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ADDIS ABABA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Ethiopia conducted an air strike on Sunday in the western part of the Tigray region that hit a training site of the rebellious Tigrayan forces and an arms depot, government spokesperson Legesse Tulu told Reuters. It was not immediately possible to verify the claim as communications are down throughout most of war-hit Tigray. TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda told Reuters he had no information about any strike on Sunday and would seek to verify the report with his colleagues. Mai Aini and Adi Harush Refugee Camps, which host thousands of Eritrean refugees, are both in the vicinity of Mai Tsebri. Tulu said that the refugee camps were not affected by the strike.
Persons: Legesse, Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Mai Aini, Mai Tsebri, Maggie Fick, Hugh Lawson, Raissa Organizations: Reuters, Adi, Ethiopia’s Administration, Refugee, Returnee Affairs, United Nations, Refugees, Addis, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Adi Harush, Mai, Addis Ababa
(CNN) The Ethiopian government's air force carried out two air strikes in the northern region of Tigray, government spokesperson Legese Tulu told CNN Sunday. One of the strikes hit a military command post and training center belonging to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) -- the region's ruling party -- in the city of Mai Tsebri, according to Legese. A second strike targeted the town of Adwa where Legese alleged the TPLF were manufacturing military equipment and fake Ethiopian National Defense Forces uniforms. The strikes are part of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed major offensive against the TPLF, which began last year. TPLF denied that the Ethiopian air force had hit military targets in Tigray on Sunday, and instead said the strikes targeted a hospital and a textile factory.
Persons: Legese, Mai Tsebri, Abiy Ahmed, TPLF, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Ethiopia's Locations: Tigray, Mai, Adwa
Thailand announces reopening rules for tourism reboot
  + stars: | 2021-10-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File PhotoBANGKOK, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Thailand announced rules on Friday for its quarantine-free reopening to visitors from 45 countries, in an effort to revive an economy struggling to recover from the collapse of its vital tourism sector. COVID-19 has cost Thailand about 3 million tourism-dependent jobs and an estimated $50 billion a year in revenue. "Reopening pilot tourism areas to more foreign visitors, will benefit the overall economy and jobs, particularly the tourism sector and related businesses," said Thai coronavirus task force spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan. While tourism has been decimated in many countries, the impact in Thailand has been severe, with authorities targeting 100,000 arrivals this year, compared with nearly 40 million before the pandemic. The eligible countries for quarantine exemption include Britain, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia.
Persons: Stavros, Jorge Silva, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Apisamai Srirangsan, Prayuth Chan, Orathai Sriring, Martin Petty Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Greece, Valina, Russia, Phuket, Thailand, BANGKOK, Asia, Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua, Britain, United States, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia
New York City will require that all of its municipal workforce get vaccinated against Covid-19, eliminating the option for testing and joining a group of state and local governments with similar mandates. Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to announce an order Wednesday that would mean some 46,000 city workers need to get their first shot by Oct. 29 or potentially lose their jobs, a spokeswoman said. The new rule covers 160,500 workers, of whom about 71% are partially or fully vaccinated, according to official estimates. The city said 70% of police and 60% of fire department personnel have received at least one shot.
Persons: Bill de Blasio Organizations: Covid Locations: York City
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Thailand prepares airports for quarantine-free travellers
  + stars: | 2021-10-20 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Immigration police officers are seen during a readiness inspection in preparation for the country's reopening on November 1, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaBANGKOK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Thai government officials on Wednesday inspected the readiness of the country's airports to welcome quarantine-free travellers, due to return next month after almost two years of strict COVID-19 rules that halted vital tourism. "November 1 is the first step," Transport Minister Saksiam Chidchob said during a visit to Bangkok's Don Muang airport on Wednesday. Thailand piloted reopening earlier this year in its resort island of Phuket, allowing fully-vaccinated tourists to skip Thailand’s mandatory two-week quarantine provided they remained on the island. Thailand has recorded nearly 1.8 million cases and 18,486 fatalities since the outbreak began, the overwhelming majority of which have been in the past seven months.
