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

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

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

Police face questions about their response to Texas school massacre

UVALDE, Texas, May 26 (Reuters) – The gunman in the Texas school massacre barged unchallenged through an unlocked door, then killed 19 children and two teachers while holed up in their classroom for an hour before a tactical team stormed in and killed him, police said on Thursday. The latest official details from the Texas … Read more

Risk of food insecurity threatens record 36% of Brazilian families -study

SAO PAULO, May 26 (Reuters) – The risk of going hungry in Brazil is higher than ever, as the percentage of people unable to afford food for themselves or their family at some point during the last 12 months rose to a record 36% in 2021, from 30% in 2019, a newly published study showed. … Read more

Toronto police kill man carrying gun near schools

TORONTO, May 26 (Reuters) – Toronto police shot and killed a man who was walking down a street carrying a gun in a city neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, an incident that prompted five nearby schools to be placed under precautionary lockdowns, city officials said. Officers responding to a report of an armed man in the … Read more

Shanghai heading out of lockdown but China still lost in economic gloom

Shanghai set to lift COVID-19 lockdown on June 1 Government officials express concern about broader economy Analysts expect more aggressive economic support soon BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters) – Pandemic-hit Shanghai, China’s financial hub, unveiled more post-lockdown plans on Thursday as it moves towards a return to normalcy, but a country-wide economic recovery is still a … Read more

Oklahoma governor signs into law strictest abortion ban in the US

May 25 (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the strictest abortion ban in the United States, one that prohibits abortions from fertilization and allows private citizens to sue those who help women terminate their pregnancies. “I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that … Read more

In Canada’s Quebec, indigenous people continue to fight French law

Quebec Premier Francois Legault is pictured during a news conference after a meeting with Canada’s provincial premiers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio//File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MONTREAL, May 25 (Reuters) – A sweeping law adopted by Quebec on Tuesday to promote French usage is elevating … Read more