COVID public health emergency in the US to stay in place

Two Biden administration officials said Friday that the United States will maintain a public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to get free tests, vaccines and treatments. One of the officials said the possibility of an increase in coronavirus cases in the winter and the need for more time to transition … Read more

China’s exports and imports shrink as coronavirus eases and global demand slows

October China’s exports and imports unexpectedly shrink Weak data is another blow to the faltering economy Global recession risks, curbing COVID in China darkens expectations Analysts expect further weakness in exports and imports BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s exports and imports unexpectedly contracted in October, the first simultaneous decline since May 2020, as rising inflation and … Read more

China’s COVID restrictions affected iPhone production, Shanghai Disney closed

Big iPhone factory may see 30% drop in production in November source Shanghai Disney Resort closes, visitors stay inside for testing China’s October PMI unexpectedly weak Gaming center in Macau reimposes COVID restrictions BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s COVID-19 restrictions forced the temporary closure of a Shanghai Disney resort on Monday, while production of Apple’s iPhones … Read more

UN officials say gang siege in Haiti is causing catastrophic starvation

MIAMI (Reuters) – Haitians are suffering from catastrophic starvation as gang members have besieged a major gas station, United Nations officials said on Friday, while more than four million people face acute food insecurity. A coalition of gangs blocked the distribution of diesel and gasoline for more than a month in protest of a plan … Read more

China ramps up anti-Covid measures in major cities as infections surge

China reported 2,089 new domestic cases on October 10 Shanghai ramps up routine testing on its 25 million residents China warns of risks of any large-scale recovery BEIJING, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Shanghai and other large Chinese cities, including Shenzhen, have ramped up testing for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as infections surge, with some local … Read more

US Treasury official criticizes China’s “non-conventional” debt practices

Chinese yuan banknotes are shown in this illustrative photo taken on April 25, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Law/Illustration Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register China is the largest official creditor in the world Lack of transparency and confidentiality agreements under fire Urging progress on Common Framework debt deals for Zambia and other countries … Read more

In an apparent criticism of the Russian patriarch, the pope said that God does not support war

Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NUR-SULTAN (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Wednesday that God does not direct religions to war, in an implicit criticism of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who supports the invasion of Ukraine, and boycotted a conference of religious leaders. On his second day in Kazakhstan, Francis … Read more