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America’s Epidemic of Mindless Behavior
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( Daniel Henninger | )   time to read: 1 min
A question for our time in the United States is: How have so many individuals broken free of moorings that once stopped them from an uncontrollable drift into senseless violence and mindless behavior? The two major events of unmoored mass violence in America recently have been the protests-cum-riots after George Floyd’s killing in May 2020 and the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Persons: George Floyd’s Organizations: U.S . Capitol Locations: United States, America
“Basically, it’s a place where folks can gather to celebrate the life of somebody with a terminal illness,” Lily Sage Weinrieb, Sparrow’s funeral director, said. “We in the United States still don’t really talk about death and dying,” Sage Weinrieb said. “We don’t call them that because they might not feel like funerals, at all,” Sage Weinrieb said. Still, the very fact exit parties could potentially become “a thing” is yet another example of the shift in the way Americans mourn and bury their dead, she said. “A lot of people don’t know that there are other options beyond the traditional funerals,” Sage Weinrieb said.
Persons: ” it’s, Lily Sage Weinrieb, , ” Sage Weinrieb, Erica Hill Suelin Chen, , ” Chen, We’re, Liz Eddy, ” Eddy, Eddy, “ Desmond Tutu, Chen, Sage Weinrieb, Sparrow, Erica Hill Organizations: , , National Locations: Brooklyn, United States, Boston, Covid, U.S, Montclair , New Jersey, New York City, Polish, Greenpoint
Customers are seen at a McDonald's fast food restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, September 26, 2017. U.S. food and paper costs rose 4% in 2021 - a level the company expects to roughly double in 2022, it said. Sales in China contracted after some cities banned dining in restaurants to control fresh pandemic outbreaks ahead of the February Winter Olympics. In Australia, sales growth remained muted compared to a year earlier. Global same-store sales jumped 12.3%, compared with Wall Street estimates of a 10.73% rise.
Persons: Kim Kyung, Chris Kempczinski, McDonald's, Hilary Russ, Arun Koyyur, Nick Zieminski, Howard Goller Organizations: REUTERS, McDonald's, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Australia, China, United States, U.S, Chicago, Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom, New York, Bengaluru
Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThe Fed on Wednesday signaled it is likely to raise U.S. interest rates in March. "It's likely to provide significant growth in net income interest revenues in 2022." Wells Fargo & Co said its net interest income could rise by 8%. Citigroup Inc (C.N) executives said they would not provide estimates on net interest income until an "Investor Day" on March 2. Executives said the changing outlook for interest rates will make forecasting net interest income uncertain.
Persons: JP Morgan, Ken Leon, Jason Goldberg, Wells, Goldberg, Mark Mason, Wells Fargo, Ken Usdin, Jefferies, Banks, David Henry, Michelle Price, Matt Scuffham, Jane Merriman Organizations: JP Morgan Chase Bank, Citibank, Wells Fargo & Co, Federal Reserve, CFRA Research, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase &, Co, Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Thomson Locations: U.S, United States, New York
McALESTER, Okla. — An Oklahoma man, who had offered to be executed by firing squad, was put to death via lethal injection on Thursday morning, officials said. Donald Anthony Grant, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:16 a.m. CST at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, a state corrections spokesman announced. They had offered to be killed by firing squad as an alternative, arguing it'd be quicker and less painful. But Grant's scheduled execution was on Thursday at 10 a.m. CST and Postelle's date with death is set for Feb. 17. Grant's death marks the 1,541st execution since the resumption of capital punishment in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Persons: Donald Anthony Grant, Grant, Brenda McElyea, Felicia Suzette Smith, Gilbert Postelle, it'd Organizations: Penitentiary, Supreme Locations: McALESTER, Okla, — An Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, Del City, U.S
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
Biden, buoyed by GDP figures, urges Congress to pass bills
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
U.S. President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed the strong GDP growth figure released on Thursday, saying his economic plan is working and urging Congress to pass legislation to make the United States more competitive. "I urge Congress to continue this momentum by passing legislation to make America more competitive, bolster our supply chains, strengthen our manufacturing and innovation, invest in our families and clean energy, and lower kitchen table costs," Biden said in a statement. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Doina Chiacu;Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joe Biden, Evelyn Hockstein, Jan, Biden, Doina Chiacu Organizations: White, REUTERS, America, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States
The United Arab Emirates is at the leading edge of an effort in the Arab world to bring Syria in from the cold. Government officials and business executives from the U.A.E. and Syria say the oil-rich state is attempting to normalize a closer relationship with Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a decade after he was ostracized for his brutal crackdown on opponents and plunging the country into civil war.
