Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

SEOUL, May 22 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden, in Seoul before heading to Japan as part of his first Asia trip as president, had a simple message for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Hello … period,” he told reporters on the last day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday. Biden said he … Read more

Ukraine rules out ceasefire as fighting intensifies in Donbas

Ukraine rules out ceasefire, concessions Russia launches assault in Luhansk Russia stops Finland gas flows over payment dispute Polish president in Ukraine to address parliament Sunday May 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or concessions to Moscow while Russia intensified an offensive in the eastern Donbas region and stopped providing gas to Finland, … Read more

WHO expects more cases of monkeypox to emerge globally

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, was seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC / Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – The … Read more

Russia halts gas exports to Finland, says Mariupol steelworks siege has ended

Weeks-long siege ends at Azovstal, Russia says Russia intensifies offensive in Donbas Russia stops Finland gas flows over payment dispute KYIV / OSLO, May 21 (Reuters) – Russia claimed victory in a months-long battle for Mariupol’s Avostal steel plant, taking it a step closer to its goal of controlling Ukraine’s Donbas region, and halted gas … Read more

WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases top 100 in Europe

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, was seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC / Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Cases in nine European countries, North … Read more

Asian shares bounce as China moves to boost housing

FILE PHOTO – An investor stands in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, August 24, 2015. REUTERS / Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MSCI Asia ex-Japan + 1.8%, Nikkei + 1.3% European shares set to follow Asia’s lead Equities rally … Read more

Musk denies he sexually harassed flight attendant on private jet

Elon Musk talks at the Automotive World News Congress at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, January 13, 2015. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook // File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register OAKLAND, May 19 (Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk took to Twitter late on Thursday to denounce as “utterly untrue” claims … Read more

Ukraine says Russian attacks on Donbas intensifying

Donbas region is completely destroyed -Zelenskiy Group of Seven sends billions more to Ukraine US Senate approves $ 40 bln in further aid KYIV / SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces intensified their offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region using artillery, rocket launchers and aircraft to damage defenses around Donetsk, Ukraine’s general staff … Read more

Ukraine prosecutor seeks life sentence for Russian soldier in war crimes trial

KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian state prosecutor asked a court on Thursday to sentence a Russian soldier to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander, asked widow Kateryna Shelipova to forgive him for … Read more

Golden arches to go dark in Russia as McDonald’s exits after 30 years

May 16 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp. (MCD.N) on Monday became one of the biggest global names to exit Russia, laying out plans to sell all its restaurants after operating for more than 30 years in the country following its invasion of Ukraine. The world’s largest burger chain, which owns about 84% of its nearly 850 … Read more