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Britain expects 'very significant' week for Brexit talks as clock ticks down
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( William James | ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 4 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union are heading into a “very significant” week, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, as talks over a trade deal enter their final days with serious differences yet to be resolved. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week, subject to any further postponement... we’re down to really two basic issues,” Raab told the BBC. Despite missing several self-imposed deadlines, the negotiations have failed to bridge differences on competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights. Britain has so far rejected EU proposals and remains adamant that as an independent nation it must have full control of its waters. “The EU have just got to recognise the point of principle here,” Raab told Times Radio.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Michel Barnier, ” Raab Organizations: European Union, BBC, Times Radio, EU Locations: Britain, London,
UK's Raab says next week will be very significant for Brexit deal
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.83   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The next week will be very significant for Brexit, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday when asked how near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week subject to any further postponement,” Raab told the BBC. He said negotiations were down to their final two basic issues and a deal was possible if the EU showed some pragmatism.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Kim Hong, ” Raab Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, European Union, BBC Locations: Seoul, South Korea
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died. Prowse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because "you always remember the bad guys." Prowse donned Darth Vader's black armor and helmet for "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983). He was a regular at "Star Wars" fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" films, tweeted that Prowse was "a kind man & much more than Darth Vader."
Persons: Dave Prowse, Darth Vader, Prowse, Thomas Bowington, George Lucas, Vader, " Prowse, James Earl Jones, Darth, Luke Skywalker, Han, Fortune, Christopher Reeve, Steel, Lucas, Mark Hamill, Hamill, Edgar Wright, Dave Prowse couldn't, Norma Organizations: England, Hammer Studios, BBC, Associated Press, Twitter Locations: British, Bristol, England
An Iranian diplomat and three others have gone on trial in Belgium accused of planning a terrorist attack on a rally where Rudy Giuliani was the keynote speaker. If the powerful bomb had exploded, it could have caused carnage in a packed crowd of 25,000. An Iranian diplomat has gone on trial in Belgium for his part in a planned terrorist attack on a rally where Rudy Giuliani was the keynote speaker. They have all been charged with attempting to carry out a terrorist attack and terrorist group activity and could face life in prison. Ran has denied being behind the alleged thwarted attack, according to France 24.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani, Iran's Assadollah Assadi, Maryam Rajavi, Newt Gingrich, Assadollah Assadi, Amir Saadouni, Nasimeh Naami, Assadi, Naami, Mercedes, TATP, Yusuf Ozcan, France24, Mehrdad, Ran, Rajavi, Hassan Rouhani, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Donald Trump's Organizations: Representatives, National Council of Resistance, BBC, New York Times, ABC News, Belgian, The Washington Post, ABC, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Security Service, Iran's Department, The New York Times, Washington Post, Iran's, AP Locations: Iranian, Belgium, Vienna, Villepinte, France, Iran, Belgian, Brussels, Austria, Germany, Belgium's
Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, said she has to keep "piles of cash" at home due to US sanctions. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that she has to keep "piles of cash" at home since she has no bank account due to US sanctions. Following the controversial law, The White House applied what are thought to be the toughest sanctions yet on Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 14 other senior city officials, according to AFP. The Chief Executive earns $672,000 per year and is one of the highest-paid leaders in the world, the BBC reported. In August, the Hong Kong leader told reporters that the US sanctions had caused her a "a little bit of inconvenience" because she couldn't use her credit cards, Channel News Asia added.
Persons: Carrie Lam, Lam, Hong, it's Organizations: Hong Kong Chief, BBC, Hong Kong SAR, Hong, AFP, Social, Channel News Asia Locations: Hong Kong, China, AFP, Lam's
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Europe Begins to Ease Lockdowns Before the Holidays France, parts of Britain and other nations are relaxing virus restrictions. And public health experts worried that even with the daily death toll already soaring, the nation could expect harder days to come. The military has worked behind the scenes to bring a virus vaccine to the public. Public health experts said the state’s success was proof that when the public adhered to strict regulations, the virus could successfully be eliminated. A closed cafe in London this month on the first day of England’s lockdown restrictions.
