Canada to remove all COVID travel restrictions from Oct 1

A man pushes a baggage cart wearing a mandatory face mask as a “Healthy Airport” initiative is launched for travel, taking into account social distancing protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio Register now for FREE unlimited access … Read more

‘I am leaving Russia’: young men flee draft, Finland to restrict entry

VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 23 (Reuters) – When 27-year-old Nikita watched Russian President Vladimir Putin announce a military mobilization while visiting his uncle in St Petersburg, he decided to leave his homeland. Two days later, he was crossing the border into Finland. “It’s just insane. All my friends (are) in danger,” said the sound engineer, minutes … Read more

Finland says traffic ‘intensifying’ on border with Russia

Register now for FREE unlimited access to register VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Traffic arriving at Finland’s eastern border ordered with Russia “intensified” overnight after President Vladimir Putin a partial military mobilization and elevated on Thursday but was under control, the Finnish Border Guard said. At the Vaalimaa border crossing, roughly three hours’ … Read more

Gaza farmer unearths Byzantine-era mosaic

Register now for FREE unlimited access to register GAZA, Sept 18 (Reuters) – An ornate Byzantine floor mosaic showing a variety of colorful birds and other animals has been discovered by chance in Gaza after a Palestinian farmer tried to plant new trees on his land. Salman al-Nabahin unearthed the relic six months ago … Read more

Japan govt to waive tourist visa requirements as part of border easing -FNN

Passengers wearing protective face masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, walk at the Haneda airport, in Tokyo, Japan June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Androniki Christodoulou Register now for FREE unlimited access to register TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Japan’s government is planning to waive tourist visa requirements from some countries as part of a further … Read more

EU foreign ministers agree to suspend visa deal with Russia – top diplomat

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell speaks on the tensions between the neighboring Western Balkan nations in Brussels, Belgium, August 18, 2022. REUTERS/ Johanna Geron/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to register PRAGUE, Aug 31 (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers agreed on Wednesday to fully suspend a visa facilitation agreement … Read more

EU complicates travel rules for Russians but baulks at visa ban

Register now for FREE unlimited access to register PRAGUE, Aug 31 (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers decided on Wednesday to make it more expensive and lengthier for Russians to obtain visas to travel to the bloc, but stopped short of agreeing to the EU-wide visa ban that Ukraine and several member states had called … Read more

Baltic states, Poland and Finland could ban Russian tourists, says Lithuania

VILNIUS, Aug 23 (Reuters) – European Union members Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland, which all share a border with Russia, may stop Russian tourists from entering their countries if the EU does not enact a union-wide ban, Lithuania’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. “I have talked to ministers from all these countries… I don’t … Read more

Violent storm kills six on Corsica as island raises new alert

PARIS, Aug 18 (Reuters) – A violent and storm battered the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on Thursday, killing at least six people including a teenage girl, and unexpected meteorologists predicted more bad weather to come. Hail, heavy rain and winds peaking at 224 km per hour (140 mph) swept the island early in the … Read more

Exclusive: Russia starts stripping jetliners for parts as sanctions bite

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot (AFLT.MM), are stripping jetliners to secure spare parts they can no longer buy abroad because of Western sanctions, four industry sources told Reuters. The steps are in line … Read more