Rise in human bird flu cases in China shows risk of rapidly changing variants: experts

A man provides water for chickens in a greenhouse at a farm in Heihe, China’s Heilongjiang province, 17 November 2019. REUTERS/Stringer BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – A jump in the number of people in China infected with bird flu this year has raised concern among experts, who say a previously circulating strain appears to have … Read more

Facebook takes down Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claim

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro responds during a ceremony approving the bill created by the Federal Regional Court at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Oct. 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) late Sunday removed a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro from its platforms, in which the … Read more

Nigerian gunmen attack prison, 575 detainees missing

ABUJA, Oct. 23 (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked a prison in Nigeria’s Oyo state late Friday, forcibly freeing more than 800 inmates, the third such major attack this year, the prison service said in a statement on Saturday. The prison service said the attackers were heavily armed and, after a shootout with prison officials, gained entry … Read more

Melbourne in Australia enjoys weekend with relaxed COVID curbs after extended lockdown

MELBOURNE, Oct. 23 (Reuters) – Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, kicked off its first weekend of the world’s longest series of COVID-19 lockdowns with impromptu street parties, live music and crowded pubs, bars and restaurants. Melbourne, home to about five million people, has endured 262 days or nearly nine months of restrictions during six closures since … Read more

Prop guns lead to debate after cameraman’s death on set

Oct. 22 (Reuters) – An on-set shooting has revived concerns over the use of prop weapons such as weapons actor Alec Baldwin who was fired in the murder of cameraman Halyna Hutchins while filming a movie in New Mexico. Some prop guns are non-firing facsimile weapons, but many are real guns, loaded with blanks instead … Read more

US SEC targets executive pay in corporate crackdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (Reuters) – The new Democratic leadership of the US securities watchdog has a message for the high-paid executives of Corporate America: If your company messes up, your pay is at risk. Reclaiming compensation is becoming an important part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agenda as corporate misconduct hits hard, … Read more

RPT EXCLUSIVE US Slows Oil & Gas Fusion Resources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (Reuters) – US antitrust regulators have extended the approval process for at least five oil and gas mergers and acquisitions in the past three months as President Joe Biden’s administration scrutinizes deals to stem soaring energy prices , according to regulatory filings and corporate lawyers. The slowdown comes amid mounting pressure … Read more

US Senate panel holds new hearing on impact of social media on young users

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing Oct. 26 with tech companies Snap’s (SNAP.N) Snapchat, TikTok and Alphabet’s YouTube (GOOGL.O) about the impact of their platforms on young users, a panel said. Tuesday. “Recent revelations about harm to children online show that Big Tech is heading towards its Big Tobacco … Read more

Rubio calls on Biden administration to blacklist Huawei spin-off Honor

President of Huawei’s Honor Brand George Zhao unveils the Honor Vision Smart Screen equipped with Huawei’s new HarmonyOS operating system at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China on August 10, 2019. Photo taken on August 10, 2019. Huanqiu.com via REUTERS/ Files WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (Reuters) – Republican US senators led by Marco … Read more

Price squeeze: world economy caught in perfect storm

British chicken king says 20 years of cheap food is over IEA says energy crisis could threaten economic recovery Cold keeps coal prices high in China, power outage continues Biden targets bottlenecks threatening vacation sales LONDON/TOKYO, Oct. 14 (Reuters) – From beef bowls in Tokyo to chicken breast rolls in London, consumers are beginning to … Read more