Persons: Dmitry Kostyukov, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, ” Mr, Macron, Michael Osterholm, pandemics Joshua Lederberg, Darwin, Lederberg, , won’t, David A, Kennedy, Andrew F, Dr, Read, — James Gorman, Trump’s, Eric Gay, Trump, Paul Ostrowski, Ntb, Christopher Anderson, , Cameron Papp, Daniel Pockett, ” Daniel Andrews, Andrews, ” Miki Perkins, Richard Denniss, Andrew Testa, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Graham Brady, Mr, Brady, Organizations: The New York Times, Infectious Disease, University of Minnesota, CNN, The Rockefeller University, The Pennsylvania State University, PLoS Biology, National Guard, Texas Division, Press, Defense Department, Centers for Disease Control, Reuters, Cornell, Black, TourRadar, Victoria, Victorians, , Twitter, Mr, Conservative, BBC Locations: France, Britain, U.S, Australian, Europe, Paris, lockdowns, Spain, Brussels, Germany, England, United States, Pasteur, San Antonio, Trondheim, Norway, Cornell University’s, Melbourne, Australia, Victoria, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham
"Virginity tests," in which a woman's hymen is examined, are available at least seven UK medical clinics, an investigation by BBC Newsbeat and 100 Women has found. At least seven medical clinics in the UK sell controversial "virginity tests," an investigation by BBC Newsbeat and 100 Women has found. Virginity tests are also sometimes carried out on sexual assault victims to determine whether rape has occurred. WHO recommends that virginity tests aren't performed under any circumstances, and urges governments to enact and enforce laws that ban the practice. France is divided on a virginity test banIn France, politicians are considering a ban of the practice.
Persons: BBC Newsbeat, Read, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, aren't Organizations: BBC, WHO, UN, World Health Organization, United Nations, Biden White, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Sunday Times Locations: France, England, Germany
Dena Roché is a wine consultant and founder of Vin Roché, a private wine services business based in Phoenix, Arizona. Moving from travel journalist to a private wine educator might seem like a stretch, but there are a lot of similarities. While all of our services are customized, wine dinners generally start at $250 and wine tastings are dependent on the cost of the wine. Now, I'm working to create relationships with boutique wineries in various wine regions to get ready to be able to offer VIP wine travel experiences. In my case that is offering Vin Roché wine vacations, and continuing to write with a focus on wine travel and wine.
Persons: Dena Roché, Vin Roché, Roché, I'd, I'm, Dena Roche Kristin Heggli, it's, Sommeliers, Read, Dena Roché TKTKTKT Kristin Heggli, It's, William Turner, Sebastien Noel of, Vin Organizations: aha, BBC, Forbes Locations: Phoenix , Arizona, California, Phoenix , New York, Miami, United
One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights campaigners, Loujain al-Hathloul, shook uncontrollably and spoke in an uncharacteristically faint voice during a rare court appearance this week, a family member told NBC News on Thursday. Loujain, 31, was told during the hearing that her case would be transferred to the country's Specialized Criminal Court, which deals with terrorism cases, Lina said. Lynn Maalouf, deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at London-based rights campaigner Amnesty International, called the court transfer "a disturbing move." Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said that at least three jailed women's rights activists, including Loujain, have been held in solitary confinement and subjected to abuse including electric shocks, flogging and sexual assault. Demonstrators from Amnesty International stage a protest on International Women's day in 2019 to urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women's rights activists Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef outside the Saudi embassy in Paris, France.
