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

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

China plays down COVID outbreak with holiday rush at full tilt

Top official says COVID at ‘relatively low’ level Hospital, critical cases dropping, authorities say More than 2 billion trips expected over Lunar New Year Some fear travel season could see infections surge BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) – People across China crowded into trains and buses for one of its busiest days of travel in years … Read more

Argentina grounds Iran-linked Venezuelan cargo plane

DUBAI / BUENOS AIRES, June 12 (Reuters) – Argentine authorities have grounded an Iran-linked Venezuelan Boeing 747 cargo plane, a local opposition lawmaker and Iranian state media said on Sunday, in an unfolding drama that is throwing a spotlight on political undercurrents in Latin America. The Emtrasur cargo plane, sold to Venezuela by Iran’s Mahan … Read more

Indian officials step up arrests, demolish houses to stop unrest over anti-Islam remarks

SRINAGAR / KOLKATA, India, June 12 (Reuters) – Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have demolished the homes of several people accused of involvement in riots last week triggered by derogatory remarks made by ruling party figures about Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, officials said on Sunday. . In Indian Kashmir, police arrested a youth for posting … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Former Amazon India seller says antitrust raid illegally detained employees

Amazon sellers raided in April over suspected favoritism Cloudtail says antitrust body conducted raid illegaly Antitrust body says raid was in line with regulatory process India regulators, foreign enterprises tussle over e-commerce NEW DELHI, June 10 (Reuters) – A former top seller for Amazon (AMZN.O) in India, Cloudtail, has accused India’s antitrust agency of illegally … Read more

Google ordered to pay Australian politician over defamatory YouTube videos

SYDNEY, June 6 (Reuters) – An Australian court on Monday ordered Google to pay a former lawmaker A $ 715,000 ($ 515,000), saying its refusal to remove a YouTuber’s “relentless, racist, vilificatory, abusive and defamatory” videos drove him out of politics. . The Federal Court found the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) company intentionally made money by … Read more

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos to arrive in Spain after two-year exile

MADRID, May 19 (Reuters) – Former Spanish King Juan Carlos is due to land in Spain on Thursday for his first visit since he departed to Abu Dhabi in 2020 under a cloud of financial scandals that shook the Royal House. The former monarch is expected in the city of Vigo on Spain’s northwest coast … 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