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Lebanon's healthcare on brink of collapse amid crisis, says minister

Firass Abiad, director general of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, attends an interview with Reuters in Beirut, Lebanon May 31, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Lebanon's healthcare system is crumbling amid an economic crisis that has led to an exodus of thousands of doctors and nurses, forced private hospitals to close some departments and put further strains on the already stretched state sector. "If this crisis goes on for long without solutions we will of course
By Maya Saad
• Reuters

Lebanese museum returns artefacts from Syria's ancient city of Palmyra

BEIRUT, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Five Roman artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra, a site damaged during Syria's decade-long conflict, were returned to Damascus on Thursday by a private Lebanese museum where they had been on display since 2018. The limestone statues and carved funerary stones dating from the Roman second and third centuries AD were returned at the initiative of a private Lebanese collector, Syrian antiquities chief Mohamed Nazir Awad said at a handover ceremony hosted by Lebanon
By Maya Saad
• Reuters

Lebanon's parliament speaker says he will not accept postponing the election - NBN TV

BEIRUT, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Thursday he will not accept the postponement of Lebanon's general election "even for a minute", NBN TV. Berri, whose Shi'ite Amal Movement is a close ally to Iran-backed Hezbollah, added that what brings Saudi Arabia and Iran together is "much bigger" than what separates them. Reporting by Maya Saad and Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Jon Boyle
By Maya Saad
• Reuters

Hardship deepens amidst Syria's frozen conflict

People wait to buy bread outside a bakery in Jaramana, on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, January 25, 2022. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar DAMASCUS/BEIRUT, Feb 13 (Reuters) - After her son was killed fighting for the Syrian government in 2013, the state began paying Amouna al-Berri a monthly salary which easily covered all her household expenses. Today, the "martyrs salary" - given to families of people who have died for Damascus in the 11-year long war - barely pays for her diabetes medicine. Like
By Maya Saad
• Reuters

Trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers

Late on the night of April 24, the wife of Georgia’s top election official got a chilling text message: “You and your family will be killed very slowly.” A week earlier, Tricia Raffensperger, wife of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, had received another anonymous text: “We plan for the death of you and your family every day.” That followed an April 5 text warning. A family member, the texter told her, was “going to have a very unfortunate incident.” Those messages, which have not been p
By Jason Szep
• Reuters

N.Korean internet downed by suspected cyber attacks -researchers

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s internet appears to have been hit by a second wave of outages in as many weeks, possibly caused by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, researchers said on Wednesday. The latest incident took place for about six hours on Wednesday morning local time, and came a day after North Korea conducted its fifth missile test here this month. Junade Ali, a cybersecurity researcher in Britain who monitors a range of different North Korean web and email servers, sa
By Junade Ali
• Reuters

Court frees U.S. teen jailed 10 years for oral sex

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man sentenced to 10 years in jail without parole for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17 walked free on Friday after the state’s top court ordered his early release. Genarlow Wilson was greeted by his family as he left the Burruss Correctional Training Facility in Monroe County, Georgia, after serving two years, eight months in jail in a case that sparked a national campaign on his behalf. “I was pretty confused for the most part (in
By Genarlow Wilson
• Reuters

Fact Check - What is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)?

Since its creation in 1990, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has provided publicly available data on any adverse reactions that have been reported following a vaccination. Since the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, information contained in the VAERS system has been frequently referenced by those questioning vaccine safety.
By Nazli Togrul
• Reuters

Wall Street advances but investors on edge with Omicron, inflation worries

A Wall Street sign is pictured outside the New York Stock Exchange amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo Dec 1 (Reuters) - The S&P rose on Wednesday after the previous session's tumble but pared much of its gains by late afternoon as investors were still jittery about the latest coronavirus variant, surging inflation and U.S. Federal Reserve policy. After advancing as much as
By Ambar Warrick
• Reuters

European shares suffer worst day in 17 months on virus fears

The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Staff Nov 26 (Reuters) - European stocks plummeted amid widespread selling on Friday, as reports of a newly identified and possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant stoked fears of a fresh hit to the global economy and drove investors out of riskier assets. The benchmark STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) ended 3.7% down in its worst session since June 2020, while the volatilit
By Ambar Warrick
• Reuters

Morgan Stanley boosts targets after blowout trading quarter

Jan 20 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley (MS.N) boosted both its short and long-term operating targets on Wednesday after coronavirus-induced volatility in financial markets helped the Wall Street bank post a quarterly profit that sailed past estimates. The company also confirmed plans to buy back $10 billion of shares this year, more than three times the figures announced by its retail banking peers, as it wrapped up results for U.S. lenders, which pointed to a modest rebound in the economy. "We are
By Ambar Warrick
• Reuters

