WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases top 100 in Europe

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Cases in nine European countries, North America, Australia … Read more

Putin promises to bolster Russia’s IT security in the face of cyber attacks

May 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the number of cyber attacks on Russia by foreign “state structures” had increased several times over and that Russia must bolster its cyber defenses by reducing the use of foreign software and hardware. The websites of many state-owned companies and news websites have suffered … Read more

Germany and Italy approved Russian gas payments after nod from Brussels – sources

A model of the natural gas pipeline is seen in front of displayed word EU and Russia flag colors in this illustration taken March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Some EU states refuse to comply with Russian payment demands Others approve Russian payments after talks with EU … Read more

Google ‘private browsing’ mode not really private, Texas lawsuit says

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – The Google search engine collects data on users who think they can be anonymous if they use a “private browsing” mode, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed on Thursday, filing an amended privacy lawsuit against the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit. Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia filed … Read more

Ukraine says Russian attacks on Donbas intensifying

Donbas region is completely destroyed -Zelenskiy Group of Seven sends billions more to Ukraine US Senate approves $40 bln in further aid KYIV/SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces intensified their offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region using artillery, rocket-launchers and aircraft to damage defenses around Donetsk, Ukraine’s general staff said on Friday. “The … Read more

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon to meet amid worries about North Korea

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, May 20 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden is likely to get a warm welcome from South Korea’s leadership on his first trip to Asia, but he may face a less friendly greeting from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Biden lands in South Korea on Friday evening, where he meets new President … Read more

Oklahoma lawmakers pass near-total abortion ban

May 19 (Reuters) – Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would ban nearly all abortions and would allow private citizens to sue anyone who helps women terminate pregnancy. The bill would take effect immediately upon being signed by Republican Governor Kevin Stitt, making it the most restrictive abortion ban in … Read more

Ukraine prosecutor seeks life sentence for Russian soldier in war crimes trial

KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian state prosecutor asked a court on Thursday to sentence a Russian soldier to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander, asked widow Kateryna Shelipova to forgive him for … Read more

Tesla’s Musk says he ‘can no longer support’ Democrats, ‘will vote Republican’

Elon Musk attends the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022. Patrick Pleul/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that while he voted for Democrats … Read more

More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, Russia says

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns US reopens Kyiv embassy Ukraine says saboteurs targeted Russian armored train KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – Moscow said 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the United States became the latest Western country … Read more