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

China reports fourth straight daily record of new COVID cases

BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – China reported its fourth straight daily record of 39,791 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 26, of which 3,709 were symptomatic and 36,082 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday. That is compared with 35,183 new cases a day earlier – 3,474 symptomatic and 31,709 asymptomatic infections, which China … Read more

Snow to blanket Kyiv from Sunday as power still in short supply

KYIV, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Heavy snowfall was expected in Kyiv starting on Sunday, with temperatures dropping below freezing day and night, while millions of people who still live in and around the Ukrainian capital remain with little electricity and heat. Grid operator Ukrenergo said on Saturday that electricity producers were able to cover only … Read more

Russia’s war on Ukraine latest news: Ukraine marks a Soviet-era famine

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine accused the Kremlin on Saturday of using the same “genocidal” tactics that it used against it in the 1930s under Josef Stalin as Kyiv commemorated a Soviet-era famine that left millions of Ukrainians dead during the winter of 1932-33. GRAIN SUMMIT * Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hosted a summit in … Read more

Ukraine marks Soviet-era famine as Russia’s war rages on

KYIV, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine accused the Kremlin on Saturday of using the same “genocidal” tactics that it used against it in the 1930s under Josef Stalin as Kyiv commemorated a Soviet-era famine that left millions of Ukrainians dead during the winter of 1932-33. Ukraine this year holds its memorial day for the victims … Read more

Taiwan president quits as party head after China threat bet fails to win votes

TAIPEI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity failed to pay off and win public support. The elections for mayors, county chiefs and local councillors are ostensibly about … Read more

India’s first private rocket company looks to slash satellite costs

BENGALURU, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The startup behind India’s first private space launch plans to put a satellite into orbit in 2023 and expects to be able to do so at half of the cost of established launch companies, the founders of Skyroot Aerospace told Reuters in an interview. The Hyderabad-based company, backed by Singapore’s … Read more

Protests erupt in Xinjiang and Beijing after deadly fire

Nov 26 (Reuters) – Public anger in China towards widening COVID-19 lockdowns across the country erupted into rare protests in China’s far western Xinjiang region and the country’s capital of Beijing, as nationwide infections set another record. Crowds took to the streets on Friday night in Xinjiang’s capital of Urumqi, chanting “End the lockdown!” and … Read more