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BERLIN—Nations across Central and Eastern Europe are deepening ties with Taiwan as relations with China cool, leading to confrontation with Beijing. Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is visiting Slovakia and the Czech Republic this week in a move that China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as Chinese territory, warned might lead to retaliation. Lithuania, meanwhile, has angered Beijing by agreeing with Taiwan to open de facto embassies in each other’s capitals. Poland and Slovakia recently donated hundreds of thousands of doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Taiwan.
Persons: Joseph Wu Organizations: BERLIN, Nations, Taiwan’s Locations: Central, Eastern Europe, Taiwan, China, Beijing, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Divisions have deepened among European Union countries ahead of an emergency meeting of ministers on Tuesday on their response to a spike in energy prices, with some countries seeking a regulatory overhaul and others firmly opposed. REUTERS/Regis DuvignauEuropean gas prices have hit record highs in autumn and remained at lofty levels, prompting most EU countries to respond with emergency measures like price caps and subsidies to help trim consumer energy bills. In an indication of differences likely to emerge at the meeting, nine countries including Germany - Europe’s biggest economy and market for electricity - on Monday said they would not support EU electricity market reforms. “This will not be a remedy to mitigate the current rising energy prices linked to fossil fuels markets,” the countries said in a joint statement. A European Commission proposal to upgrade EU gas market regulation to make it greener, due in December, is seen as the earliest that such proposals would arrive.
Persons: Regis, Viktor Orban Organizations: Union, REUTERS, European Commission Locations: BRUSSELS, Bordeaux, soutwestern France, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Germany, Europe’s
European gas prices have hit record highs in the autumn and remain at lofty levels, prompting most EU countries to respond with emergency measures like price caps and subsidies to help trim consumer energy bills. Those countries will make the case on Tuesday for proposals that include decoupling European electricity and gas prices, joint gas buying among countries and, in the case of a few countries including Poland, delaying planned climate change policies. EU energy policy chief Kadri Simson said she hoped to receive a clear message from ministers on what medium-term measures the EU should take to respond. Other proposals - such as countries forming joint gas reserves - have also been met with resistance from some countries. "I think that the Spanish government is over-promising by saying joint gas procurement will solve the crisis," Luxembourg energy minister Claude Turmes said.
Persons: Regis Duvignau, Sara Aagesen, Kadri Simson, Simson, Claude Turmes, Viktor Orban, Kate Abnett, Marine Strauss, Jan Strupczewski, Isla Binnie, Bernadette Baum, David Holmes Organizations: REUTERS, Union, European Union, European Commission, Thomson Locations: Bordeaux, soutwestern France, Regis Duvignau LUXEMBOURG, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Germany, Europe's, EU, Luxembourg
CEE MARKETS-Crown, forint stuck at multi-month lows
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | )   time to read: +4 min
PRAGUE, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The Czech crown hit a near three-month low on Monday amid worries over weaker economic growth, while the Hungarian forint tested a seven-month low, continuing to cool after the central bank slowed the pace of rate hikes. "Global investor sentiment needs to brighten up before the forint can strengthen. This is not specific to the forint at the moment," an FX trader in Budapest said, adding the 365 level would provide resistance to further losses. "We just need some positive news, either from China, where the Evergrande story is still concerning, or some better coronavirus data." The Czech car sector is also weighing on the crown as the global chip shortage hits production.
Persons: ted, Jason Hovet, Anita Komuves, Alan Charlish, Krishna Chandra Eluri Organizations: China Evergrande Group, Auto, Volkswagen, Bank Millennium, CEE, PX, BUX Budapest, CRBEX, BELEX, nk Czech Locations: PRAGUE, Czech, Hungarian, COVID, Budapest, China, Europe, Czech Republic, Polish, Hungary, PX Prague, Warsaw, CRBEX Zagreb, BELEX Belgrade, Sofia, Republic, Prague
In Asia, the Red Cross called for urgent help for Papua New Guinea and China's latest outbreak forced the capital Beijing to delay its annual marathon and step up other curbs, less than four months before it hosts the Winter Olympics. Vaccine scepticism is high across central and eastern Europe and as a result the region has become a hotspot. read more"The restrictions seem to be working, there are fewer people on the streets," said Gheorghe Ion, a Bucharest cab driver. "Urgent efforts and further support are needed in healthcare to prevent a massive loss of life in the coming days and weeks," Uvenama Rova, PNG Red Cross secretary general, said. In Western Europe cases were also on the rise, despite higher rates of vaccine uptake than in the continent's east.
