William and Harry stand vigil with cousins at queen’s coffin

Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren hold vigil Line to see queen’s coffin stretches for 11 hours World leaders start arriving in London for funeral LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Princes William and Harry stood vigil at either end of the coffin of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth on Saturday, heads bowed as a line of mourners streamed past … Read more

Queen Elizabeth dies at 96, ending an era for Britain

Queen had reigned for 70 years Family had gathered at her Balmoral home Son Charles, 73, becomes king BALMORAL, Scotland, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s figurehead for seven decades, died at her home in Scotland aged 96 on Thursday. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham … Read more

Tempers fraying in Australia as COVID-19 cases hit new highs

Officials see challenging weeks ahead Djokovic’s travel waiver draws criticism PM under pressure to subsidize rapid antigen testing SYDNEY, Jan.5 (Reuters) – Daily COVID-19 cases in Australia hit a record for the third day in a row on Wednesday, further depleting hospital resources and testing facilities as public anger grows over handling the fast-moving Omicron … Read more

S.African study offers Omicron hope as nations reimpose curbs

S. African Omicron study suggests reduced risk of severe disease Booster injections are seen by many as the key to controlling Omicron South Korean business groups protest new restrictions JOHANNESBURG, Dec 22 (Reuters) – A South African study on Wednesday offered good Christmas news about the severity of Omicron and the trend of COVID-19 infections … Read more

New Zealand to ban cigarette sales for future generations

Dec 9 (Reuters) – New Zealand plans to ban young people from buying cigarettes in their lifetime in one of the world’s toughest crackdowns on the tobacco industry, arguing that other efforts to extinguish smoking were taking too long. People 14 and younger in 2027 will never be able to buy cigarettes in the Pacific … Read more