China’s factory, services surveys suggest economy struggling to rebound

China Sept official manufacturing PMI above forecast Private survey shows factory activity contracted sharply Services sector activity growth slowed in Sept – official survey COVID curbs, softening foreign demand, property weakness weigh BEIJING, Sept 30 (Reuters) – China’s factory activity eked out growth in September, but a slowdown in services sector growth and a downbeat … Read more

U.S. says it has agreed Pacific Islands partnership, offering ‘big dollar’ aid

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The United States said at a summit with Pacific island leaders on Wednesday that it had agreed on a partnership for the future with them and held out the prospect of “big dollar” help to a region where it hopes to stem China’s expanding influence. The Washington Post quoted U.S. … Read more

N.Korea fires two ballistic missiles ahead of Harris visit to South

SEOUL, Sept 28 (Reuters) – North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, a day before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to arrive in Seoul. The launch came two days after South Korea and U.S. forces conducted a military drill in waters off the … Read more

Cubans approve gay marriage by large margin in referendum

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HAVANA, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Cubans approved gay marriage and adoption overwhelmingly in a Sunday referendum backed by the government that also boosted rights for women, the national election commission said on Monday. More than 3.9 million voters voted to ratify the code (66.9%), while 1.95 … Read more

Cryptoverse: Bitcoin miners get stuck in a bear pit

A bitcoin representation is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sept 27 (Reuters) – Spare a thought for the beleaguered bitcoin miner. In late 2021, miners were the toast of the town with … Read more

Home to 28,000 U.S. troops, S.Korea unlikely to avoid a Taiwan conflict

U.S. President Joe Biden has an ice cream as he greets the US troops during his visit to the Air Operations Center at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Tensions over Taiwan have raised the … Read more

NASA’s DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

Sept 26 (Reuters) – NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully slammed into a distant asteroid at hypersonic speed on Monday in the world’s first test of a planetary defense system, designed to prevent a potential doomsday meteorite collision with Earth. Humanity’s first attempt to alter the motion of an asteroid or any celestial body played out in … Read more

Australia flags privacy overhaul after huge cyber attack on Optus

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks at the Sydney Energy Forum in Sydney, Australia July 12, 2022. Brook Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Australia plans to toughen privacy rules to force companies to notify banks faster when they experience cyber attacks, Prime … Read more

Canada to remove all COVID travel restrictions from Oct 1

A man pushes a baggage cart wearing a mandatory face mask as a “Healthy Airport” initiative is launched for travel, taking into account social distancing protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio Register now for FREE unlimited access … Read more

North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of U.S. VP Harris visit

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un addresses the Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korea’s parliament, which passed a law officially enshrining its nuclear weapons policies, in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 8, 2022 in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register … Read more