Persons: Maxim Shemetov, Vladimir Putin, Gheorghe Ion, I've, inoculations, Mark Rutte, Luiza Ilie, Gleb Stolyarov, Gabrielle Tétrault, Farber, Jason Hovet, Tsvetelia Tsolova, Bart Meijer, Lidia Kelly, Roxanne Liu, Ryan Woo, Gabriel Crossley, Shashwat, Alan Charlish, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Authorities, Sputnik, Reuters, International Federation of Red, Red Crescent Societies, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Europe, BUCHAREST, MOSCOW, Asia, Papua New Guinea, Beijing, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Bucharest, China, New Zealand, Auckland, Zealand, Western Europe, Netherlands, Prague, Sofia, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Bengaluru
More than 60 House Democrats are calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to lift the State Department's blanket ban on U.S. diplomats lobbying for gay marriage in an official capacity. In 71 other nations, however, same-sex relations are criminalized, according to Human Dignity Trust, a global advocacy group for LGBTQ rights. In 11 of those countries — including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iran — homosexuality is punishable by death, according to the group. During his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden pledged to advance global LGBTQ rights and reverse the Trump administration's "utter failure to defend American diplomats who speak out for LGBTQ+ rights abroad." The memorandum also directed U.S. agencies to review and rescind "inconsistent directives" that counter the administration's objective to expand LGBTQ rights globally.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Scott Busby, Blinken, Joaquin Castro, Dina Titus of Nevada, David Cicilline, Mark Bromley, Bromley, Joe Biden Organizations: Democrats, State Department's Bureau, Democracy, Human Rights, Labor, State Department, House Foreign Affairs, Joaquin Castro of Texas, U.S, Supreme, Dignity, Council for Global Equality, Trump, NBC, House Democrats, Twitter, Facebook Locations: State, Joaquin Castro of, Rhode Island, Asia, Central America, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Washington, Japan, Chile, Czech Republic
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference for foreign journalists in Taipei, Taiwan April 7, 2021. Asked if China will make steps against the Czechs and Slovaks, he said China "will take proper and necessary measures to firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. China is already in a dispute with Lithuania after it agreed with Taiwan to open de facto embassies in each other's capitals. China has ramped up its military and diplomatic pressure against Taiwan to force it to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan says it is an independent country with a right to be treated as such internationally, and that it will defend itself from China if attacked.
Persons: Joseph Wu, Ann Wang, Milos Vystrcil, Zdenek Hrib, Wang Wenbin, Wang, Wu, Gabriel Crossley, Ben Blanchard, Kim Coghill Organizations: Taiwan, REUTERS, Prague, Foreign Ministry, Copenhagen Democracy, Thomson Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, BEIJING, Beijing, Slovakia, Czech Republic, China, Prague, Czech, Lithuania, Vatican City, Denmark, Copenhagen
South Korean president Moon Jae-in arrives at United Nations headquarters during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 20, 2021. John Minchillo/Pool via REUTERSSEOUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will travel to Europe next week to attend a Group of 20 summit in Rome and the U.N. climate conference in Scotland, his office said on Friday. Moon will then participate in the two-day gathering of G20 leaders in Rome starting Oct. 30, before moving to Glasgow for the COP26 summit set to run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. He then plans to make a state visit to Hungary where he will take part in a summit with the so-called "Visegrad Four" countries, including Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This month he vowed to raise its emissions-reduction goal to 40% of 2018 levels by 2030 from the previous 26.3%.
