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In the third quarter, it expects Spanish gross domestic product to grow 2.7% after rising 2.8% in the April to June period. After a record 10.8% slump last year, the central bank expects gross domestic product to expand 6.3% in 2021, up from a 6.2% forecast in June. The central bank forecasts came just after Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said that GDP was likely to recover to pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year, as she maintained previous growth forecasts for this year and the next. The central bank meanwhile raised its forecasts to 5.9% for next year, from a prior 5.8%, and to 2.0% for 2023, from 1.8%, with the central bank expecting the Spanish economy to recover to pre-pandemic levels during 2022, instead of by the end of next year. The central bank cited continued support from fiscal and monetary policies as being among factors underpinning this outlook.
Persons: Nadia Calvino, Calvino, Jesus Aguado, Emma Pinedo, Inti Landauro, Alison Williams Organizations: Bank of, Bank of Spain Locations: MADRID, Bank of Spain
Even though the presidency looks beyond reach, he may pull votes away from Marine Le Pen, his less radical rival on the far right, and change the dynamics of the election. The Paris-born son of Jewish Berbers who emigrated from Algeria in the 1950s, Zemmour calls for the "re-Frenchification" of France. "We have to tell French people of migrant origin to make a choice on who they are," Zemmour said. Polls have for months shown a runoff between Macron and Le Pen to be the most likely scenario - without Zemmour in the running. Election tradition holds that the left and right coalesce, however relucantly, in a two-way runoff to keep the far right out.
Persons: Eric Zemmour, dernier, Eric Gaillard, Pen, Le Pen, Mohammed, Emmanuel Macron, Said, Zemmour, Donald Trump, cowardliness, Dany Becker, Le, Elizabeth Pineau, Michel Rose, Richard Lough, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Macron TOULON, Macron, Union, The, Thomson Locations: France, Nice, Toulon, The Paris, Algeria, Macron, Paris
WHO's Tedros wins German backing for second term
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - German Health Minister Jens Spahn backed a second term for World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and called on other countries to support the former Ethiopian health minister ahead of a deadline this week. "We invite partner countries to join us nominating DG (Director General) Tedros," Spahn told Reuters. Those criticisms were echoed in a Wall Street Journal editorial on Tuesday arguing against a second term. While Tedros has not publicly acknowledged his plans to run again for a second five-year term, saying he was focusing on fighting the pandemic, four sources said he is the only known candidate.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Fabrice Coffrini, Jens Spahn, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Spahn, Trump, Andreas Rinke, Emma Thomasson, Keith Weir, Kirsti Knolle, Alison Williams Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, Geneva Association of United Nations, German, World Health Organization, Ethiopian, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Geneva Switzerland, Germany, Ethiopia, Tigray, China
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Argentina is looking at buying up to $664-worth of multipurpose fighter jets to safeguard its airspace, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. A source with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters that planes from China, the United States, Russia, South Korea or Israel were being considered. The process "is in the technical-economic and financial evaluation stage of five alternatives," the ministry said in an official statement. Argentina is in the midst of the severe economic crisis that was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Reporting by Nicolas Misculin; Writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Nicolas Misculin, Aislinn Laing, Alison Williams Organizations: Defense Ministry, Reuters, Thomson Locations: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, China, United States, Russia, South Korea, Israel
CHICAGO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Haiti has recorded its first outbreak of the fatal pig virus African swine fever in 37 years, the World Organisation for Animal Health said, fueling concerns about the disease's spread in the Americas. The USDA in July reported the Dominican Republic had the Americas' first cases of African swine fever in nearly 40 years. Haiti is conducting surveillance for the disease and imposed a quarantine to control the outbreak, the OIE said. African swine fever is harmless to humans but often fatal to pigs. The disease spread rapidly in China starting three years ago and wiped out half the country's hog herd within a year.
Persons: OIE, Tom Polansek, Alison Williams, Richard Pullin Organizations: Organisation for Animal Health, U.S . Department of Agriculture, United, Haitian, U.S . Customs, USDA, Thomson Locations: Haiti, Americas, Anse, à, Pitre, Haiti's, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, United States, Dominican, U.S, Plum, New York, Africa, Europe, Asia, China
"Red-Red-Green have other ideas on economic and financial policy and they would lead Germany into a severe economic crisis if they implement them," Laschet told a news conference. At stake in the election is the future course of Europe's largest economy after 16 years of steady, centre-right leadership under Merkel. An INSA poll for Bild on Monday put the SPD at 25% support, with the CDU/CSU conservative bloc at 22%. SPD co-leader Saskia Esken said Scholz had shown voters on Sunday he was a "confident, competent, likeable" candidate. Laschet said such suggestions broke a taboo about respecting the independence of the judges who ordered the raids.
