No end in sight of volcanic eruptions on Spain’s La Palma – Canarian president

LA PALMA, Spain, October 17 (Reuters) – There is no immediate end in sight to the volcanic eruption that has caused chaos on the Spanish island of La Palma since it began about a month ago, the President of the Canary Islands said on Sunday. There were 42 seismic movements on the island on Sunday, … Read more

Analysis: Supply Chains, Inflation Cloud Vaccine, Debt Trouble at IMF-World Bank Meetings

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – Supply chain problems and rising inflation concerns supplanted a widening gap in COVID-19 vaccinations and mounting debt problems for developing countries as the top concerns for global policymakers at the International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings and the World Bank this week . Relatively little new progress has been made in … Read more

Tesla’s Musk Calls to Volkswagen Executive Conference

FRANKFURT, Oct. 16 (Reuters) – Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla (TSLA.O), addressed 200 Volkswagen executives (VOWG_p.DE) via video call following an invitation from the CEO of German automaker Herbert Diess, who VW summit wants to encourage a faster transition to electric driving. Musk’s comments on Thursday before a meeting of VW executives in Alpbach, … Read more

Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – A Brazilian Senate inquiry into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, in its final report due next week, will recommend that President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, said the senator who led the investigation on Friday, though it remains highly unlikely he will stand trial on … Read more

ASEAN rarely excludes Myanmar junta leader from the summit

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, October 16 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian countries will this month invite an apolitical representative from Myanmar to a regional summit delivering an unprecedented snub to the military leader who led a coup against an elected civilian government in February. The decision, made by foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations … Read more

German SPD chief Scholz is moving closer to succeeding Merkel as chancellor

Party committees vote this weekend to start negotiations Party leaders have agreed on a timetable for negotiations Road maps include major infrastructure investments, no tax increases BERLIN, October 15 (Reuters) – The leader of Germany’s center – left Social Democrats (SPD), Olaf Scholz, took a major step towards succeeding Angela Merkel as chancellor on Friday, … Read more

WHO sends experts on sexual abuse after Congo scandal

Experts go to 10 countries considered “high risk” Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela between locations Commission found 83 aid workers involved in abuse in DRC An initial $7.6 million allocated, more to come Major donors, led by the US, have urged research GENVE, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Friday it is deploying … Read more

Vulnerable US homeowners face uncertainty as mortgage interest deduction ends

A real estate sign advertising a home “under contract” is pictured in Vienna, Virginia, outside Washington, Oct. 20, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing Oct. 15 (Reuters) – Nearly half a million low-income homeowners in the United States, many of them minorities, are nearing the end of the mortgage interest deduction schemes that allowed them to stop making … Read more

Hungry for fuel, China looks to the US, Europe looks to aid plans

A coal-fired power plant can be seen in the city of Baotou, in China’s autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, October 31, 2010. REUTERS / David Gray Chinese companies in negotiations with US LNG suppliers – sources Coal prices hit record highs in China due to shortages Poland, Germany are taking steps to support consumers Oil … Read more

US to lift curbs from November 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers – White House

Travelers queue in a security line restricted to every other social distancing lane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – The White House said Friday it will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, ending historic restrictions that have … Read more