Persons: Chiang, Saksiam Chidchob, Don, Saksiam, Artorn Pookasook, John Geddie, William Maclean Organizations: Suvarnabhumi, REUTERS, Wednesday, Thomson Locations: Bangkok, Thailand, BANGKOK, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Tourism, Don Muang, Phuket
Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on February 1, presides at an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. read moreThe decision broke with ASEAN's decades-long policy of engagement and non-interference in the affairs of member nations. "The mood in the meeting had never been more tense," said one of the people with knowledge of the discussions. Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Twitter the outcome of the meeting was a "difficult but necessary decision to uphold ASEAN's credibility". But the decision to sideline Min Aung Hlaing represents "the most severe sanction that any ASEAN member state has ever been dealt by the organisation," said Connelly.
Persons: Min Aung Hlaing, Stringer, Min Aung, Vivian Balakrishnan, Teodoro Locsin, Aung, Aung Hlaing, ASEAN’s, juntas, Erywan Yusof, Suu Kyi, Min, General Antonio Guterres, weren’t, Aaron Connelly, Connelly, regionwide, Fuadi Pitsuwan, Chiang, Chayut Setboonsarng, Karen Lema, Shoon, Poppy McPherson, Clarence Fernandez, Raju Gopalakrishnan Organizations: Armed Forces, REUTERS, Myanmar, Junta, Association of South East Asian Nations, ASEAN, Twitter, Assistance Association for Political, European Union, East Asia Summit, International Institute for Strategic Studies, National Unity Government, Chiang Mai University’s School of Public, Thomson Locations: Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, United States, Suu, Southeast Asia, ASEAN, Chiang Mai
A health worker holds a syringe and a vial of the Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a market in Bangkok, Thailand, March 17, 2021. Thailand used over 31.5 million Sinovac doses since February, starting with two doses to frontline workers, high-risk groups and residents of Phuket, a holiday island that reopened to tourists early in a pilot scheme. In July, Thailand started inoculating people with Sinovac as a first dose followed by the Oxford University-developed AstraZeneca (AZN.L). Thailand next year plans to buy 120 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in total and has already booked 60 million doses of AstraZeneca, a vaccine it manufactures locally. Thailand has recorded nearly 1.8 million cases and 18,336 fatalities overall, more than 98% in the past seven months.
Persons: Opas, Hua Hin, Chiang, Chayut Setboonsarng, Martin Petty Organizations: REUTERS, Oxford University, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Thomson Locations: Bangkok, Thailand, BANGKOK, Phuket, Pattaya, Hua, Chiang Mai
CAIRO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - For nearly 45 years, Nasser Abdel Basset has been a proud maker of the fez, the iconic felt hat that was once worn by Egypt's elite, bureaucrats and students. Located in the Old Cairo street of al-Ghoureya, Abdel Basset's workshop is one of the very few remaining. "I learned the craft from an apprentice, I inherited it and I am now passing it on. After the country's military toppled Ali's ruling dynasty in 1952, however, President Gamal Abdel Nasser abolished the fez as it was considered one of the symbols of the former ruling elite. Students and scholars at the thousand-year-old al-Azhar University as well as other Muslim religious clerics are now Abdel Basset's only clients, as it represents an important part of their uniform and history.
Persons: Nasser Abdel Basset, Abdel Basset's, Mohamed Ali Pasha, Ali's, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Azhar, Basset, Ahmed Fahmy, Mai Shams El, Nafisa Eltahir, Ed Osmond Organizations: Students, Azhar University, Thomson Locations: CAIRO, fez, Old Cairo, Ottoman, Egypt
Lahore, Pakistan A father in Pakistan is suspected of killing his two daughters and their four children by setting their house ablaze because one of the women married against his wishes, police said. Manzoor Hussain is being hunted by police after allegedly setting fire to the home that sisters Fauzia Bibi and Khurshid Mai shared in a village in the Muzaffargargh district of central Pakistan, police official Abdul Majeed told Reuters by phone. Mai's husband also died in the blaze, Majeed said. Bibi had married Mehboob Ahmad about 18 months ago against her father's will in a so-called love marriage, according to the official, as opposed to an arranged marriage. "The incident is outcome of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage," Majeed said.