Persons: Armin Laschet, Joe Chialo, Monika Gruetters, Scholz, Armin Laschet ratcheted, Olaf Scholz, Angela Merkel, Laschet, Linke, Merkel, Laschet's, Saskia Esken, Norbert Walter, Borjans, Paul Carrel, Tomasz Janowski, Alison Williams Organizations: State Premier, Christian Democratic Union, CDU, Federal, Culture, Media, REUTERS, Sunday Social, Social Democrat, Social Democrats, Greens, CSU, SPD, Prosecutors, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, BERLIN
Kazakh pianist Alim Beysembayev, 23, reacts during an interview with Reuters after being announced as the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, at Steinway Hall in London, Britain, September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan-born pianist Alim Beisembayev began his musical career when he picked a miniature toy piano for his fifth birthday present. Now aged 23, he has scooped the career-making Leeds International Piano Competition, beating four other finalists. "I'm still coming down from cloud nine ... it really is a wonderful feeling," Beisembayev told Reuters on Monday. Beisembayev also scooped the audience prize, which is voted for by the public, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Prize for performance of a 20th/21st century work.
Persons: Alim Beysembayev, Hannah McKay, Alim Beisembayev, I'm, Beisembayev, Sergei Rachmaninov's, Paganini, Alim, Adam Gatehouse, Mindy Burrows, Marie, Louise Gumuchian, Alison Williams Organizations: Reuters, Leeds, Steinway Hall, REUTERS, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal College of Music, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Kazakhstan, Leeds, England
Kosovo special police with armoured vehicles are pictured as hundreds of Kosovo Serbs protest against a government ban on entry of vehicles with Serbian registration plates in Jarinje, Kosovo, September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Laura HasaniPRISTINA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Serbs in the north of Kosovo blocked roads on Monday near border crossings with Serbia after authorities barred cars with Serbian licence plates from coming into Kosovo. Serbia, which lost control of Kosovo in 1999 after NATO bombing, does not recognise Kosovo and has not been allowing cars with Kosovo licence plates to enter the country. Around 50,000 Serbs who live in the north of Kosovo, which borders Serbia, refuse to recognise Pristina's authorities and as the restrictions came in on Monday, dozens of cars and trucks blocked the roads in protest. Serbia and Kosovo, a country of 1.8 million people with an Albanian majority, began EU-mediated talks in 2013 to resolve outstanding issues, but little progress has been made.
Persons: Laura Hasani, Albin Kurti, ” Kurti, , Aleksandar Vucic, Vucic, Fatos Bytyci, Ivana Seularac, Alison Williams Organizations: Kosovo Serbs, REUTERS, NATO, Kosovo, Kosovo’s, Belgrade, , Thomson Locations: Kosovo, Jarinje, Laura Hasani PRISTINA, Serbia, EU, United States, Britain, Russia
But as catch quotas and efforts to target illegal fishing showed signs of working, the outlook for tuna appears to be improving. The southern bluefin also improved from "critically endangered" to "endangered" while albacore and yellowfin tuna were classified as "least concern". The Komodo dragon moved into the endangered category. The world's largest living lizard is well-protected on Indonesia's Komodo island but rising sea levels due to global warming are set to shrink its habitat, the IUCN said. The IUCN also expressed concern for sharks and rays, which are faring less well than tuna.
Persons: Craig Hilton, Taylor, Hilton, Andrew Terry, Emma Farge, Alison Williams Organizations: International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN Red, Reuters, IUCN, Saturday, Zoological Society of London, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Glasgow, Marseilles, France
Former French PM Fillon faces second financial misconduct probe
  + stars: | 2021-09-03 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Francois Fillon, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 French presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, reacts as he delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters in Paris after early results, France, April 23, 2017. Lawyer Antonin Levy accused the National Financial Prosecutor's (PNF) office of a witch hunt and said Fillon, who served as premier under Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007-2012, had committed no wrongdoing. "If a politician cannot write a political book, what's the point of being a lawmaker," he added. It is against French law to use public funds to pay an individual for private gain. Fillon and his wife, who received a suspended jail sentence, are appealing against the convictions.
