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APAC April 14, 202112:09 AMUpdated an hour ago Biden to declare it is ‘time for American troops to come home’ from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will declare on Wednesday he plans to end the longest U.S. war and that it is “time for American troops to come home” from Afghanistan, looking to close the book on 20 years of U.S. military involvement there even as critics warn that peace is not assured.“We...

Dutch curfew to remain in place pending Feb. 26 ruling: court

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A night-time curfew in the Netherlands intended to slow the spread of coronavirus will remain in place for a least a week, after a high court decided on Friday it would rule on the measure’s legality only on Feb. 26.The decision gives some breathing room to Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s...

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...

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