Lebanon’s Hezbollah, allies likely to lose parliamentary majority

Some of Hezbollah’s oldest allies lose seats Final results expected later on Monday Saudi-aligned Lebanese Forces gains ground Parliament more fragmented, clearing way for deadlock BEIRUT, May 16 (Reuters) – Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies are likely to lose their majority in the Lebanese parliament after Sunday’s election, three sources allied to the group said, … Read more

Poor workers bear the brunt of India’s heatwave

NOIDA, India, May 16 (Reuters) – For construction worker Yogendra Tundre, life at a building site on the outskirts of the Indian capital New Delhi is hard enough. This year, record high temperatures are making it unbearable. As India grapples with an unprecedented heatwave, the country’s vast majority of poor workers, who generally work outdoors, … Read more

Kim Jong Un orders North Korea military to ‘stabilize’ drug supply amid COVID outbreak

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wears a face mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, while inspecting a pharmacy in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2022. KCNA via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 16 (Reuters) … Read more

What we know (and don’t know) about North Korea’s Covid outbreak

North Korea reported 15 More deaths and 296,180 new “fever cases” between Friday and Saturday evening, according to state media KCNA, though it did not specify how many of the deaths and cases were linked to Covid, likely due to the country’s extremely limited testing capacity. But given the opaque nature of the regime and … Read more

Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

JERUSALEM, May 13 (Reuters) – Israeli police officers charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, before thousands led her casket through Jerusalem’s Old City in an outpouring of grief and anger over her killing. Packed around Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of Palestinians, some waving Palestinian flags … Read more

Dictator’s son on cusp of winning landslide in Philippines elections

With more than 95% of the votes counted, Marcos Jr has about 30 million votes, more than double that of his closest rival, the outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, who has about 14 million votes, according to a partial and unofficial tally of Commission on Elections (Comelec), reported by CNN affiliate CNN Philippines. Official results, … Read more

‘Like a prison’: Shanghai, Beijing ratchet up COVID restrictions

Shanghai tells some to stay home, not receive deliveries Part of push to eliminate infections by late May -sources Chinese capital Beijing imposes tightest curbs so far Lawyers question legality of tough measures as anger grows China export growth weakest in two years, currency falls SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 9 (Reuters) – China’s two largest … Read more

Strong voter turnout in Philippines as Marcos targets presidency

Voting underway, poll official says early turnout encouraging No reports of any major voting disruption -poll body Election is a rematch between frontrunner Marcos, VP Robredo Unofficial count could indicate winner hours after polls close BATAC CITY / NAGA CITY, Philippines May 9 (Reuters) – Philippine voters streamed to polling stations on Monday, with the … Read more