Amnesty International said on Friday Yemen's Houthi authorities must halt plans for forced virginity testing and release an actor and model the human rights group says has been detained on "spurious grounds."
FILE PHOTO: People shop at a market in the old quarter of Sanaa, Yemen April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/File Photo

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BENGALURU (Bywire News) - On Friday it was announced that the annual Amazon Prime Day sale would not take place in India. A spokesperson for Amazon said this is due to the severe situation in India, with COVID-19 taking the country by storm, leaving thousands dead. In the last week alone, India has...
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
Myanmar's ruling military, which is facing nationwide protests against the coup that removed the elected government three months ago, said on Friday it would not agree to a visit by a Southeast Asian envoy until it could establish stability.
Demonstrators are seen before a clash with security forces in Taze, Sagaing Region, Myanmar April 7, 2021, in this image obtained by Reuters. Photo obtained by REUTERS.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday brushed off an attempt by 10 Belarusians to file a criminal case against him in Germany for crimes against humanity during a crackdown on street protests.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko attends the Roundtable Summit Phase One Sessions of Belt and Road Forum at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool/File Photo *** Local Caption *** Aung San Suu Kyi
British officials could declare one of the new coronavirus strains first found in India a "variant of concern", the BBC said on Friday, as scientists flagged evidence that it spreads more quickly than the original version of the virus.
Nurses react as they treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Milton Keynes University Hospital, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's governing Conservative Party won a new seat in parliament on Friday, ousting the Labour Party in the northern English town of Hartlepool with a sweeping victory that tightens its grip on traditional opposition-voting areas.
Jill Mortimer of the Conservative Party reacts at Mill House Leisure Centre as voting results are announced, in Hartlepool, Britain May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an election for a new member of parliament in the northern English town of Hartlepool, breaking Labour's decades-long hold and tightening the prime minister's grip on traditional opposition-supporting areas.
Jill Mortimer of the Conservative Party reacts at Mill House Leisure Centre as voting results are announced, in Hartlepool, Britain May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lee Smith
By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO - People targeted in the raid in the Jacarezinho slum neighborhood tried to escape across rooftops as police arrived in armored vehicles and helicopters flew overhead, television images showed. The firefight forced residents to shelter in their homes. The victim...
Residents react after policemen removed a dead body during an operation against drug dealers in Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Mexico and the United States will discuss ways of mitigating undocumented immigration in talks later this week, Mexico's president said on Thursday, as the two sides seek to tackle an issue that has posed a challenge for U.S. President Joe Biden.
Asylum-seeking migrant families walk while being escorted by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, U.S. May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura
By Christian Lowe PARIS -Britain withdrew its Royal Navy vessels from the waters off Jersey on Thursday but said it would remain on standby to support the Channel island after a dispute with France over post-Brexit fishing rights escalated rapidly. France and Britain both deployed maritime patrol v...
HMS Tamar patrols the area near Falmouth, Britain May 4, 2021. Picture taken May 4, 2021. BFBS Forces News/Handout via REUTERS
Britain's medicine regulator on Thursday said there was some evidence that uncommon blood clots linked to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine occurred more in women than in men, adding that the difference in incidence was small.
A vial of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
The Irish government has urged Britain not to seek to shield former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the sectarian conflict from prosecution, describing reports of such plans as deeply alarming.
FILE PHOTO: Solicitor for the McCann family Niall Murphy (red tie) with Joe McCann's family, (left to right) son Fergal, widow Anne, daughter Nuala, nephew Fergal, and daughter Aine (right) depart Laganside Court, after the trial into the 1972 killing of official IRA member Joe McCann, where two British soldiers were formally acquitted, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
PARIS (Bywire News) - On Thursday, France deployed two marine patrol boats to the island of Jersey, on the British Channel. The move comes after Britain dispatched two of its maritime boats, amid rising tensions over post-Brexit fishing laws. Jersey recently introduced new fishing permits, which an...
French fishing fleet is seen at the entrance to the harbour in St Helier, Jersey, May 6, 2021. Marc Le Cornu/via REUTERS
MEXICO CITY - Residents of Mexico City will be able to attend open-air concerts and sporting events at limited capacities beginning next week due to a sustained drop in COVID-19 infections, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Friday. The new measures set to take effect on May 10 will...
NAIROBI - Tanzania's new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting COVID-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor. Hassan took office in March after the death of John Magufuli...
- Britain's men's and women's rugby sevens teams will host an Olympic preparation tournament later this month as they gear up for the Tokyo Games. The tournament will take place behind closed doors at St George's Park between May 15-17. Britain's men's team will be...
GENEVA - China's Sinopharm state company has offered substantial support for the COVAX programme to provide COVID-19 vaccines mainly to poor countries, a WHO official said on Friday after the global health body gave emergency approval to Sinopharm's vaccine. Senior WHO adviser Br...
By Alan Baldwin -Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday as the Mercedes driver prepared for a weekend that could bring him a record-stretching 100th Formula One pole position and boost his overall lead. The Briton,...
By Nathan Frandino - Live concerts are on the menu for home delivery, as musicians and audiences seek to satisfy their appetite for human interaction. As the sun set in Piedmont, California, about 20 masked revelers gathered on the back porch of a home. Lit up by a...
Britain will allow people in England to resume international travel from May 17 but is limiting the number of destinations open for quarantine-free holidays to just a handful of countries as it cautiously emerges from lockdown restrictions.
Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive from Paris at Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, as Britain imposes a 14-day quarantine on arrival from France from Saturday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
By Herbert Lash and Ritvik Carvalho NEW YORK/LONDON - The dollar slid to a two-month low, commodity prices jumped and major global equity indexes scaled new peaks on Friday after weak U.S. jobs data for April tamped down fears that a booming economy would ignite inflation and hig...
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, attends a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria, September 1, 2020. European Commission EbS - EEAS/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. ready to lift many sanctions but Iran wants more - top Iran nuclear delegate