Persons: Manzoor Hussain, Fauzia Bibi, Khurshid Mai, Abdul Majeed, Majeed, Bibi, Mehboob Ahmad, Read Locations: Lahore, Pakistan, Muzaffargargh
LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A father in Pakistan is suspected of killing his two daughters and their four children by setting their house ablaze because one of the women married against his wishes, police said. Bibi had married Mehboob Ahmad about 18 months ago against her father's will in a so-called love marriage, according to the official, as opposed to an arranged marriage. "The incident is outcome of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage," Majeed said. Hussain, the father being searched for, lives in a nearby village, he added. Hundreds of women in Pakistan are killed by relatives every year for marrying without consent, or against their family's wishes, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Persons: Manzoor Hussain, Fauzia Bibi, Khurshid Mai, Abdul Majeed, Majeed, Bibi, Mehboob Ahmad, Hussain, Ahmad, Asif Shahzad, Pravin Organizations: Reuters, Human Rights, Pakistan, Pravin Char, Thomson Locations: LAHORE, Pakistan, Muzaffargargh
TAIYUAN, China, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Aluminium processors in China face slimmer profits this year due to surging metal prices, Shandong Nanshan Aluminium Co Ltd’s chairman said on Thursday. Three-month aluminium on the London Metal Exchange surged to $3,118.50 a tonne on Wednesday, a level not seen since July 2008. “The upstream high aluminium prices have already transmitted to fabricators, and fabricators have to transfer the costs to the downstream sector,” he said, adding it was uncertain whether aluminium end-users would accept that. Power-intensive aluminium smelting is expected to be one of the worst hit metal sectors alongside steel. “Aluminium smelting is seven times more power intensive than copper smelting, so aluminium is really the sector that gets hit pretty hard,” said Eoin Dinsmore, CRU’s head of primary aluminium and products at a webinar on Tuesday.
Persons: Lu Zhengfeng, Lu, , Eoin Dinsmore, Min Zhang, Mai Nguyen, Mark Potter Organizations: Shandong Nanshan Aluminium, Antaike’s, Antaike’s China International Aluminium, Shanghai Futures Exchange, London Metal Exchange Locations: TAIYUAN, China, Shandong, Antaike’s China, Asia, Europe, China’s, Taiyuan, Mai, Hanoi
Los Angeles Councilman, Former USC Dean Indicted
  + stars: | 2021-10-13 | by ( Christine Mai-Duc | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
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* GRAPHIC-2021 asset returns: tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl (Updates throughout, changes dateline to LONDON)LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Copper prices were steady on Friday as concerns over the impact of higher prices on global growth were offset by low inventories in exchange warehouse, pointing to solid demand. Market focus turns to non-farm payrolls later in the day after a week of fretting over the economic impact of soaring energy prices and the prospects of faster than expected interest rate rises to combat inflation. Weekly copper inventories data for warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange showed a rise for the first time in eight weeks, increasing by 15% to 50,062 tonnes but still hovering around 2009 lows. MCUSTX-TOTALEVERGRANDE: Another concern for the copper market is potential contagion from the financial woes of Chinese property developer Evergrande. However, global exchange copper inventories are down 23% since late August and the copper price was flat over that period, the analysts said.
