Solomon Islands prime minister survives no-confidence vote after riots

Solomon Islands prime minister survives no-confidence vote after riots

SYDNEY, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Monday survived a no-confidence motion in parliament after accusing the Pacific island nation’s most populous province of being “Taiwan’s agent” and anti-government protesters of attempting a coup.Dozens of buildings were burnt and shops looted in the capital a week ago in violence that … Read more

Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect plead not guilty to manslaughter charges

Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect plead not guilty to manslaughter charges

Dec 4 (Reuters) – A Michigan judge set bail at $500,000 each for the parents of a teenager accused of murdering four fellow high school students with a weapon the couple bought him as a Christmas gift, after authorities arrested the couple on Saturday following a manhunt.Appearing by videolink from jail for their arraignment, James … Read more

Jurors at Maxwell trial shown Epstein’s massage table, photo of sex toys

Jurors at Maxwell trial shown Epstein's massage table, photo of sex toys

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – A green massage table seized from Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach estate was carried into a Manhattan federal courtroom on Friday, where British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial for her alleged role in the sex abuse of underage girls.Prosecutors have said many of Epstein’s encounters with teenagers began as … Read more

Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus

Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus

People queue at a popup COVID-19 testing site in New York, U.S., December 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah MoonRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from … Read more

GSK says tests indicate antibody drug works against Omicron

GSK says tests indicate antibody drug works against Omicron

Sotrovimab, developed with Vir, tested in lab and on hamstersKey Omicron mutations did not elude drug activity in studyTests continuing on further mutationsDec 2 (Reuters) – Laboratory analysis of the antibody-based COVID-19 therapy GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) (GSK) is developing with U.S. partner Vir (VIR.O) has indicated the drug is effective against the new Omicron variant, the … Read more

Supreme Court conservatives appear willing to gut abortion rights

Supreme Court conservatives appear willing to gut abortion rights

Liberal justices warn against overturning precedentsMississippi law bans abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancyBiden lawyer urges against “contraction” of rightsWASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled a willingness to dramatically curtail abortion rights in America and perhaps overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure … Read more

First accuser takes stand in Ghislaine Maxwell sex-abuse trial

First accuser takes stand in Ghislaine Maxwell sex-abuse trial

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – An accuser — a woman known by the pseudonym Jane — of Ghislaine Maxwell began testifying in the British financier’s sex-abuse trial in Manhattan on Tuesday.A prosecutor said during opening statements on Monday that Maxwell and late financier Jeffrey Epstein met Jane in 1994 at a summer camp when … Read more

Concerns over COVID variant trigger more travel curbs on southern Africa

Concerns over COVID variant trigger more travel curbs on southern Africa

Many states announce travel curbs, bans on southern AfricaDutch authorities test air passengers for Omicron variantGermany, Czech Republic have suspected Omicron casesNov 27 (Reuters) – Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered … Read more

China asks Didi to delist from U.S. on data security fears – Bloomberg News

China asks Didi to delist from U.S. on data security fears - Bloomberg News

SHANGHAI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Chinese regulators have asked top executives of ride hailing giant Didi Global Inc (DIDI.N) to devise a plan to delist from the New York Stock Exchange due to concerns about data security, Bloomberg News reported.China’s tech watchdog wants the management to take the company off the U.S. bourse on worries … Read more

Anti-money laundering credentials key for Binance’s Paris plans – regulator

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PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – France’s financial sector regulator said on Thursday that crypto exchange Binance must focus on its anti-money laundering compliance if it wants regulatory backing to set up a possible regional hub in Paris.Regulators across the world have in recent months scrutinised Binance, the world’s largest exchange by trading volumes. Some have … Read more