DUBAI - The United States has expressed its readiness to lift many of its sanctions on Iran at the Vienna nuclear talks but Tehran is demanding more, top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state media on Friday. "The information transferred to us from the U.S. side is that they are also serious on returning to the nuclear deal and they have so far declared their readiness to lift a great part of their sanctions," Araqchi told state TV. "But this is not adequate from our point of view and therefore the discussions will continue until we get to all our demands," Araqchi said.   (Reporting by ...

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Britain will allow people in England to resume international travel from May 17 but is limiting the number of destinations open for quarantine-free holidays to just a handful of countries as it cautiously emerges from lockdown restrictions.
Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive from Paris at Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, as Britain imposes a 14-day quarantine on arrival from France from Saturday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Amnesty International said on Friday Yemen's Houthi authorities must halt plans for forced virginity testing and release an actor and model the human rights group says has been detained on "spurious grounds."
FILE PHOTO: People shop at a market in the old quarter of Sanaa, Yemen April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/File Photo
Britain restricted the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine on Friday while Germany said it would give the shot to anyone who wants it, in a risk-management role reversal that reflects the divergent progress of their vaccination campaigns.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn attends a news conference on the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in Berlin, Germany May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/Pool
British officials said on Friday people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot where possible due to a small risk of blood clots, given the low number of cases and the availability of other shots.
Vials of the AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine are seen in a general practice of a doctor, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
- Myanmar's ruling junta is focusing on creating a stable situation in the country before agreeing to allow a visit by a Southeast Asian envoy, as part of a five-point consensus agreed by regional leaders last month, an official said on Friday. Major Kaung Htet San, a spokesman for the ruling milit...
Demonstrators are seen before a clash with security forces in Taze, Sagaing Region, Myanmar April 7, 2021, in this image obtained by Reuters. Photo obtained by REUTERS.
Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an election for a new member of parliament in the northern English town of Hartlepool, breaking Labour's decades-long hold and tightening the prime minister's grip on traditional opposition-supporting areas.
Jill Mortimer of the Conservative Party reacts at Mill House Leisure Centre as voting results are announced, in Hartlepool, Britain May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lee Smith
India reported another record daily rise in coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing total new cases for the week to 1.57 million, as the country's vaccination rate falls dramatically due to a lack of supplies and transport problems.
People receive oxygen support for free at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple), amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ghaziabad, India, May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Mexico and the United States will discuss ways of mitigating undocumented immigration in talks later this week, Mexico's president said on Thursday, as the two sides seek to tackle an issue that has posed a challenge for U.S. President Joe Biden.
Asylum-seeking migrant families walk while being escorted by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, U.S. May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura
LONDON -The couple, who now live in California after they left Britain and stepped away from their royal duties last year, said they could not think "of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday" than with a $5 donation. "We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu (not pictured) at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON - Britain left the EU's orbit on Dec. 31 and its trade deal with the bloc does not cover financial services, leaving the City largely cut off. The EU is assessing direct financial market access for Britain under its "equivalence" rules. The bloc has said it was in no rush as it wants to know...
HSBC's building in Canary Wharf is seen behind a City of London sign outside Billingsgate Market in London, Britain, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday Washington could increase security assistance for Ukraine after what he called Russia's "reckless and aggressive" actions in massing troops near its border.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Ukraine's Foreign Miniater Dmytro Kuleba and Metropolitan Epifaniy, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, lay flowers at the memorial to Ukrainian soldiers, who were killed in a recent conflict in the country's eastern regions, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 6, 2021. Efrem Lukatsky/Pool via REUTERS
The Irish government has urged Britain not to seek to shield former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the sectarian conflict from prosecution, describing reports of such plans as deeply alarming.
FILE PHOTO: Solicitor for the McCann family Niall Murphy (red tie) with Joe McCann's family, (left to right) son Fergal, widow Anne, daughter Nuala, nephew Fergal, and daughter Aine (right) depart Laganside Court, after the trial into the 1972 killing of official IRA member Joe McCann, where two British soldiers were formally acquitted, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, attends a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria, September 1, 2020. European Commission EbS - EEAS/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. ready to lift many sanctions but Iran wants more - top Iran nuclear delegate

