WHO urges ‘immediate action’ after cough syrup deaths

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has called for “immediate and concerted action” to protect children from contaminated medicines after a spate of child deaths linked to cough syrups last year. In 2022, more than 300 children – mainly aged under 5 – in Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan died of acute kidney … Read more

French strike nationwide to say ‘no’ to Macron’s pension reform

Government wants to raise retirement age by two years to 64 Railways, schools and refineries among those hit by strike Macron’s reformist credentials at stake in dispute Polls show widespread opposition to pension reform NICE/TOURS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – French workers went on strike and joined marches across the country on Thursday, halting trains and … Read more

British prime minister contenders clash over tax cuts in TV debate

Five challenging to succeed Boris Johnson as British PM Second of three TV debates on Sunday Tax plans at heart of heated contest Polls show conflicting picture of who is winning LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – The five Conservative contenders still vying to be Britain’s next prime minister clashed over tax cuts in a second … Read more

G7 aims to raise $ 600 billion to counter China’s Belt and Road

US President Joe Biden attends a working lunch with other G7 leaders to discuss shaping the global economy at the Yoga Pavilion, Schloss Elmau in Kuren, Germany, June 26, 2022. Kenny Holston / Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany, June 26 (Reuters) – Group of Seven … Read more

France votes, with Macron facing tough battle for control of parliament

Projections from voting expected at 1800 GMT Macron needs 289 seats for absolute majority in parliament Pollsters say he may fall short as smaller parties make gains One minister has already eliminated overseas vote PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – Voting was underway in France on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deprive newly re-elected … Read more

‘Bureaucratic simplifications’, Britain to defy EU with new N. Ireland law

UK to set out legislation on Monday Move risks triggering trade war with EU EU says unilateral action will break international law LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) – Britain will set out plans on Monday to override some of the post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, changes that will inflame tensions with the European Union but … Read more

IAEA warns of ‘fatal blow’ to nuclear deal as Iran removes cameras

Tehran had warned of retaliation at the IAEA board resolution Iran now removing IAEA cameras installed under 2015 deal IAEA chief Grossi sees 3-4 week window of opportunity If that window is not seized, 2015 deal is dead, he says But senior US official says revival possible after 3-4 weeks VIENNA, June 9 (Reuters) – … Read more

Thousands queue for petrol, gas in Sri Lanka amid warnings of food shortages

COLOMBO, May 20 (Reuters) – Thousands of people queued for cooking gas and petrol in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital on Friday and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis. Lines formed in many parts of Colombo, a city of around 900,000 people, as residents … 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