COVID hits HIV detection in Europe, threatens eradication progress

LONDON, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The number of people in Europe with undiagnosed HIV has risen as testing rates fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, jeopardizing a global goal to end the disease by 2030, according to a report. The joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and … Read more

A bomb is injured at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, Kiev steps up security

MADRID/KYIV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A security officer at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was injured on Wednesday when he opened a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador. The letter, which arrived by regular mail and had not been scanned, caused “a very small wound” to one finger when the officer opened it in the … Read more

Spotify and Epic Games join Musk in battle against Apple fees

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s declaration of war on Apple (AAPL.O) in a series of tweets on Monday gives Spotify and Fortnite maker Epic Games a powerful ally to hold the tech giant to account over its 30% App Store fees. Musk criticized the fee Apple charges software developers for in-app purchases, posting … Read more

Ukrainian avant-garde art finds shelter for war in Madrid

MADRID, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian art has found refuge in Madrid, where a retrospective of the country’s avant-garde in the early 20th century shows works little known to the general public, while giving them provides a safe haven away from the bombs. On Tuesday, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in the Spanish capital opened the exhibition … Read more

Stocks and oil rise on hopes of loosening COVID curbs in China

Euro STOXX 600 up 0.4% Oil prices recover on China’s hopes, production cuts talk Dollar falls as investors look for riskier assets China real estate stocks rise on policy support LONDON/SYDNEY, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Stocks and oil gained on Tuesday on hopes public unrest in China could lead to an earlier easing of … Read more

Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is filing for bankruptcy in New Jersey

Filing follows weeks after FTX collapse FTX listed as number 2 creditor of BlockFi Bitcoin is down more than 70% from its 2021 peak Nov 28 (Reuters) – Major cryptocurrency lender BlockFi along with eight affiliates have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it said Monday, the latest crypto victim after the spectacular collapse of … Read more

Oil prices erase 2022 gains as protests in China raise demand concerns

WTI is lowest since December 2021, Brent lowest since January 2022 Clashes in Shanghai as COVID protests flare up across China Investors are focusing on the next OPEC+ meeting on December 4 Nov 28 (Reuters) – Oil prices fell close to their year-to-date lows on Monday as street protests against strict COVID-19 restrictions in China, … Read more

Landslide kills at least seven on the Italian island of Ischia

‘Waterfall of water and mud’ hit the island on Saturday Five people are still missing Searching for divers in coastal waters CASAMICCIOLA TERME, Italy, Nov. 27 (Reuters) – At least seven people, including a newborn and two children, have died on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide caused by torrential rain … Read more

Irene Cara, Oscar-winning singer and actress known for ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance,’ dies at age 63

Actress Irene Cara poses during an interview in Los Angeles on July 2, 1990. AP Irene Cara, known for singing the title tracks of ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’, has passed away, her publicist announced on Saturday. Born in New York, Cara was 63. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Irene Cara … Read more

Bright light from black holes caused by particle shock waves • The Register

Scientists have reported a “massive leap forward” in understanding light and other electromagnetic radiation emitted from black holes using NASA’s newly deployed $188 million space telescope IXPE. Electron beams collide with slower-moving particles, creating a shock wave that results in electromagnetic radiation across frequency bands from X-rays to visible light, according to a research paper … Read more