By Dominic Evans BEIRUT - Speaking after what he called a "frank exchange" with President Michel Aoun, Josep Borrell said he was bringing a firm message that the country stood on the edge of financial collapse and politicians could not afford to waste more time. "The crisis Lebanon is facing is a d...
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 21, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS

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CONAKRY - An Ebola outbreak in Guinea that started in February, infecting 16 people and killing 12, has been declared over, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.   (Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Bate Felix; editing by John Stonestreet)...
FILE PHOTO: A logo of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seen before a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI -Iran's moderate presidential candidate congratulated his hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi for winning the election, state media reported on Saturday, as the interior ministry said counting of the votes continued. Millions of Iranians voted on Friday in a contest that has been ex...
- Protests have been held almost daily in Myanmar since Suu Kyi was ousted in a Feb. 1 coup that cut short a decade of democratic reforms and also sparked paralysing strikes and renewed conflict in the Southeast Asian country. The United Nations General Assembly on Friday called for a stop to the f...
FILE PHOTO: State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country had lost a "colossal sportsperson" following the death of Milkha Singh, one of its most famous Olympians, at the age of 91 on Friday. Sprint great Singh, who was nicknamed the "Flying Sikh", ran at three successive Olympic Games and finished fo...
By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK - The General Assembly adopted a resolution with the support of 119 countries some four months after the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government in a coup. Belarus requested the text be put to a vote and was the only country to oppose it, while 36 absta...
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks as U.N. General Assembly appointed him for a second five-year term from January 1, 2022, in New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON -The United States has administered 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations in 150 days, a White House official said on Friday ahead of President Joe Biden's scheduled update on his administration's vaccination program. Biden's government-wide push to accelerate vaccinations w...
LONDON - Former England manager Steve McClaren believes the fear factor that has hampered the "Three Lions" in previous tournaments has returned to Gareth Southgate's squad, who faced criticism for a flat performance in Friday night's goalless draw with Scotland. Southgate was ha...
- Fourth seed Andrey Rublev churned out another win as he overcame qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 3-6 6-3 to reach the final in Halle on Saturday. The Russian dropped his first set this week on the grass but responded to ease through a deciding set and book a Sunday final aga...
- Following are some early world reactions to the election of Ebrahim Raisi as president of Iran. Raisi, 60, is a hardline judge who is loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and subject to U.S. sanctions for alleged human rights abuses. VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT...
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI -Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured a landslide victory on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions. With...
Dozens of women have sued the company that owns PornHub. They’re alleging that the adult video website profits from non-consensual content. 34 women filed a lawsuit in California which describes the site as a “classic criminal enterprise” run in the same way as the fictional Sopranos mafia. T...
PARIS - Amnesty International on Saturday renewed a call for Iranian president-elect Ebrahim Raisi to be investigated for his role in what Washington and rights groups have called the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. Iran has never acknowledge...
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By Dominic Evans BEIRUT - Speaking after what he called a "frank exchange" with President Michel Aoun, Josep Borrell said he was bringing a firm message that the country stood on the edge of financial collapse and politicians could not afford to waste more time. "The crisis Lebanon is facing is a d...
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 21, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS
CONAKRY - An Ebola outbreak in Guinea that started in February, infecting 16 people and killing 12, has been declared over, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.   (Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Bate Felix; editing by John Stonestreet)...
FILE PHOTO: A logo of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seen before a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI -Iran's moderate presidential candidate congratulated his hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi for winning the election, state media reported on Saturday, as the interior ministry said counting of the votes continued. Millions of Iranians voted on Friday in a contest that has been ex...
- Protests have been held almost daily in Myanmar since Suu Kyi was ousted in a Feb. 1 coup that cut short a decade of democratic reforms and also sparked paralysing strikes and renewed conflict in the Southeast Asian country. The United Nations General Assembly on Friday called for a stop to the f...
FILE PHOTO: State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks as U.N. General Assembly appointed him for a second five-year term from January 1, 2022, in New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK - The General Assembly adopted a resolution with the support of 119 countries some four months after the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government in a coup. Belarus requested the text be put to a vote and was the only country to oppose it, while 36 abstai...

