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U.K. Health Minister Matt Hancock apologizes over photo of him kissing his top aide
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON — Britain's Health Minister Matt Hancock apologized on Friday and accepted he had breached social-distancing guidance after a tabloid newspaper published a picture of him kissing and embracing his top aide in his office. I have let people down and am very sorry," Hancock, who is married, said in a statement. The Sun said the picture of Hancock and the aide was taken last month. The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid said Hancock met the aide at Oxford University in the early 2000s. Asked about the appropriateness of appointing friends to positions in government, Transport Minister Grant Shapps told U.K. broadcaster Sky News that "very strict rules" were in place.
Persons: Matt Hancock, Hancock, Rupert Murdoch, Grant Shapps, Shapps Organizations: Britain's, Sun, Reuters, Oxford University, NBC, Labour Party, Ministers, Labour, Transport, Sky
UK retail sales jump in June, stocks dwindle - CBI
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: People shop in the Selfridges department store on Oxford street, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - British retailers reported a jump in sales in June as the country’s fast vaccination programme encouraged shoppers to go out and spend, the Confederation of British Industry said on Friday. “This was the latest sign that the success of the vaccination programme is feeding through to stronger consumer confidence,” CBI economist Ben Jones said. The CBI survey also showed stock levels in relation to expected sales sank to their lowest since records began in August 1983 and no improvement was expected next month. The Bank of England is keeping a close eye on whether bottlenecks in supply caused by the pandemic lead to longer-term inflation pressures.
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON, Ben Jones Organizations: REUTERS, of British Industry, CBI, Bank of England Locations: Oxford, London, Britain, May’s
Column: Only half time in public debt match
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Mike Dolan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
But it ups the ante on public debt even further. If additional debt-financed spending can lift economic potential without stoking inflation, decades of trepidation over unchecked public debt loads moving from crisis to crisis may well have been wide of the mark and a different regime of high but manageable public debt at hand. Persistently high inflation surprises and full passage of U.S. spending bills could challenge that market stability, they add, but that’s “a limited risk” at this stage. Parsing differing arguments on measuring sovereign debt sustainability, the effects of high debt on growth, possible tipping points and debt dynamics of ageing societies, the piece concluded with pretty stark warnings about the trajectory. “This ‘low interest rate/high public debt’ equilibrium is fragile, as it crucially hinges on a continuation of low inflation,” wrote Deutsche economist Sebastian Becker.
Persons: Michael Oliver, Lars Baron, stokes, what’s, , busily, Christian Keller, Akash Utsav, , that’s, PIMCO’s Tiffany Wilding, Andrew Balls, Sebastian Becker Organizations: Soccer Football, Saint Petersburg, REUTERS, European, Barclays, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche, Reuters Locations: Sweden, Poland, Saint Petersburg, Russia, hove, Britain, Cornwall, CORNWALL, U.S, United States, France, Italy, Germany
Sterling set for worst month vs dollar since September
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Joice Alves | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh* Graphic: Trade-weighted sterling since Brexit vote tmsnrt.rs/2hwV9HvLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Sterling edged lower on Friday and was on track for its worst month versus the dollar since September after the Bank of England kept its policy unchanged. Investors had hoped a more optimistic economic assessment from the BoE would push sterling back towards $1.40. Sterling was down 0.1% versus the dollar at $1.3910 at 0824 GMT, and it was on track for its worst month against the greenback since September 2020. Earlier this month, sterling dropped below $1.38 against a strengthening dollar after the U.S. Federal Reserve surprised markets by signalling it would raise interest rates and end emergency bond-buying sooner than expected. Versus the euro, the pound was 0.2% lower at 85.84 pence, but was still set for a weekly gain.
