World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs short

First aid flights begin to arrive in Tonga Australian and New Zealand ships due in the coming days The United Nations says Tonga has requested urgent help The United Nations is very concerned about access to safe water WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – More ships and planes carrying aid are due to arrive in Tonga in the … Read more

‘This is an end’: Serbia revokes Rio Tinto’s lithium project licences

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia on Thursday revoked Rio Tinto (RIO.L)’s lithium exploration licenses, bowing to protesters who opposed the development of a giant Anglo-Australian mining project on environmental grounds. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the government’s decision followed requests from various green groups to halt the $2.4 billion Gadar lithium project which, if completed, … Read more

‘There are no minor incursions’ pleads Ukraine leader after Biden remarks

Russia has massed troops near the Ukrainian border Top US diplomat Blinken speaks with allies No “minor incursions”, according to the Ukrainian president BERLIN/KIEV, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Western nations sought to project unity on Ukraine on Thursday, after U.S. President Joe Biden suggested allies were divided over how to respond to any “incursion minor” … Read more

Aid to arrive in Tonga as airport opens, phone lines partially restored

Tonga airport reopens after ash removal on the runway Australian and New Zealand flights carry roadside aid I had a phone call with Tonga after five days The United Nations says 80% of Tonga’s population has been severely affected Tonga residents fear they are running out of safe drinking water Jan 20 (Reuters) – Planes … Read more

Blinken vows ‘relentless’ diplomacy to avert Russian attack on Ukraine

Blinken says Russia may attack Ukraine in a short time Kremlin says arms shipments to Ukraine increase tension Blinkin will meet Russian Lavrov in Geneva on Friday KIEV (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Wednesday that Russia could launch a new attack on Ukraine very soon, but Washington would pursue diplomacy … Read more

Thousands in Hong Kong volunteer to adopt hamsters amid COVID-19 fears

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered on Wednesday to adopt unwanted hamsters after a mass cull from the government over fears of the novel coronavirus raised concerns that panicked animal owners would abandon their pets. Authorities on Tuesday ordered the culling of 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet stores and … Read more

Airlines scramble to rejig schedules amid U.S. 5G rollout concerns

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Major international airlines rushed to change or cancel flights to the United States ahead of the 5G wireless rollout on Wednesday, sparking security concerns, despite two wireless carriers said they would delay parts of the rollout. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned that potential interference from 5G could affect height … Read more

Damage in tsunami-hit Tonga hampering relief efforts

A volcanic eruption has occurred at the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai off Tonga, January 14, 2022 in this screenshot obtained from a video on social media. Video recorded January 14, 2022. Tonga Geological Services / via Reuters Register now to get free unlimited access to Register Extensive damage to the west coast of … Read more

Djokovic’s actions could weaken COVID-19 safety adherence – Australia govt lawyer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Lawyers are arguing over Novak Djokovic’s impact on backing vaccination in Australia, where the Federal Court is set to decide on Sunday whether the unvaccinated tennis star can stay and defend his Open title. Three judges from the Federal Court will decide the fate of the world’s number one tennis player 10 … Read more

U.S. grocery shortages deepen as pandemic dries supplies

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Strong demand for groceries combined with soaring transportation costs and Omicron-related labor shortages are creating a new round of backlogs at processed food and fresh produce, resulting in empty supermarket shelves at major retailers across the United States. West Coast perishable produce producers are paying nearly triple pre-pandemic trucking rates to … Read more