Shanghai tightens on COVID, frustrating trapped locals

BEIJING (AP) — The city of Shanghai is doubling down on pandemic restrictions after a brief period of easing, frustrating residents who hoped a month-plus lockdown would finally ease as the number of new cases falls in the center Chinese financier. Teams in white protective suits began entering the homes of those infected with coronavirus … Read more

Russia bombs vital Ukrainian port of Odessa, Mariupol plant

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the vital port of Odessa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and arms shipments. Across the southern coast, they’ve hammered a steel mill where Ukrainian fighters are denying Moscow full control of another critical port. Days after the dramatic rescue of what … Read more

it’s all in our military doctrine

LONDON (Reuters) – Asked if Russia would rule out a pre-emptive tactical nuclear strike against Ukraine, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday that a decision on the possible use of nuclear weapons was clearly spelled out in Russian military doctrine, RIA reported. “We have a military doctrine – everything is written there,” said Alexander … Read more

Yoon Suk Yeol, the new South Korean president, calls for North Korean denuclearization during his inauguration

CNN — South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk Yeol promised a “bold plan” to bolster North Korea’s economy in exchange for denuclearization in his inauguration speech on Tuesday. Yoon, a conservative People Power Party, made the remarks after being sworn in as the country’s new leader at a ceremony in the capital Seoul, replacing incumbent … Read more

Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland and Sweden this week

STOCKHOLM (AP) — To join or not to join? The question of NATO arises this week in Finland and Sweden where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shattered the long-held belief that staying out of the military alliance was the best way to stay out of trouble with their giant neighbor. If the Finnish President and the … Read more

Hong Kong’s John Lee ‘untested’ in areas other than security: consultant

Hong Kong’s new chief executive, John Lee, has focused on security throughout his career and is largely “untested” in other areas, according to the CEO of a consultancy firm. “He’s a blank sheet of paper for most people in the community. That gives him flexibility, I think,” said David Dodwell of Strategic Access. “But that … Read more

Biden says he fears Putin has no way out of war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a Victory Day military parade, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in central Moscow, in Russia, May 9, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via Reuters Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register POTOMAC, Maryland, May … Read more

Protests erupt as Philippines election returns a Marcos to the presidency

Marcos leads the unofficial tally by a wide margin over his rivals Philippine stocks fall, but peso rises after election About 400 anti-Marcos protesters gather outside the polling committee Polling body rejects calls to disqualify Marcos MANILA, May 10 (Reuters) – The Philippines woke up to a new but familiar political landscape on Tuesday, after … Read more

Marcos Jr. won the Philippine presidency, according to an unofficial tally

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears to have been elected Philippine president by a landslide in a stunning reversal of the 1986 pro-democracy “people power” revolt that ousted his father . Marcos Jr. got more than 30.8 million votes in the unofficial results with more than 97% … Read more

South Korea’s new leader offers support if North denuclearizes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative political neophyte, took office as South Korea’s new president on Tuesday with a vow to pursue a negotiated settlement of North Korea’s threatening nuclear program and a offer of a “bold plan” to improve Pyongyang’s economy if it gives up its nuclear weapons. Yoon promised … Read more