Persons: BoE, Sterling, Joice Alves, Pravin Char Organizations: Sterling, Bank of England, ING, Investors, U.S . Federal Reserve, European Union Locations: Britain, England, British, Northern Ireland, EU
Energy, mining stocks push FTSE 100 higher; set for weekly gain
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Shashank Nayar | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
The benchmark FTSE 100 index <.FTSE 100> rose 0.1% after jumping in the previous session as the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged near record lows. read moreEnergy shares (.FTNMX601010) climbed 1.02%, while miners BHP Group (BHPB.L), Anglo American (AAL.L) and Rio Tinto (RIO.L) gained between 0.4% and 1.2%. Building materials business CRH was among the top gainers on the FTSE 100 after brokerage Berenberg raised its target price on the stock. A raft of monetary and fiscal stimulus has helped the FTSE 100 rise 27% since the UK's second COVID-19 wave in October, but it has still underperformed its European peer (.STOXX), which gained 33% over the same period. read more"British equities will remain steady as it goes but unless we see any of the heavyweight stocks perform really better, the FTSE 100 will hover around the 7,000 level," added Temperton.
Persons: Toby Melville, Berenberg, BoE, Keith Temperton, Clayton, Shashank Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, PT UDG Healthcare, Energy, Bank of England, BHP Group, Rio Tinto, Forte Securities, Healthcare, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, American, Rio, Dubilier, Bengaluru
COLUMN-Only half time in public debt match: Mike Dolan
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Mike Dolan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
But it ups the ante on public debt even further. If additional debt-financed spending can lift economic potential without stoking inflation, decades of trepidation over unchecked public debt loads moving from crisis to crisis may well have been wide of the mark and a different regime of high but manageable public debt at hand. Persistently high inflation surprises and full passage of U.S. spending bills could challenge that market stability, they add, but that’s “a limited risk” at this stage. Parsing differing arguments on measuring sovereign debt sustainability, the effects of high debt on growth, possible tipping points and debt dynamics of ageing societies, the piece concluded with pretty stark warnings about the trajectory. “This ‘low interest rate/high public debt’ equilibrium is fragile, as it crucially hinges on a continuation of low inflation,” wrote Deutsche economist Sebastian Becker.
Persons: stokes, what’s, , busily, Christian Keller, Akash Utsav, , that’s, PIMCO’s Tiffany Wilding, Andrew Balls, Sebastian Becker Organizations: Reuters, LONDON, European, Barclays, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Locations: hove, Britain, Cornwall, CORNWALL, U.S, United States, France, Italy, Germany
REUTERS/Thomas PeterSHANGHAI, June 25 (Reuters) - The virus that causes COVID-19 could have started spreading in China as early as October 2019, two months before the first case was identified in the central city of Wuhan, a new study showed on Friday. China's first official COVID-19 case was in December 2019 and was linked to Wuhan's Huanan seafood market. In a paper released in preprintform this week, Jesse Bloom of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle recovered deleted sequencing data from early COVID-19 cases in China. Critics said the deletion was further evidence that China was trying to cover up the origins of COVID-19. "Why would scientists ask international databases to delete key data that informs us about how COVID-19 began in Wuhan?"
Persons: Thomas Peter SHANGHAI, China's, Jesse Bloom, Fred, Critics, Alina Chan, Dominic Dwyer, COVID, Stuart Turville, David Stanway, Raju Gopalakrishnan Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Britain's University of Kent, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, The U.S, National Institutes of Health, Reuters, Harvard's Broad Institute, Twitter, Westmead, Kirby Institute, University of Kent, Thomson Locations: Baishazhou, Wuhan, Hubei province, China, Seattle, The
Indian cricket bowls toward financial big leagues
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Cricket - England v India - Fifth Test - Kia Oval, London, Britain - September 8, 2018 India's Ajinkya Rahane celebrates taking a catch to dismiss England's Jos Buttler Action Images via Reuters/Paul ChildsMUMBAI, June 25 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Indian cricket is batting to cross the boundary. RedBird Capital Partners is taking a 15% stake, adding to a collection of investments that includes baseball’s Red Sox and soccer’s Liverpool Football Club. Follow @ugalani on TwitterCONTEXT NEWS- India’s Rajasthan Royals said on June 24 that American investor RedBird Capital Partners would buy a 15% stake in the Indian Premier League cricket team. The deals value the franchise at between $250 million and $300 million, according to a person familiar the situation. - RedBird will provide strategic capital and advice to support the team’s long-term growth and commercial objectives, the Royals said in a statement.
