Help wanted: New York City seeks ‘badass’ rat czar

Help wanted: New York City seeks ‘badass’ rat czar

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Millions of New York rats have been put on notice: the most populous city in the United States is hiring a director of rodent mitigation, a new position that calls for a “swashbuckling attitude” and a “general aura of badassery.” The new job, posted earlier this week, is part of the … Read more

Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

TORONTO/HONG KONG, Nov 30 (Reuters) – From Sydney to Toronto, mainland Chinese have stepped up protests this week, with demands to end the world’s most stringent COVID-19 restrictions evolving into calls to “free China” and for President Xi Jinping to step down. Overseas-based Chinese and their supporters rallied in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York … Read more

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police assaulted and detained one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai, before later releasing him after several hours. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in … Read more

COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says

COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Infections from some antibiotic-resistant pathogens known as superbugs have more than doubled in health care facilities in Europe, an EU agency said on Thursday, providing further evidence of the wider impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control report said reported cases of two highly … Read more

Georgia judge overturns state’s six-week abortion ban

Georgia judge overturns state’s six-week abortion ban

Nov 15 (Reuters) – A Georgia law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy cannot be enforced, a state judge ruled on Tuesday, handing a victory to Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups that challenged the restriction when it took effect this summer. Judge Robert McBurney of the Superior Court of Fulton County said … Read more

Taiwan belongs to Taiwanese, president says in fiery pre-election rebuff to China

Taiwan belongs to Taiwanese, president says in fiery pre-election rebuff to China

Taiwan president: our existence not a provocation to anyone China has been increasing military pressure on Taiwan Taiwan to hold local elections on Nov. 26 TAIPEI, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday her mission in life was to ensure the island continued to belong to its people and that Taiwan’s … Read more

Xi, Scholz warn against ‘irresponsible’ nuclear threats over Ukraine

Xi, Scholz warn against ‘irresponsible’ nuclear threats over Ukraine

Scholz is first G7 leader to visit Beijing since pandemic Trip tests waters between China, West as tensions simmer Xi says China and Germany must work together Scholz: China has responsibility to help end Ukraine war BioNTech vaccine gains limited access to China BEIJING, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor … Read more

Cases of BQ.1, BQ.1.1 COVID variants double in US as Europe warns of rise

Cases of BQ.1, BQ.1.1 COVID variants double in US as Europe warns of rise

Oct 21 (Reuters) – US health regulators on Friday estimated that BQ.1 and closely related BQ.1.1 accounted for 16.6% of coronavirus variants in the country, nearly doubling from last week, while Europe expects them to become the dominant variants in a month. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said the variants are likely … Read more

WHO says COVID-19 is still a global health emergency

WHO says COVID-19 is still a global health emergency

Oct 19 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that COVID-19 remains a global emergency, nearly three years after it was first declared as one. The WHO’s emergency committee first made the declaration for COVID-19 on Jan 30, 2020. Such a determination can help accelerate research, funding and international public health measures to … Read more

Xi says China will seek to lift birth rate in face of aging population

Xi says China will seek to lift birth rate in face of aging population

BEIJING, Oct 16 (Reuters) – China will enact policies to boost its birth rate, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, as policymakers worry that an imminent decline in China’s population could hurt the world’s second-biggest economy. “We will establish a policy system to boost birth rates and pursue a proactive national strategy in response to … Read more