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Australia swears in new Labor PM ahead of Quad meeting

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Anthony Albanese, leader of Australia’s Labor Party, addresses supporters after incumbent Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison conceded defeat in the country’s general election, in Sydney, Australia May 21, 2022. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, May 23 (Reuters) – Australia’s Labor Party leader......

First baby formula shipment, enough for thousands of U.S. infants, arrives from Europe

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WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – A military cargo plane carrying the first shipment of infant formula from Europe to help address a critical shortage in the United States landed in Indianapolis on Sunday, but a top government official noted that much more needs to be done. A Feb. 17 recall......

Ukrainian negotiator rules out ceasefire or concessions to Russia

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Ukraine-Russia negotiations have stalled Ukrainian negotiator rules out territorial concessions He says Russia would hit back harder after any ceasefire KYIV, May 21 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Saturday ruled out agreeing to a ceasefire with Russia and said Kyiv would not accept any deal with Moscow that involved ceding territory.......

Russia halts gas flow to Finland, intensifies push for Donbas

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Russia launches assault in Luhansk Russia claims victory after weeks-long siege at Azovstal Russia stops Finland gas flows over payment dispute Russian military says destroyed Western arms in Zhytomyr region KYIV/OSLO, May 21 (Reuters) – Russia stopped providing gas to Finland in an escalation of a row over energy payments......

Spain swelters as temperatures soar above May average

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MADRID, May 21 (Reuters) – People waved fans, glugged water and splashed themselves at fountains in Spain on Saturday as the country sweltered under unseasonably high temperatures pushing close to 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some places. “The early morning of May 21 was extraordinarily warm for the time of......

Australia’s Labor opposition poised to oust ruling conservatives

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Survey on election day showed Labor narrowly ahead PM Morrison, opposition leader Albanese vote in Sydney “Teal” independents set to win at least a handful of seats Greens projected to add up to three seats to existing one SYDNEY, May 21 (Reuters) – Australia’s opposition Labor Party appeared on track......

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon vow to deter North Korea while offering COVID aid

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SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger military drills and deploy more U.S. weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to send COVID-19 vaccines and potentially meet Kim Jong Un. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said......

Chinese dissident artist shows support for Ukraine in new work

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PRAGUE, May 21 (Reuters) – The Chinese dissident artist known as Badiucao shows his support for Ukraine in new work that has gone on show in Prague, while also taking aim at the leaders of Russia and China. The China-born political cartoonist and artist, who goes by a pseudonym and......

Shanghai inches towards COVID lockdown exit, Beijing plays defence

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Shanghai cautiously works to restore transport services Shanghai reports mostly zero new community cases this week Beijing on edge as new infections keep appearing BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 21 (Reuters) – Shanghai cautiously pushed ahead on Saturday with plans to restore part of its transport network in a major step towards exiting......

COVID restrictions for migrants at U.S. border cannot end yet, judge rules

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May 20 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities were blocked by a federal judge on Friday from lifting COVID-19 restrictions that empower agents at the U.S.-Mexico border to turn back migrants without giving them a chance to seek asylum. The nationwide injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays in Louisiana means......

WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases top 100 in Europe

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A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Cases in nine......

Don’t forget other crises with Ukraine focus, UN warns

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi speaks during a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden March 09, 2022. Anders Wiklund/ TT News Agency/via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Displacements globally heading for 100 mln people Food insecurity, price hikes damaging vulnerable areas After......

Britons party for the Queen – but not the monarchy

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LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – Practising Bollywood dance moves at his school gym in central England, 12-year-old Momin Rashid is excited to be one of the 10,000 performers who will take part in a pageant to honour Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne. The event will conclude four days......

Hit reality TV shows display African glitz and glamour

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JOHANNESBURG, May 20 (Reuters) – Dripping with champagne, diamonds and catty dialogue, two made-in-Africa reality TV series have transfixed viewers on the continent, showcasing ritzy lifestyles that are a far cry from stereotypical images of African hardship. On Netflix’s “Young, Famous & African”, a group of music and showbiz celebrities......

Shanghai finds cases after five days of ‘zero COVID’ but end of lockdown on track

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Family of three catch COVID outside Shanghai’s quarantined areas Plans to ease curbs in May and lift lockdown in June still on More and more cities in China bringing COVID under control SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 20 (Reuters) – Shanghai announced its first new COVID-19 cases outside quarantined areas in five days......

Ukraine says Russian attacks on Donbas intensifying

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Donbas region is completely destroyed -Zelenskiy Group of Seven sends billions more to Ukraine U.S. Senate approves $40 bln in further aid KYIV/SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces intensified their offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region using artillery, rocket-launchers and aircraft to damage defences around Donetsk, Ukraine’s general......

U.S. FDA says Abbott baby formula plant on track to reopen in 1-2 weeks

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WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are on track to reopen the company’s Sturgis, Michigan, baby formula manufacturing plant within one or two weeks, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said on Thursday. Abbott, the biggest U.S. supplier of powder infant formula including......

Fears for Mariupol defenders after surrender to Russia

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Service members of Ukrainian forces who have surrendered after weeks holed up at Azovstal steel works are seen inside a bus, which arrived under escort of the pro-Russian military at a detention facility in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the settlement of Olenivka in the Donetsk Region, Ukraine May......

Authorities discover narco-tunnel on U.S.-Mexico border

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MEXICO CITY, May 17 (Reuters) – U.S. anti-narcotics agents have discovered a drug-smugglers’ tunnel running under the U.S.-Mexico border and equipped with a rail track, electricity and ventilation system, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The so-called “narco-tunnel” led from the Mexican city of Tijuana to a warehouse 300 feet......

Ukrainian defenders emerge from Mariupol ruins to uncertain fate as siege ends

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Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Finland, Sweden set to file NATO applications Macron pledges more arms to Kyiv MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks......

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