Persons: Ajinkya Rahane, England's Jos, Paul Childs, Mukesh Ambani’s, Walt Disney, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Katrina Hamlin Organizations: Kia, Reuters, Rajasthan Royals, Indian, League, Royals, RedBird, Partners, Sox, soccer’s Liverpool Football Club, Mumbai Indians, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, SS Lazio, FC Porto, Major League Baseball, Miami Marlins, Forbes, IPL, Star Sports, Walt, United, India’s Rajasthan Royals, RedBird Capital Partners, Indian Premier League cricket, Emerging Media, Financial Locations: England, India, London, Britain, Paul Childs MUMBAI, United Arab Emirates
A growing population in Asia and booming consumerism in industrialised nations make most climate targets very difficult, if not impossible to achieve. read moreThe International Energy Agency, the steward of energy policies in industrialised nations, last month said the world should not develop new oil and gas fields to achieve net zero targets by 2050. But its head Fatih Birol said this week net zero targets were a pipe dream without global consumption patterns changing. So many governments are coming with net zero targets by 2050 and the same year CO2 emissions are growing and it will be the second largest increase in history". [ID:]Birol said the IEA has over 400 milestones of what needs to happen to achieve net zero targets by 2050 and 95% of those milestones should be driven by changes demand not supply.
Persons: Toby Melville, Fatih Birol, Birol, Joe Biden, Biden, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Sims Gallagher, incentivize, Rodolfo Lacy, Bernard Looney, Laila Kearney, Rod Nickel, Ron Bousso, Dmitry Zhdannikov, Richard Valdmanis Organizations: Heathrow Airport, REUTERS, Reuters Energy, International Energy Agency, Monetary Fund, U.S, The Fletcher, Reuters, Organisation for Economic Co, ENI, Energy, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Asia, coronavirus, France, United States, China, Europe, New York, WINNIPEG , Manitoba
Djokovic on a double mission as glory looms
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Zoran Milosavljevic | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Tennis - Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy as he celebrates winning the 2019 Wimbledon final against Switzerland's Roger Federer. I do think that he can do it," Eurosport expert and seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said. Having won the Australian Open in February, Djokovic initially struggled on the European clay. Even though Nadal is absent and eight-time champion Federer may be off the pace, Djokovic still faces a formidable field. Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic and Martyn Herman; editing by Pritha SarkarOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Switzerland's Roger Federer, Toby Melville BELGRADE, Novak, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Nadal, Mats Wilander, Djokovic, Stefanos, Sam Querrey, Federer, Zoran Milosavljevic, Martyn Herman, Pritha Sarkar Organizations: Wimbledon, Lawn Tennis, Croquet Club, Djokovic, Federer, Tokyo, Eurosport, Nadal, Mallorca, French, U.S, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Spanish, Mallorca
After U.S. President Joe Biden met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16, French President Emmanuel Macron said the first EU summit with Putin since January 2014 would be "a dialogue to defend our interests". But after late night talks at their meeting in Brussels, the 27 EU leaders failed to reach an agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early on Friday. EU summits with Russia ended after Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014 and the West imposed sanctions. France and Germany want to be able to work with Russia on combating climate change and to find ways to stabilise relations. The EU on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on Belarus, an ally of Russia that the Kremlin sees as a buffer state between Russia and NATO.
