Philippines grants US greater access to bases amid China concerns

Philippines, US agree to add four locations under EDCA Agreement comes amid tensions in South China Sea, over Taiwan EDCA allows US access to Philippine military bases MANILA, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The Philippines has granted the United States expanded access to its military bases, their defense chiefs said on Thursday, amid mounting concern over … Read more

India hikes spending, shuns ‘outright populism’ in last pre-election budget

Capex to rise 33% to 10 trillion rupees in 2023/24 Govt targets gross borrowing of 15.43 trillion rupees Eyes fiscal deficit of 5.9% in 2023/24, 4.5% by 2025/26 NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – India announced on Wednesday one of its biggest ever increases in capital spending for the next fiscal year to create jobs … Read more

France hit by new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

Reform would raise retirement age to 64 Schools, transport networks, refinery deliveries hit Macron: Reform vital to ensure viability of pension system SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Striking workers disrupted French refinery deliveries, public transport and schools on Tuesday in a second day of nationwide protests over President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make people … Read more

UK regional airline Flybe ceases trading, cancels all flights

Collapses for the second time in three years 276 workers made redundant by administrators About 75,000 customers had future bookings Hurt by delayed delivery of aircraft Rivals seeing rebounding demand LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – British regional airline Flybe on Saturday ceased trading for the second time in three years, with all flights canceled and … Read more

Thousands rally for ‘Invasion Day’ protests on Australia Day holiday

SYDNEY, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Thousands of Australians marked the country’s national day celebrations on Thursday with rallies in support of Indigenous people, many of whom described the anniversary of the day a British fleet sailed into Sydney Harbor as “Invasion Day”. In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales – Australia’s most populous state … Read more

North Korea locks down capital city over ‘respiratory illness’

SEOUL, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Authorities in the North Korean capital Pyongyang have ordered a five-day lockdown due to rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness, the Russian embassy and Seoul-based NK News reported on Wednesday, citing a government notice. The notice, shared by the embassy on its Facebook page, said that a “special anti-epidemic … Read more

New Zealand’s Ardern bids emotional farewell on last day as prime minister

WELLINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday bid an emotional farewell on her last day as prime minister, speaking of the kindness and empathy New Zealanders have shown her, but said she was ready to be a sister and a mother. Days after stunning the world by announcing she had “no more in … Read more

Brazil and Argentina to discuss common currency

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Brazil and Argentina aim for greater economic integration, including the development of a common currency, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Argentine leader Alberto Fernandez said in a joint article they penned. “We intend to overcome the barriers to our exchanges, simplify and modernize the rules and … Read more

India blocks BBC documentary on Modi from airing in India

MUMBAI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – India has blocked the airing of a BBC documentary which questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying that even sharing of any clips via social media is barred. Directions to block the clips from being shared have been issued using emergency powers available to the … Read more

Tens of thousands of Israelis protest against Netanyahu’s justice plans

TEL AVIV, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Israelis joined demonstrations on Saturday against judicial reform plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government that protesters say will threaten democratic checks and balances on ministers by the courts. The plans, which the government says are needed to curb overreach by activist judges, have … Read more