At least 44 dead in Nepal’s worst plane crash in nearly five years

KATHMANDU, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – At least 44 people were killed when a domestic flight crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara on Sunday, an aviation authority official said. Hundreds of rescuers were scouring the hill where the Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people from the capital Kathmandu crashed. The weather was clear, said Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for … Read more

Moldova says missile remnants found in country’s north

CHISINAU, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – The president of Moldova, Ukraine’s western neighbour, on Saturday denounced a new wave of Russian attacks on Ukrainian targets after missile remnants were found just inside the border of the small former Soviet state. “Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine once again has direct consequences for Moldova. Moldovan border police found … Read more

Britain sends 14 of its main battle tanks and more weapons to Ukraine

LONDON, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said late on Saturday that Britain would send 14 of its main battle tanks along with additional artillery support to Ukraine, despite criticism from the Russian embassy in London. A squadron of 14 Challenger 2 tanks will move into the country in the coming weeks … Read more

China reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data critique

Nearly 60,000 COVID-related hospital deaths reported China has been criticized for underreporting COVID deaths Official says emergency hospital admissions have peaked Travel restorative for the lunar new year holiday BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – China said on Saturday that nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last … Read more

Top US legislator objects to possible sale of F-16 to Turkey

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has told Congress it is preparing the possible $20 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, sources familiar with the matter said Friday, sparking an immediate objection from a senior US legislator who has long opposed the deal. The State Department sent the informal notice to … Read more

S&P 500 ends month high, indices rise for week as gains begin

JPMorgan, Wells Fargo stocks jump U.S. Consumers’ Inflation Expectations Are Declining – Survey Tesla falls after electric vehicle price cuts Indices: Dow 0.3% higher, S&P 500 0.4% higher, Nasdaq 0.7% higher NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended Friday at their highest levels in a month, with shares of JPMorgan … Read more

The US is strongly committed to Japan’s defense, Biden tells Kishida, applauding the military boost

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden told Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday that the United States remains strongly committed to its alliance with Japan and praised Tokyo’s “historic” defense reforms. In Washington, Kishida is on the latest stop on a tour of the G7’s industrial powers, seeking to strengthen long-standing … Read more

Explainer: Why Japan seeks military ties beyond its US ally

TOKYO, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – Before meeting President Joe Biden in Washington DC, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Italy, France, Britain and Canada, in part to forge security ties that could help the country fight China, North Korea and repel Russia. RUGGED NEIGHBORHOOD In June, then-Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said his country was … Read more

China COVID peak lasts two to three months, then rural areas hit

Peak of COVID wave observed for 2-3 months – epidemiologist The elderly in rural areas are particularly at risk People’s mobility indicators are ticking, but have yet to fully recover BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The peak of China’s COVID-19 wave is expected to last for two to three months and will soon swell across … Read more