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

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms are not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields … Read more

The underground networks of Russians helping Ukrainian refugees

TBILISI, May 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian refugees who reluctantly find themselves under Moscow’s rule are receiving help from an unlikely quarter: networks of Russian volunteers helping those displaced by the war to leave Russia. When Bogdan Goncharov, his wife and 7-year-old daughter fled the shelling in their hometown of Mariupol in mid-March, they ended up … Read more

A rival sits out Lebanon’s election. Now Hezbollah could fill the void

Saad al-Hariri, former PM, withdraws from politics His move leaves Lebanon’s Sunni vote fragmented Many people expected not to vote amid economic meltdown That could play into Iran-backed Hezbollah’s hands TRIPOLI, Lebanon, May 9 (Reuters) – The stakes are high in Lebanon’s election. The heavily armed Hezbollah movement has seen one of its main rivals … Read more

Russia unleashes rockets after Mariupol ceasefire, EU eyes oil sanctions

Russian rockets pound parts of eastern, southern Ukraine West pledges heavier weapons to boost Ukraine defences ‘Ukraine’s finest hour’ – UK’s Johnson, echoing Churchill ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 3 (Reuters) – Russia launched an attack on the encircled Azovstal steel works in Mariupol, Ukraine’s last redoubt in the port city, after a ceasefire broke down on … Read more