Persons: Moon Jae, John Minchillo, Pope Francis, State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Moon's, Moon, Francis, Kim Jong Un, Hyonhee Shin, Hugh Lawson Organizations: South, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, State, North Korean Embassy, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, REUTERS SEOUL, Europe, Rome, Scotland, Glasgow, Hungary, Visegrad, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, South Korea, North Korea, London
Taiwan foreign minister adds Slovakia to rare Europe trip
  + stars: | 2021-10-21 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference for foreign journalists in Taipei, Taiwan April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File PhotoTAIPEI, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu will visit Slovakia next week on a rare trip to Europe that will also include a trip to the neighbouring Czech Republic and a virtual address to a forum in Rome, his ministry said on Thursday. Vystrcil and Hrib visited Taiwan last year, infuriating China. Wu's Czech visit had previously been confirmed, but not his trip to Slovakia. Due to Chinese pressure many countries are unwilling to host senior Taiwanese ministers, though Wu visited Denmark in 2019 to speak at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit.
Persons: Joseph Wu, Ann Wang, Joanne Ou, Wu, Milos Vystrcil, Zdenek Hrib, Hrib, Penpa Tsering, Ben Blanchard, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: Taiwan, REUTERS, Taiwan Foreign, European Union, The, Taiwan Foreign Ministry, Prague, Inter, Parliamentary Alliance, Beijing, Copenhagen Democracy, Thomson Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, TAIPEI, Slovakia, Europe, Czech Republic, Rome, China, Vatican, The Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Prague, Czech, Central, Eastern Europe, Denmark, Copenhagen
Czech President Milos Zeman attends his inauguration ceremony at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, March 8, 2018, after being re-elected. Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil on Monday quoted a hospital report commissioned by his office as saying Zeman was unable to perform any duties while in intensive care and was unlikely to return to work soon. According to the report for the upper house Senate's head, the hospital informed Mynar about the seriousness of Zeman's condition on Oct. 13. That was a day before Vondracek went to see Zeman on Oct. 14, which according to Mynar was at the president's request. Babis has pledged a smooth transition of power and this week joined calls for Mynar to step down.
Persons: Milos Zeman, David W Cerny, Milos Vystrcil, Zeman, Zeman's, Vratislav Mynar, Radek Vondracek, Mynar, Vondracek, Andrej Babis, Babis, Jason Hovet, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Senate, Thomson Locations: Prague, Czech Republic, PRAGUE
AI startup Rossum has raised one of the largest funding rounds ever by a Czech company. Founded in 2017, Rossum has brought in $100 million from General Catalyst. Czech AI startup Rossum has raised $100 million in Series A funding from US venture capital giant General Catalyst. "It's a big series A for the whole region and shows where we are going," Tomas Gogar, Rossum CEO told Insider. The startup has raised $104.4 million to date, with existing backers LocalGlobe, Seedcamp, Miton, and StartupYard joining the current round.
Persons: Rossum, Tomas Gogar, LocalGlobe, StartupYard, Catalyst, Gogar, Petr Baudis, Tomas Tunys, Baudis Organizations: Catalyst, Rossum, PwC, PepsiCo, Siemens, Cushman &, Central Locations: Czech, Czech Republic, Europe, Massachusetts, Cushman & Wakefield, US, Asia, Rossum's, Prague, Eastern
That is on top of servicing the huge debts left by COVID-19, which will take decades to repay. If current historically low interest rates persist, most OECD countries could afford to cover the extra strain on their budgets by adding to their debt piles, the report said. But fiscal pressure on the median OECD country could reach 8 percentage points of GDP by 2060 as governments try to keep public service standards and benefits at current levels, the OECD calculated. To ease fiscal pressure there was little countries could do other than adopt reform packages to boost employment, which would in turn boost per capita GDP. Such packages would ease fiscal pressure by about 1.75 percentage points of GDP by 2060 in the median OECD country, the report estimated.