Persons: Bashar al Organizations: United, Government Locations: United Arab Emirates, Syria
But he said U.S. and NATO statements that Russia's main demands were unacceptable did not leave much room for optimism. 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. Russia denies planning to invade Ukraine but says it wants to enforce "red lines" to protect its own security. He has warned of an unspecified "military-technical response" - something defence analysts say could relate to missile deployments - if Russia's demands are ignored. Ermakov said Moscow believed Washington was preparing to deploy short and intermediate range missiles to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Persons: Jan, Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, Sergey Pivovarov Read, Antony Blinken, Washington, Dmytro Kuleba, Kuleba, Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov, Putin, Russia's, Vladimir Ermakov, Ermakov, Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Mark Trevelyan, Timothy Heritage, Gareth Jones Organizations: Kremlin, U.S, NATO, Russian, REUTERS, Kyiv, Beijing, TASS, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Ukraine, MOSCOW, Russia, United States, Washington, Europe, Rostov, U.S, Ukrainian, Kyiv, Russian, China, Asia, Pacific, Copenhagen
The Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 203,136 positive tests in the last 24 hours, 69,600 cases more than the same day a week ago. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThe rising number of infections has led to staffing shortages in sectors including logistics, healthcare and child care. on Thursday, adding that up to 15% of cargo at Frankfurt was affected by delays. The German Hospitals Federation had warned earlier this week that three-quarters of hospitals were reporting higher than usual numbers of staff out on sick leave. German lawmakers debated on Wednesday whether to impose compulsory COVID-19 shots, while protesters gathered outside the parliament building.
Persons: Jan, Robert Koch, Olaf Scholz, Emma Thomasson, Ilona Wissenbach, Maria Sheahan, Miranda Murray, Kim Coghill, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Lufthansa Cargo, DHL, German Hospitals Federation, liberal Free Democrats, Thomson Locations: Germany, Frankfurt, United States, Canada, Europe, Leipzig, France, Italy, Spain
Roman Haller owes his life to a 20-year-old housekeeper. It was there, sometime in the second week of May 1944, that Roman Haller was born. “He stayed with us because of troubles with his family,” Roman Haller said. The baby whose life Opdyke made possible was by then about 40 years old. In media interviews later in life, Opdyke said she got the most joy out of telling her story to children.
Persons: Roman Haller, Irena Gut, Haller, Gut, Ida, Lazar ., ” Haller, Yad Vashem, , Greg Schneider, there’s, you’ve, ” Schneider, , Eduard Rugemer, ” Gut, Rugemer, , ” “, ” Weeks, William Opdyke, Irene Gut Opdyke, Irene, Jeannie, Jeannie Opdyke Smith, , ” Roman Haller, Hendrik Schmidt, ” Irene, Roman Haller Haller, Opdyke Organizations: Nazi, , Conference, Yad, Holocaust, Gestapo, Soviets, United Nations Locations: Poland, Munich, Polish, Germans, Ternopil, Ukraine, Rugemer, Russia, Soviet, West Germany, U.S, New York, California, Germany, Nuremberg
Two people have been charged in a shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl as she held her mother’s hand on a Chicago street over the weekend, police said Wednesday. A 16-year-old accused of firing the fatal shot that killed Melissa Ortega and the 27-year-old driver of the vehicle involved were arrested this week, police said. And it is unacceptable that she is the latest Chicagoan to fall victim to senseless, senseless gang violence,” Brown said at a news conference. The driver, Xavier Guzman, was arrested Monday and also charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon, police said. Flowers and balloons at a makeshift memorial for 8-year-old Melissa Ortega, in Chicago, on Jan. 24, 2022.
