Taiwan’s president confirms that US troops are training soldiers on the island – CNN

TAIPEI, Oct. 28 (Reuters) – A small number of U.S. forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwanese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview with CNN, confirming the presence of U.S. troops on the autonomous island, which China considers its own. Tensions between Taiwan and China, which have not ruled out taking the … Read more

Sunak pledges more spending as UK emerges from pandemic

UK 2021 GDP +6.5% vs previous forecast +4.0% Credit forecasts lowered by OBR Sunak: getting started with the post-pandemic economy Sunak says government is ready to act on inflation Promise for real spending increase for all departments LONDON, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak used a stronger forecast for Britain’s post-lockdown … Read more

Brexit: France releases a list of sanctions if Britain withholds fishing licenses

French fishermen repair their nets in Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, 28 December 2020. Photo taken 28 December 2020. REUTERS / Charles Platiau PARIS, October 27 (Reuters) – France released a list of sanctions that could take effect on November 2, unless sufficient progress is made in its post-Brexit fisheries with Britain, saying it was working on … Read more

Novavax applies for UK authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a vial labeled “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” and a medical syringe in front of the Novavax logo shown in this image, taken Oct. 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said Wednesday it had completed the real-time submission of an application for the authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate … Read more

More victims complain about sexual abuse in Congo scandal – WHO expert

WHO sex abuse expert tells Reuters about new allegations “Notice to all agencies, not just WHO, that something is wrong” Says WHO is sending 83 files to UN monitoring agency for action Names of suspects put in UN database to prevent new hires GENVE, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – More women have reported sexual exploitation and … Read more

Biden promises to stand with Southeast Asia in the defense of ocean freedom and democracy

Biden promises to defend the freedom of the oceans The United States is concerned about China’s “coercive and proactive actions” across the Taiwan Strait Chinese Prime Minister Li says maintaining peace in the South China Sea is in everyone’s interest BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, October 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the … Read more

Thailand is preparing for tourism restart with reopening test

BANGKOK, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Thailand held a dry run on Wednesday for the much-anticipated quarantine-free reopening for vaccinated travelers as the country rushes to restart an industry battered by an 18-month hiatus in international tourism. At Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand’s main gateway, airport staff and health and immigration officials simulated the arrival of … Read more

A university in Cambridge and a museum in Paris return looted African objects

A looted Benin bronze artifact is depicted on this undated social media image obtained on October 27, 2021, when Cambridge University announced that it will return the sculpture to Nigeria. Lent by Chris Loades / Jesus College, Cambridge / Handout via REUTERS LONDON, October 27 (Reuters) – A Cambridge University college and Paris museum will … Read more

France’s Macron asks China’s Xi Jinping for signal ahead of COP26

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at a press conference at the end of the second day of an EU leadership meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 22 October 2021. Aris Oikonomou / Pool via REUTERS PARIS, October 26 (Reuters) – During a phone call on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to … Read more

France takes steps to shield its book industry from Amazon

New legislation would impose minimum shipping costs for new books Amazon delivers books for 1 cent in France Says legislation would punish rural people Paris says law needed to regulate ‘distorted competition’ PARIS, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Sophie Fornairon’s independent bookstore has survived Amazon’s rise thanks to a French law banning price discounts on new … Read more