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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......

Euro 2020 starts with fireworks and balloons after year-long delay

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The Euro 2020 soccer championship finally got underway on Friday after a year-long delay with a colourful fireworks show and choreography featuring balloons representing the 24 teams in Rome’s sparsely populated Stadio Olimpico. Only some 16,000 fans were admitted for the opening match between Italy and Turkey, around 25% of......

Italy impress in Euro 2020 opener with 3-0 win over Turkey

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Italy kicked off the European Championship with a convincing 3-0 victory over Turkey in Group A at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Friday with Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne on target. Roberto Mancini’s side had been frustrated by Turkey’s defensive approach in the first half but broke through in the 53rd......

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......

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......

French army kills an al Qaeda leader in Sahel, minister says

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The French army has killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region who is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping and killing of two French journalists in 2013, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly tweeted on Friday. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source –......

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......

Detroit becomes ‘Jeep City’ with first new auto plant in 30 years

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Inside the first new auto assembly plant built in the Motor City since 1991, the smell of hot metal hangs in the air as new Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs head down the welding line. For Stellantis NV, (STLA.MI) that is the smell of money. For the City of Detroit,......

Archer’s flying taxi makes splashy debut in heated market

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Archer Aviation unveiled its first electric flying taxi “Maker” in a Tesla-style debut on Thursday as an increasing number of investors and aviation companies pile into the hot but yet-to-be-approved urban air mobility space. Interest in zero-emission aircraft that take off and land like helicopters but fly like planes is......

Vertical Aerospace to go public in $2.2 billion SPAC deal

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An American Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake Vertical Aerospace, an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) maker backed by investors such as American Airlines (AAL.O), will go public through a merger with......

Apple hires former BMW executive for car project- Bloomberg News

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The Apple Inc logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar Apple Inc(AAPL.O) has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG’s electric car division, to help its vehicle initiatives, Bloomberg News......

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,......

France’s Citroen charged with consumer fraud over dieselgate probe

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Carmaker Stellantis (STLA.MI) said on Thursday that its French Citroen unit had been charged with consumer fraud by French prosecutors in a far-reaching diesel emissions probe. Citroen would have to make a deposit of 8 million euros and provide a bank guarantee of 25 million euros for potential compensation for......

Microsoft plans to tap smart TVs, streaming devices for Xbox games

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Head of Microsoft Xbox Phil Spencer speaks during the Microsoft Xbox E3 2017 media briefing in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/File Photo Microsoft (MSFT.O) said on Thursday it was working with global TV manufacturers so that gamers can play Xbox games through internet-connected televisions without any......

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......

Volkswagen expects chips shortage to ease in Q3

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Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) expects a shortage in semiconductor supply to ease in the third quarter but sees the bottlenecks continuing in the long-term, a board member told Handelsblatt newspaper. “At the moment we have reached the lowest point. We are facing the toughest six weeks,” Murat Aksel, the head of procurement......

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