Vaccine makers make bird flu shot for humans ‘just in case’; wealthy nations lay down supplies

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Some of the world’s leading makers of flu vaccines say they could make hundreds of millions of bird flu shots for humans within months if a new strain of bird flu ever jumps the species divide. A current outbreak of bird flu, known as H5N1 clade, has killed a … Read more

Cyclone Freddy kills 190 people in Malawi as rain complicates rescue efforts

BLANTYRE, March 14 (Reuters) – Cyclone Freddy, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, has killed 190 people in Malawi after it swept through southern Africa for the second time in a month, the Malawi government said on Tuesday . The district around Blantyre’s commercial center was one of the … Read more

China raises retirement age to combat aging – media

HONG KONG, March 14 (Reuters) – China plans to raise its retirement age gradually and in stages to cope with the country’s rapidly aging population, the state-backed Global Times said on Tuesday, citing a senior expert of the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources. . Jin Weigang, president of China’s Academy of Labor and Social Security … Read more

Lahore is the most polluted city, Chad the worst of the countries – survey

NEW DELHI, March 14 — Lahore in Pakistan has moved up more than 10 places to become the worst air city in the world by 2022, according to an annual global survey by a Swiss air purifier manufacturer. The report published by IQAir on Tuesday also said Chad in Central Africa had replaced Bangladesh as … Read more

Russia, Ukraine compete for Bakhmut; Moscow says grain deal extended

Ukrainian Zelensky vows to ‘destroy’ Russia in Bakhmut Bakhmut has lived through the toughest war battles ICC seeks arrest warrants for Russian officials – source Russia says Black Sea grain deal will be extended automatically NEAR KREMINNA, Ukraine, March 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s future depends on the outcome of the fighting in the east, including … Read more

‘Navalny’, portrait of Kremlin critic, wins Oscar for best documentary

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (Reuters) – The film “Navalny” about the poisoning that nearly killed Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, and his detention upon his return to Moscow in 2021, won the Oscar for Best on Sunday long documentary. On stage with director Daniel Roher, Navalny’s wife Yulia Navalnaya said: “My husband is … Read more

Exclusive: UK approves increased submarine exports to Taiwan, at risk of angering China

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Britain approved a sharp increase in exports of submarine parts and technology to Taiwan last year as it upgrades its naval forces, a move that could affect Britain’s ties with China. The value of licenses granted by the UK government to companies to export submarine-related components and technology to Taiwan … Read more

Exclusive: China’s Xi plans a visit to Russia next week

March 13 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to travel to Russia next week to meet his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, people familiar with the matter said, which would be sooner than previously expected. Plans for a visit come as China has offered to broker peace in Ukraine, an effort that has been met with … Read more

HSBC bails out the British branch of stricken Silicon Valley Bank

US authorities support savers The UK deal puts an end to frenetic weekend talks UK Chancellor of the Exchequer: Deposits safe LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – HSBC (HSBA.L) on Monday bought the UK branch of stricken Silicon Valley Bank for a token pound, bailing out a major lender to Britain’s technology start-ups and mitigating the … Read more

European, Asian bank stocks fall, US banks gain in premarket

SINGAPORE/LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Bank stocks in Europe and Asia fell Monday as the collapse of startup-focused Silicon Valley Bank continued to shake markets, though US bank stocks rose in premarket trading after authorities took action to contain the to prevent infection. The US government intervened on Sunday with a series of emergency measures … Read more