Analysis: Food export bans, from India to Argentina, risk fueling inflation

MUMBAI / BUENOS AIRES / LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – It only took 24 hours for the last month of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in India – the world’s second-largest producer of wheat – to shelve its plans. In April, Modi said publicly that the world’s most populous democracy was ready to fill the … Read more

Explainer: Can abortion pills overcome US state bans?

June 24 (Reuters) – Following the US Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling eliminating the nationwide right to abortion that it had been recognized nearly 50 years ago in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, demand for abortion pills, which can be prescribed through online telemedicine visits, will likely rise. However, medication abortion will not necessarily … Read more

In ‘miracle’ city Shenzhen, China’s economic future for fears

SHENZHEN, China, June 13 (Reuters) – David Fong made his way from a poor village in central China to the southern boomtown of Shenzhen as a young man in 1997. Over the next 25 years he worked for a succession of overseas manufacturers. Everything from making his own multi-million dollar business to schoolbags to toothbrushes. … Read more

Shanghai revives after two-month COVID lockdown, wary of a new one

Residents celebrate, go shopping, return to work Car traffic, trains and buses resume in Shanghai Some residents wary COVID curbs may return City govt issues ‘thank you’ letter, some demand apology SHANGHAI, June 1 (Reuters) – Shanghai sprung back to life on Wednesday after two months of bitter isolation under a ruthless COVID-19 lockdown, with … Read more

Wary of foreign ‘bad manners’, Japan cautiously eases borders to aid tourism

The entrance gate to the normally crowded Kiyomizu temple, a favorite location among tourists, is pictured amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kyoto, Japan, July 21, 2020. Picture taken on July 21, 2020. REUTERS / Leika Kihara / File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – … Read more

Zero-COVID, big money: China’s anti-virus spending boosts medical, tech, construction

BEIJING, May 30 (Reuters) – China’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy of constantly monitoring, testing and isolating its citizens to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has battered much of the country’s economy, but it has created bubbles of growth in the medical, technology and construction sectors. The Chinese government, alone among major countries in vowing to eradicate … Read more

No work and nowhere to live: a rural migrant’s ordeal in locked-down Shanghai

BEIJING, May 27 (Reuters) – When Shanghai began its draconian COVID-19 lockdown two months ago, the French restaurant where Sun Wu waited tables closed and the 22-year-old, like countless other rural migrants, lost his job. To make ends meet, Sun helped sort government deliveries for residents under lockdown, earning 250 yuan ($ 38) a day … Read more

Biden says no change on ‘strategic ambiguity’ as Taiwan overshadows Quad talks

TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Tuesday there was no change to a US policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan, a day after he angered China by saying he would be willing to use force to defend the democratic island . The issue of Taiwan loomed over a meeting in Tokyo … 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

Pandemic pushes shadows out the Spanish workers

MADRID / ROME, May 9 (Reuters) – Forums, a cash-filled envelope – or “sobre” – were about how to work on the spaniards of lawyers in tourism, agriculture or construction. COVID-19, however, may be finally paying off the “sobre”, economic data and workers’ experiences suggested – accelerating a six-year-long crackdown on Spain’s shadow economy and … Read more