South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s health regulator reported on Thursday a causal link between the death of an individual and Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been made in the country. The person presented with rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome soon after being given … Read more

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive;  Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian southern offensive Strike force aimed at president’s hometown, says Ukraine US, Italy approve Finland, Sweden accession to NATO Ukraine calls on China to help end war, says SCMP KYIV/WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strike force aimed at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown of … Read more

US lawmaker Walorski, two staffers die in Indiana car crash

US lawmaker Walorski, two staffers die in Indiana car crash

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) speaks as US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies to the House Select Subcommittee on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, October 2, 2020. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – … Read more

Suspected drones over Taiwan, cyber attacks after Pelosi visit

Suspected drones over Taiwan, cyber attacks after Pelosi visit

Suspected drones fly over outlying Taiwanese islands Defense ministry says its website attacked, briefly offline Chinese military exercises, involving live-fire, set to begin China says it’s an internal affair TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Suspected drones flew over outlying Taiwanese islands and hackers attacked its defense ministry website, authorities in Taipei said on Thursday, a … Read more

With eye on Russia, US Senate backs Finland and Sweden joining NATO

With eye on Russia, US Senate backs Finland and Sweden joining NATO

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – The US Senate approved on Wednesday Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, the most significant expansion of the 30-member alliance since the 1990s as it responds to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Senate voted 95 to 1 to support ratification of accession documents, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority of 67 … Read more

BP boosts dividend after profit hits 14-year high

BP boosts dividend after profit hits 14-year high

Profits soar to $8.45 bln, far exceeding forecasts BP boosts dividend by 10% BP to boost spending on oil and gas, CEO says Profits driven by strong oil trading, hit by LNG LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – BP’s (BP.L) second quarter profit soared to $8.45 billion, its highest in 14 years, as strong refining margins … Read more

US considers crackdown on memory chip makers in China

US considers crackdown on memory chip makers in China

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The United States is considering limiting shipments of American chipmaking equipment to memory chip makers in China including Yangtze Memory Technologies Co Ltd (YMTC), according to four people familiar with the matter, part of a bid to halt China’s semiconductor sector advances and protects US companies. If President Joe Biden’s … Read more

US manufacturing slows modestly; excess inventories a major concern

US manufacturing slows modestly;  excess inventories a major concern

Manufacturing index dips to 52.8 in July from 53.0 in June New orders contracting, supplier deliveries improving Price increases for inputs slowing; inventories piling up WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – US manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July and there were signs that supply constraints are easing, with a measure of prices paid for … Read more

First Ukraine grain ship to set sail, more to follow, says Turkey

First Ukraine grain ship to set sail, more to follow, says Turkey

First Ukraine grain ship bound for Lebanon Turkey says more ships to follow Russian missiles pound port of Mykolaiv Ukraine grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadatursky killed in Mykolaiv Putin’s maritime ambitions include Black Sea, Arctic KYIV, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The first ship to set sail from Ukraine with grain exports since the beginning of the … Read more

After starting New Mexico fire, US asks victims to pay

After starting New Mexico fire, US asks victims to pay

TIERRA MONTE, NM, July 31 (Reuters) – After the US government started the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history in April, it is asking victims to share recovery costs on private land, jeopardizing relief efforts, according to residents and state officials. The blaze was sparked by US Forest Service (USFS) prescribed fires to reduce … Read more