UK News & Politics

LONDON -London's Metropolitan Police said they made 30 arrests in the city centre and around Wembley Stadium on Friday and in the early hours of Saturday after England faced Scotland in the European Championships. Thousands of Scotland fans travelled south to London despite torrentia...
- Britain's water regulator on Friday threatened to act against water companies that do not have measures in place to monitor storm overflows during periods of heavy rainfall. The intervention is the regulator's latest in a string of measures targeting British water companies tha...
LONDON - Imran Ahmad Khan, who represents the Wakefield constituency in northern England, is accused of one offence of sexual assault, relating to an incident in 2008, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement. "The CPS made the decision that Mr Khan should be charged after reviewing...
FILE PHOTO: Conservative Party candidate Imran Ahmad-Khan speaks after he is announced as the winner for the constituency of Wakefield at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Wakefield, Britain December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers/File Photo
LONDON - British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Friday the United Kingdom and its NATO allies were disappointed by Russia's decision to leave the Open Skies arms control treaty. "Russia has failed to engage constructively on the Treaty and has not returned to full complia...

Coronavirus

NEW DELHI - India reported on Saturday 60,753 new COVID-19 cases and 1,647 deaths over the past 24 hours, according to a government statement. The total cases of COVID-19 in India have risen to 29.82 million and so far 385,137 have succumbed to the infections.   (Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Editing b...
TEGUCIGALPA - The Mexican government announced on Friday it is donating to Honduras 154,100 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The donation is the first from the Mexican government to the small Central American nation, which has confirmed 251,149 cases of coronavirus and 6,719 deaths. About...
MELBOURNE - Australia's largest state New South Wales (NSW) recorded two locally acquired coronavirus cases on Saturday, as concerns grow over the further spread of infections amid an increase in exposure sites. The point of transmission of the new infections hasn't been determined, but authorities...
MONTERREY, Mexico - Mexico reported 4,098 confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday and an additional 167 deaths, according to Health Ministry data, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,471,741 and the overall death toll to 230,959.   (Reporting by Adriana Barrera)...
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By Dominic Evans BEIRUT - Speaking after what he called a "frank exchange" with President Michel Aoun, Josep Borrell said he was bringing a firm message that the country stood on the edge of financial collapse and politicians could not afford to waste more time. "The crisis Lebanon is facing is a d...
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 21, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI -Iran's moderate presidential candidate congratulated his hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi for winning the election, state media reported on Saturday, as the interior ministry said counting of the votes continued. Millions of Iranians voted on Friday in a contest that has been ex...
- Protests have been held almost daily in Myanmar since Suu Kyi was ousted in a Feb. 1 coup that cut short a decade of democratic reforms and also sparked paralysing strikes and renewed conflict in the Southeast Asian country. The United Nations General Assembly on Friday called for a stop to the f...
FILE PHOTO: State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country had lost a "colossal sportsperson" following the death of Milkha Singh, one of its most famous Olympians, at the age of 91 on Friday. Sprint great Singh, who was nicknamed the "Flying Sikh", ran at three successive Olympic Games and finished fo...

Entertainment

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON - This year's World Refugee Day offers a chance to reflect on the uncertainty faced by those forced to flee their homes, Oscar winner Cate Blanchett says as the world grapples with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. Th...
- Soccer stars Megan Rapinoe and Jessica McDonald rested their cleats and walked the red carpet at the premiere of documentary "LFG" at the Tribeca Film Festival, which tells the story of the fight for equal pay by the U.S. women's national team. The players sued U.S. soccer's go...
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears says she has no idea whether she will ever perform again. Spears, who has not performed in public since late 2018 and is under a court-ordered conservatorship, made the statement in a video post on her Instagram page where she answered three questions...
LOS ANGELES - Kim Kardashian said her ex-husband Kanye West is like family, despite their divorce, adding in a television show to air on Thursday that she will always be his biggest fan. Kardashian, 40, was speaking on a reunion show for "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," which b...

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LONDON - Former England manager Steve McClaren believes the fear factor that has hampered the "Three Lions" in previous tournaments has returned to Gareth Southgate's squad, who faced criticism for a flat performance in Friday night's goalless draw with Scotland. Southgate was ha...
- Fourth seed Andrey Rublev churned out another win as he overcame qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 3-6 6-3 to reach the final in Halle on Saturday. The Russian dropped his first set this week on the grass but responded to ease through a deciding set and book a Sunday final aga...
BUDAPEST - France striker Antoine Griezmann says he would like to see out his playing days in Major League Soccer to realise a long-held desire to live in the United States. Griezmann, who is set to make his 50th consecutive start for France in Saturday's Euro 2020 game against H...
BUDAPEST - France made only one change to the starting lineup that beat Germany 1-0 in their group opener with Lucas Digne coming in at left back in place of Lucas Hernandez to take on Hungary on Saturday. Coach Didier Deschamps decided to stick with the midfield trio of N'Golo K...