Persons: Francois Fillon, Christian Hartmann, Lawyer Antonin Levy, Fillon, Nicolas Sarkozy, Levy, BFM, sully, Richard Lough, Benoit van Overstraeten, Alison Williams Organizations: Republicans, REUTERS, Lawyer, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, French
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoBEIJING, Sept 3 (Reuters) - China is facing growing difficulties in expanding its mass COVID-19 vaccination drive, but it will continue to inoculate more people and step up the programme of booster shots, a health official said on Friday. "Recently, as (pushing vaccination work) came to the later stage, it has become increasingly difficult," Zheng said at a health forum. China administered around 13 million doses per day on average in July and August, slower than June's daily average of 19 million. China has supplied 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world, Zheng said. President Xi Jinping said in August that China would strive to provide 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries in 2021.
Persons: Dado, Zheng Zhongwei, Zheng, Xi Jinping, Roxanne Liu, Ryan Woo, Edmund Blair, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, National Health Commission, Thomson Locations: BEIJING, China
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives a statement as he arrives for a defence ministers meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 6, 2021. John Thys/Pool via REUTERSBRUSSELS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he supported European Union plans to build a common defence policy but he warned against any rapid reaction force that might duplicate allied operations. EU defence ministers are considering creating a "first entry force" of 5,000 troops, saying the bloc needed to react to conflicts beyond its borders, spurred by the chaotic Western withdrawal from Afghanistan. read more"We welcome more EU efforts on defence, but that cannot replace NATO. It should not duplicate NATO, because we have one set of forces, we have scarce resources," Stoltenberg told Reuters in an interview.
Persons: Jens Stoltenberg, John Thys, Stoltenberg, Robin Emmott, Alison Williams Organizations: NATO, EU, REUTERS, European Union, Reuters, Force, United, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS BRUSSELS, Afghanistan, Crimea, Ukraine, United States
Tunisia's powerful union calls to change political system
  + stars: | 2021-09-03 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Noureddine Taboubi, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tunis, Tunisia January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Angus McDowall/File PhotoTUNIS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Tunisia's powerful labour union on Friday called on the president to propose changes to the political system and put them to a referendum after his seizure of governing powers in July in a move critics called a coup. On Friday, its leader Noureddine Taboubi, also indicated it would back changes to the constitution and political system, blaming them for the gridlock that preceded Saied's intervention on July 25. The president's actions appear to have widespread support after years of economic stagnation and political paralysis. Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Noureddine Taboubi, Angus McDowall, Kais Saied, Taboubi, Tarek Amara, Alison Williams Organizations: Tunisian General Labour Union, Reuters, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Tunis, Tunisia, TUNIS
DUBLIN, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Ireland collected 5.4% more tax than expected during the first eight months of the year, the finance ministry said on Thursday as the country prepared to remove the last of its COVID-19 restrictions. Tax revenues have been far more resilient than expected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to strong income and corporate tax. On a 12-month rolling basis, Ireland’s exchequer recorded a deficit of 9.54 billion euros in the year to the end of August. (Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Alison Williams)
Persons: Conor Humphries, Alison Williams Organizations: DUBLIN Locations: Ireland
Oman budget deficit down sharply year-on-year in July
  + stars: | 2021-09-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | )   time to read: +1 min
DUBAI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Oman posted a year-to-date budget deficit of 1.2 billion rials ($3.13 billion) in July, a 22.2% annual decline in its fiscal shortfall, the ministry of finance said, as the country starts reaping the benefits of fiscal consolidation reforms. “As fiscal consolidation continues, the public spending continues to decline,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Total spending was down by 4.7% in the year to July, compared to the same period a year earlier. The reforms - which included the launch of a value-added tax - have helped Oman raise billions of dollars in bonds and loans this year despite a yawning 2020 deficit of 19.3% of gross domestic product caused by lower oil prices and the coronavirus crisis. ($1 = 0.3840 Omani rials) (Reporting by Davide Barbuscia; Editing by Alison Williams)
Persons: Davide Barbuscia, Alison Williams Organizations: , International Monetary Fund Locations: DUBAI, Oman
A general view of under constructing buildings in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo, Egypt July 5, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyCAIRO, Sept 2 (Reuters) - In Egypt's new capital on the outskirts of Cairo, residents will use smart cards and apps to unlock doors and make payments, and surf the web on public WiFi beamed from lampposts. How much Egypt's centre of gravity shifts from Cairo to the new capital, 45 km from the Nile, is unclear. Technology and communications contracts for the new capital total $640 million, which could rise to $900 million in later phases, Khalil said. Officials say surveillance technology would be aimed at detecting crime and enhancing safety, and that data will be protected by Egyptian law and international standards.
