Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority

Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority

Jan 22 (Reuters) – Tongans queued for limited money services that were restored in the Pacific island’s capital on Saturday, as the clean-up continued a week after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. Tonga’s government said drinking water was the priority, and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 liters of water to residents. … Read more

Rio Tinto shares slump as Serbia pulls plug on its $2.4 bln lithium project

Rio Tinto shares slump as Serbia pulls plug on its .4 bln lithium project

Serbia revokes Rio’s lithium exploration licenses Share prices fall as cancellation seen as major setback Cancellation will mean greater lithium shortage – analyst MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto shares fell on Friday after Serbia revoked its lithium exploration licenses on environmental grounds, hurting the Anglo-Australian miner’s ambition to become the biggest supplier European … Read more

Britain warns Putin and Xi: West will stand up to ‘dictatorship’

Britain warns Putin and Xi: West will stand up to ‘dictatorship’

SYDNEY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Britain warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that its allies would unite to fight for democracy against dictatorships it said were more emboldened than at any time since the Cold War. Speaking in Australia, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Britain and its allies … Read more

World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs short

World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs short

First aid flights begin arriving in Tonga Australian and New Zealand ships expected in coming days UN says Tonga has requested emergency aid The UN seriously concerned about access to drinking water WELLINGTON/SYDNEY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – More ships and planes carrying aid are expected to arrive in Tonga in the coming days as the … Read more

‘This is an end’: Serbia revokes Rio Tinto’s lithium project licences

‘This is an end’: Serbia revokes Rio Tinto’s lithium project licences

BELGRADE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Serbia revoked lithium exploration licenses from Rio Tinto (RIO.L) on Thursday, bowing to protesters who opposed the British-Australian mining giant’s development of the project for environmental reasons. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the government’s decision followed demands from various environmental groups to halt the $2.4 billion Jadar lithium project … Read more

Aid finally reaches devastated Tonga, water supply ship awaited

Aid finally reaches devastated Tonga, water supply ship awaited

Tonga airport reopens after runway ash cleared Australian and New Zealand flights bring in first supplies Telephone contact with Tonga established after five days UN says 80% of Tonga’s population is severely affected A New Zealand ship is expected to arrive with water on Friday Jan 20 (Reuters) – The first emergency supply plane reached … Read more

Water crisis looms as residents tackle debris in tsunami-hit Tonga

Water crisis looms as residents tackle debris in tsunami-hit Tonga

New Zealand Navy ships will arrive in Tonga on Friday The airport could reopen on Thursday Australian Prime Minister speaks with his Tongan counterpart Japan, United States, China and Australia offer help Jan 19 (Reuters) – Two New Zealand navy ships will arrive in Tonga on Friday carrying critical water supplies for the Pacific island … Read more

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital cases

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital cases

SYDNEY, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Australia had its deadliest day of the pandemic on Tuesday as a rapidly evolving outbreak of Omicron continued to drive hospitalization rates to record highs, even as daily infections decreased slightly. Australia is facing its worst outbreak of COVID-19, fueled by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus which has put … Read more

Djokovic escorted by immigration officers to hearing to decide Australian fate

Djokovic escorted by immigration officers to hearing to decide Australian fate

MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic left a hotel for asylum seekers on Sunday morning heading for a hearing in federal court that will decide once and for all whether he can stay in Australia and defend his Open title. Djokovic was chased out of the hotel, accompanied by Australian immigration officials around 8:30 … Read more

Australia nears Omicron peak as daily infections hover around record highs

Australia nears Omicron peak as daily infections hover around record highs

A woman takes a test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing center in Sydney, Australia, January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Australia is likely nearing the peak of its Omicron wave, authorities said on Saturday, but warned that daily infections … Read more