Sunak pledges more spending as UK emerges from pandemic

UK 2021 GDP +6.5% vs previous forecast +4.0% Credit forecasts lowered by OBR Sunak: getting started with the post-pandemic economy Sunak says government is ready to act on inflation Promise for real spending increase for all departments LONDON, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak used a stronger forecast for Britain’s post-lockdown … Read more

Brexit: France releases a list of sanctions if Britain withholds fishing licenses

French fishermen repair their nets in Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, 28 December 2020. Photo taken 28 December 2020. REUTERS / Charles Platiau PARIS, October 27 (Reuters) – France released a list of sanctions that could take effect on November 2, unless sufficient progress is made in its post-Brexit fisheries with Britain, saying it was working on … Read more

Novavax applies for UK authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a vial labeled “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” and a medical syringe in front of the Novavax logo shown in this image, taken Oct. 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said Wednesday it had completed the real-time submission of an application for the authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate … Read more

Biden promises to stand with Southeast Asia in the defense of ocean freedom and democracy

Biden promises to defend the freedom of the oceans The United States is concerned about China’s “coercive and proactive actions” across the Taiwan Strait Chinese Prime Minister Li says maintaining peace in the South China Sea is in everyone’s interest BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, October 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the … Read more

A university in Cambridge and a museum in Paris return looted African objects

A looted Benin bronze artifact is depicted on this undated social media image obtained on October 27, 2021, when Cambridge University announced that it will return the sculpture to Nigeria. Lent by Chris Loades / Jesus College, Cambridge / Handout via REUTERS LONDON, October 27 (Reuters) – A Cambridge University college and Paris museum will … Read more

France’s Macron asks China’s Xi Jinping for signal ahead of COP26

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at a press conference at the end of the second day of an EU leadership meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 22 October 2021. Aris Oikonomou / Pool via REUTERS PARIS, October 26 (Reuters) – During a phone call on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to … Read more

Bulgaria hits record daily coronavirus cases, hospitals stretched

Men wearing protective suits are seen outside a future temporary COVID-19 vaccination unit amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dec. 15, 2020. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/Files SOFIA, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus infections in Bulgaria has risen by 6,813 in the past 24 hours, a record daily increase as the European Union’s … Read more

France takes steps to shield its book industry from Amazon

New legislation would impose minimum shipping costs for new books Amazon delivers books for 1 cent in France Says legislation would punish rural people Paris says law needed to regulate ‘distorted competition’ PARIS, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – Sophie Fornairon’s independent bookstore has survived Amazon’s rise thanks to a French law banning price discounts on new … Read more

Singapore adds Australia, Switzerland to quarantine-free travel program

SINGAPORE, October 26 (Reuters) – Singapore will allow quarantine-free access to travelers vaccinated against COVID-19 from Australia and Switzerland from November 8, the city’s aviation authority said on Tuesday. Singapore is slowly reopening its borders and has extended quarantine-free travel to nearly a dozen countries, including Germany, Canada, France, the UK and the US under … Read more

US FDA Advisors Support Pfizer/BioNTech Childhood COVID-19 Vaccine

A vial containing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can be seen in this illustration photo, taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Oct. 26 (Reuters) – A panel of experts voted by an overwhelming majority on Tuesday to recommend to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE COVID-19 … Read more