India increases spending in latest budget before election

India increases spending in latest budget before election

NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – India’s government on Wednesday unveiled a $550 billion budget for the next fiscal year which starts on April 1, with a record capital spending plan while containing the budget deficit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, which faces elections in key states this year and a national vote in 2024, … Read more

UK teachers and civil servants join biggest strikes in years on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

UK teachers and civil servants join biggest strikes in years on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

Up to 500,000 people expected to join UK strikes Government says steep pay rises will fuel inflation Schools will close, most trains will not run More strikes involving health workers planned for next week LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, train drivers and university professors walked off … Read more

Suspects arrested in Pakistan mosque blast, police focus on how suicide bomber got in

Suspects arrested in Pakistan mosque blast, police focus on how suicide bomber got in

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Police investigating a suicide bombing that killed more than 100 people at a Pakistani mosque said on Tuesday that several people had been arrested and they could not rule out the possibility that the perpetrator of the attack received assistance from internal security checks. The bombing was the deadliest … Read more

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

Pope begins trip to DR Congo and South Sudan Fran├žois meets the victims of the war in the Congo Trip postponed from July due to Pope’s knee disease KINSHASA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pope Francis denounced the “poison of greed” driving conflict in Africa as he began a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo … Read more

Russia continues its Donetsk campaign; Ukraine wants fighter jets

Russia continues its Donetsk campaign;  Ukraine wants fighter jets

The city of Bakhmut comes under new fire – The Ukrainian army Zelenskiy talks to senior defense officials US prepares $2.2 billion arms package for Ukraine KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Russian forces are gradually gaining ground in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province, focusing on the town of Bakhmut, north of the regional capital. After finally … Read more

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after Myanmar’s military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter is mourning the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family for four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintery Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of going … Read more

Exxon smashes the profits of Western oil majors with $56 billion in 2022

Exxon smashes the profits of Western oil majors with  billion in 2022

HOUSTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) posted net profit of $56 billion for 2022, the company said on Tuesday, grossing around $6.3 million per hour last year and setting not just a corporate record, but a historical record for the Western oil industry. The oil majors are expected to break their own … Read more

France hit by a new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

France hit by a new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

The reform would raise the retirement age to 64 Schools, transport networks, refinery deliveries affected Macron: an essential reform to ensure the viability of the pension system SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Strikers disrupted deliveries to French refineries, public transport and schools on Tuesday in a second day of nationwide protests against President Emmanuel … Read more

Three years later, Britain is still awaiting the Brexit dividend

Three years later, Britain is still awaiting the Brexit dividend

UK lags peers in growth, investment and trade Many economists say Brexit is contributing to underperformance Polls show Britons increasingly regret leaving the EU Lyons, pro-Brexit economist: UK problems have long roots LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Three years after leaving the European Union, Britain has yet to benefit from the promised Brexit dividend for … Read more

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks aggravating the conflict

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks aggravating the conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Overlooking the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts shatter the skyline, part of an incursion that has forced residents to flee the year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on Iraqi soil … Read more