Persons: Leigh Thomas, Catherine Evans Organizations: OECD, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development Locations: COVID, Paris, Slovakia, Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Greece, Italy, Belgium
Taiwan foreign minister, business delegation to visit Prague
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference for foreign journalists in Taipei, Taiwan April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ann WangPRAGUE, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and a business delegation will visit Prague on Oct. 23-27, the Czech Taiwanese Business Chamber said on Tuesday, a fresh indication of warm relations between the European Union country and the self-ruled island. read moreBesides the Czech Republic, the Taiwanese delegation is scheduled to visit neighbouring Slovakia, and Lithuania. The delegation's visit is another step away from Beijing-oriented foreign policy pushed by Czech President Milos Zeman. read moreReporting by Robert Muller in Prague Editing by Matthew LewisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joseph Wu, Ann Wang PRAGUE, Kung Ming, hsin, Milos Vystrcil, Milos Zeman, China's, Zeman, Robert Muller, Matthew Lewis Organizations: Taiwan, REUTERS, Czech Taiwanese Business, European Union, National Development Council, Czech Communists, Thomson Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, Prague, Czech, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, China, Beijing
Finance Minister Mihaly Varga has cautioned the central bank against tightening policy too fast for fear of triggering an economic slump. There was a similar standoff before an Oct. 8-9 election in the Czech Republic in which Prime Minister Andrej Babis lost power. However, we continue to believe that inflation in the CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) is not transitory,” Societe Generale said. ‘EVERYBODY’S HIRING’While higher inflation is a global phenomenon, steep wage rises driven by a chronic labour shortage set eastern Europe apart from developed countries. “Everybody’s hiring,” said Sandor Baja, staffing company Randstad’s Managing Director for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
Persons: Liam Peach, Viktor Orban, Mihaly Varga, Andrej Babis, ,, , , Sandor Baja, Katalin, Gergely Szakacs, Jason Hovet, Alan Charlish, Timothy Heritage Organizations: European Union, ” Capital, Generale, “ Employees, U.S, Treasury, Central Locations: Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, BUDAPEST, Europe, Eastern Europe, Hungarian, Romania, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw
Finance Minister Mihaly Varga has cautioned the central bank against tightening policy too fast for fear of triggering an economic slump. However, we continue to believe that inflation in the CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) is not transitory," Societe Generale said. 'EVERYBODY'S HIRING'While higher inflation is a global phenomenon, steep wage rises driven by a chronic labour shortage set eastern Europe apart from developed countries. "Everybody's hiring," said Sandor Baja, staffing company Randstad's (RAND.AS) Managing Director for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. Hungary's central bank is expected to raise its base rate by another 15 basis points to 1.8% on Tuesday.
Persons: Bernadett Szabo, Liam Peach, Viktor Orban, Mihaly Varga, Andrej Babis,, Sandor Baja, Katalin, Gergely Szakacs, Jason Hovet, Alan Charlish, Timothy Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Capital, Generale, Employees, U.S, Treasury, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Budapest, Hungary, Czech Republic, BUDAPEST, Europe, Eastern Europe, Hungarian, Romania, Poland, Prague, Warsaw
Czech President Milos Zeman attends his inauguration ceremony at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, March 8, 2018, after being re-elected. REUTERS/David W CernyPRAGUE, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman is currently unable to carry out his duties, the head of parliament's upper house said on Monday, citing a report he had requested from the hospital where Zeman has been in intensive care for more than a week. Milos Vystrcil, the Senate speaker, told reporters that the report said there was only a small likelihood Zeman could return to work in the coming weeks. He said parliament needed to discuss enacting a constitutional clause that shifts the president's duties to other officials. read moreReporting by Jan Lopatka and Jason Hovet Editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Milos Zeman, David W Cerny PRAGUE, Zeman, Milos Vystrcil, Jan Lopatka, Jason Hovet, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Prague, Czech Republic, Czech
A visitor and moon-shaped light are reflected on a window at Sunshine City's Observatory after COVID-19 controls were eased, in Tokyo, Japan, October 15, 2021. If botched, the reopening could also prove costly for new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who faces an election in under two weeks. His predecessor was ousted after his popularity ratings tanked due to perceptions his government bungled its COVID-19 pandemic response. "There's no standardised mechanism to provide a vaccine passport so each city is making some kind of passport, but nothing is digitised." While the city of Tokyo has made almost no progress on the scheme, according to officials, some municipalities are going it alone.
