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Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from Haj over COVID-19 – SPA

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Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual Haj pilgrimage to citizens and residents and set a maximum of 60,000 pilgrims in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the state Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. Only people aged between 18 and 65 who have been vaccinated will be able to take part,......

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......

Mexico says COVID-19 has affected a fourth of its population

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People wearing face masks wait at a traffic junction as Mexico City’s authorities announce a full reopening of the city come Monday, the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Mexico June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido About a quarter of Mexico’s 126 million people are estimated to have been......

India’s daily COVID-19 infections at more than two-month low

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India on Saturday reported 84,332 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest in more than two months, data from the health ministry showed. The South Asian country’s total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.4 million, while total fatalities are at 367,081, data. India added 4,002 deaths......

Australia’s Victoria state reports 1 new COVID case

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Morning commuters exit Southern Cross Station on the first day of eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions for the state of Victoria following an extended lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Australia’s Victoria state, which emerged from a strict lockdown earlier this week, recorded one new community case......

Reuters, New York Times win Pulitzers for coverage of racial injustice, COVID-19

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Reuters and the Minneapolis Star Tribune each won a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for journalism about racial inequities in U.S. policing, while the New York Times and the Atlantic were honored for chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic, the two topics that dominated last year’s headlines. The Star Tribune won the 2021......

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......

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......

EU advises against AstraZeneca shot in people with rare blood condition

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A vial of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo Europe’s drug regulator on Friday advised against using AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine in people with a......

BOJ may extend pandemic-aid schemes to support fragile recovery

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A man wearing a protective mask stands in front of the headquarters of Bank of Japan amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 22, 2020.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo The Bank of Japan is set to keep its money spigots wide open and may extend its pandemic-relief programmes next......

Japan’s exports set for biggest monthly gain since 1980

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Shipping containers are seen at a port in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato Japan’s exports likely posted their largest monthly rise in four decades in May, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, but the flattering milestone was largely reflective of a rebound in shipments from last year’s pandemic-driven......

Japan city uses tsunami lessons for COVID-19 vaccinations

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Tamio Hayashi, 77, doubted he could ever navigate the internet systems set up to register for COVID-19 vaccines across most of Japan. He hated the idea of using the “troublesome” systems that have broken down and befuddled other older residents, hobbling Japan’s inoculation push. Luckily, local officials in his small,......

Two guests onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise test COVID-19 positive

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Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas cruise ship docks at Marina Bay Cruise Center after a passenger tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a cruise to nowhere, in Singapore, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su Cruise operator Royal Caribbean (RCL.N) said on Thursday two guests onboard its Celebrity Millennium ship......

U.S. charges Israeli traders in healthcare insider trading scheme

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U.S. prosecutors on Thursday unveiled criminal charges in Manhattan accusing two Israeli traders of illegal trading in several biotechnology and healthcare companies in connection with a sprawling international insider trading scheme. Tomer Feingold and Dov Malnik were accused in a 15-count indictment of securities fraud, wire fraud, tender offer fraud,......

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......

AstraZeneca says working with Southeast Asian nations on vaccine deliveries

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A health worker prepares a dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as Thailand start mass inoculation at a gymnasium inside Siam Paragon shopping centre, Bangkok, Thailand June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo AstraZeneca (AZN.L) says it is working closely with Southeast Asia governments to ensure......

Indian state sharply raises COVID-19 death toll prompting call for wide review

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An Indian state has raised its COVID-19 death toll sharply higher after the discovery of thousands of unreported cases, lending weight to suspicion that India’s overall death tally is significantly more than the official figure. Indian hospitals ran out of beds and life-saving oxygen during a devastating second wave of......

S.Korea considers vaccinating workers at major companies

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South Korea is considering plans to vaccinate workers at key businesses including chip and electronics firms to minimise disruptions to production, the government said on Thursday, amid global efforts to boost supply of scarce computer chips. The labour ministry has sent letters to companies including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS),......

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