China says it strongly opposes US move to shoot down balloon

Reuters 02/05/2023

SHANGHAI — China’s foreign ministry said on Sunday that it expressed strong dissatisfaction and opposition towards the United States’ use of force to attack its airship.     A U.S. military fighter jet shot down the airship,…

Pentagon says Chinese spy balloon flying over US

Agence France Presse, Reuters 02/04/2023

WASHINGTON/BEIJING—A Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, US officials said on Thursday, in what would be a brazen act just days ahead of a planned trip to Beijing by US…

Russian business offers cash bounties to destroy Western tanks in Ukraine

Reuters 01/30/2023

A Russian company said it will offer five million roubles ($72,000) in cash to the first soldiers who destroy or capture western-made tanks in Ukraine, after the Kremlin vowed Russian forces would wipe out any Western tanks…

Boeing’s 747, the original jumbo jet, prepares for final send-off

Reuters 01/30/2023

SEATTLE/PARIS — Boeing’s 747, the original and arguably most aesthetic “Jumbo Jet,” revolutionized air travel only to see its more than five-decade reign as “Queen of the Skies” ended by more efficient twinjet planes. The last commercial…

Novak Djokovic crushes Tsitsipas to win 10th Australian Open

Reuters 01/29/2023

MELBOURNE—A ruthless Novak Djokovic resumed his reign over Melbourne Park by winning a record-extending 10th Australian Open title on Sunday and crushing the Grand Slam dream of Greek trailblazer Stefanos Tsitsipas in a one-sided final. In a…

Philippines to offer value-added tax refund to foreign tourists by 2024

Reuters 01/29/2023

  Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos has approved a value-added tax refund program for foreign tourists by 2024 to attract more visitors, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said on Sunday. The government collects a 12% VAT on goods…

Spanish police seize cocaine worth $114 million from cattle ship

Reuters 01/29/2023

MADRID – Spanish police seized 4.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of 105 million euros ($114 million) after raiding a cattle ship off the Canary Islands earlier this week, a statement said on Saturday.…

New Zealand roiled by flash floods, landslides for third day

Reuters 01/29/2023

SYDNEY — Heavy rainfall hit New Zealand’s north island again on Sunday, causing landslides, flash floods and knocking out roads, with the death toll rising to four after a person who had been missing was confirmed dead.…

Trump kicks off White House campaign with events in New Hampshire, South Carolina

Reuters 01/29/2023

COLUMBIA, South Carolina  – Former U.S. President Donald Trump brushed aside concerns about momentum on Saturday in the first two stops of a presidential campaign that has largely idled since he launched it in November. Speaking to a small crowd at…

Novak Djokovic shrugs off dad drama to reach 10th Australian Open final

Reuters 01/28/2023

MELBOURNE—-Novak Djokovic shrugged off controversy involving his father to reach a record-extending 10th Australian Open final on Friday and set up a blockbuster decider with Greek trailblazer Stefanos Tsitsipas and a battle for the world number one…

California shooting suspect kills himself after Lunar New Year massacre

Reuters 01/23/2023

MONTEREY PARK, California — A gunman killed 10 people at a ballroom dance hall during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration late on Saturday near Los Angeles before fleeing the scene and later killing himself when approached by police…

Chinese pray for health in Lunar New Year as COVID death toll rises

Reuters 01/23/2023

BEIJING — China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with its people praying for health after three years of stress and financial hardship under the pandemic, as officials reported almost 13,000 new deaths caused by…

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