Yemen separatists declare self-rule in south

Separatists in southern Yemen have declared self-rule, breaking a peace deal signed in November with the internationally recognised government. The Aden-based Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared a state of emergency, saying it would govern the port city and other southern

Cuba sends doctors to South Africa to combat coronavirus

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba sent 216 healthcare workers to South Africa on Saturday, the latest of more than 20 medical brigades it has sent worldwide to combat the coronavirus pandemic, in what some call socialist solidarity and others medical diplomacy.

India allows small shops to reopen

India has allowed small local stores to reopen more than a month after the country went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. The interior ministry said only half of staff should work and they had to follow precautions such

Web over virus: Taiwan sommelier takes wine tasting online

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A young Taiwanese sommelier is taking his wine tasting classes online to keep his business afloat, as social distancing rules to contain the spread of the new coronavirus prevents large gatherings. Live streaming from his studio in

Covid-19 doctors: Notes on hope, fear and longing

Dr Milind Baldi was on duty in a Covid-19 ward when a 46-year-old man was wheeled in with severe breathing difficulty. The man was scared for his life and kept repeating one question: “Will I survive?” The question was followed

New North American trade pact to take effect July 1-USTR

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday said he has notified Congress that the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will enter into force on July 1, a month later than initially proposed. In a statement, Lighthizer

UPDATE 2-Brazilian markets sink as Moro resignation ignites political crisis

(Adds detail, quote, updates prices) By Jamie McGeever BRASILIA, April 24 (Reuters) – Brazil’s currency, stocks and bonds sank on Friday, lashed by a deepening political crisis as the resignation of the country’s popular justice minister prompted investors already nervous