Asian markets fall after weak showing on Wall St, oil tumbles

A man wearing a protective mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, stands in front of an electric board showing the Nikkei index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/ Kim Kyung Hoon Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SINGAPORE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Asian stock markets and U.S. … Read more

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

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

Asia shares fall as Treasury yields hit fresh highs

A screen shows the Nikkei index after a ceremony marking the end of trading in 2021 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) in Tokyo, Japan, December 30, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register US bond yields rise, investors brace for monetary policy tightening Oil hits 7-year high after pipeline … 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 Reuters.com Register Extensive damage to the west coast of … Read more

Drinking water, ash big concern as Tonga assesses damage after tsunami

Australia and New Zealand send reconnaissance flights to Tonga The Red Cross says the scale of the devastation could be enormous british woman missing Ash clouds from the eruption heading towards New Zealand, Australia SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand sent reconnaissance flights on Monday to assess the damage to isolated Tonga from the … 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