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‘Things will get worse’: London goes into stricter lockdown

LONDON (Reuters) - London, the world’s international financial capital, will enter a tighter COVID-19 lockdown from midnight on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to tackle a swiftly accelerating second coronavirus wave.ADVERTISEMENT: Your content will begin in 12 secondsThe respiratory pandemic, which emerged in China last year and has killed over a...

China denies ‘coercive’ diplomacy with Canada, urges release of Huawei executive

OTTAWA (Reuters) - China on Thursday denied it had taken two Canadian men hostage, and repeated a call for the release of a Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive held in Canada who faces extradition to the United States amid a long-running diplomatic dispute.Slideshow ( 2 images )Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, a...

Global coronavirus deaths exceed 800,000

The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 800,000 on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India leading the rise in fatalities.Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks that ended...

UK warns China: do not destroy the jewel of Hong Kong

LONDON - The United Kingdom warned Beijing on Tuesday to step back from the brink over an “authoritarian” national security law in Hong Kong that it said risked destroying one of the jewels of Asia’s economy while ruining the reputation of China.China’s parliament last week approved a decision to create laws for Hong...

U.N. chief urges peaceful U.S. protests, calls on leaders to listen, show restraint

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres urges Americans protesting racial inequities and excessive police force to do so peacefully and calls on U.S. leaders and authorities to listen to them and show restraint, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.Dujarric was responding to a wave of U.S. demonstrations over the...

Paris salons, Shanghai Disney reopen despite global alarm over second coronavirus wave

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Global alarm was sounded on Monday over a potential second wave of coronavirus cases after Germany, relatively successful in slowing the outbreak, reported that infections had accelerated again after the first tentative steps to ease a lockdown.But in the United States, which has by far the highest COVID-19 death toll...

Amid Kim Jong Un’s health rumors, experts ask: Is North Korea ready for a female leader?

Amid the rampant rumors last month surrounding North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s health, speculation swirled if his little sister Kim Yo Jong would be the most likely successor.While photographs shared by the Hermit Kingdom over the weekend showed its resurfaced leader, pivotal questions over the succession line, and if the deeply patriarchal dynasty is ready for a female leader, remain...

Kim Jong Un sends ‘thanks’ to workers at North Korean tourist zone amid health rumors

Kim Jong Un expressed appreciation on Monday to workers building a tourism zone in the region of North Korea where his signature train was recently spotted on satellite photos as worldwide speculation swirls over his health.North Korean state media relayed the message of thanks from the dictator in a news bulletin, with no other mention of Kim's activities or health condition.

Iran military chief warns its forces will ‘destroy’ US warships if threatened in Persian Gulf

The leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps vowed Thursday that his troops will “destroy any American terrorist force” that threatens the country’s ships in the Persian Gulf.The inflammatory comments from Major General Hossein Salami on Iranian state TV come a day after President Trump warned the Islamic Republic in a tweet that he has “instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian...

President Trump orders Navy to ‘destroy’ any Iranian gunboats that harass US ships

President Trump said Wednesday that he's instructed the U.S. Navy to "shoot down and destroy" any Iranian gunboats harassing American ships, in the wake of a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf. "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea," Trump...

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