Persons: Melissa Ortega, , David O, Brown, Melissa, “ Melissa, ” Brown, Xavier Guzman, Paul Beaty, Lori Lightfoot, “ We’re, ” Lightfoot Organizations: Chicago Police, AFP, Getty, Police Department, Chicago Locations: Little, Chicago, United States, Mexico
This is extremely time sensitive,” the family said in its fundraising appeal, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars. is an informed patient,” Tracey Ferguson said in a brief interview at her home in Mendon, about 30 miles southwest of Boston. In Colorado last year, a woman suffering from late-stage kidney disease said she was denied a transplant by her hospital because she was unvaccinated. The United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that manages the country’s organ transplant system, doesn’t track how many patients refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccine have been denied transplants, said Anne Paschke, an organization spokesperson. Ferguson was hospitalized in late November for a heart ailment that caused his lungs to fill with blood and fluid.
Persons: , D.J, Ferguson, hasn’t, , Tracey Ferguson, he’s, ” Tracey Ferguson, , ” Brigham, Brigham, Leilani, Christian, Anne Paschke, Organizations: Covid, Brigham, Women’s Hospital, Women’s, American Society of Transplantation, United Locations: MENDON, Mass, Boston, Mendon, Covid, Colorado
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Thursday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its sixth round of weapons launches this month, South Korea’s military said. North Korea has upped its testing activity recently in an apparent effort to pressure the Biden administration amid long-stalled nuclear talks. Some experts say North Korea could dramatically escalate weapons demonstrations after the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 4 in China, the North’s main ally and economic lifeline. The North has been ramping up its testing activity since last fall, demonstrating various missiles and delivery systems apparently designed to overwhelm missile defense systems in the region. Thursday’s launch came two days after South Korea’s military detected the North flight-testing two suspected cruise missiles at an unspecified inland area.
Persons: didn’t, Biden, Kim Jong, Donald Trump, Kim, Thursday’s Organizations: Korea’s, Chiefs, Staff, NBC, U.S, Washington Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, North Korea, South, Korea, American, United States, China, Russia, Seoul, Washington
Former President Donald Trump has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will be running in 2024. Trump was filmed at a golf game, where a golfing buddy introduces him as the "45th President of the United States." In response, Trump is seen turning around, grinning, and saying: "45th and 47th." However, the former president did say in November that he will "probably" wait until the 2022 midterm elections are over before confirming a 2024 run. Despite a deluge of Trumpworld-related legal troubles, Trump remains immensely popular with his base, leading fellow 2024 contender Florida Gov.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Ron DeSantis, Texas Sen, Ted Cruz, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Chris Christie Organizations: Service, Trump,, Florida Gov, Reuters, Republicans, New, New Jersey Gov Locations: United States, Florida, Iowa, Texas, New Jersey
Gold held steady on Thursday following a sharp drop in the last session, as safe-haven demand driven by concerns over Ukraine countered gains in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields as the Federal Reserve signaled interest rate hikes starting in March. Higher yields and interest rate hikes dent the appeal of bullion by raising the opportunity cost of holding non-interest paying gold. The dollar index, as measured against six major trading currencies, rose to a level last seen on Nov. 22. "Heightened geopolitical tensions have spurred some safe-haven interest, but gold prices tend to hold their value rather than rally significantly amid such a flight to safety," said Standard Chartered analyst Suki Cooper. Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, rose to a five-month high on Wednesday.
Persons: Gold, It's, Brian Lan, Jerome Powell, Suki Cooper Organizations: Perth Mint, Ukraine, U.S ., Treasury, Federal Reserve, GoldSilver, . Treasury, United, Holdings Locations: Perth, Australia, United States, Europe, Moscow, Ukraine
Oil prices fell on Thursday as the U.S. dollar strengthened following signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve will tighten monetary policy in the world's biggest oil user. The dollar rose on higher U.S. Treasury yields, lifting the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against major peers, to 96.604, near five-week highs. "Continued supply challenges and mounting Russia-Ukraine tensions continue to support crude oil prices. An increase in crude oil and gasoline inventories in the United States alleviated some of the concerns about supply. Gasoline stockpiles rose by 1.3 million barrels last week to 247.9 million barrels, the EIA said, the most since February 2021.
