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The nuanced Kremlin reaction made clear that Russia was not rejecting the U.S. and NATO responses out of hand or closing the door to diplomacy. The Russian foreign ministry said the best way to reduce tensions was for NATO to withdraw forces from eastern Europe, but also sought to quash fears of an invasion. Russia is the world's second-largest oil producer, and the crisis over Ukraine has fanned fears that energy supplies to Europe will be disrupted. Ukrainian, Russian, German and French diplomats discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine in Paris on Wednesday and agreed more talks should be held in Berlin in two weeks. He said Moscow believed Washington was preparing to deploy short and intermediate range missiles to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Persons: Jan, Dmitry Peskov, Russia's, Alexei Zaitsev, Peskov, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Joe Biden, Sergey Pivovarov Read, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Dmytro Kuleba, Sergei Lavrov, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Vladimir Ermakov, Biden, Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Natalia Zinets, Pavel Polityuk, Matthias Williams, Dmitry Antonov, Maxim Rodionov, Vladimir Soldatkin, Alexander Marrow, Mark Trevelyan, Timothy Heritage, Nick Macfie, Gareth Jones Organizations: NATO, U.S, Reuters, Kyiv, Russian, REUTERS, Ukraine's, NATO REDEPLOYMENTS TASS, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Ukraine, MOSCOW, Russia, United States, Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, Rostov, U.S, Turkey, Turkish, Ankara ., Crimea, Paris, Berlin, Washington, Asia, Pacific, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Copenhagen, Ankara, Kyiv
Jerusalem's holy sites and West Bank carpeted in rare snow
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
An aerial view shows Jerusalem's Old City covered in snow, January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar AwadJERUSALEM Jan 27 (Reuters) - A rare heavy snowfall covered Jerusalem, some of northern Israel and hilly areas in the occupied West Bank overnight into Thursday, shutting down roads and schools. Worshippers had to trudge through inches of snow to reach the holy sites in Jerusalem's walled Old City, including the snow-capped Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall. Heavy snow is rare in the city, so children went out into the streets to watch the flakes falling and hurl snowballs at each other. Throughout the night, 210 snow ploughs worked to clear the city streets, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion told Israel Army Radio on Thursday morning.
Persons: Ammar Awad JERUSALEM Jan, Abed Shabany, , , Moshe Lion, Ammar Awad, Ronen, Stephen Farrell, Henriette Chacar, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: West Bank, Police, Israel Army Radio, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem, Israel, Old City, , Greece, Turkey, Syria, Haifa
Airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. and the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, arrive at Amari Air Base, Estonia, January 24, 2022. U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. U.S. President Joe Biden has said he will not send American or allied troops to fight Russia in Ukraine. The United States, Britain and the Baltic states are sending weapons to Ukraine, including anti-tank missiles, small arms and boats. Romania is in talks with the United States over increasing troop numbers on its soil.
Persons: Megan Beatty, Jan, Joe Biden, Tsvetelia Tsolova, Luiza Ilie, Timothy Organizations: 4th Fighter, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 48th Fighter, Royal Air Force, Amari, Base, . Air Force, Staff, REUTERS, NATO, Treaty, Canada, UKRAINE, The U.S . Department of Defense, Moscow, Russia, United, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: N.C, England, Estonia, Handout, REUTERS BRUSSELS, Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kyiv, Denmark, United States, Britain, Baltic, Turkey, Russian, Germany, Berlin, Crimea, The, Lithuania, Spain, Madrid, Bulgaria, Netherlands, France, Romania, Brussels, Canada, Latvia, Poland
Russian gas flows to Europe have been lower than usual for several months already. Most countries have cut reliance on Russian gas over the years and there are also more supply routes that bypass Ukraine. Nord Stream 2 is awaiting certification before Russian gas can flow through to Germany. For example, Germany, the biggest consumer of Russian gas, can also import from Norway, the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark via pipelines. On top of all this, European gas storage levels are very low for winter, when demand is traditionally highest.