Persons: Loujain, Lina al, Lina, Lynn Maalouf, Salman al, Yousef, Benoit Tessier, Foreign Affairs Adel, Jubeir, Hathloul, Donald Trump, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, crackdowns, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: NBC, Amnesty International, Saudi, Diplomats, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Loujain, Reuters, State, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Adel Al, BBC, Saudi Washington Post, Associated Press Locations: Saudi, Berlin, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Loujain, East, North Africa, London, Paris, France, U.S, Yemen, Istanbul
UK's Sunak says public finances are on unsustainable path
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( David Milliken | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Sunak declined to commit specifically to tax rises, saying any decision would need to wait for his annual budget statement due early next year. The headline measure of public debt will begin to fall as a share of GDP from 2024/25, but a lower, underlying measure of debt - which excludes temporary lending by the Bank of England - is forecast to keep rising. Record-low interest rates made the high level of debt affordable, and spending on debt interest is due to fall to a record low share of public spending, despite the surge in borrowing, the OBR forecast. But Britain was becoming more vulnerable to any unexpected rise in global interest rates, it warned. “If those change significantly over time and move up, that would cost us more money and that’s something that would obviously be difficult,” Sunak told radio station LBC.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, that’s, ” Sunak, Sunak, , Andrew Bailey Organizations: BBC, . Bank of England, Britain’s, Bank of England, LBC Locations: British, Britain
ByteDance gets another week to sell off TikTok's U.S. business
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Sam Shead | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. ByteDance has been given another week to sell off TikTok's U.S. business and avoid a ban, according to reports. The Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) has told ByteDance, the Chinese parent of TikTok, it now has until Dec. 4 to secure a deal. President Donald Trump told ByteDance on Aug. 14 that it must find a suitable buyer for TikTok's U.S. business in 90 days or face being blocked in the country. Trump signed a CFIUS directive at the time, saying the short video app presented a national security risk.
Persons: ByteDance, CFIUS, Donald Trump, Trump, TikTok, TikTok hasn't, Joe Biden isn't Organizations: Foreign Investment, Treasury, Financial Times, BBC, TikTok's, Walmart, Oracle, Microsoft, CNBC, TikTok, U.S . Treasury Locations: United States, U.S
Amazon said Sidewalk uses WiFi from neighbors to create "a shared network that helps devices work better," but some raised privacy concerns. Amazon users are being automatically opted into Sidewalk, a feature that will connect Alexa devices to nearby WiFi networks, even those owned by someone else. Sidewalk uses Alexa devices, including Echo and Ring video doorbells, to create a "shared network" that will help "devices work better," Amazon said in an email to device owners. It allows nearby devices to use a portion of a neighbor's WiFi bandwidth, so that devices can have more range. We recently began emailing customers with Echo devices registered in the US to give them more information about Amazon Sidewalk.
Persons: Alan Woodward, Ian Thornton, Trump, Forbes, Thornton Organizations: Alexa, Surrey University, BBC News, Amazon, Twitter, Echo
After finding they were pretty terrible as bankers, Konrad Kay and Mickey Down channeled their failures into writing hit TV show "Industry," which sees five college graduates navigate the cut-throat finance sector. Like the show's five central characters, who join fictional investment bank Pierpoint & Co. in London on a competitive placement scheme, Down and Kay started working in finance as graduates. However, Down joked that the show's characters are much more competent than they ever were when they worked in the sector several years ago. Kay has said in previous interviews that his boss went as far as to call him the worst salesman he'd ever seen. The two have written for several TV and film projects since leaving the finance industry.
Persons: Konrad Kay, Mickey Down, Kay, Down, he'd, Lena Dunham Organizations: Pierpoint, CNBC, BBC, HBO Locations: London
The UK plan to relax coronavirus rules this Christmas will trigger a third wave of the virus and lead to more unnecessary deaths, a scientist advising Boris Johnson has warned. Professor Andrew Hayward on Tuesday night said the plan was like "throwing fuel over the COVID fire." "It's likely to lead to a third wave of infections, hospitals being overrun, and more unnecessary deaths," he said. Boris Johnson's plan to relax the UK coronavirus lockdown over the Christmas period is like "throwing fuel over the COVID fire" and will lead to a third wave of coronavirus deaths, according to a scientist advising Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Watch: Professor Hayward warns that the UK's Christmas plan will lead to more 'unnecessary deaths'
Persons: Boris Johnson, Andrew Hayward, Boris Johnson's, Michael Gove, Hayward Organizations: Scientific, Emergencies, Tuesday, BBC Newsnight Locations: Duchy, Lancaster
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak looks on during BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain November 22, 2020. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday he was determined that the United Kingdom would remain a global leader for asset management after Brexit. “We’re beginning a new relationship with the EU. And as we do so, we are determined that the UK will remain a global leader for asset management,” Sunak said in comments to a conference organised by The Investment Association, an industry group.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Andrew Marr, Jeff, , ” Sunak Organizations: BBC, REUTERS LONDON, The Investment Association Locations: London, Britain, British, United Kingdom
