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Australia returns to “war footing” amid COVID-19 vaccine turmoil

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s national cabinet will begin meeting twice a week from Monday, marking a return to a “war footing” in the country’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic amid turmoil in its national vaccination programme. FILE PHOTO: A sign for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic is seen as high-risk workers......

Erdogan says turkey remains committed to full EU membership

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives a statement after a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, April 5, 2021. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey remains committed to full membership in the European Union, for which it is a candidate country despite......

Europe’s vax disaster shows Trump, UK’s BoJo got biggest COVID challenge right

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Betsy McCaughey In the race to save lives from the novel coronavirus, the United States and Britain are winning. A stunning 47 percent of UK residents and 36 percent of US residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Compare that with the European Union, where only 15 percent of the population......

Sterling recovers; long positions shrink to nine-week low

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* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh * Graphic: Trade-weighted sterling since Brexit vote tmsnrt.rs/2hwV9Hv LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – The pound rose on Monday, recovering partly after a weekly loss, while CFTC data showed that speculators’ net long positions fell to a nine-week low as market participants split......

Next week crucial for Italy, EU talks over Alitalia – minister

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FILE PHOTO: Alitalia plane is seen on the tarmac after landing at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo MILAN (Reuters) – Talks between Italy and the European Commission over the revamp of Alitalia will enter a key phase next week,......

German far-right AfD bids to win back voters with anti-lockdown campaign

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) cast itself as the anti-lockdown party at a weekend conference in a bid to win back support before for a September election. Almost 600 members of the party, which entered the national parliament for the first time after the 2017 election,......

AstraZeneca has not reacted yet to EU letter on vaccines – Corriere

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MILAN (Reuters) – AstraZeneca has yet to react to a letter sent by the European Commission to complain over below-contract supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, Italian daily Corriere della Sera said, adding the Anglo-Swedish group missed a deadline indicated by Brussels. FILE PHOTO: Empty vials of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are seen......

Italy’s economy seen growing 4.1% this year, business lobby says

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ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s virus-hit economy is expected to grow 4.1% this year and 4.2% in 2022 in an “uncertain ascent from the abyss”, the country’s business lobby Confindustria said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: People walk past closed bars and restaurants as Rome becomes a ‘red zone’, going into lockdown,......

EDF restructuring talks not ‘bogged down’, CEO says

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FILE PHOTO: The company logo for Electricite de France (EDF) is seen in Paris, France, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier PARIS (Reuters) – Talks with the European Commission on restructuring EDF are not stuck and the French firm remains on track to start operating its next-generation nuclear reactor at Flamanville......

EU proposes six-month tariff freeze with United States – Der Spiegel

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FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in this file picture taken October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union has suggested that it and the United States suspend tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports for six......

EDF chief executive says restructuring talks “not at all bogged down”

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PARIS, April 10 (Reuters) – Negotiations over the restructuring of French state-run utility EDF are not stuck and near daily discussions between Paris and the European Commission continue, chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy said on Saturday. “(The negotiations) are not at all bogged down,” Levy told France Inter radio. The restructuring......

Chinese envoy says Iran talks to resume next week

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FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo/File Photo VIENNA (Reuters) – China’s envoy to the Iran nuclear talks said on Friday all sides had agreed to reconvene next week to carry out......

Poland seems to have passed COVID-19 infections peak – minister

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks wait in line at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine centre situated at a temporary hospital organised at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland seems to have passed a peak in the number of coronavirus infections,......

Italy’s Draghi accuses ‘dictator’ Erdogan, draws Turkey’s condemnation

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FILE PHOTO: Italy’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi speaks during a joint press conference with Italy’s Economy Minister and Italy’s Minister for Labour and Social Policy following a Cabinet meeting in Rome, Italy, March 19, 2021. Alberto Pizzoli/Pool via REUTERS ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday accused......

U.S. adds Chinese supercomputing entities to economic blacklist

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FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday it was adding seven Chinese supercomputing entities to a U.S. economic blacklist for assisting Chinese military The department is......

Germany sticks to recommendation on vaccine switch after first Astra dose

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FILE PHOTO: A vial with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is prepared during a vaccination of teachers and nursery teachers, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Grevesmuehlen, Germany, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s vaccine commission stuck to its recommendation on Thursday that people aged under......

Northern Ireland riots must stop before someone killed: Ireland’s Coveney

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FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney in Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool/File Photo DUBLIN (Reuters) – Nightly outbreaks of street violence in Northern Ireland must stop before somebody is killed, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Thursday, calling on the region’s political and community leaders to......

World Bank’s Malpass says slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Europe is concerning

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FILE PHOTO: World Bank President David Malpass responds to a question from a reporter during an opening press conference at the IMF and World Bank’s 2019 Annual Fall Meetings of finance ministers and bank governors, in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Theiler//File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World Bank President......

Sterling sinks to two-week low vs euro, one-week low vs dollar

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* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh * Graphic: Trade-weighted sterling since Brexit vote tmsnrt.rs/2hwV9Hv LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) – Sterling sank on Wednesday as profit-taking by traders after a strong first quarter for the British currency pulled it to a week’s low against the dollar and its lowest......

France starts giving COVID-19 shots in national sports stadium

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PARIS (Reuters) – France has started administering shots of the COVID-19 vaccine inside the Stade de France, the national stadium that once hosted soccer’s World Cup final. People, wearing protective face masks, walk inside the Stade de France stadium opened as a mass vaccination center in Saint-Denis near Paris as......

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