Persons: Vasily Fedosenko, Ned Price, Bruegel, Nina Chestney, Nerijus Adomaitis, Nora Buli, Vladimir Soldatkin, Stephen Jewkes, Kate Abnett, Jan Lopatka, Luiza Ilie, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Gazprom, Reuters.com, The, Strategic, International Studies, . State Department, ING, Gas Pipeline, European Commission, LNG, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Europe, Nesvizh, Minsk, Russia, Ukraine, United States, U.S, Qatar, United, EUROPE, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Nord, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Britain, Denmark, Europe's, Southern Europe, Turkey, Belgium, France, Kyiv, Crimea
Akos Stiller | Bloomberg via Getty ImagesRisk of death from Covid-19 is significantly higher in countries ruled by populist governments, a new study has found. They found that excess mortality was, on average, more than twice as high in populist-governed countries than in non-populist governed countries. For every 100 expected deaths in non-populist countries, Covid caused an additional 8 deaths, researchers found. But in populist-led countries, Covid led to an additional 18 deaths for every 100 non-Covid deaths. Populist governments' communications on Covid were also "designed to downplay the severity of the pandemic and to discredit scientific findings," the Kiel Institute, a German think tank involved in the research, found.
Persons: Viktor Orban, Hungary's, Akos Stiller, Donald Trump, Covid Organizations: Fidesz, Bloomberg, Getty, U.S, Populist, Kiel Institute Locations: Budapest, Hungary, Covid, U.S, Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Sweden, German
Italy eases travel from the EU as of February
  + stars: | 2022-01-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A man shows his coronavirus disease (COVID-19) "Super Green Pass" before getting on a train on the day Italy brings in tougher rules for the unvaccinated, at Termini main train station in Rome, Italy, January 10, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo MangiapaneMILAN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Italy will ease COVID-19 restrictions for all visitors from European Union countries starting from Feb.1 , the health ministry said on Wednesday. Minister of Health Roberto Speranza has signed an order stating that travellers from EU countries will only need a "green pass," it said in statement. The so-called Green Pass, is a document showing proof of COVID-19 immunity through vaccination, previous infection or a negative test. read moreItaly reported 167,206 COVID-19 related cases on Wednesday, against 186,740 the day before, the health ministry said, while the number of deaths fell to 426 from 468.
Persons: Guglielmo Mangiapane MILAN, Jan, Health Roberto Speranza, Sharm, Emilio Parodi, Aurora Ellis Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Health, Thomson Locations: Italy, Rome, Cuba, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand, Phuket, Oman, French Polynesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam, Dominican Republic, Aruba
The central bank has also voiced "serious concerns" about cryptocurrencies, and is set to launch its digital currency. PAKISTANPakistan's central bank earlier this month recommended banning cryptocurrencies, arguing that allowing them to be traded would cause capital flight. SINGAPOREThe Monetary Authority of Singapore last week banned all advertising of crypto assets, including ads through social media influencers. SPAINAlso last week, Spain regulated advertising of crypto assets, including by social media influencers, and requires any advertising to include warnings about the risks involved. AUSTRALIAAustralia last month said it will create a licensing framework for cryptocurrency exchanges and consider launching a retail central bank digital currency.
Persons: El, cryptocurrencies, Narendra Modi, Rina Chandran, Zoe Tabary Organizations: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Monetary Fund, Central, U.S ., El, cryptocurrencies, INDONESIA Indonesia's Financial Services Authority, Indonesian Ulema, Pakistan, Monetary Authority, MAS, AUSTRALIA Australia, CHINA Regulators, Thomson Reuters, Thomson Locations: El Salvador, Central American, RUSSIA, cryptocurrencies, Russia, INDONESIA, Indonesian, Islam, PAKISTAN, SINGAPORE, Singapore, SPAIN, Spain, AUSTRALIA, China, TURKEY, NIGERIA, Bangkok
On Monday, two weeks after the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced the sanctions, the Burkinabe army arrested President Roch Kabore and seized power. West African nations and international allies have struggled to mount an effective response, as populations lose faith in governments many see as manipulating the democratic process and unable to alleviate poverty or repel Islamist militant violence. "As long as they are not going to offer adequate responses to the governance deficit, coups are going to multiply." ECOWAS' sanctions included locking Mali out of regional financial markets and closing its borders, potentially devastating blows for the impoverished landlocked country. "Coalitions outside the traditional U.N. structures are emerging and staking a claim to security and economic partnerships in Africa," a West African diplomat said, citing Russia, China, Turkey and the Gulf States.