England to use testing to shorten quarantine for incoming passengers
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Estelle Shirbon | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - England will introduce a new system on Dec. 15 allowing passengers arriving from high-risk countries to take a COVID-19 test after five days of quarantine and to be released from any further self-isolation if they test negative. FILE PHOTO: Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, July 29, 2020. The potential for shorter quarantine and more travel following the end of lockdown buoyed shares in London-listed travel companies. Wizz Air, which serves a handful of British airports, announced a partnership with a testing company to offer its passengers cheaper tests, while Gatwick Airport, Britain’s no.2 airport, has set up a testing centre. Those who decide not to take a test will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Persons: Toby Melville, Grant Shapps, , , TUI, IAG, Tim Alderslade Organizations: Heathrow Airport, REUTERS, Toby Melville Airlines, BBC, British Airways, Gatwick Airport, Airlines UK . British Airways Locations: England, London, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, British, Britain’s
The vaccine's creator, Sarah Gilbert, had faith in its efficacy from the start: Her triplets participated in the UK trial. The UK trial included three notable participants: the triplets of the vaccine's creator, Sarah Gilbert. As young adults in their 20s, Gilbert's children fit the typical profile of a vaccine trial volunteer. A UK coronavirus vaccine trial. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty ImagesThe UK trial resumed less than a week later, after local regulators determined it was safe to do so.
Persons: Sarah Gilbert, Gilbert, , Rob Blundell, Caitlin, Susannah, Freddie, Merve Emre, coronavirus, Kirsty O'Connor, Oxford, didn't, Moderna's Organizations: AstraZeneca, University of Oxford, Pharmaceutical, Bloomberg, Oxford, University of Bath, Twitter, BBC, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, Moderna Locations: Brazil, China, COVID
UK cuts its quarantine policy to five days — but there’s a catch
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Silvia Amaro | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
However, travellers will have to pay for their own test, which could cost between £65 ($86) and £120. The U.K.'s compulsory quarantine of 14 days upon arrival has been harshly criticized by airlines and airport operators since the first lockdown was lifted back in May. Ryanair spokespersonThe U.K. government has also prohibited foreign travel, except for work purposes, during its second lockdown, which is due to end on December 2. Quarantines are a 'complete deterrent'However, he added that "the best way of opening up travel in a more significant scale is to move to pre-departure testing." The quarantine policy is applied to everyone arriving in the U.K. from a country that is not included in a "travel corridor."
Persons: Dominic Lipinski, Jonathan Pollard, CNBC's Julianna Tatelbaum, Johan Lundgren, Alexandre de Juniac Organizations: Gatwick Airport, Travellers, BBC, Ryanair, Gatwick, International Air Transport Association, CNBC, Lufthansa, International Consolidated Airlines, British Airways
UK shoppers drop 55% as English lockdown bites
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Shoppers walk past a social distancing sign following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chester, Britain, August 10, 2020. The lockdown closed all non-essential shops, along with pubs, cafes and restaurants except to offer takeaway food. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also under varying levels of restrictions, set by their devolved administrations. On a week-on-week basis there was an improvement of 5.9% across all UK retail destinations, Springboard said. Non-essential shops in all areas of England are expected to be allowed to reopen when the current lockdown ends on Dec. 2, the BBC reported on Monday.
Persons: Phil Noble LONDON, England’s, Boris Johnson, Johnson Organizations: REUTERS, BBC Locations: Chester, Britain, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Central London
The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca released positive results for their COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. According to the BBC, their figures say that the vaccine is 70% effective overall. It follows results being released for two other vaccines — developed by Pfizer and Moderna — which are 95% effective. The COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford is 70% effective, according to large-scale trial results reported by the BBC on Monday. The vaccine technology was developed by Oxford University, and its spin-out company Vaccitech.
Organizations: University of Oxford, AstraZeneca, BBC, Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford, The University of Oxford, Oxford University, European Medicines Agency Locations: UK, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Europe
On Monday, AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford released results for their large-scale trial, which showed their COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective. The Oxford vaccine is administered in two doses at least one month apart, similar to both Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines. AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford announced Monday that large-scale trial results showed that their COVID-19 vaccine is 70% effective. The vaccine is 70% effective, trial results suggestThe COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharma giant AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford is 70% effective, according to the latest trial results. "These findings show that we have an effective vaccine that will save many lives.
