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EU tells Britain’s Johnson: keep your word on Brexit

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must keep his word on the Brexit deal that he signed and that the 27-member bloc was completely unified on that position. “The Good Friday Agreement and peace on the island of Ireland are......

EXCLUSIVE France’s Macron tells UK’s Johnson: keep your word on Brexit deal

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France’s President Emmanuel Macron attend a bilateral meeting during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS French President Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday that Franco-British relations could only be reset if he......

Putin says relations with U.S. at lowest point in years

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden next week, said U.S.-Russia relations......

Are you supposed to be enjoying yourselves? Queen Elizabeth asks G7

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth met U.S. President Joe Biden under the canopy of the world’s largest indoor rainforest on Friday as she hosted a reception for leaders of the Group of Seven richest nations, who are holding a three-day summit. The 95-year-old monarch was joined by the other senior members of......

U.S. says it is ‘gravely concerned’ about Ethiopia elections

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Ethiopian Federal Police officers stand guard as pro-government demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the U.S. action over alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in the Tigray region, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 30, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo The United States is “gravely concerned” about the environment in......

Iran nuclear deal talks to resume on Saturday – Iranian official

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Talks between Iran and world powers on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will resume in Vienna on Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Friday. “The participants are expected to continue consultations on the possible return of the United States to the nuclear accord and ensuring the......

UK PM Johnson offers Tokyo Olympics some big power support

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday gave the Tokyo Olympics a show of public support at a meeting with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed last year due to the global spread of......

Amazon may see $425 million EU privacy fine – WSJ

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The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) could be fined more than $425 million under the European Union’s privacy law, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Luxembourg’s......

U.S. to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to poor nations

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U.S. President Joe Biden waves upon arrival at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall, Britain June 9, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool The United States will spend $3.5 billion to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer (PFE.N) coronavirus vaccine to some of the world’s poorest countries, it said on......

WHO issues COVID-19 warning to Europe before summer travels

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The World Health Organization on Thursday urged Europeans to travel responsibly during the summer holiday season and warned the continent was “by no means out of danger” in the battle against COVID-19 despite a steady decline of infection rates in recent weeks. “With increasing social gatherings, greater population mobility, and......

French and Swiss central banks to trial wholesale digital currencies

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The Swiss National Bank and the Bank of France will trial Europe’s first cross-border central bank digital currency payments, the banks said on Thursday, a move that will be a first for two of the world’s top currencies. The experiment will focus on the bank-to-bank ‘wholesale’ lending market rather than......

U.S. to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to the world -sources

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The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer (PFE.N) coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The United States is likely to distribute 200 million shots this year and another 300 million in the......

Market power of Siri, Alexa, Google a concern, EU regulators say

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The market dominance of Amazon’s (AMZN.O) Alexa, Apple’s (AAPL.O) Siri and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google Assistant has triggered concerns of potential anti-competitive practices, EU antitrust regulators said on Wednesday. The comments from the European Commission come after a year-long inquiry into voice assistants and other internet-connected devices and responses from more......

U.S. blacklists four Nicaraguans, including Ortega’s daughter

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A man, wearing a face mask for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks by a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in Managua, Nicaragua March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas/File Photo The United States on Wednesday blacklisted four Nicaraguans, including a daughter of President Daniel Ortega, as Washington warned it......

UK-EU ‘sausage war’ talks yield threats, not progress

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Britain and the European Union failed on Wednesday to agree any solutions to ease post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland and exchanged threats in a standoff that could cloud a weekend international summit. Since Britain completeda tortuous exit from the EU late last year, its relations with Brussels have soured further,......

Ryanair extends winning streak as court annuls German aid for Condor

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Ryanair on Wednesday won its challenge against state aid granted to German charter airline Condor, a third victory in its fight against billions of euros in pandemic support granted to its rivals. The Luxembourg-based General Court annulled regulators’ decision approving the measure but said Condor would not be required to......

Australian PM calls for WTO reform as tensions with China mount

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020 in this file photo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo/File Photo The World Trade Organization must have a binding dispute settlement system to address the growing use of “economic coercion”, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday,......

U.S. forming expert groups on safely lifting global travel restrictions

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The Biden administration is forming expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to determine how best to safely restart travel after 15 months of pandemic restrictions, a White House official said on Tuesday. Another U.S. official said the administration will not move quickly to......

EU cautions against rushing into bloc-wide pandemic insurance

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European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo The European Union’s executive body urged caution on Tuesday in the face of calls for a public-private scheme for insuring companies against economic lockdowns in future pandemics. “This is a very complex......

Dollar shuffles higher, shares bask near peaks

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Markets were in their comfort zone on Tuesday, with world stocks hovering just off record highs, the dollar lifted by upcoming inflation data and the main volatility gauges all looking reassuringly calm. There was some pressure on sterling as the British government considered whether to delay removing most of its......

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