Russians Approve Putin to Hold Power Until 2036
2020-07-01 19:47:23 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.
With the nation’s polls ...
Europe’s Borders to Reopen, But Americans Are Not Invited
2020-06-28 00:11:58 UTC
BRUSSELS/CHICAGO (Reuters) - European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final “safe list” of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.
Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afterno...
User's Data: Facebook Must Comply With an Order by Germany’s Antitrust Watchdog
2020-06-23 19:51:33 UTC
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) - Facebook must comply with an order by Germany’s antitrust watchdog to curb data collection from users, a top German court ruled on Tuesday, in a setback for the U.S. social network company that could set a wider precedent.
The Federal Court’s stay order, which suspe...
Black Lives Matter - The Moment to Change the World Is Right Now
2020-06-09 00:56:29 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Just like coronavirus, racism pays no attention to borders.
Across the world, people representing a broad spectrum of society have marched as one to protest racial injustice and police brutality at home and abroad.
Despite the risks posed by possibly the biggest public healt...
Rwanda Genocide Suspect Felicien Kabuga Arrested After Years on Run
2020-05-16 19:11:18 UTC
<p>PARIS/KAMPALA (Reuters) - Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, who is accused of funding militias that massacred about 800,000 people, was arrested on Saturday near Paris after 26 years on the run, the French justice ministry said.</p><p>The 84-year-old, who is Rwanda’s most-wanted ...
U.S. Trails Far Behind Europe in Social Safety Response to COVID-19
2020-05-10 17:17:07 UTC
The coronavirus pandemic is straining social safety nets across the globe — and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe.
In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions ...
US-UK Trade Talks at Risk With No-Deal Brexit
2020-05-05 01:13:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. business lobby on Monday urged Britain to conclude a bilateral trade deal with the European Union as quickly as possible to remove uncertainty that is limiting investment flows and could pose risks to its trade talks with the United States.
The Chamber of C...
EU: Germany's Financial Aid Can Be Locomotive for Europe
2020-05-04 19:30:26 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Germany’s extensive bailouts of coronavirus-hit companies can work as a locomotive for Europe, the EU’s competition chief said on Monday amid criticism from other, less wealthy EU countries about what they see as an unfair edge given to German firms.
To date, a whopping 52...
COVID-19: People Roll Up Their Sleeves to Be Injected with Vaccines
2020-05-04 18:33:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people are rolling up their sleeves in countries across the world to be injected with experimental vaccines that might stop COVID-19, spurring hope — maybe unrealistic — that an end to the pandemic may arrive sooner than anticipated.
About 100 research groups are...
United Kingdom Had Plan for PM Boris Johnson’s Death
2020-05-02 22:24:29 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government had a contingency plan for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s death as his condition deteriorated while he battled COVID-19 last month in intensive care, Johnson said in an interview with The Sun newspaper.
Johnson returned to work on Monday, a month afte...
Queen and Adam Lambert Honor Global COVID-19 Fight: “You Are the Champions”
2020-05-01 00:09:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Queen and singer Adam Lambert have a message for workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight: “You Are the Champions.”
Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert recently gathered virtually to record a new version of the Queen classic, “We Are the Champions.”
“You Are the Champio...
75 Years Ago: Dachau Concentration Camp Liberation
2020-04-29 23:03:48 UTC
On Sunday, April 29, 1945 Colonel Sparks gave the marching orders to the 3rd battalion of his infantry regiment. The US troops came from the West, advancing towards Munich. They didn't know exactly where Dachau, the concentration camp the Nazis set up in 1933, was located. When they discovered it...
COVID-19: Germany Pushes Green Deal to Cut EU Net Emissions to Zero
2020-04-28 18:33:38 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Governments should focus on climate protection when considering fiscal stimulus packages to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.
Her comments are the clearest sign yet that Merkel wants to combine the ta...
Impasse: No Progress in Brexit Talks
2020-04-28 13:22:21 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and ex-member Britain over new trade arrangements from next year are at an impasse due to disagreements and the coronavirus crisis, according to diplomats and officials in the bloc’s hub Brussels.
Halted when the epidemic starte...
European Carmakers Reopening Plants as COVID-19 Lockdown Eases
2020-04-27 18:58:17 UTC
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaking giant Volkswagen resumed production at its biggest factory on Monday as part of a broader industry drive to get back to work in Europe, where the coronavirus pandemic has hammered demand and pushed up inventory levels.
Encouraged by a fall in infection ra...
Meghan's Letter Takes Place at London’s High Court
2020-04-28 18:34:23 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The first court hearing in a privacy case brought by Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, against a tabloid newspaper for printing part of one of her letters takes place at London’s High Court on Friday.
Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is suing publi...
COVID-19: Vaccine Receives Approval in Germany
2020-04-22 19:02:06 UTC
BERLIN — The German biotech company BioNTech will become the first European business to proceed with clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine, after receiving regulatory approval for accelerated testing.
The Mainz-based company, which has never produced a market-ready product, has been working o...
Coronavirus: Wild Animals Move Into Cities and Air Cleans Up
2020-04-22 06:47:38 UTC
<p>An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth.</p><p>As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India’s getting views of si...
Germany's Unemployment Rate Stays Low Despite COVID-19
2020-04-16 21:19:06 UTC
BERLIN — Governments around the world have been fighting two battles against COVID-19, one of public health and one in the economic area. Once measures were taken to protect public health with lockdowns and stringent social distancing regulations, other measures were immediately needed to mitigat...
Trump's WHO Decision "Selfish, Short-Sighted and Wrong"
2020-04-16 21:23:54 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Nations and health experts worldwide reacted with alarm Wednesday after President Donald Trump announced a halt to the sizable funding the United States sends to the World Health Organization. They warned that the move could jeopardize global efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic...
UK Economy Will Suffer Devastating Consequences of COVID 19
2020-04-14 19:37:59 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy could shrink by 13% this year due to the government’s coronavirus shutdown, its deepest recession in three centuries, and public borrowing is set to surge to a post-World War Two high, the country’s budget forecasters said.
In the April-June period alone, e...
UK Is Significantly UnderReporting Covid-19 Deaths
2020-04-14 18:32:21 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s true death toll from the novel coronavirus far exceeds estimates previously published by the government, according to broader official data that include deaths in the community such as in nursing homes.
Even before the new figures, the official British d...
UK to Adapt Apple, Google's Coronavirus Tracking Tool
2020-04-12 07:06:43 UTC
(Reuters) - The technology arm of the National Health Service has been working on a mobile phone app with Alphabet Inc’s Google and iPhone maker Apple that the government hopes will help in ending the coronavirus lockdown, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
The system will use Bluetooth tec...
Boris Johnson Is Resting in Hospital, Recovering From COVID-19
2020-04-10 14:35:06 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson was resting in hospital on Friday, recovering from COVID-19, while his fellow Britons were told to resist the temptation of spring sunshine over Easter as the coronavirus outbreak approaches a peak.
The flamboyant 55-year-old leader’s visible dec...
EU Countries Agree to $550 Billion in Economic Support
2020-04-10 14:32:55 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers agreed on Thursday on half-a-trillion euros ($550-Billion) worth of support for their coronavirus-battered economies but left open the question of how to finance recovery in the bloc headed for a steep recession.
The agreement was reached a...