Persons: Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Stefan Lofven, Klaus Werner Iohannis, Janez Jansa, Olivier Matthys, Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Sebastian Kurz, Gitanas Nauseda, Krisjanis Karins, Josep Borrell, Macron, Putin, Charles Michel, Merkel, Borrell, Lithuania's Nauseda, Sergei Lavrov, Robin Emmott, Gabriela Baczynska, Francesco Guarascio, Philip Blenkinsop, Thomas Escritt, Caroline Copley, Ekaterina Golubkova, Angus MacSwan, Philippa Fletcher, William Maclean, Raju Gopalakrishnan Organizations: Slovenia's, European, Union, U.S, Putin, Austria's, Franco, Latvia's, European Commission, Russia, EU, Diplomats, Britain, Kremlin, NATO, Russian, Thomson Locations: Swedish, Romanian, Brussels, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, BRUSSELS, Baltic, Geneva, Moscow, Ukraine's Crimea, Lithuanian, Ukraine, Russian, United States, standoffs, Belarus, EU, Baltics, Berlin
Russia accuses Britain, U.S. of fuelling Black Sea row
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Russian deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov arrives for a meeting with U.S. special envoy Marshall Billingslea in Vienna, Austria June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard FoegerMOSCOW, June 25 (Reuters) - Russia accused Britain and the United States on Friday of trying to incite conflict in the Black Sea and said it would defend its borders using all possible means, including military force. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was speaking a day after Moscow warned Britain it would bomb British naval vessels in the Black Sea if what it called provocative actions by the British navy were repeated off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea. Russia said on Wednesday it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Black Sea waters off the coast of Crimea. It said it believed any shots fired were a pre-announced Russian "gunnery exercise", and that no bombs had been dropped.
Persons: Sergei Ryabkov, Marshall Billingslea, Leonhard Foeger MOSCOW, Britain, Ryabkov, Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Alexander Marrow, Katya Golubkova Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, British, HMS, Defence Ministry, Thomson Locations: Vienna, Austria, Russia, United States, Moscow, Britain, Crimea, Washington, London, Ukraine, British, Russian, Syria's
UK investors score another win over buyout barons
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON, June 25 (Reuters Breakingviews) - British shareholders are 2-0 up against private equity suitors this week. On Friday London-listed UDG Healthcare (UDG.L) said buyout firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice may sweeten its offer for the pharmaceutical services company to 10.80 pounds per share, valuing it at 2.7 billion pounds. UDG’s board recommended a bid worth 10.23 pounds per share in May, but shareholder Allianz Global Investors argued it was too cheap. On Thursday Blackstone (BX.N) bumped up its offer for British housebuilder St Modwen Properties (SMP.L) to 560 pence per share, from 542 pence read more . The concessions are a victory for shareholders who have pushed up prices of private equity takeover targets in the hope of securing higher bids read more .
Persons: Jack, Hannah McKay LONDON, Clayton, Rice, Aimee Donnellan, Didi, Peter Thal Larsen, Oliver Taslic Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, London, Healthcare, Allianz Global Investors, Blackstone, British, Modwen Locations: London, Britain, Dubilier
UK records 35,204 new 'Delta' COVID cases in latest week
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: 1 min
LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Britain has reported 35,204 new cases of the Delta coronavirus variant in the latest week, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 111,157, Public Health England said on Friday. The Delta variant now comprises 96% of sequenced cases, Public Health England said, adding that vaccines were still effective at providing protection against risk of hospitalisation. Public Health England said it had designated a new variant, Lambda, with six cases detected between Feb. 23 and June 7 - of whom five had travelled overseas. Reporting by Andy Bruce, Editing by Paul SandleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Andy Bruce, Paul Sandle Organizations: Public Health, Thomson Locations: Britain
UK PM Johnson will host Germany's Merkel on July 2
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on as they arrive for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/PoolLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a meeting on July 2, his Downing Street office said on Friday. "This will be a chance to discuss a range of issues, including deepening the UK-Germany relationship and the global response to the coronavirus pandemic," a spokesperson said. Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by Andy Bruce, editing by Paul SandleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Phil Noble, Elizabeth Piper, Andy Bruce, Paul Sandle Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, British, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Germany
Julian Assange's partner Stella Moris reacts after a court denied bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden must let Julian Assange go free if he wants the United States to become a beacon for a free press once again and put the legacy of Donald Trump behind it, the fiancée of the WikiLeaks founder told Reuters. "If Biden really wants to break with the Trump legacy, then he has to drop the case," Moris told Reuters in an interview. The U.S. Justice Department said in February it planned to continue to seek the extradition for Assange to face hacking conspiracy charges. "A superpower that has a free press is very different in nature from one that does not."