Persons: , Gianclaudio Torlizzi, ” Jefferies, Zandi Shabalala, Mai Nguyen, David Goodman Organizations: London Metal Exchange, Exchange, Shanghai Futures Exchange Locations: LONDON, China’s, Hanoi
Investors this week fretted over the economic impact of soaring energy prices and the prospects of faster than expected interest rate rises to combat inflation. Weekly copper inventories data for warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange showed a rise for the first time in eight weeks, increasing by 15% to 50,062 tonnes but still hovering around 2009 lows. EVERGRANDE: Another concern for the copper market is potential contagion from the financial woes of Chinese property developer Evergrande. However, global exchange copper inventories are down 23% since late August and the copper price was flat over that period, the analysts said. (Reporting by Zandi Shabalala Additional reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi Editing by David Goodman and Louise Heavens)
Persons: , Gianclaudio Torlizzi, ” Jefferies, Zandi Shabalala, Mai Nguyen, David Goodman, Louise Heavens Organizations: London Metal Exchange, Exchange, Shanghai Futures Exchange Locations: China’s, Hanoi
* GRAPHIC-2021 asset returns: tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl (Recasts with updated prices after jobs data)LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Copper and other industrial metals bounced on Friday after surprisingly weak U.S. jobs data tipped the dollar lower. The U.S. economy created 194,000 jobs last month, the fewest jobs in nine months, compared to a consensus forecast of 500,000 jobs. The dollar index weakened, catching metals traders off-guard, who scrambled to adjust positions and buy back bearish trades as stops were hit, traders said. “The market remains very tight on the supply side so it is very vulnerable to what the dollar does. (Reporting by Zandi Shabalala and Eric Onstad Additional reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi Editing by David Goodman and Louise Heavens)
Persons: , Gianclaudio Torlizzi, Marex, ” Torlizzi, Zandi Shabalala, Eric Onstad, Mai Nguyen, David Goodman, Louise Heavens Organizations: London Metal Exchange Locations: U.S, Milan, China, Peruvian, Hanoi
(Reuters) - Copper analysts are reviewing their price forecasts for the red metal after simultaneous disruptions in two key sectors in China that together make up more than half the country’s copper demand. China is the world’s biggest user of copper, accounting for around 50% of global consumption, so a shake-up to its copper market balance has global repercussions. Potentially offsetting that downbeat short-term outlook are forecasts for robust copper demand as part of the global energy transition for everything from charging stations to solar plants. (GRAPHIC: Copper consumption breakdown - )“Weakening construction, credit tightening, Evergrande crisis and a power shortage in China are key headwinds for copper prices,” said ANZ analyst Soni Kumari. China’s tight copper inventories are also providing an offset to the broader macro picture, limiting market pessimism.
Persons: Aly, , , Colin Hamilton, Hamilton, “ I’d, Soni Kumari, Wenyu Yao, “ What’s, ” Yao Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, CRU Group, BMO Capital Markets, China Evergrande, Machinery, ANZ, Citi, ING, Shanghai Futures, ” Citi Locations: China, Baoying, Jiangsu province, LME
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U.N. urges Ethiopia to allow unhindered aid as famine looms
  + stars: | 2021-10-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. Picture taken June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Ethiopia's government on Wednesday to allow the world body to deliver humanitarian aid to millions in the country's north "without hindrance." During a U.N. Security Council meeting, Guterres urged Ethiopia's government to allow "unrestricted movement of desperately needed fuel, cash, communications equipment and humanitarian supplies" into Tigray, Amhara and Afar. Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Leslie AdlerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Ethiopia's, Michelle Nichols, Leslie Adler Organizations: REUTERS, UNITED NATIONS, United Nations, Security, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Amhara, Afar
