US warns North Korea could greet Biden with nuclear, missile tests

WASHINGTON / SEOUL, May 18 (Reuters) – US intelligence shows there could be a North Korean nuclear test, or a long-range missile test, or both, before, during or after President Joe Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan starting this week , the US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, said on Wednesday. The White House … Read more

UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9.0%, squeezing households harder

UK April inflation rate likely highest in G7 Household energy bills drive up inflation Anti-poverty campaigners demand government action Inflation is likely to rise further LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – British inflation surged last month to its highest annual rate since 1982, pressuring finance minister Rishi Sunak to offer more help to households and the … Read more

More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, Russia says

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns US reopens Kyiv embassy Ukraine says saboteurs targeted Russian armored train KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – Moscow said nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the United States became the … Read more

US housing market cooling as building permits tumble, starts fall

Residential single family homes construction by KB Home are shown under construction in the community of Valley Center, California, US June 3, 2021. REUTERS / Mike Blake Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Building permits decline 3.2% in April Single-family permits drop 4.6%; multi-family fall 1.0% Housing starts slip 0.2%; single-family dives … Read more

India, the world’s largest buyer of Russian arms, looks to diversify suppliers

The Sukhoi-30MKI jet is seen during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, India, October 8, 2020. REUTERS / Anushree Fadnavis Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Search gets more urgent as Russia faces economic sanctions India steps up emphasis on making equipment at home Also … Read more

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Turkey caught NATO allies by surprise Finland, Sweden hoped for quick accession Turkey’s Cavusoglu meets US counterpart Blinken ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – When Finland and Sweden signaled they were thinking of making a historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its … Read more

‘Huge’ pressure for Shanghai to stay COVID-free as lockdown end nears

Shanghai health authorities warn of risks of COVID rebound Some migrant workers looking to leave Shanghai Goldman cuts China GDP forecast, warns of further slip E-commerce giant JD.com says consumers losing confidence SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) – Health authorities in Shanghai faced “huge” pressure to keep China’s most populous city free of COVID-19 … Read more

When Africans asked for COVID shots, they didn’t get them. Now they don’t want them

Demand for COVID shots drops in Africa as supply rises Countries turn to mobile campaigns to boost uptake Africa, average age 20, has fared better in pandemic Experts warn new variants could emerge on the continent DAKAR / ACCRA, May 18 (Reuters) – It’s noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol is a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, … Read more

Strong US retail sales, manufacturing output boost economic outlook

Retail sales increase 0.9% in April March retail sales gain increased to 1.4% from 0.5% Core retail sales up 1.0%; March revised to show 1.1% gain Manufacturing production increases 0.8% in April WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – US retail sales rose strongly in April as consumers bought more motor vehicles amid an improvement in supply … Read more