Persons: Roch Kabore, Vincent Bado, Burkina Faso's, West Africa's, Abdoulaye Barry, al, Alexander Ivanov, Ivanov, Blaise Compaore, Said Djinnit, Alpha Conde's, Guinea's, Aaron Ross, David Lewis, Edward McAllister, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, ECOWAS, Russia DAKAR, West African States, United Nations, University for Peace, Islamic, Central, Burkinabe, Burkina, Ivory Coast, African Union, Guinean, White, Thomson Locations: Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, West Africa, Mali, Russia, Burkina, Guinea, West, France, European, al Qaeda, Islamic State, West Africa's Sahel, RUSSIA, ECOWAS, Africa, West African, China, Turkey, Gulf States, Russian, Central African Republic, Conakry, Bamako, Dakar, Nairobi
Ex-Senator Flake takes over as U.S. ambassador to Turkey
  + stars: | 2022-01-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Former Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) walks through the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 19, 2021. Senator Jeff Flake officially became U.S. ambassador to Turkey on Wednesday at a critical time for the NATO allies, after presenting his letter of confidence to President Tayyip Erdogan. After Trump and Erdogan had warm personal ties, President Joe Biden has taken a cooler approach towards Turkey. One of his first steps in the White House was recognising the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide - a position that infuriated Turkey. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan SpicerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jeff Flake, Elizabeth Frantz ANKARA, Jan, Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Flake, David Satterfield, Trump, Erdogan, Joe Biden, Jonathan Spicer Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican U.S, NATO, Ukraine, Russia, Reuters.com, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, Turkey, Ankara, of Africa, Russia, Kyiv, Moscow, Washington, Russian, Syria, Libya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Qatar
Turkey's Erdogan says Russia would be unwise to invade Ukraine
  + stars: | 2022-01-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
ISTANBUL, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Russia would be unwise to attack Ukraine and in that case Turkey would do what is necessary as a NATO member, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. read moreRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register"I hope that Russia will not make an armed attack or occupy Ukraine. While forging cooperation with Russia on defence and energy, Ankara has also sold sophisticated drones to Ukraine, angering Moscow. "I repeat that we are ready to do whatever is necessary and I conveyed these messages to President Putin and President (Volodymyr) Zelenskiy," Erdogan said. Last week diplomatic sources said both Russia and Ukraine were open to Turkey playing a role in resolving the crisis.
Persons: Jan, Tayyip Erdogan, NTV Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, Erdogan, Putin, Volodymyr, Zelenskiy, Ezgi Erkoyun, Jonathan Spicer, Leslie Adler, Grant McCool Organizations: NATO, NTV, Kyiv, Thomson Locations: ISTANBUL, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Moscow, Ankara, Syria, Libya, Crimean, NATO, Zelenskiy
Twitter said this was the largest number of accounts ever targeted with government removal requests in a reporting period since the company started releasing transparency reports in 2012. It was also the largest number of government removal requests in a reporting period. read moreThe number of accounts specified in the legal requests was up almost 50% from 131,933 accounts from the previous six months, according to the data. The number of government removal requests increased 14% from 38,524 in the last reporting period and was up about 2.8% year-over-year, Twitter said. read moreThe report also said requests from governments for Twitter to preserve account information were down by about 4% from the previous reporting period.
Persons: Dado, Twitter, Sinead McSweeney, Elizabeth Culliford, Chris Reese Organizations: Twitter, Reuters, Facebook, Google, Thomson Locations: Bosnian, Zenica, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Japan, Russia, Turkey, India, South Korea, China, North Korea, Nigeria, United States, U.S, New York
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThose who have yet to sign include U.S.-listed Southern Copper (SCCO.N) and Arcelor Mittal (MT.LU). It is also urging others in the 100-strong group of investors to do the same. Tailings safety is a risk not just to communities and the environment, but to investors and the Church was not confident it is being adequately addressed, Matthews said in a statement. "As a first step, we will vote against the chair of those companies and are considering shareholder resolutions." Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Simon Jessop; editing by Barbara LewisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: CoE, Arcelor Mittal, Adam Matthews, Matthews, Simon Jessop, Barbara Lewis Organizations: LONDON, of, Reuters.com, Church of, Pensions, BHP, Rio Tinto, Global, Management, Thomson Locations: Angloa, India, Turkey, U.S, Rio
Turkey's Istanbul airport to remain closed due to heavy snow