He added that declining inventories in exchange warehouses was a positive factor. On-warrant copper stocks in LME-registered warehouses that are available to the market have more than halved since mid-August to 100,250 tonnes.MCUSTX-TOTALMeanwhile, in warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange, copper stocks are at their lowest since 2009 at 43,525 tonnes CU-STX-SGH. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange shed 1.7% to $9,090 a tonne by 1120 GMT. SPREADS: The premium of cash LME copper over the three-month contract MCU0-3 was at $4.30 a tonne, having eased from $19 a week ago. (Reporting by Zandi Shabalala, additional reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)
Persons: China Evergrande, Alastair Munro, Ole Hansen, , Zandi Shabalala, Mai Nguyen, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: LONDON, U.S, Federal Reserve, Shanghai Futures Exchange, London Metal Exchange, Saxo Bank Locations: China, LME, Hanoi
METALS-Copper falls as dollar inches near 1-year high
  + stars: | 2021-10-05 | by ( Mai Nguyen | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
(Updates prices, adds quotes)Oct 5 (Reuters) - London copper prices fell on Tuesday as dollar gained strength, amid tepid trade as markets in top consumer China were closed for a public holiday. “Without the crude (oil) story, we should have drifted lower on strong U.S. dollar and more dominos falling in China. Crude oil prices rose on supply concerns. The trader said higher crude oil prices might deter some metal makers from producing due to higher cost. FUNDAMENTALS* Chile’s top miners saw their production of copper fall in August, Chilean state copper commission Cochilco said on Monday, impacted in part by a strike at a mine owned by state miner Codelco.
Persons: , Cochilco Organizations: London Metal Exchange, U.S, Federal Reserve Locations: London, China, Singapore
Oct 5 (Reuters) - Copper prices fell on Tuesday in London on a firmer dollar, but trade was tepid as markets in top consumer China were closed for a public holiday and ahead of key U.S. jobs data this weekend. The dollar index rose, making greenback-priced metals more expensive to holders of other currencies. China is on holiday from Oct. 1-7. * Global copper smelting activity rebounded in September as higher treatment charges spurred many smelters to increase output, data from satellite surveillance showed on Monday. DATA/EVENTS (GMT)0750 France Markit Serv, Comp PMIs Sept0755 Germany Markit Services PMI Sept0755 Germany Markit Comp Final PMI Sept0800 EU Markit Serv, Comp Final PMIs Sept0830 UK Reserve Assets Total Sept1230 US International Trade Aug1345 US Markit Serv, Comp Final PMIs Sept1400 US ISM N-Mfg PMI Sept (Reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
Persons: Cochilco, France Markit, Mai Nguyen, Rashmi Aich Organizations: London Metal Exchange, Reserve, Trade, PMI Locations: London, China, France, Germany, Hanoi
Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged up 0.2% to $9,147.50 a tonne by 0724 GMT, recovering slightly from the previous week’s 2.2% fall. Trading volume was low as Chinese markets were closed for a week-long public holiday. Widespread power shortage in China has raised concerns of slower growth and muted metals demand but Chinese premier Li Keqiang said last week the country will ensure its power supply and keep economic operations within a reasonable range. LME aluminium advanced 0.6% to $2,874 a tonne, nickel increased 0.4% to $18,040 a tonne, zinc was up 0.7% at $3,004 a tonne while lead fell 0.4% to $2,132.50 a tonne and tin shed 0.4% to $33,695 a tonne. * For the top stories in metals and other news, click or (Reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Additional reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Rashmi Aich)
Persons: Li Keqiang, , Malcolm Freeman, Mai Nguyen, Tom Daly, Subhranshu Sahu, Rashmi Organizations: London Metal Exchange, Futures, Noble Group Holdings Locations: London, China, Hanoi
The oil spill off the coast of Southern California may have been caused by a boat anchor hitting an underwater pipeline and causing it to rupture, the chief executive of the energy company whose equipment was involved said Monday. Amplify Energy Corp. chief executive Martyn Willsher said at a news conference that his company has surveyed more than 8,000 feet of pipe located about 4.5 miles off the coast using remote-controlled underwater cameras and has concluded that an anchor collision is a “distinct possibility.”
Persons: Martyn Willsher Organizations: Energy Corp Locations: Southern California
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