrendered, marking an end to a weeks-long attack that left the city in ruins. The full abandonment of the bunkers and tunnels of the bombed-out plant by the Azov Regiment means … Read more

COVID restrictions for migrants at US border cannot end yet, judge rules

May 20 (Reuters) – US authorities were blocked by a federal judge on Friday from lifting COVID-19 restrictions that empower agents at the US-Mexico border to turn back migrants without giving them a chance to seek asylum. The nationwide injunction issued by US District Judge Robert Summerhays in Louisiana means the restrictions, which were set … Read more

WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases top 100 in Europe

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Cases in nine European countries, North America, Australia … Read more

WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases cross 100 in Europe

Rare outbreak of viral disease outside Africa Cases in 8 European countries, North America, Australia Cause still unclear WHO holds emergency meeting to discuss cases Germany says biggest outbreak ever in Europe LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization was due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent outbreak … Read more

Shanghai finds cases after five days of ‘zero COVID’ but end of lockdown on track

Family of three catch COVID outside Shanghai’s quarantined areas Plans to ease curbs in May and lift lockdown in June still on More and more cities in China bringing COVID under control SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 20 (Reuters) – Shanghai announced its first new COVID-19 cases outside quarantined areas in five days on Friday, triggering stricter curbs … Read more

North Korea’s Dr Fauci? Health official emerges as the face of COVID campaign

SEOUL, May 20 (Reuters) – At 9:30 am every day this week, a soft-spoken official has appeared on North Korean television to report the number of people with fever and new deaths, and to explain measures to stop North Korea’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak. The little-known official, Ryu Yong Chol, has become the public face … Read more