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

Amazon investor proposal to review plastic use narrowly fails to clear

May 27 (Reuters) – 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

Africa CDC warns on vaccine hoarding amid monkeypox outbreak

JOHANNESBURG, May 26 (Reuters) – The acting director of Africa’s top public health agency said on Thursday that he hoped vaccine hoarding, as seen by wealthier nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, would not be repeated with the current monkeypox outbreak. Monkeypox, a usually mild viral infection, is endemic in the African countries of Cameroon, Central … Read more

Monkeypox can be contained if we act now, WHO says

No need for mass vaccination currently, body says More data sharing needed on vaccine stockpiles Some 300 cases reported outside Africa so far GENEVA, May 27 (Reuters) – Countries should take quick steps to contain the spread of monkeypox and share data about their vaccine stockpiles, a senior World Health Organization official said on Friday. … Read more

US confirms 9 monkeypox cases in 7 states

Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday said it had identified nine monkeypox cases in seven states, some in individuals who did not have … Read more

Shanghai takes baby steps towards ending COVID lockdown

Electricity consumption in Shanghai at 83% 2021 levels Some Shanghai bus routes reopening Profits at China’s industrial firms fall sharply in April SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 27 (Reuters) – Shanghai took more gradual steps on Friday towards lifting its COVID-19 lockdown while Beijing was investigating cases where its strict curbs were affecting other medical treatments as China … Read more

US says it is not inviting Venezuelan, Nicaraguan governments to Americas summit

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, Bolivia’s President Luis Arce and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel walk before attending a two-day meeting with ALBA group representatives at the Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, December 14, 2021. Alberto Roque/ Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register WASHINGTON, May 26 … Read more