Oil prices rise to year-long high as COVID recovery, power generators boost demand

General view of Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Brent hits most since October 2018, WTI highest since October 2014 US drillers add oil and gas rigs for sixth straight week China cuts import quotas for independent oil refineries SINGAPORE, Oct. 18 (Reuters) – … Read more

Outsider Marki-Zay is running against Prime Minister Orban in 2022 after winning the run-off

BUDAPEST, October 17 (Reuters) -Little Conservative Peter Marki-Zay, a non-partisan political outsider, will go head-to-head with Prime Minister Viktor Orban next year on the leadership of Hungary, after winning an opposition race -off on Sunday primary. Marki-Zay defeated left-wing Klara Dobrev, who promised to support him at the head of an alliance of six opposition … Read more

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

The Argentine judge states Minister of Spanish French era of murder

Local workers load a statue of the former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the last left in Spain, in a truck after removing it from its location in Melilla, Spain, February 23, 2021.REUTERS / Jesus Blasco de Avellaneda BARCELONA, Oct. 16 (Reuters) – An Argentine judge investigating cases stemming from the Franco dictatorship in Spain has … 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

Apple employee says she was fired after leading anti-harassment movement

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – An Apple employee who led colleagues to publicly share examples of what they called harassment and discrimination at the company said Thursday she had been fired. Janneke Parrish, an Apple program manager, said the iPhone maker informed her on Thursday that she had been fired for removing material from … 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

US accepts mixed doses of vaccines from international travelers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late Friday it will accept mixed doses of coronavirus vaccines from international travelers, an incentive for travelers from Canada and other places. The CDC said last week it would accept any vaccine approved for use by US regulators or the … Read more

Second J&J COVID shot gets expert support; FDA looks at lowering age for Pfizer booster

Oct. 15 (Reuters) – External advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously recommended the agency on Friday to allow a second injection of Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine for all recipients of the single dose vaccination. The agency is also considering lowering the recommended age for booster shots of the Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech … Read more