Persons: Julian Assange's, Stella Moris, Julian Assange, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Assange, fiancée Stella Moris, Biden, Trump, Moris, Julian, Barack Obama, Weeks, Vanessa Baraitser, Julian wouldn't, he's, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Court, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, WikiLeaks, U.S . Justice Department, Apache, U.S, Thomson Locations: Westminster, London, Britain, United States, U.S, Afghanistan, Iraq, Baghdad, Sweden, British, Australian, China, Saudi Arabia, Belmarsh
Gibraltar approves easing strict abortion law in referendum
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.86   time to read: +2 min
People stand and walk along a main street during the abortion referendum in the British Overseas territory of Gibraltar, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jon NazcaMADRID, June 25 (Reuters) - A majority of Gibraltarian voters have supported the easing of a strict abortion law in a referendum, officials in the tiny British territory on the southern tip of Spain said on Friday. Gibraltar's criminal law had banned abortion in all circumstances, with a maximum punishment in theory of life in prison. The referendum had originally been scheduled for March 2020, but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even with the amendment approved on Thursday, the law remains more restrictive than in most of the rest of Europe.
Persons: Jon Nazca, Fabian Picardo, Gareth Jones Organizations: British Overseas, REUTERS, Twitter, Inti, Thomson Locations: British, Gibraltar, Jon Nazca MADRID, Spain, Britain, Europe
UK health minister pictured kissing aide; opposition wants appointment 'looked into'
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock leaves his house, in London, Britain June 17, 2021. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid said the picture of Hancock, who is married, and the aide was taken last month. The Sun said Hancock met the aide at Oxford University in the early 2000s. Asked about the appropriateness of appointing friends to positions in government, Transport Minister Grant Shapps told Sky News that "very strict rules were in place. "In terms of the rules, anyone who has been appointed has to go through an incredibly vigorous process in government," Shapps said.
Persons: Matt Hancock, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Hancock, Rupert Murdoch, Grant Shapps, Shapps, Paul Sandle, Guy Faulconbridge, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, British, Sun, Labour Party, Ministers, Labour, Reuters, Oxford University, Transport, Sky News, White, Thomson Locations: London, Britain
Djokovic to play British teenager Draper as Wimbledon returns
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Martyn Herman | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
World number one Djokovic is halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam after winning the Australian and French Open titles, taking his overall tally to 19 majors. Draper, 19, will be making his Grand Slam main draw debut. read moreSerena Williams, who Halep beat to won the title in 2019, will begin her latest quest to claim a record-equalling 24 Grand Slam titles, against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus. Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who turns 40 this year, takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in round one. The standout match of the women's opening round sees twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded 10, up against former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Persons: Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Switzerland's Roger Federer Laurence Griffiths, Halep, Serena, Sasnovich, Suarez Navarro, Novak, Jack Draper, Simona Halep, Draper, Romanian Halep, Serena Williams, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Ash, Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, Andy Murray, Nikoloz, Roger Federer, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Kevin Anderson, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Germany's Jan, Lennard, Marin Cilic, Australian Margaret Court, Angelique Kerber, Coco Gauff, Williams, Gauff, Francesca Jones, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Martyn Herman, Ken Ferris Organizations: Lawn Tennis, Croquet Club, Grand, Suarez Navarro LONDON, Wimbledon, Georgian, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Australian, U.S, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, British, Romanian, Belarus, Australia, American
Some nations with high rates of the Delta variant are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 related deaths. The Delta coronavirus variant appears to be more transmissible and more able to cause symptomatic illnesses among people who have been given one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Russia, Indonesia, Britain, and Israel have been dealing with a surge in cases, which they attribute to the Delta variant. As of Wednesday, just 11% of its population has been fully vaccinated, and 14% have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Associated Press reported. Indonesia recently reported that hundreds of healthcare workers vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine Sinovac caught the coronavirus.