Turkish lira at record low as central bank cuts rates

Dec 16 (Reuters) - Turkey's lira sank to record lows on Thursday after the central bank cut rates as expected, while most other emerging market stocks and currencies rose on easing uncertainty over the U.S. Federal Reserve. The lira sank more than 5%, crossing 15 to the dollar as the bank cut rates by 100 basis points (bps) to 14%. But the bank also signalled that it would pause its easing cycle, saying it decided to complete the use of the limited room available to cut. read more The bank has
By Ambar Warrick
• Reuters

Hong Kong's Citizen News says closure triggered by Stand News collapse

HONG KONG, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Hong Kong independent online publication Citizen News said on Monday its decision to shut down was triggered by the closure of a pro-democracy media outlet last week following a police raid and seven arrests. Stand News, a prominent pro-democracy news site, closed last week after 200 police officers raided its newsroom, froze its assets and arrested seven people on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material. Citizen News said on Sunday it will cease oper
By Edmond Ng
• Reuters

Hong Kong pro-democracy Stand News closes after police raids condemned by U.N., Germany

HONG KONG, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Hong Kong pro-democracy media outlet Stand News shut down on Wednesday after police raided its office, froze its assets and arrested senior staff on suspected "seditious publication" offences in the latest crackdown on the city's media. The raid raises more concerns about press freedom in the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise that its freedoms, including a free press, would be protected. The police action prompted censu
By Edmond Ng
• Reuters

Hong Kong university dismantles, removes Tiananmen statue

HONG KONG, Dec 23 (Reuters) - A leading Hong Kong university has dismantled and removed a statue from its campus site that for more than two decades has commemorated pro-democracy protesters killed during China's Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. The artwork, of anguished human torsos, is one of the few remaining public memorials in the former British colony to remember the bloody crackdown that is a taboo topic in mainland China, where it cannot be publicly commemorated. Known as the "Pilla
By Edmond Ng
• Reuters

Pro-Beijing 'patriots' sweep Hong Kong election with record low turnout

HONG KONG, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Pro-Beijing candidates swept to victory in an overhauled "patriots"-only legislative election in Hong Kong that critics described as undemocratic, with turnout hitting a record low amid a crackdown on the city's freedoms by China. The 30.2% turnout, about half that of the previous poll in 2016, was seen by pro-democracy activists as a rebuke to China after it imposed a broad national security law and sweeping electoral changes to bring the city more firmly under it
By Edmond Ng
• Reuters

Hong Kong douses fire that trapped 150 people on trade centre roof

HONG KONG, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A fire broke out on Wednesday in Hong Kong's World Trade Centre, trapping about 150 people on its roof, and 13 people were injured before firefighters put out the blaze, police and the fire department said. The 39-floor World Trade Centre is home to restaurants, offices and shops in the bustling Causeway Bay commercial and shopping district. The fire broke out in a utility room on a lower level of the building's mall at noon, media said, before it spread to bamboo
By Edmond Ng
• Reuters

Three Hong Kong democracy activists found guilty over June 4 assembly

Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China Vice-Chairwoman Tonyee Chow Hang-tung is seen inside a vehicle after being detained in Hong Kong, China, September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu HONG KONG, Dec 9 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court found three prominent pro-democracy activists guilty on Thursday over an unauthorised assembly on June 4 last year to mark Beijing's 1989 crackdown on protesters in and around Tiananmen Square. Hong Kong has traditionally held the worl
By Edmond Ng
• Reuters

EXCLUSIVE Major coffee buyers face losses as Colombia farmers fail to deliver

By Maytaal Angel LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Coffee farmers in Colombia, the world's No. 2 arabica producer, have failed to deliver up to 1 million bags of beans this year or nearly 10% of the country's crop, leaving exporters, traders and roasters facing steep losses, industry sources told Reuters.
By Maytaal Angel
• Reuters

If your coffee's going downhill, blame climate change

By Maytaal Angel and Marcelo Teixeira, Roberto Samora LONDON/NEW YORK/SAO PAULO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Coffee leader Brazil is turning to stronger and more bitter robusta beans, which are hardier in the heat than the delicate arabica, in a sign of how climate change is affecting global markets - and shaping our favourite flavours.
By Maytaal Angel
• Reuters

Dufry positive about summer travel as it waits for Europe to reopen

Swiss duty free retailer Dufry (DUFN.S) said on Thursday it sees "encouraging signs" for a pick up in foreign travel this summer after pandemic restrictions drove a 67% plunge in first-quarter underlying turnover. The retailer, which operates more than 2,300 shops at airports, on cruise liners, in seaports, and other tourist locations worldwide, said it has great expectations for the coming months, adding that last week was the best in terms of sales volumes since the beginning of the pandemic
By Aida Pelaez-Fernandez
• Reuters

Cocoa trader Olam says new EU law may force it to drop some suppliers

By Maytaal Angel, LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) - Commodity trader Olam said on Wednesday that new European Union legislation aimed at preventing the import of commodities linked to deforestation and human rights abuses might force it to stop using some of its cocoa suppliers.
By Maytaal Angel
• Reuters