Persons: Mohamed Abd El Ghany, Mohamed Khalil, Abdel Fattah al, Khalil, Tark Habib, Sisi, Steven Feldstein, Ahmed Fahmy, Aidan Lewis, Alison Williams Organizations: New Administrative Capital, REUTERS, Administrative Capital, Urban Development, Technology, Partners, Huawei, Mastercard, Honeywell, Carnegie Endowment, International Peace, Thomson Locations: New, Cairo, Egypt, Mohamed Abd El Ghany CAIRO, Orange, Washington
U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry attends a meeting via video link with Chinese Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi (not pictured) from Tianjin, China September 2, 2021. U.S. Department of State/Handout via REUTERSSHANGHAI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry said he had urged Chinese leaders to reach for the "highest ambition" in order to curb temperature rises, saying the climate crisis was not about politics. Senior Chinese diplomats told Kerry during his visit to China that the issue of climate change could not be separated from the broader political disputes between the two sides. Kerry said if China's planned additional coal capacity was completed it would undermine global efforts to bring emissions down to net zero and to limit global temperature rises. Kerry said talks would continue between the United States and China ahead of the next round of global climate talks in Glasgow in November.
Persons: John Kerry, Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi, Kerry, Xie Zhenhua, China's, David Stanway, Alison Williams, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Foreign Affairs Commission, U.S . Department of State, REUTERS, Senior, OECD, Thomson Locations: Tianjin, China, REUTERS SHANGHAI, United States, Glasgow
WTO backs U.S. in solar cell case brought by China
  + stars: | 2021-09-02 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
A logo is pictured outside the World Trade Organization (WTO) building in Geneva, Switzerland, April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoBRUSSELS, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The United States secured a victory at the World Trade Organization on Thursday in a case brought by China over U.S. measures to limit the import of solar panel cells. A three-person WTO panel rejected all four of China's claims and said that the measures did not breach global trade rules. The duties have applied to solar modules and, beyond a set quota, to solar cells. The safeguards were put in place by then-President Donald Trump at the same time as similar three-year measures for washing machines.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Washington, Donald Trump, Trump, Philip Blenkinsop, Alison Williams, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: World Trade Organization, REUTERS, United, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, BRUSSELS, United States, China, U.S
Members of Italian Guardia Costiera prepare to bring on board the migrants of a wooden boat near the island of Lampedusa, in the Mediterranean Sea, September 1, 2021. Migrant boat departures from Libya and Tunisia to Italy and other parts of Europe have increased in recent months due to the warmer weather. "The route from Tunisia to Lampedusa has suffered a huge increase (in crossings)... over the past year. It keeps the dinghy in its searchlights after its team, on a speedboat launched from the Astral, give the migrants life jackets and water. Writing by Andrei Khalip; Additional reporting by Eleanor Biles in Italy; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Juan Medina, David Llado, Andrei Khalip, Eleanor Biles, Alison Williams Organizations: Italian, REUTERS, Italian coastguard, Organization for Migration, Thomson Locations: Lampedusa, Libya, Tunisia, Italy, Europe, Africa
It was only two days after the Islamist group took over Kabul. Her live interview made headlines around the world as she became the first Afghan female journalist to quiz a member of the hardline group. "Women - Taliban they don't accept. The interview, part of a broader Taliban media campaign, aimed to show a more moderate face as they promised they would respect women's rights and include other Afghan factions in a power-sharing deal. They joined the tens of thousands of foreigners and Afghan nationals who took part in the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation.
