Analysis: Saudi prince seeks Mideast leadership, independence with Xi’s visit

Xi’s trip comes at a delicate time in US-Saudi relations Prince seeks to navigate a polarized world order A lavish reception is expected for Xi Saudi Arabia is China’s biggest oil supplier Saudi-US relations strained over a host of issues RIYADH, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives the Chinese leader this … Read more

In North Carolina, vandals leave thousands in the dark

Dec 4 (Reuters) – Residents of a central North Carolina county faced a second night of freezing weather without power on Sunday after vandals opened fire on two power substations in what authorities called it a “targeted attack”. The motive for Saturday night’s wave of damage was unclear, Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said. Due … Read more

Fiance of U.S. citizen detained in UAE fears he will be extradited to Egypt

DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – An Egyptian-American national detained during a visit to the United Arab Emirates fears extradition to Egypt for criticizing the country’s authorities before the country hosted the conference on the COP27 climate last month, her fiancé said on Sunday. The United Arab Emirates, a close ally of Egypt, arrested Sherif Osman, … Read more

India plans federal oversight of all real-money online games

NEW DELHI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – India’s planned online gambling regulations will apply to all real-money gambling after the Prime Minister’s Office rejected a proposal to regulate games of skill only and exclude gambling, according to a government document and three sources. The long-awaited regulations will shape the future of India’s gambling industry, which research … Read more

China’s Xi unwilling to accept vaccines despite protests, U.S. official says

WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping is unwilling to accept Western vaccines despite the challenges China is facing with COVID-19, and although recent protests pose no threat to the regime of the Communist Party, they could affect his personal position, the American Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, said on Saturday. Although … Read more

Putin takes war to new level of ‘barbarism,’ U.S. diplomat says

KYIV, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is insincere about peace talks with Ukraine as he takes the war to a new level of “barbarism” by trying to turn off the lights civilians, a senior US diplomat said Saturday. US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other … Read more

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Dec 2 (Reuters) – A second Indiana judge on Friday blocked the state from enforcing its law banning most abortions after Jewish, Muslim and non-Christian women challenged it in a lawsuit. Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued a preliminary injunction against the Republican-backed law, which bans abortions with limited exceptions for rape, incest, … Read more

United States to end mpox emergency declaration

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Mpox should no longer be considered a public health emergency in the United States from February 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health said on Friday. The months-long declaration was aimed at tackling the largest outbreak of cases ever recorded in the country. The decision signals that the crisis, which has … Read more

Florida mulls U-turn on move to strip Disney theme-parks of self-governing status – FT

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Florida lawmakers are considering overturning a decision that would strip Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) of its right to operate a private government around its famous theme parks, the Financial Times reported on Friday, quoting people. informed of the plan. In April, lawmakers gave final approval to a bill ending Walt Disney’s … Read more

U.S. to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Thursday- U.S. official

WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The United States plans to announce new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday, a U.S. official said, as Pyongyang pushes ahead with banned missile development and signals a possible new nuclear test. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan flagged the plans earlier Thursday. “We have a new set of sanctions … Read more