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‘It felt like my insides were crying’: China COVID curbs hit youth mental health
Health

‘It felt like my insides were crying’: China COVID curbs hit youth mental health

HONG KONG, Aug 30 Reuters) - Zhang Meng had a breakdown last December. The 20-year-old found herself sobbing on the stairs of her dorm, driven to despair by repeated COVID lockdowns of her university campus in Beijing.The lockdowns had meant she was mostly confined to her room and unable to meet up with friends. There were also strict curbs on when she could visit the canteen or take a shower. Describing herself as someone who craves in-person social interaction, Zhang said the restrictions had "removed the safety net that was holding me up and I felt like my whole being was falling down".That month, she was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterYao, also 20 and who asked that his first name not be used, had his first br...
Ukraine war, energy crisis send German business sentiment to lowest level since June 2020
Business

Ukraine war, energy crisis send German business sentiment to lowest level since June 2020

The skyline with its financial district is photographed as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues during an extended lockdown in Frankfurt, Germany, January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterIndex falls for third month in a rowUkraine war, energy crisis weighs on business moraleIfo: Economy expected to shrink in Q3BERLIN, Aug 25 (Reuters) - German business morale in August fell to its lowest reading since June 2020 amid high uncertainty due to the Ukraine war, the resulting energy crisis and fears of an economic downturn in the third quarter, a survey said on Thursday.The Ifo institute's closely watched business climate index fell for a third consecutive month but less than expected to 88.5, from...
Rise in U.S. business equipment spending allays recession fears
Business

Rise in U.S. business equipment spending allays recession fears

Core capital goods orders increase 0.4% in JulyCore capital goods shipments rise 0.7%Durable goods orders unchangedPending home sales fall 1.0% in JulyWASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - New orders for U.S.-manufactured capital goods increased in July, but the pace slowed from the prior month, suggesting a moderate rebound in business spending this quarter.The report from the Commerce Department on Wednesday also showed solid gains in shipments of these goods. While part of the rise was because businesses are spending more due to higher prices, the data was another sign that the economy continues to grow at a slow pace and was not in recession."The absence of a sustained decline in orders suggests that businesses are still investing despite tighter financial market conditions, a drop in sent...
Russian politician detained for criticising Ukraine invasion
Politics

Russian politician detained for criticising Ukraine invasion

LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Russian opposition politician Yevgeny Roizman was shown being detained at his home in a video published on social media on Wednesday, in the latest move by authorities to punish critics of the war in Ukraine.Video of the arrest showed Roizman, former mayor of the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, being taken away by law enforcement officials.Roizman was seen in the video telling reporters that he was being investigated under a law against discrediting the armed forces. He said he was being arrested "basically for one phrase, 'the invasion of Ukraine'".Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterAsked where he had said that, he replied: "I've said it everywhere and I'll say it now."State news agency TASS cited Yekaterinburg security services as conf...
EXCLUSIVE Malaysia’s Tenaga plans $1 bln IPO for power business, sources say
Business

EXCLUSIVE Malaysia’s Tenaga plans $1 bln IPO for power business, sources say

A view of Tenaga Nasional Berhad headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia HarrisRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterSINGAPORE, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Malaysian electricity utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TENA.KL) plans to set begin the process next year for a potential $1 billion listing of its power generation business, sources close to the matter told Reuters.In what would be the country's largest initial public offering (IPO) in a decade, TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd, known as TNB Genco, could be valued at about $4 billion, the sources said, declining to be named owing to the confidential nature of the matter.Proceeds from the offering will be used to grow TNB Genco's renewable energy portfolio, they added.Register now for FREE unlimi...
Trump signals he will testify in New York probe into business practices
Business

Trump signals he will testify in New York probe into business practices

Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower the day after FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home, in New York City, U.S., August 9, 2022. REUTERS/David 'Dee' DelgadoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterAug 9 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he would testify on Wednesday in a New York investigation by the state's attorney general into his family's business practices, with the possible testimony coming amid a flurry of legal woes for him.New York State Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a civil investigation examining whether the Trump Organization inflated real estate values. Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, have agreed to testify.Trump has denied wrongdoing and called...
Australia business activity booms in July, costs surge
Business

Australia business activity booms in July, costs surge

View of a construction site for a train station on the Sydney Metro, Australia July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Sam HolmesRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterSYDNEY, Aug 9 (Reuters) - A measure of Australian business confidence rebounded in July as sales and profits held up surprisingly well in the face of rising interest rates and high inflation, though firms also reported record costs amid supply constraints.Tuesday's survey from National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) (NAB.AX) showed its index of business conditions climbed 6 points to +20 in July, well above its long-run average.Its measure of confidence bounced 5 points to +7, reversing June's decline and leaving it just above the long-run average.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegister"The strength i...