Persons: Brent, WTI, Vivek Dhar, Commonwealth Bank's Dhar, Howie Lee Organizations: U.S ., U.S . Federal, greenback, Brent, . U.S . West Texas, Federal Open Markets, Commonwealth Bank, Treasury, U.S, omicron, OPEC, OCBC, Energy Information Administration, EIA Locations: Dyurtyuli, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, ., Ukraine, Europe, Commonwealth, OPEC, Covid, Singapore, United States
(But) is it worth it to live such a convenient life without being able to see family, friends, without being able to travel?" But COVID has prompted soul-searching among many relatively affluent expats in Singapore, where foreigners workers make up a fifth of the 5.5 million population. There has been a "trickle" of movement from Hong Kong into Singapore, said Lee Quane, regional director at relocation firm ECA International. But, Singapore, from a relative point of view is a great place to live and do business," said Lei. ($1 = 1.3433 Singapore dollars)Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Chen Lin and Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Lincoln Feast.
Persons: Atar Sandler, Chen Lin SINGAPORE, It's, Sandler, COVID, Filipina Nessa Santos, Santos, Chris Anderson, that's, Anderson, Lee Quane, Hsien, Hsien Lei, Lei, Chen Lin, Aradhana, Lincoln Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters Graphics Reuters, Filipina, KONG, Companies, American Chamber of Commerce, Thomson Locations: Singapore, New York, Hong Kong, United States, .
Russia has demanded NATO pull back troops and weapons from eastern Europe and bar its neighbour Ukraine, a former Soviet state, from ever joining. DIALOGUEIn Paris, diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany held more than eight hours of talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, part of the wider crisis between Moscow and Kyiv that risks becoming a full-scale war. 1/3 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Russia and Ukraine during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. A day after the U.S. delivered Javelin anti-tank missiles, launchers and other hardware to Ukraine, Germany came under criticism for saying it would supply Kyiv with 5,000 military helmets while stopping short of providing weapons. U.S. officials say they are in talks with major energy-producing countries and companies worldwide over a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine.
Persons: Blinken, Jan, Antony Blinken, Wang Yi, Ned Price, Vladimir Putin, Alexander Grushko, Joe Biden, Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Brendan Smialowski, Peskov, Dmytro Kuleba, Vitali Klitschko, Jen Psaki, Psaki, John Irish, Rami Ayyub, Mark Trevelyan, Gareth Jones, Grant McCool, Michael Perry Organizations: Kremlin, United, Foreign, State Department, NATO, Washington, U.S, Putin, REUTERS Read, Wednesday, . State Department, White, United States, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Kremlin Russia, Ukraine, Paris WASHINGTON, MOSCOW, United States, Europe, Moscow, U.S, Russia, Soviet, Washington, Britain, Paris, France, Germany, Kyiv, Normandy, Berlin, Washington , U.S, Belarus
Some even argue China's economy could even emerge stronger than ever if it keeps Omicron at bay. China had 4.7 million registered nurses at the end of 2020, or 3.35 per 1,000 people, official data showed. Experts in China and overseas have also cast doubt on the hope that Omicron represents the final stage of the pandemic. Hong Kong's "zero-COVID" approach has put the Chinese-controlled city out of step with other global finance centres and is battering its economy. Still, China's economy has remained resilient, with GDP growth at 8.1% last year, far exceeding expectations.
Persons: Thomas Peter, Liang Wannian, Kristalina Georgieva, Jaya Dantas, Wu Zunyou, epidemiologist, Raina MacIntyre, lockdowns, MacIntyre, David Stanway, Lincoln Organizations: REUTERS, National Health Commission, International Monetary Fund, Curtin School, Population Health, United, Omicron, Disease Control, Beijing, Global Times, University of New, Kirby Institute, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, SHANGHAI, Perth, Australia, United States, Britain, University of New South Wales, Europe
The logo of America Movil is pictured on the wall at a reception area in the company's corporate offices, in Mexico City, Mexico January 25, 2022. The vote means that for now, America Movil, controlled by the family of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, will remain without a license to enter pay-TV. America Movil declined to comment. Far and away the biggest telecom player in Mexico, America Movil has been barred from providing the service in its homeland since the privatization of state phone company Telmex in the early 1990s, which later evolved into America Movil. Deemed a "preponderant agent" by the IFT due to its large market share, America Movil has had the permit withheld.
