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

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wears a facemask during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as he inspects a pharmacy in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released on May 15, 2022 by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of North Korea. KCNA via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 16 … Read more

North Korea reports more deaths, says to take ‘rapid measures’ against COVID outbreak

North Korea reports more deaths, says to take ‘rapid measures’ against COVID outbreak

SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) – North Korea said on Sunday that a total of 42 people had died as the country began its fourth day under a nationwide lockdown to stop the impoverished country’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak. North Korea’s admission Thursday that it is battling an “explosive” COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns that the … Read more

UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed named new president

UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed named new president

MbZ becomes president in times of tension with the US He led a realignment in the Middle East and forged ties with Israel The UAE has also deepened ties with Russia and China Economic development a priority for foreign policy DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – The de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh … Read more

G7 backs more aid, arms to Ukraine as a show of unity against Russia

G7 backs more aid, arms to Ukraine as a show of unity against Russia

Ukraine, Moldova attend G7 annual meeting of foreign ministers EU’s Borrell announces additional €500 million in military aid Concerns that war could spread to Moldova WEISSENHAUS, Germany, May 13 (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich countries supported giving more aid and weapons to Ukraine during their meeting on Friday in what … Read more

North Korea reports first COVID-19 death after 350,000 sick with fever

North Korea reports first COVID-19 death after 350,000 sick with fever

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said Friday, hinting at the potentially serious scale of the first confirmed outbreak of the country of the pandemic. About 187,800 people are being treated in isolation … Read more

N. Korea reports COVID cases, fires 3 ballistic missile tests

N. Korea reports COVID cases, fires 3 ballistic missile tests

SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea fired three ballistic missiles toward the sea off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea and Japan said, in its latest tests aimed at advancing its weapons programs, even as it faces a COVID-19 outbreak reported for the first time. Three short-range ballistic missiles were fired at about … Read more

Sri Lanka appoints new prime minister to tackle growing crisis

Sri Lanka appoints new prime minister to tackle growing crisis

Wickremesinghe held the position five times before Island nation desperately needs money, in talks with IMF Protests turned deadly this week before easing COLOMBO, May 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka named a new prime minister on Thursday as the embattled president seeks a way out of the country’s worst economic crisis since independence, which has … Read more

World Health Organization members pass resolution against Russia

World Health Organization members pass resolution against Russia

GENVE, May 10 (Reuters) – Members of the World Health Organization’s European region on Tuesday passed a resolution that could lead to the closure of Russia’s regional office and the suspension of meetings in the country in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The Special Session of the European Region adopted the resolution, supported by … Read more

‘Like a prison’: Shanghai, Beijing accelerates COVID thresholds

‘Like a prison’: Shanghai, Beijing accelerates COVID thresholds

Shanghai tells some to stay at home and not receive deliveries Part of push to eradicate infections by the end of May -sources Chinese capital Beijing imposes the strictest curbs so far Lawyers question the legality of harsh measures as anger grows Chinese export growth weakest in two years SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 9 (Reuters) – China’s … Read more