Persons: Kim Kyung, Hoon, Fumio Kishida, I've, Mayumi Saijo, Teikoku, Shigenori Ishii, Yusuke Nakamura, Kishida, Makoto Shimoaraiso, Mike Grant, Elaine Lies, Rocky Swift, Antoni Slodkowski Organizations: Sunshine City's, REUTERS, Japan Food Service Association, Tokyo, Oxford University, World Health Organization, New, Reuters, Thomson Locations: COVID, Tokyo, Japan, Kagurazaka, Saijo, Czech Republic, Ishigaki, United States, Oxford, Lincoln
REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File PhotoPRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech opposition parties seeking to form a new government will aim to rework the 2022 budget to cut the planned deficit to below 300 billion crowns ($13.72 billion), a top party leader said on Sunday. That means the budget is unlikely to be approved before year-end, causing the country to revert to a provisional plan that limits discretionary spending. Fiala said a provisional budget for up to two months would not cause a problem. “We have to count on a provisional budget, but of course it is in everybody’s interest to have the amended budget accepted at the soonest.” He said changes could be done in weeks. Fiala said the parties making up the future administration did not want to raise taxes as part of their plans.
Persons: Petr Fiala, Bernadett Szabo, Andrej Babis’s, Fiala, ” Fiala, , Organizations: Civic Democratic Party, REUTERS, Pirate Locations: Prague, Czech Republic, PRAGUE, Czech
Picture taken in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, April 27, 2020. AutoSAP said domestic passenger car production dropped by 53.1% in September year-on-year, to 56,157 cars. SAP said 120 billion crowns in revenue would be lost at car makers and a further 80 billion at parts suppliers. The 200 billion crowns in revenue equals to about 3.3% of the country's expected nominal gross domestic product this year. The other car makers with assembly plants in the Czech Republic are Hyundai (005380.KS) -- which has been the least affected by the chip shortage -- and Toyota (7203.T) .
Persons: David W Cerny, AutoSAP, Jan Lopatka, Raissa Organizations: Skoda Auto's, REUTERS, Auto Industry Association, Volkswagen, Skoda Auto, SAP, Hyundai, Toyota, Thomson Locations: Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, PRAGUE, Czech
Czech President Milos Zeman watches as employees of Prague Castle light candles to commemorate the victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, May 10, 2021. Nearly a quarter of a century later, a Czech president is again in hospital but the public has not been told what is wrong with him. The president's spokesperson has said Zeman has been communicating and following developments in the country. The Czech president is directly elected. Zeman's spokesperson said on Twitter the constitutional clause was meant for situations such as when the president is in a coma or abducted.
Persons: Milos Zeman, David W Cerny, Vaclav Havel, Michael Zantovsky, Zeman, Milos Vystrcil, Zeman's, Radek Vondracek, Vondracek, Jan Lopatka, Robert Muller, Timothy Organizations: REUTERS, Vaclav Havel Library, Twitter, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Prague, Czech Republic, PRAGUE, Czech, Soviet Union, North Korea, Havel, incapacitation
Czech Prime Minister and leader of ANO party Andrej Babis reacts during a news conference at the party's election headquarters after the country's parliamentary election in Prague, Czech Republic, October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Bernadett SzaboPRAGUE, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is prepared to hand power to a bloc of opposition parties that won a combined majority in the lower house of parliament in an election last weekend, news agency CTK quoted him as saying in a radio interview on Friday. Two opposition coalitions, the centre-right Together and the liberal Pirates/Mayors, won 108 seats between them in the 200-seat lower house of parliament and have said they want to form a government together. Babis said he would reject a mandate from the president if he were offered it, CTK quoted him as saying on Frekvence 1 radio. Given a lack of potential coalition partners, any Babis-led Cabinet would almost certainly fail to win the necessary vote of confidence in the lower house, though the attempt could have extended his stint in power for possibly a number of months.
