The yuan is the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

The yuan is the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

Russia turns to Chinese currency amid sanctions Moscow becomes No. 4 offshore yuan trading center Yuan’s share of Russian FX market jumps from 1% to 45% Russian central bank supports trend but warns of risks This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW/SHANGHAI, Nov 29 … Read more

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

OTTAWA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Canada launched its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday, pledging more resources to tackle “disruptive” China as it works with the world’s second-largest economy on climate change and trade issues. The 26-page document outlined spending of C$2.3 billion ($1.7 billion), including to bolster Canada’s military presence and cybersecurity in the region … Read more

In a cold Ukrainian village, Banksy mural offers a warm bath

In a cold Ukrainian village, Banksy mural offers a warm bath

HORENKA, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – As they face a cold winter, residents of a bombed-out Ukrainian village say they appreciate a warm bath in a mural painted by graffiti artist Banksy. The mural, which shows a man scrubbing his back in a bathtub, is on the ground floor of the remains of an apartment … Read more

Iranians choose not to sing the national anthem at the World Cup

Iranians choose not to sing the national anthem at the World Cup

DOHA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Iran’s national football team chose not to sing their country’s national anthem before their opening match against England on Monday, in a clear show of support for protesters at home. All eleven starting players were silent as the national anthem was played at the Khalifa International Stadium. More than two … Read more

Britain has frozen £18bn of Russian assets

Britain has frozen £18bn of Russian assets

Russia overtakes Libya and Iran as main target of UK sanctions UK says sanctions hurt Russian military Russia ‘uses chips in tank kitchen appliances’ UK government has reported 236 sanctions violations LONDON, Nov. 10 (Reuters) – The British government said Thursday it had frozen assets worth more than £18 billion ($20.5 billion) owned by Russian … Read more

Activists cling to Goya paintings in Spanish climate protest

Activists cling to Goya paintings in Spanish climate protest

MADRID, Nov. 5 (Reuters) – Climate activists glued their hands to the frames of two world-famous paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Goya at Madrid’s Prado Museum on Saturday, the latest in a series of protests against artworks across Europe. A man and woman attached themselves to Goya’s “La Maja Vestida” (The Clothed Maja) and … Read more

Soup thrown at Van Gogh painting in protest against climate change in Rome

Soup thrown at Van Gogh painting in protest against climate change in Rome

ROME, Nov. 4 (Reuters) – Italian environmental protesters on Friday threw pea soup over a Vincent van Gogh painting on display in Rome before sticking themselves to the gallery wall. The stunt targeting “The Sower” was performed by four women from the group Ultima Generazione (Last Generation) who shouted slogans against global warming and fossil … Read more

Activist sticks his head on painting ‘Girl with a pearl earring’ in The Hague

Activist sticks his head on painting ‘Girl with a pearl earring’ in The Hague

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – A climate activist on Thursday stuck his head to glass in a museum in The Hague that covered the world-famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” although the artwork was not damaged, gallery staff said. A second activist stuck his hand to the wall next to the work of Dutch … Read more

US, Canada supply armored vehicles to Haitian police to fight gangs

US, Canada supply armored vehicles to Haitian police to fight gangs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – US and Canadian military planes Saturday delivered tactical and armored vehicles and other supplies to the Haitian National Police (HNP) to help fight criminal gangs that have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in Haiti. “This equipment will assist the HNP in its fight against criminal actors who fuel violence and disrupt … Read more

British police prosecute two women after soup was thrown at Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

British police prosecute two women after soup was thrown at Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

LONDON, Oct. 15 (Reuters) – Two women have been charged with criminal damages after climate change protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” at London’s National Gallery, British police said on Saturday. A video posted by the Just Stop Oil campaign group, which has been protesting in the British capital for the past … Read more