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EU bosses throw isolated Britain a lifeline over COVID border closures

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union executive threw Britain a lifeline on Tuesday after it became stranded in COVID-19 isolation, recommending that EU members roll back sweeping border closures to allow freight to resume and let people return home for Christmas.Much of the world shut their borders to Britain after a mutated variant...

Thousands protest in London against India’s farming reforms

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in central London on Sunday over Indian agricultural reforms that have triggered mass demonstrations in India.A crowd of demonstrators converged on the Indian embassy, located on Aldwych, a major artery in the centre of the British capital, and groups marched around the Trafalgar Square area, a...

Britain and EU resume trade talks in ‘final throw of the dice’

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British negotiators arrived in Brussels on Sunday for a last-ditch attempt to strike a Brexit trade deal with the European Union and avert a chaotic parting of ways at the end of the year.FILE PHOTO: An electronic billboard displays a British government information message advising business to prepare for the Brexit, in London, Britain...

‘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...

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