  + stars: | 2022-01-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Tourists walk along Sultanahmet Square as Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, is seen in the background during a snowy day in Istanbul, Turkey, January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Umit BektasISTANBUL, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The suspension of flight operations at Turkey's Istanbul Airport was extended on Tuesday due to heavy snowfall, while winter weather snarled transport across the city, home to about 16 million people. "The suspension of flight operations have been extended until 1000 GMT on Jan 25 due to adverse weather conditions," the Istanbul Airport said on its website. On Monday, Turkey's flag-carrier Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) said it had cancelled all flights from Istanbul Airport as the airport closed operations. read moreRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Michael PerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ahmet, Jan, Ali Yerlikaya, Ezgi Erkoyun, Michael Perry Organizations: REUTERS, Turkey's Istanbul, Reuters.com Register Istanbul, Twitter, Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Airport, Thomson Locations: Istanbul, Turkey, Umit, ISTANBUL
Jan 25 (Reuters) - Emerging market shares fell sharply for a third straight session on Tuesday as the threat of Russia-Ukraine military conflict and wariness over U.S. monetary policy weighed on sentiment. But after a brutal European session on Monday, other markets were showing signs of stabilising. "The next step to watch out for is the U.S. response to Russian demands," he said. War worries hit Russia Ukraine marketsThe broader MSCI index of emerging shares (.MSCIEF) fell 1.1% as investors braced for a hawkish Federal Reserve. Ahead of the Chinese New Year holidays, mainland shares (.SSEC), (.CSI300) lost more than 2%, while the yuan hit 3-1/2 year highs.
Persons: Jakob Christensen, Christensen, rouble, Susan Mathew, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: Equity, Danske Bank, Fed, Apple, CENTRAL, Thomson Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, South Africa, Poland, U.S, Russian, Korea, Bengaluru
Here is a summary of the military equipment Kyiv has bought or been given or promised, and the requests still outstanding. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators last week promised further supplies that could include Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, small arms and boats. BALTIC STATES Estonia is sending Javelin anti-armour missiles and Latvia and Lithuania are providing Stinger missiles. TURKEY has sold Ukraine several batches of Bayraktar TB2 drones that it deployed against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern Donbass region, infuriating Moscow. GERMANY is ruling out arms deliveries to Ukraine but is co-financing a $6 million field hospital and providing the necessary training.
Persons: Jan, UKRAINE'S, DANA, Pavel Polityuk, Mark Trevelyan, William Maclean Organizations: 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade, Ukrainian Armed Forces, Press Service, 92nd Separate Mechanized, REUTERS KYIV, UNITED STATES, Reuters.com, BRITAIN, BALTIC STATES, Russian, Helicopters, Thomson Locations: Ukraine, BALTIC, BALTIC STATES Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, TURKEY, Moscow, CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, United States, Norway, Czech Republic, Soviet
Heavy Snow Strands Motorists in Greece and Turkey
  + stars: | 2022-01-25 | by ( Niki Kitsantonis | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: 1 min
ATHENS — A rare heavy snowfall in the Mediterranean had emergency services scrambling on Tuesday to rescue people stranded in their cars, some for more than 20 hours, and caused transportation chaos and power outages in Greece and Turkey. Heavy snow fell for more than 12 hours on Monday, covering the Greek capital, where the snow was a foot deep in parts, as well as several Aegean islands. Parts of Turkey were also blanketed. These areas are more used to dealing with extreme heat in the summers than snow in the winter. Though a snowstorm in Greece last February caused traffic and power problems, this week’s storm caused greater upheaval.
Locations: ATHENS, Greece, Turkey
Qatar's emir to visit Washington on Jan. 31
  + stars: | 2022-01-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani speaks during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York on September 21, 2021. Timothy A. Clary/Pool via REUTERSSummary Talks to touch on Afghanistan, gas supply security, IranUkraine crisis raising concern about gas suppliesEmir making first visit since Biden took officeDOHA/WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir plans to visit Washington on Jan. 31, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, a trip likely to address Afghanistan, the security of gas supplies to Europe as well as Iran. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's visit, the first since President Joe Biden took office a year ago, comes as Washington discusses with energy-producing states and firms a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine. Global gas supplies are already tight and Qatar Energy's shipments are locked into long-term supply contracts which the company cannot easily break. The emir's visit also comes amid a spiraling row between Qatar Airways and Europe's Airbus (AIR.PA), a rival of U.S. planemaker Boeing (BA.N).
