Kim Jong Un orders North Korea military to ‘stabilize’ drug supply amid COVID outbreak

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wears a face mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, while inspecting a pharmacy in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2022. KCNA via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 16 (Reuters) … Read more

North Korea’s Covid outbreak: What we know and don’t know

North Korea reported 15 more deaths and 296,180 new “fever cases” between Friday and Saturday evening, according to state media KCNA, though it did not specify how many of the deaths and cases were linked to Covid, likely due to the country’s extremely limited testing capacity. But given the opaque nature of the regime and … Read more

UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed named new president

MbZ becomes president at a time of tension with US I have led a Middle East realignment, forging ties with Israel UAE has also deepened ties with Russia and China Economic development a priority driving foreign policy DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates’ de facto leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was … Read more

Ukraine seeks evacuation of wounded fighters as war rages on

Ukraine in ‘complex talks’ on evacuating wounded fighters Finnish leader tells Putin his country plans to join NATO Ukraine deputy PM says war ‘entering new, long phase’ Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard G7 nations vow more military and economic aid for Ukraine KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – Very complex talks are … Read more

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID

May 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tested positive for COVID-19 with moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement on Saturday. She will not be in parliament for the government’s emissions reduction plan on Monday and the budget on Thursday, but “travel arrangements for her trade mission to the United States … Read more

North Korea’s Kim says COVID ‘great turmoil’, 21 new deaths reported

Reports 21 new deaths among people with fevers for Friday About 280,810 people being treated with symptoms -KCNA Kim offers to donate medical supplies Outbreak could deepen an already dire food situation SEOUL, May 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Saturday that the spread of COVID-19 had thrust his country … Read more

India bans wheat exports as heatwave hurts crop, domestic prices soar

A combine deposits harvested wheat in a tractor trolley at a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, March 16, 2022. REUTERS/Amit Dave Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Ban could push global wheat prices to new peaks India was aiming to export 10 mln T wheat prior to the ban Heatwave … Read more

Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ANKARA, May 13 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans … Read more

Bitcoin set for record losing streak after ‘stablecoin’ collapse

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG/LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrencies nursed large losses on Friday, with bitcoin just above $30,000 and set for a record losing streak after the collapse of TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin, rippled through cryptocurrency markets. Crypto assets have also been swept up in broad selling of risky investments on worries about high inflation and … Read more

Ukraine forces thwart Russian armoured column crossing river

Ukraine says it set Russian supply ship in Black Sea on fire Relatives of Mariupol fighters plead for rescue Finland wants security after Russian invasion of Ukraine Sweden expected to follow in bid to join NATO KHARKIV, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces destroyed a pontoon bridge and parts of Russian armored column as … Read more