Fauci says U.S. must study data before deciding on travel ban over new COVID-19 variant

Fauci says U.S. must study data before deciding on travel ban over new COVID-19 variant

WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Top U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said on Friday that a ban on flights from southern Africa was a possibility and the United States was rushing to gather data on the new COVID-19 variant.No decision to halt flights had yet been made, he said.The Wall Street Journal, citing people … Read more

India’s Paytm crashes in market debut, business model questioned

India's Paytm crashes in market debut, business model questioned

MUMBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Indian digital payments firm Paytm (PAYT.NS) tumbled 25% on its maiden day of trade, with investors questioning its lack of profits and the lofty valuations it gained in the country’s largest-ever IPO.While there had been some expectations that Paytm’s market debut could underwhelm, the steep plunge on Thursday was astonishing.Shares … Read more

‘Razor-sharp precision’: Russia hails anti-satellite weapons test

'Razor-sharp precision': Russia hails anti-satellite weapons test

The International Space Station (ISS) photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, October 4, 2018. NASA/Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERSRussia lauds weapons test targeting old satelliteU.S. officials, NATO and UK have condemned the testRussia denies test posed risk to orbiting spacecraftMOSCOW, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it had conducted … Read more

Biden raises human rights, Xi warns of Taiwan ‘red line’ in three hour talk

Biden raises human rights, Xi warns of Taiwan 'red line' in three hour talk

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on Beijing’s human rights practices, in an over three-hour call on Monday, while Xi Jinping warned that China would respond to provocations on Taiwan, officials said.The closely watched conversation between the leaders of the world’s biggest economies was described by both sides … Read more

Party’s over: Diwali leaves Delhi wheezing in dangerously unhealthy air

Party's over: Diwali leaves Delhi wheezing in dangerously unhealthy air

NEW DELHI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The morning after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, residents of New Delhi woke up under a blanket of toxic smog and breathed in the most dangerously polluted air of the year so far, after revellers, as usual, defied a fireworks ban.New Delhi has the worst air quality of … Read more

Taliban government offers Afghans wheat for work as money dwindles

Taliban government offers Afghans wheat for work as money dwindles

KABUL, Oct 26 (Reuters) – For Kabul day labourer Khan Ali, struggling to feed a family of six since losing his job as a market trader, life has become so hard that he jumped on an offer by the cash-strapped Taliban government to pay him in wheat rather than the local afghani currency.”For now this … Read more

Xi’s not there? COP26 hopes dim on Chinese leader’s likely absence

Xi's not there? COP26 hopes dim on Chinese leader's likely absence

China ‘maxed out’ after 3 major climate pledges – consultantMore concessions on coal unlikely amid domestic supply crunchSHANGHAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The leaders of most of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters gather in Glasgow from Sunday, aiming to thrash out plans and funds to tilt the planet towards clean energy. But the man … Read more

Facebook knew about, failed to police, abusive content globally – documents

Facebook knew about, failed to police, abusive content globally - documents

Oct 25 (Reuters) – Facebook employees have warned for years that as the company raced to become a global service it was failing to police abusive content in countries where such speech was likely to cause the most harm, according to interviews with five former employees and internal company documents viewed by Reuters.For over a … Read more