Persons: Beheshta Arghand, Malala Yousafzai, Arghand, Yousafzai, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Alison Williams Organizations: Taliban, Reuters, Thomson Locations: DOHA, Kabul, Doha, Afghanistan
VENICE, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Decked out in a black and white Chanel gown, Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz led the comeback of movie stars to the red carpet of the Venice film festival on its opening night on Wednesday, as cinema hopes to shake off the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic. Theatres are operating at half capacity and a wall blocks the view to the red carpet to stop crowds from gathering outside the main venue. Cruz stars in "Parallel Mothers", the festival's opening film by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. 1/11 Actor Serena Rossi, who will host the opening ceremony of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, poses during a photocall on the beach, in Venice, Italy, August 31, 2021. "The red carpet will be one of the most crowded in years because everybody is here," he said.
Persons: Chanel, Oscar, Penelope Cruz, Cruz, Pedro Almodovar, Kirsten Dunst, Timothee Chalamet, Matt Dillon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Serena Rossi, Nardi, Alberto Barbera, Jane Campion's, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dunst, Kristen Stewart's, Diana, Spencer, Gyllenhaal, Elena Ferrante, Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Ridley Scott's, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Denis Villeneuve's, Bong Joon, Hanna Rantala, Mike Davidson, Mark Porter, Alison Williams, Richard Chang Organizations: Cannes, lockdowns, REUTERS, Reuters, Golden, Thomson Locations: VENICE, Venice, Spanish, Pedro Almodovar ., Italy
Coronavirus vaccine team and Southgate win at GQ Awards
  + stars: | 2021-09-01 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Actor Rege-Jean Page arrives to the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2021 in London, Britain September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Coronavirus vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert and England manager Gareth Southgate were among the winners at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards on Wednesday. The men’s fashion and style magazine named Oxford University professor Gilbert, biologist Catherine Green and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as heroes of the year. "Bridgerton" breakout star Regé-Jean Page won standout performance of the year while Adrian Dunbar, of police drama "Line of Duty", won television actor of the year. Other winners on the night included fashion designer and environmental activist Vivienne Westwood, named game changer of the year.
Persons: Rege, Jean Page, Henry Nicholls, Sarah Gilbert, Gareth Southgate, Oxford University professor Gilbert, Catherine Green, Anthony Hopkins, Oscar, Sacha Baron Cohen, Southgate, Adrian Dunbar, Paul Bettany, Kingsley Ben, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Sheeran, Wolf Alice, Arlo Parks, Vivienne Westwood, Brunello, Sarah Mills, Louise Gumuchian, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Oxford University professor, Oxford, AstraZeneca, Tate, Team GB, Paralympics, Tokyo Games, England, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, England, Italy, Miami ., Marie
MOSCOW, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry said on Tuesday it would hold naval drills in the Caspian Sea with small missile and artillery ships from Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in early September. Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Maria Kiselyova, Gabrielle Tétrault, Farber, Alison Williams Organizations: Thomson Locations: MOSCOW, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan
Around 500 Russian troops in drills near Afghanistan - report
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
MOSCOW, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Around 500 Russian motorised infantry troops are carrying out drills in the mountains of Tajikistan against the backdrop of instability in neighbouring Afghanistan, Russia's defence ministry was quoted as saying on Monday. All servicemen involved in the exercise come from the Russian military base in Tajikistan, the Interfax news agency quoted the Central Military District command as saying. The current set of drills is the third one carried out by Russia close to the Afghan border this month. Next month, a Russia-led security bloc will hold another exercise in Kyrgyzstan which hosts a Russian military airbase. Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Olzhas Auyezov, Alison Williams Organizations: Central Military District, Thomson Locations: MOSCOW, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Russian
China cuts amount of time minors can spend on online games
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
People play online games at an internet cafe in Fuyang, Anhui province, China August 20, 2018. REUTERS/StringerSHANGHAI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Chinese regulators on Monday slashed the amount of time players under the age of 18 can spend on online games to an hour of gameplay on Fridays, weekends and holidays, in response to growing concern over gaming addiction, state media reported. Previously, China limited the total length of time minors could access online games to three hours on holiday or 1.5 hours on other days. read moreThe National Press and Publication Administration also told Xinhua it would increase the frequency and intensity of inspections for online gaming companies to ensure they were putting in place time limits and anti-addiction systems. Reporting by Brenda Goh Editing by Alison Williams and Mark PotterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer SHANGHAI, Brenda Goh, Alison Williams, Mark Potter Organizations: REUTERS, National Press, Alibaba, HK, Tencent Holdings, Xinhua, Thomson Locations: Fuyang, Anhui province, China, Xinhua, Beijing
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