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English diners rush back to restaurants as lockdown eases

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FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the evening at an outside restaurant area in Soho, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – British diners rushed back to restaurants on Monday, the first day that they had been open in England for......

Earnings, metal rally spur record high for European stocks

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FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Staff (Reuters) – European stocks hit a record high on Thursday as a rally in commodity prices lifted miners, while some positive earnings reports offset worries about the pace......

EU Commission to end AstraZeneca and J&J vaccine contracts at expiry – paper

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MILAN (Reuters) – The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts next year with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Italian daily La Stampa reported on Wednesday, citing a source from the Italian health ministry. “The European Commission, in agreement with the leaders of many (EU) countries,......

Goldman Sachs profit soars on global deals frenzy, trading boom

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(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc surged past Wall Street expectations for first-quarter profit on Wednesday, as the U.S. investment banking giant capitalized on record levels of global dealmaking and a coronavirus-driven boom in equity trading. An unprecedented boom in private firms merging with listed shell companies to go public......

Greece to lift quarantine rule for more travelers from next week: official

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FILE PHOTO: People make their way on Monastiraki square, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece, March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece plans to lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from the European Union and five other countries who have been vaccinated or......

Heathrow Airport CEO sees patchy international travel this summer

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LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – The chief executive of Heathrow Airport, Britain’s busiest airport, said that international travel this summer would be “patchy” as countries worry about the risk of importing COVID-19 variants and their impact on the vaccine. “I think over the summer, we’re going to see quite a......

‘Let’s make it count’: World leaders, royalty and environmentalists gear up for major climate summit COP26

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Six years ago, after days of painstaking negotiations, world leaders managed to thrash out a deal on climate change. The result was the Paris Agreement, decided at the COP21 summit in Paris. Described by the United Nations as a legally-binding......

Tesco reports 2 billion pounds profit after ‘exceptionally strong’ sales

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of Tesco is pictured outside a Tesco supermarket in Hatfield, Britain October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, on Wednesday beat its guidance by reporting total adjusted retail operating profit of 1.99 billion pounds ($2.74 billion) after seeing “exceptionally strong”......

What ‘energy transition’? Global fossil fuel use is accelerating and set to get even worse

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Electricity pylons are seen in front of the cooling towers of the coal-fired power station of German energy giant RWE in Weisweiler, western Germany, on January 26, 2021. INA FASSBENDER | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The world’s dependency......

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......

Britain to withdraw nearly all its troops from Afghanistan – The Times

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FILE PHOTO: British soldiers with NATO-led Resolute Support Mission arrive at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (Reuters) – Britain will withdraw nearly all its troops from Afghanistan following the U.S. plan to withdraw its troops by Sept. 11, 2021, The Times reported......

Britain reports 2,472 new COVID cases, 23 further deaths

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LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – Britain reported 2,472 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, down from 3,568 a day earlier, government data showed, adding that a further 23 people had died within 28 days of a positive test of the novel coronavirus. Some 32.25 million people have received a first dose......

UK economy to return to pre-COVID-19 level around mid-2022: Reuters poll

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy will be back to its pre-COVID-19 level around the middle of next year, according to economists in a Reuters poll who said unemployment would peak at 6.2% as 2021 draws to a close and the pandemic job support scheme ends. FILE PHOTO: The City of......

Reuters to name Alessandra Galloni as its next editor-in-chief

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(Reuters) -Reuters News is set to name one of its top editors, Alessandra Galloni, as its next editor-in-chief, the first woman to lead the globe-spanning news agency in its 170-year history. FILE PHOTO: Global News Editor of Reuters Alessandra Galloni attends a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin (not shown)......

Holt to head KPMG’s UK arm ahead of Carillion probe outcome

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FILE PHOTO: The KPMG logo is seen at their offices at Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause//File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Global accountants KPMG said on Monday that Jon Holt has been elected by partners to head its 2.3 billion pound ($3.17 billion) UK......

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......

50 Funny Times The UK Was Caught Just Being The UK, As Shared In This Group

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The UK is a unique and wonderful land, full of unique and wonderful people. However, to fully experience its beauty, you have to visit it, and that’s quite difficult with everything that is happening in the world right now. So we’ve got the next best thing for you. The subreddit......

European stocks ease from record high ahead of earnings season

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FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Staff (Reuters) – European stocks eased from all-time highs on Monday as investors held off from making big bets ahead of the earnings season, while British retailers were set......

UK investors expand anti-slavery push to construction, materials sectors

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LONDON (Reuters) – A UK investor coalition that presses companies to unearth modern-day slavery in their supply chains said on Monday it was going to expand its campaign into the construction and materials sectors. FILE PHOTO: Construction workers are seen working at a site in London, following the outbreak of......

English shops and pub gardens reopen in ‘major step’ to freedom

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LONDON (Reuters) – England’s shops, hairdressers, gyms and pub gardens will reopen on Monday in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson said was a “major step” towards freedom from the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of businesses have been closed since early January when England entered a third......

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