Persons: Gustavo Graf, Carlos Slim, Movil, Ernesto Piedras, America Movil, Cassandra Garrison, Dave Graham, Leslie Adler Organizations: REUTERS, MEXICO CITY, Federal Telecommunications Institute, IFT, America, Claro, America Movil, Reuters, U.S, Mexico's Telecommunications Law Institute, Thomson Locations: Mexico City, Mexico, MEXICO, America, United States
U.S.'s Blinken holds talks with China's Wang on Ukraine risks
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about Russia and Ukraine during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. Brendan Smialowski/Pool via REUTERSJan 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about Ukraine on Wednesday, highlighting global security and the economic risks that could stem from further Russian aggression, the State Department said. "Secretary Blinken ... conveyed that de-escalation and diplomacy are the responsible way forward," department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. Global security and the economic risks posed by further Russian aggression against Ukraine figured in the talks, the department added. The United States and its NATO allies reject that but say they are ready to discuss other topics such as arms control and confidence-building measures.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Brendan Smialowski, Wang Yi, Blinken, Ned Price, Akriti Sharma, Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel Organizations: State Department, REUTERS, Foreign, Global, United, NATO, Thomson Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Washington , U.S, United States, Europe, Moscow, Soviet, Bengaluru
A sign post for the small border town of Emerson, near the Canada-U.S border crossing in Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford//File PhotoMUMBAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Indian police have detained six people in a crackdown on illegal immigration after four Indians were found frozen to death near the border between the United States and Canada last week, officials said on Thursday. read moreThey were among four families from the same village who had travelled to the border this month. "The nexus of human trafficking runs deep, often involving local politicians too," said Jhala, adding that people even sell their land and homes to fund efforts to get to the United States or Canada. A foreign ministry official in the Indian capital of New Delhi said authorities were coordinating with border officials in the United States and Canada to investigate the illegal immigration case.
Persons: Lyle Stafford, Justin Trudeau, Rupam Jain, Clarence Fernandez Organizations: REUTERS, U.S ., West . Police, nab, Officials, Canadian, Thomson Locations: Emerson, Canada, U.S, Emerson , Manitoba, MUMBAI, United States, Punjab, Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Canadian, Manitoba, Minnesota, New Delhi
General view of a Dubai duty free closed shop at Dubai International Airport, as Emirates airline resumed limited outbound passenger flights amid outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, UAE April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed JadallahDUBAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will lift an entry and transit ban on on Saturday on travellers who had recently visited South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and eight other African countries. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) said late on Wednesday it was lifting the ban on those who had visited certain African countries in the previous 14 days, imposed due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThose travelling from African countries will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours prior to departure and a negative rapid-PCR test at the departure airport. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterWriting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Kim CoghillOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah DUBAI, Alexander Cornwell, Kim Coghill Organizations: Dubai International Airport, Emirates, REUTERS, United, Emergency Management Authority, Omicron,, Thomson Locations: Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda
China, West rush tsunami relief supplies to tsunami-hit Tonga
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
A navy vessel carrying drinking water and food will arrive from Fiji on Thursday, while two military aircraft will also deliver 33 tonnes of emergency supplies including drinking water, food, tents, and walkie talkies, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said at a briefing late on Wednesday. The Chinese navy will ship bulky items such as portable cabins, tractors, generators and water pumps to Tonga in coming days, it added. Beijing claimed it was the first to supply drinking water and food supplies to Tonga on January 19, although this could not be independently verified by Reuters. The Australian and New Zealand naval vessels have also arrived in Tonga, and Canberra promised an A$3 million ($2.12 million) in humanitarian funding to Tonga. The Tongan government has said the entire population have been impacted by the ash and the tsunami.
Persons: Robert Whitmore, Jan, Zhao Lijian, Sampson, Kyle Raines, Praveen Menon, Michael Perry Organizations: Australian Department Of Defence, REUTERS, Reuters, The United States, Pacific Command, British Royal Navy, New, Canberra, Tongan, Thomson Locations: Adelaide, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga, REUTERS WELLINGTON, Beijing, Fiji, France, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, China, South, United States
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