Persons: Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Timothy A, Biden, Jan, Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Sheikh Tamim's, Washington, Sheikh Tamim, Andrew Mills, Jonathan Landay, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: UN, DOHA, Reuters, U.S, Reuters.com Register Washington, Global, Qatar, Doha, Kabul's, Qatar Airways, Europe's Airbus, planemaker Boeing, Airbus, Qatari, Thomson Locations: Thani, New York, Afghanistan, Iran Ukraine, WASHINGTON, Washington, Europe, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Qatar, Moscow, Turkey, Yemen, U.S, Doha
Turkish lira dips, minister sees more forex converted to lira
  + stars: | 2022-01-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Turkish lira banknotes are seen in this picture illustration in Istanbul, Turkey August 14, 2018. It tumbled 44% last year after the central bank slashed its policy by 500 basis points to 14% since September, but has steadied this month. In a statement, his ministry also cited Nebati as saying that project banking would be accelerated and that value-added tax would be simplified. Turkey's parliament last week approved a law under which lira deposits converted from forex under a scheme to support the currency will be exempt from corporate income tax on gains resulting from the conversion. read moreCompanies have some $90 billion worth of foreign currency bank deposits, central bank data shows.
Persons: Murad Sezer, Jan, Nureddin Nebati, Nebati, Tayyip Erdogan, Nevzat, Daren Butler, Jonathan Spicer Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Istanbul, Turkey, ISTANBUL, Friday's
Ukraine crisis slams Russian, other EM assets
  + stars: | 2022-01-24 | by ( Susan Mathew | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe Kremlin accused the West of "hysteria" and has maintained that it has no plans to attack its neighbour. "The Eastern European region remains the epicentre of the crisis. Among stocks, the Russian benchmark (.IMOEX) hit over one-year lows led by energy majors, while the dollar-denominated RTS index (.IRTS) plummetted by up to 11%. Those in central and eastern Europe (.WIG), (.BUX), (.BETI) plunged between 2.3% and 3%. read moreWashington flagged concerns about the bill on Friday, saying it could impede investment and economic development in North America.
Persons: rouble, hryvnia, Cristian Maggio, Maggio, JP Morgan, Susan Mathew, Barbara Lewis Organizations: European Union, NATO, Kremlin, TD Securities, Bank of Russia, Finance, Officials, Thomson Locations: Europe, Middle East, Africa, Moscow, Ukraine, Ukraine's, Kyiv, Belarusian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Turkey, America, Mexico, Washington, North America, Bengaluru
ISTANBUL, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Some Turkish manufacturing companies have halted production temporarily after Iran cut gas flows last week for up to 10 days due to a technical problem. Katmerciler on Sunday said it will halt production during the electricity cut but that it did not expect the planned cut to impact business, without elaborating. Iran said its gas exports to Turkey had resumed on Friday but a Turkish official said those supplies were lower than the required volumes. Turkish authorities have announced planned electricity and natural gas cuts to large consumers in industrial zones and electricity-generating power plants due to limited supply from Iran. Energy limitations pose a serious risk to food safety," said the Organic Producers and Manufacturers Union, requesting an exemption from gas and electricity cuts.
Persons: Jan, Ege, Ege Endustri, Kartonsan, Ceyda Caglayan, Ezgi, Daren Butler, Susan Fenton Organizations: Turkish, Organic Producers, Manufacturers Union, Thomson Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkish, Iran, Katmerciler, Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan
Vials of Chinese Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pictured inside the newly inaugurated production lab designated to manufacture the vaccine, in Constantine, Algeria September 29, 2021. The study found that CoronaVac received the strongest boost from a viral vector or RNA shot, including against the Delta and Omicron coronavirus variants, researchers from Brazil and Oxford University said on Monday. China-based Sinovac's vaccine uses an inactivated, or dead, version of a coronavirus strain that was isolated from a patient in China. It is currently approved in more than 50 countries including Brazil, China, Argentina, South Africa, Oman, Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey. Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech's (22UAy.DE) mRNA vaccine teaches the body how to make antibodies against infections through chemical signals.
