Relief and anxiety as major Chinese cities ease COVID restrictions

The easing comes after a week of historic protests The restrictions hit the world’s second largest economy Nationwide mitigation measures expected soon – sources BEIJING (Reuters) – A further relaxation of COVID-19 testing requirements and quarantine rules in some Chinese cities was met with a mixture of relief and anxiety on Friday, as hundreds of … Read more

China is preparing to ease coronavirus restrictions after a week of historic protests

Sources: China allows home quarantine, cuts mass testing A senior official says the severity of the virus is weakening The shift comes after a series of demonstrations The biggest public challenge show in a decade BEIJING (Reuters) – China is set to announce in the coming days an easing of its COVID-19 quarantine protocols and … Read more

Coronavirus protests escalated in Guangzhou as China’s lockdown anger boiled over

Riot police in hazmat suits crash into protesters The number of protests is estimated at 27-43 in 22 cities across China The largest wave of civil disobedience since 1989’s Tiananmen Covid lockdown and protests hit China’s economy SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – People in Guangzhou, China’s manufacturing hub, clashed with white riot police wearing hazmat protective gear … Read more

Protests erupted in Xinjiang and Beijing after a deadly fire

(Reuters) – Public anger in China over the expansion of COVID-19 lockdowns across the country has erupted in rare protests in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang and the country’s capital, where infections hit a new record. Crowds took to the streets Friday night in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, chanting “Stop the lockdown!” and pumping … Read more

Security forces students with tear gas defy Iran protest warning

The protests show no signs of abating amid severe warnings from the state Clashes between university students and security forces Journalists demand the release of their imprisoned colleagues Rights groups talk about arrests of activists and students DUBAI (Reuters) – Protests in Iran entered a more violent phase on Sunday as students who defied an … Read more

Tens of thousands of Sudanese demonstrate on the anniversary of the coup, and the killing of a protester

Paramedics say a man was killed by security forces The largest protest since January to commemorate the anniversary of the coup Police say tear gas was used to repel ‘trained and armed forces’ Talks between the generals, the former power-sharing group are underway KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters on Tuesday marked … Read more

Activists say female students are telling Iran’s president to “get lost” as unrest rages

DUBAI (Reuters) – Female students in Tehran chanted “Fah” as Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited their university campus on Saturday, activists said, condemning angry protesters for the death of a young woman in custody. Addressing my chief professors and students at Tehran’s Al-Zahra University, he recited a poem that equaled “rioters” with flies, as nationwide … Read more

Ukrainians Flee Russian Annexation – While They Still Can

ZABORIZIA, Ukraine, Sept. 28 (Reuters) – “It’s funny. Nobody voted, yet the results came out,” laughed 43-year-old Lyubomir Boyko, from the village of Golo Pristan in the Russian-occupied Kherson region. The United Nations Aid Office with his family at the refugee reception centre. As Russia prepares to annex a swathe of Ukrainian territory the size … Read more