Persons: we've, Andrew Pollard, Mene Pangalos, BioPharmaceuticals, you'll, BioNTech, Stéphane Bancel, Welt, AstraZeneca's Pangalos, we'll, Pangalos Organizations: AstraZeneca, The University of Oxford, Pfizer, Moderna, European Medicines Agency, pharma, Oxford University, Oxford Vaccine Group, BBC, Radio, Regulators, Agency, EMA Locations: Oxford, Europe, Brazil, South Africa, COVID
With a Kiss, Netflix Gets Tangled in India’s Religious Tensions
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Emily Schmall | ) + 0.51   time to read: +1 min
The party has won over a wide swath of Hindu voters with its nationalist pitch, but it has also divided the country and presided over an increase in religious tensions and sometimes violence, particularly against Muslims. Thomas Cherian, a spokesman for Netflix, said the company had no comment on the police complaint. Netflix, which launched in India only in 2016, has a small but growing audience in the country. “A Suitable Boy” is based on a 1993 novel by Vikram Seth and revolves around a young Hindu woman struggling with her mother’s edict that she must soon be wed. The series was directed by Mira Nair, who was born in India and has had a long career as a filmmaker in India and Hollywood, directing movies including “Monsoon Wedding,” “Mississippi Masala” and “Vanity Fair.”
Persons: , Gilles Verniers, Thomas Cherian, Vikram Seth, Mira Nair Organizations: Bharatiya Janata Party, Netflix, Ashoka University, BBC, Hollywood Locations: Madhya Pradesh, India, Pakistan
Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said Monday that China's new regulations to prevent the formation of internet monopolies are "timely and necessary." Zhang's comments come after Chinese regulators pulled Jack Ma's Ant Group, an Alibaba affiliate, after the billionaire snubbed the nation's banking regulations. Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said China's new restrictions on tech companies are "timely and necessary" as the nation attempts to keep from growing too powerful. The new rules, which were introduced in early November, would directly impact China's biggest tech companies including Alibaba. A week after the comments were made, China introduced new regulations on micro-lending for the nation's tech firms.
Persons: Daniel Zhang, Jack Ma's Ant, Zhang, Read, Fender, Jack Ma, Ant Organizations: China, Jack Ma's Ant Group, CNN, BBC, Group Locations: China, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Official adverts created by the German government last week encouraged the country to be "lazy as raccoons" to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. One of the ads, which was widely shared on social media, shows an old man speaking about how in the "winter of 2020" people became "heroes" after doing "absolutely nothing." The German government released a string of humorous adverts last week that urged the country to be "lazy as raccoons" to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Watch the advert below:Another advert follows a similar storyline with an old man showing his "medal of honor" he received for "being brave" during the coronavirus pandemic. The old man continues: "And when the virus spread, I remained the same lazy sack of potatoes that I was before."
Persons: Sawsan, tweeting, Justin Trudeau, Berlin's Der, Lorenz Maroldt Organizations: Social Democratic Party, Canadian, BBC, Johns Hopkins University Locations: COVID, Germany
US swimmer Caeleb Dressel breaks two world records in one hour
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Ben Morse | ) + 0.94   time to read: +2 min
On Saturday, the American swimmer broke two world records as he competed in the International Swimming League final in Budapest, Hungary. Bigger events, such as the Olympics, world championships and national championships, are held in 50-meter pools. He took almost half a second off the previous record set by the Russian Vladimir Morozov in 2018, finishing with a time of 49.88. Afterwards, three-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer and now ISL commentator Rowdy Gaines called Dressel: "The best swimmer on the planet, bar none." "He is definitely not human," Gaines saidDressel burst onto the scene in the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning two gold medals in relays.
Persons: Caeleb Dressel, Dressel, Chad Le Clos, Russian Vladimir Morozov, Rowdy Gaines, Gaines Organizations: CNN, International, BBC Sport, ISL, Cali Condors, Energy, London Roar, LA Locations: Budapest, Hungary, Russian
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