Persons: Ramzi Boudina Jan, Johnson, CoronaVac, Andrew Pollard, Aby Jose Koilparambil, Ramakrishnan M Organizations: REUTERS, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, BioNTech, Delta, Oxford University, Oxford Vaccine Group, Omicron, Oxford, Salvador, Thomson Locations: Constantine, Algeria, Brazil, China, Argentina, South Africa, Oman, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Sao Paulo, Bengaluru
Snow halts flights at Istanbul Airport, shuts roads
  + stars: | 2022-01-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
ISTANBUL, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities temporarily halted all flights at Istanbul Airport on Monday due to heavy snowfall in the city, which was blanketed in white, while winter weather snarled transportation across the country. The heavy snowfall halted some of Istanbul's ferry services, shut some roads and caused visibility problems for drivers. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterMany parts of Turkey have been hit with heavy snowfall since last week, which coincided with a winter break at most schools. Turkey's flag-carrier Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) said it had cancelled all flights from Istanbul Airport until Tuesday 0100 GMT to ensure "travel safety and for our passengers" and to prevent them from being stranded at airports. The snow was expected to raise water levels in dams to some 70% as it continued in coming days, he said.
Persons: Jan, Ali Yerlikaya, Ekrem Imamoglu, Imamoglu, Nevzat Devranoglu, Ali Kucukgocmen, Ezgi, Daren Butler, Jonathan Spicer, Jane Merriman Organizations: Turkish, Istanbul Airport, Nationwide, Emergency Authority, Turkish Airlines, Twitter, Vehicles, Istanbul's, Istanbul, Reuters, Thomson Locations: ISTANBUL, Istanbul, Turkey, Turkey's
They come from countries that sponsor terrorism in my country," said Bashar Ja'afari, Syrian deputy foreign minister. "The Americans are experts in destroying the infrastructure in the Euphrates region, they are destroying oil and gas infrastructure," he added. Jerome Bonnafant, France's envoy, urged Syria to halt "unlawful executions, torture and inhumane practices in places of detention". Turkish diplomat Muzaffer Uyav Gultekin said the Assad administration remained the main perpetrator of gross human rights abuses. She said these included "starvation, disruption of basic services, obstruction of humanitarian assistance" or the use of siege.
Persons: Syria's U.N, Bashar al, Ja'afari, Mistura, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Jan, Bashar Ja'afari, Assad, Bathsheba Crocker, Simon Manley, Jerome Bonnafant, Muzaffer Uyav Gultekin, Stephanie Nebehay, William Maclean Organizations: United Nations, REUTERS, Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Syria, Geneva, Switzerland, Turkey, U.S, United States, France, United Kingdom, United States of America, Israel, Turkish
Factbox: Where NATO forces are deployed
  + stars: | 2022-01-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Here is an overview of where NATO forces are deployed. read moreBALTICS, POLANDIn Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, NATO has about 4,000 troops in multinational battalions, backed by tanks, air defences and intelligence and surveillance units. NATO also has four multinational standing naval forces that patrol allies and international waters, including the Baltic Sea. Allies also regularly send detachments of fighters to support national air policing in Bulgaria and Romania. Many of these forces can be deployed on behalf of NATO.
Persons: Reinhard Krause, Jan, Robin Emmott, Timothy Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, Ramstein, BULGARIA NATO, United, Force, U.S . Congressional Research Service, KFOR, MEDITERRANEAN NATO, Guardian, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, BRUSSELS, Europe, POLAND, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Baltic, ROMANIA, BULGARIA, Romania, France, United States, Bulgaria, FRANCE France, Spain, Portugal, U.S, EUROPE, Italy, Britain, Turkey, BALKANS, Kosovo, Hungary, Albania, Montenegro, Greece, North, MEDITERRANEAN
During the same period, the Fed launched another unprecedented program — it kept interest rates pegged at zero. The popping of the "everything bubble" is already causing chaos in stock markets worldwide and the worst is yet to come. The fragility of corporate debt markets was an open secret on Wall Street, and everyone began preparing for an apocalyptic downturn. Corporate debt markets didn't just recover, they once again headed toward the moon, reaching a new record high of $11.4 trillion this year. The borrowing left nations like Turkey enormously vulnerable to any changes in the debt markets.
Persons: Jerome Powell, Powell, reappointment, Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, Alex Wong, Simon & Schuster, Dow, James Gorman, Morgan Stanley, You've, Gorman, Ford, Craig Ruttle, Thomas Hoenig, Hoenig, Erin Siegal, Christopher Leonard, Simon Organizations: Senate, Fed's, Governors, Federal Reserve, Wall, Fed, Federal, Simon &, Treasury, Dow Jones, Wall Street, General Motors, Associated Press, Reuters, Simon & Schuster, Inc Locations: unsaid, American, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, Istanbul
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