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LONDON - Former England manager Steve McClaren believes the fear factor that has hampered the "Three Lions" in previous tournaments has returned to Gareth Southgate's squad, who faced criticism for a flat performance in Friday night's goalless draw with Scotland. Southgate was ha...
- Fourth seed Andrey Rublev churned out another win as he overcame qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 3-6 6-3 to reach the final in Halle on Saturday. The Russian dropped his first set this week on the grass but responded to ease through a deciding set and book a Sunday final aga...
- Following are some early world reactions to the election of Ebrahim Raisi as president of Iran. Raisi, 60, is a hardline judge who is loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and subject to U.S. sanctions for alleged human rights abuses. VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT...
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI -Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured a landslide victory on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions. With...

Crypto News

By Huw Jones LONDON - More people see crypto assets as a mainstream investment rather than a "gamble" as ownership of bitcoin and similar crypto currencies has risen to 2.3 millon adults in Britain this year, the Financial Conduct Authority said on Thursday. Regulators have repeatedly warned consum...
LONDON (Bywire News) - Non fungible tokens (NFTs) are one of the buzzwords of the blockchain revolution. However, as with many buzzwords, many people don’t fully understand them. So, what are they? And are they worth the hype. If people struggle with the term it is, perhaps, understandable. NFT is...
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LONDON (Bywire News) - Here at Bywire, an interesting problem did occur a few weeks ago. As we needed some cryptocurrencies (EOS) in order to interact with the blockchain and timestamp articles, we need regular demand to buy to replenish our supply. However, since the 4th of May, the EOS price jump...
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By Nupur Anand MUMBAI - Opponents of the potential ban say it would stifle the economic power of a tech-savvy, young nation of 1.35 billion people. There is no official data, but industry analysts reckon there are 15 million crypto investors in India holding over 100 billion rupees ($1.37 billion)....
FILE PHOTO: Representations of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Dash, Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin are seen in this illustration picture taken June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo

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A group of Labour Party activists is set to hold an alternative investigation into the so-called ‘Labour Leaks’ following the party’s decision to indefinitely delay the official investigation, the Forde Inquiry. Sign up for the exclusive Labour Party Buzz Newsletter bringing you to the latest VI...
LONDON (Bywire News)- The BBC has been criticised on social media after rewording prime minister Boris Johnson's highly controversial comments about letting "the bodies pile high in their thousands" to a completely different statement that sounds far less damaging. On Sunday, the Daily Mail alleged...
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LONDON (Labour Buzz) - It’s been an exciting week for the leaders with both getting down and dirty with the great unwashed. Boris had found out about the concept of association football, while Starmer had enjoyed his first pub fight. What would they find to talk about today? Round one: Things that...
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate in Parliament, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, April 14, 2021, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS
This article was collectively written by Jon Trickett, the Labour MP for Hemsworth, Ian Lavery, the Labour MP for Wansbeck, and Laura Smith, the former Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich and a current Labour Councillor for Crewe South. In recent years, the polling industry has suffered more than a fe...
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Within The Law

LONDON - British retail sales fell unexpectedly last month as a lifting of lockdown restrictions encouraged spending in restaurants rather than shops, according to official data. Retail sales fell 1.4% between April and May, the Office for National Statistics said. A poll of economists had pointed...
LONDON - The voluminous ivory dress Princess Diana wore to marry Prince Charles in 1981 has gone on display at her former London home, as part of a new exhibition showcasing a selection of gowns worn by members of Britain's royal family. "Royal Style in the Making" looks at the works of designers a...
LONDON (Within the Law) - Talks of a rescue deal for Sanjeev Gupta’s beleaguered metals empire collapsed after the Serious Fraud Office launched an investigation into suspected fraud. The SFO says it is looking into ‘the financing and conduct of the business of companies within the Gupta Family Gro...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - After a challenging year, the good times would seem to be back for law firms. March showed record levels of revenue. It’s good news for an industry that was badly hit during the pandemic and looks to be emerging stronger on the other side. According to figures from the Off...
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Business