Persons: ANO, Andrej Babis, Bernadett Szabo, CTK, Babis, Milos Zeman, Zeman, Jan Lopatka, Robert Muller, Gareth Jones Organizations: Czech, REUTERS, Pirates, Mayors, ANO, Thomson Locations: Prague, Czech Republic, Bernadett Szabo PRAGUE, Czech
Czech president's hospital treatment will take time, wife says
  + stars: | 2021-10-14 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Re-elected Czech President Milos Zeman attends the inauguration ceremony at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/David W CernyPRAGUE, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman is undergoing treatment that will take time, his wife Ivana Zemanova told reporters on Thursday, but gave no details about his diagnosis or condition. Zeman, 77, was taken into intensive care at a Prague hospital on Sunday, a day after a parliamentary election which will eventually require him to appoint a new prime minister. Zeman had previously been in hospital last month for eight days and was released on Sept. 22. Prior to the election, Zeman had said he would appoint the head of the biggest single party, which is Babis's ANO, as the new prime minister.
Persons: Milos Zeman, David W Cerny PRAGUE, Ivana Zemanova, Zeman, Zemanova, Radek Vondracek, Vondracek, Andrej Babis, ANO, Robert Muller, Jan Lopatka, Toby Chopra, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Czech Radio, Thomson Locations: Czech, Prague, Czech Republic
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Otima Energie, a small German power and gas retail company, on Wednesday declared itself insolvent, the latest victim of soaring energy prices, while E.ON, Entega and EnBW temporarily withdrew their gas deals from price comparison portal Verivox. In Britain nine power suppliers collapsed in September alone and on Wednesday Bohemia Energy, one of the biggest electricity and gas suppliers in the Czech Republic, halted operations. It added that one of its own suppliers had stopped deliveries to the company. Annual retail gas supply contracts had leapt 28.2% percent year-on-year to 1,402 euros in October, it added. On Sept. 24, Lower Saxony firm DEP stopped supplying gas and power to customers.
Persons: EnBW, Verivox Organizations: Otima Energie, Wednesday, E.ON, Entega, Suppliers, Wednesday Bohemia Energy, Reuters Locations: FRANKFURT, Europe, Britain, Czech Republic, Neuenhagen, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony
The Biden administration is set to host a two-day virtual ransomware summit starting Wednesday, the largest international gathering of its kind to date, with one notable absence: Russia was not invited. The White House plans for at least 30 countries to attend a series of meetings to be held over Zoom. Notably, Russia was not one of the dozens of countries invited to the summit, the White House official said. The White House has had “frank and professional exchanges in which we’ve communicated those expectations,” the official said. The White House has since cautioned that it would take months to see if such conversations will prove effective.
Persons: Biden, , we’ve, ransomware, Vladimir Putin Organizations: White, Biden, White House, Kremlin, U.S, Infrastructure Security Agency, United Arab Emirates, European Locations: Russia, U.S, Russian, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Britain's Murray says he will not play Davis Cup
  + stars: | 2021-10-13 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO-Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Men's Doubles - Quarterfinal - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 28, 2021. Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men's doubles quarterfinal match REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonOct 13 (Reuters) - Andy Murray plans to skip the Davis Cup because he is uncertain he "deserves to play" for Britain and the former world number one also said he needs some time off before competing at the Australian Open. Britain are due to play France and the Czech Republic in Innsbruck in the group stages of the Davis Cup on Nov. 27-28, with the competition set to end on Dec. 5. "I've given a lot to the Davis Cup and sometimes to my detriment physically" Murray told the BBC after Tuesday's third-round Indian Wells defeat by Alexander Zverev. Obviously that would be up to (Britain captain) Leon (Smith), but I'm not sure I deserve to play in that team.
Persons: Andy Murray, Lucy Nicholson, Murray, Alexander Zverev, Leon, Smith, I'm, Manasi Pathak, Christian Radnedge Organizations: REUTERS, Davis, Melbourne Park, BBC, Australia, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Britain, France, Czech Republic, Innsbruck, Australia, Melbourne, Bengaluru
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