Protests at NRA convention in Texas, but speakers reject new gun laws

HOUSTON, May 27 (Reuters) – Protesters holding signs and crosses with photos of victims from the Texas elementary school shooting protested Friday outside the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston, as the gun lobby came under pressure after the massacre. Attendance was dampened and speakers and featured musical acts stayed away as about 500 … Read more

‘Tomorrow will be better’: Shanghai inches towards COVID re-opening

SHANGHAI, May 28 (Reuters) – The Chinese metropolis of Shanghai inched further towards a gradual reopening from two months of grinding COVID-19 lockdown, while the capital Beijing maintained curbs that have drastically curtailed movement even as case numbers decline. Shanghai aims essentially to end its lockdown from Wednesday. More people have been allowed out of … Read more

Robinhood agrees to settle customer lawsuit over 2020 outages

May 27 (Reuters) – Robinhood Markets Inc (HOOD.O) has agreed in principle to settle a proposed class action filed by customers in the United States who claimed the investment app’s outages in March 2020 shut them out of trading on pandemic-related volatility . The company filed notice of the pending deal with a San Francisco … Read more

Amazon investor proposal to review plastic use narrowly fails to clear

May 27 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) investor-led proposal to review its use of plastic won 49% support even as shareholders voted down all the 15 resolutions at the e-commerce giant’s annual general meeting, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. It was the only proposal that came close to reaching the 51% mark for approval. … Read more

Texas school shooting: Police ‘wrong’ for waiting to storm gunman as students pleaded for help

UVALDE, Texas, May 27 (Reuters) – Frantic children called 911 at least half a dozen times from the Texas classrooms where a massacre was unfolding, pleading for police to intervene, as some 20 officers waited in the hallway nearly an hour before entering and killing the gunman, authorities said on Friday. At least two children … Read more

Iran seizes two Greek tankers amid row over US oil grab

DUBAI/ATHENS, May 27 (Reuters) – Iranian forces seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf on Friday, shortly after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens over the confiscation of Iranian oil by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek coast. “The Revolutionary Guards Navy today seized two Greek tankers for … Read more

First steps in reforming global health emergency rules agreed at WHO meeting

GENEVA, May 27 (Reuters) – Countries have agreed to an initial US-led push to reform of the rules around disease outbreaks, known as the International Health Regulations, after early opposition from Africa and others was overcome this week, sources told Reuters on Friday. The amendments, once confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly, are … Read more

Exclusive: How a Russian billionaire shielded assets from European sanctions

Melnichenko ceded ownership of coal, fertilizer firms to wife Cession occurred the day before EU imposed sanctions on him Transfers of assets fuel doubts over sanctions’ effectiveness ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) – Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko ceded ownership of two of the world’s largest coal and fertilizers companies to his wife the day before he … Read more

Victoria’s Secret agrees to finance $8.3 million settlement for laid-off Thai workers

BANGKOK, May 27 (Reuters) – Thai workers who were sacked last year from a factory supplying global lingerie brands including Victoria’s Secret will receive $8.3 million, in what labor activists say is the biggest settlement of its kind in the global garment industry. About 1,200 workers were laid off without severance pay and wages owed … Read more

EU in talks for common purchase of vaccine, antiviral against monkeypox

STOCKHOLM, May 27 (Reuters) – The European Union is working on a common purchasing agreement for vaccines and antiviralsagainst monkeypox, as cases of the viral disease usually endemic to Africa gather steam in Europe and beyond. A broad consensus was reached in principle with member states for the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) … Read more