BERKELEY, Calif. - Long-time Tesla Inc executive and president Jerome Guillen, who left the company earlier in June, has sold an estimated $274 million worth of shares after exercising stock options since June 10, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)....
- Rating agency Fitch raised Britain's outlook to 'stable' from 'negative' on Friday, saying macroeconomic, labour market and fiscal outturns since the start of 2021 showed the economy was more resilient to the impact of the pandemic shock. "The roll-out of the UK's coronavirus v...
By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON - All three main indices on Wall Street dropped Friday with investors wary of a more hawkish stance from the U.S. Federal Reserve, while the dollar posted the strongest gains in over a year and oil prices continued a steady climb. Afte...
By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed and Julien Ponthus NEW YORK - The dollar extended its advance against a basket of currencies on Friday, building on the gains logged after the U.S. Federal Reserve earlier this week surprised markets by signaling it would raise interest rates and end emergenc...

The Conversation

By Maher Nazeh BAGHDAD -A fire sparked by an oxygen tank explosion killed at least 82 people and injured 110 at a hospital in Baghdad that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Sunday. "We urgently need to review safety mea...
WASHINGTON - Malpass expressed his desire to work closely with Gavi on a 2022 strategy, including helping expand vaccine production capacity for developing countries, the bank said in a statement.   [IMAGE_GALLERY_1]   The two officials also discussed the need for more transparency by countries, su...
LONDON - Australian banker Lex Greensill was brought in as an adviser to the government while Cameron was British prime minister from 2010 to 2016. After leaving office, Cameron in turn became an adviser to Greensill's now-insolvent company. The Financial Times and Sunday Times newspapers have repo...
-China reported its biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases in more than two months, as a city on the border with Myanmar in southwestern Yunnan province accounted for all new local cases. Ruili's local government put residents in its urban area under home quarantine, launched a mas...

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By Nandita Bose MEXICO CITY -U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that ties were entering a "new era" as they met on Tuesday to try to lower a record spike in migration from Central America by attacking poverty. Harris and Lopez Obrador witnessed the...
By Ankur Banerjee and Michael Erman -Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SA have filed for full U.S. government approval for their COVID-19 vaccine and are targeting production of 4 billion doses of the shot next year, mostly for low- and middle-income countries. Full approval for the vaccine, w...
Late last night, the Daily Mail made explosive allegations that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he would "rather see bodies piled high in their thousands" than impose a third lockdown on the country.  Yet, it was just over a year ago that Boris Johnson was himself admitted to Intensive C...
LONDON (Bywire News) - Last week, Piers Morgan spectacularly crashed out of his own TV show after being taken to task by his own weatherman. He stormed off set, giving startled viewers the chance to finally find out what Susanna Reid’s voice sounds like. By the end of the day, ITV confirmed the nat...
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Writers Corner

LONDON (Bywire News) - The media, today, stands at a crossroads. New technology is opening things up to a new wave of publishers, ideas and opinions. The establishment is coming under threat. The rise of alternative media sites threatens their monopoly on the conversation and gives new voices a pla...
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The mainstream media has lost contact with the real world and people are voting with their feet. Trust has plummeted to record lows and even The Sun is having to beg for readers. In this environment the world is ripe for alternative news sites and independent news platforms which can plug the gap....
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Once upon a time, if you wanted to start your own media empire you were more or less restricted to the Rupert Murdoch approach: inherit one from your Dad. The media scene was sterile and dominated by a few publishers who had been there since the beginning. If you wanted to start up you needed cash...
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(Bywire News)- Feel like becoming a writer? You’re not alone. Everyone has a book in them these days and with the rise on blogging sites, independent news sites, and the fact that many of us have more time than usual on our hands thanks to lockdown and there are opportunities aplenty. So, if you’re...
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Press Releases

MOSCOW -The Kremlin on Friday blamed a fresh surge in COVID-19 infections on nihilism among the population, reluctance to have vaccinations rate and mutations of the coronavirus, as the caopital city reported a record number of daily infections. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov sa...
DUBLIN - Post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland are not a threat to the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom but simply a means of managing disruption from its exit from the European Union, Ireland's foreign minister said on Tuesday. "Don't know how many times this needs to be...
By Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino LIMA -Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo was holding on to a slim lead in the deeply divided country's presidential election on Wednesday with almost all votes processed, though with a gap of just 70,000, contested ballots could still be decisive. Castillo, the...
LONDON (Bywire News) - These days, children leave their digital footprint before they are even born. A recent study showed that, by the age of 13, most kids have around 1,300 pictures and videos of them posted by their parents. “Reports of child abuse images online increased by 50% during the lockd...