SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s series of missile tests are grave provocations that hurt peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and beyond, South Korea’s military said, urging Pyongyang to stop them.
Morocco to ban arrivals from China over COVID surge
RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco will impose a ban on people arriving from China, whatever their nationality, from Jan. 3 to avert any new wave of coronavirus infections, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.
Canada to impose mandatory COVID tests for travelers from China
(Reuters) – Canada on Saturday said it will require travelers on Canadian-bound flights departing China to test negative for COVID-19.
Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Egyptian police east of Cairo
CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian security checkpoint in a city east of Cairo a day earlier in which two policemen and a civilian were killed, the group said on its telegram account.
Iran warned off spy plane near Iranian war games in the Gulf – report
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s military launched a drone to warn off a reconnaissance plane trying to approach Iranian war games on the Gulf coast, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Saturday.
Ukraine’s Zelenskiy, in New Year message, predicts victory in 2023
(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday predicted victory in the war against Russia next year, saying it would come through hard work rather than miracles, as well as aid from foreign partners.
Venezuela and Colombia fully reopen shared border
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela and Colombia will fully reopen their shared border on January 1 to allow passage of cargo and passenger transport via the cross-border Tienditas bridge, Colombia Migration said in a statement on Saturday.
Thousands celebrate the new year in Wuhan amidst China’s COVID wave
By Martin Quin Pollard and Engen Tham WUHAN/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Thousands gathered in central Wuhan on Saturday night to count down to the start of what many hoped would be a much better year after a “tough” 2022 filled with lockdowns and in December a major
Muscovites mark muted New Year without fireworks, hope for peace
MOSCOW (Reuters) – People in the centre of Moscow prepared late on Saturday to mark a somewhat muted New Year’s Eve without the usual fireworks and celebrations on Red Square, with many saying they wanted peace in 2023.
North Korea fires missile on New Year’s Day – Yonhap
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea to the east of the Korean Peninsula in the early hours of Sunday, Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean military.