Persons: Aria Bendix, Sinovac, Sarah Al, Arshani Organizations: Israel, Associated Press, Pfizer, AstraZeneca Locations: COVID, Russia, Indonesia, Britain, Israel, UK
English COVID-19 prevalence rises to 1 in 440 in latest week
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
A person receives a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination centre for those aged 18 and over at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, June 20, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is estimated to have risen to 1 in 440 people in the week to June 19 from 1 in 520 the week before, Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday. There were 122,500 people within the community population in England who were estimated to have had COVID-19 during the week, the ONS said, up from 105,000. Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Kate HoltonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Pfizer BioNTech, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Andy Bruce, Kate Holton Organizations: Pfizer, Pfizer BioNTech COVID, Tottenham Hotspur, REUTERS, National Statistics, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, England
'Golden opportunity' awaits Serena at Wimbledon
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Rory Carroll | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Williams, 39, continues her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title but her inconsistency has left many to wonder if the hard-hitting American has the mental and physical strength to string together seven high quality matches. "That's the question everybody's been asking," former world number one and 18-time Grand Slam champion turned ESPN analyst Chris Evert said on a call with reporters. read more"This is to me her golden opportunity," Evert said. "If there was ever a year that has looked good in the last few years, if there ever was a Grand Slam she is capable, more than capable, of winning... it would be this year's Wimbledon." I think if her serve is on, she could very well get to the second week, even make a quarter or a semi, very possible at Wimbledon."
Persons: Serena Williams, Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS, Andrew Boyers, Williams, everybody's, Chris Evert, Ash Barty, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Evert, Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Aryna, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova, there's, Coco Gauff, Venus Williams, Gauff, Anastasija, John McEnroe, Rory Carroll, Ken Ferris Organizations: Lawn Tennis, Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England, ESPN, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, U.S, Los Angeles
UK's Hancock apologises over kissing photo, says focused on job
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain June 6, 2021. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERSLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - British health minister Matt Hancock apologised on Friday and accepted he had breached social-distancing guidance after a tabloid newspaper published a picture of him kissing and embracing his top aide in his office. "I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances. "I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter." Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; writing by Kate Holton; editing by William SchombergOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Matt Hancock, Andrew Marr, Jeff, Elizabeth Piper, Kate Holton, William Schomberg Organizations: BBC, REUTERS LONDON, Thomson Locations: London, Britain
MOSCOW — Russia is prepared to target intruding warships if they fail to heed warnings, a senior diplomat declared Thursday after a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters. Britain denied that account, insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon and said it was sailing in Ukrainian waters. Minutes later, the Defender left Russian waters, the ministry said. It insisted the ship was making a routine journey through an internationally recognized travel lane and remained in Ukrainian waters. The U.K., like most of the world, recognizes Crimea as part of Ukraine despite the peninsula's 2014 annexation by Russia.
Persons: wasn’t, Sergei Ryabkov, , Ryabkov, ” Ryabkov, don’t, Dmitry Peskov, ” Peskov, Boris Johnson, ” Johnson Organizations: NATO, NBC, Russian Federation, Russian Defense Ministry, HMS, Russian, Royal Navy Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, British, Crimea, Crimean, Sevastopol, Moscow, Russian, Britain, Ukraine, Ukrainian, England
Mumford & Sons guitarist quits band to 'speak freely' on politics
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
LONDON — Winston Marshall, a founding member of folk-rock group Mumford & Sons, announced Thursday that is leaving the band so that he can “speak freely” about political issues. Marshall took a break from the band in March after sparking a social media storm by tweeting admiration for “Unmasked,” a book by right-wing writer-activist Andy Ngo that attacked far-left militant groups collectively known as antifa. Marshall was accused online of endorsing the far right, but said Thursday that “nothing could be further from the truth. I condemn unequivocally all political extremism, be it of the Right or Left.”Marshall, who plays guitar and banjo with the group, said his bandmates had “invited me to continue with them,” but he had decided to leave so that he could “speak freely without them suffering the consequences.”Marshall said that “as long as I am a member of the band, speaking my mind on the evils of political extremism could bring them trouble. Formed in London in 2007, Mumford & Sons have had huge success with their jangly folk-rock and won the album of the year Grammy for their 2012 record “Babel.”“We wish you all the best for the future, Win, and we love you man,” the three other band members — Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane — wrote on Instagram in response to the announcement.
Persons: Winston Marshall, Mumford, Marshall, , , Andy Ngo, ” Marshall, — Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane — Organizations: Sons, Hong Locations: Hong Kong, Britain, London
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