DUBAI - The United States has expressed its readiness to lift many of its sanctions on Iran at the Vienna nuclear talks but Tehran is demanding more, top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state media on Friday. "The information transferred to us from the U.S. side is that they are also serious on returning to the nuclear deal and they have so far declared their readiness to lift a great part of their sanctions," Araqchi told state TV. "But this is not adequate from our point of view and therefore the discussions will continue until we get to all our demands," Araqchi said.   (Reporting by ...

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Britain will allow people in England to resume international travel from May 17 but is limiting the number of destinations open for quarantine-free holidays to just a handful of countries as it cautiously emerges from lockdown restrictions.
Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive from Paris at Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, as Britain imposes a 14-day quarantine on arrival from France from Saturday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON - Britain will allow international travel to resume from May 17 but is limiting the number of destinations open for quarantine-free holidays to just 12 countries as it cautiously emerges from lockdown restrictions. Countries including Portugal and Israel made a green lis...
By William James and Elizabeth Piper LONDON -Voters in an opposition stronghold turned en masse to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives, boosting his parliamentary majority on Friday despite a high COVID-19 death toll, last year's record economic slump and cronyism ch...
LONDON - Two-thirds of adults in the United Kingdom have been vaccinated with a first dose of a COVID-19 shot, official data showed on Friday. In total 35,069,641 people have received a first dose and 16,764,720 have received a second. Britain also recorded a furthe...
By Natalie Thomas GLASGOW -Scotland's main pro-independence party enjoyed early successes on Friday in crucial Scottish parliament election results which could determine the future of the United Kingdom, although its leader cautioned the result remained "on a knife edge"....
By Natalie Thomas GLASGOW -The first results in crucial elections for the Scottish parliament which could determine the future of the United Kingdom began to be announced on Friday with early successes for Scotland's main pro-independence party. The ruling Scottish Nati...
GLASGOW - The first results in crucial elections for the Scottish parliament which could determine the future of the United Kingdom began to be announced on Friday with mixed outcomes for Scotland's main pro-independence party. The opposition Liberal Democrats won Orkney, an arch...
British officials said on Friday people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot where possible due to a small risk of blood clots, given the low number of cases and the availability of other shots.
Vials of the AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine are seen in a general practice of a doctor, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
LONDON -Britain's panel of vaccine advisers on Friday said that people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot where possible, due to a small risk from rare blood clots. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) broadened the a...
LONDON -Britain's panel of vaccine advisers on Friday said that people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot where possible, due to a small risk from rare blood clots. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) broadened the a...
LONDON - Firefighters in London were tackling a blaze at a 19-storey block of flats in the east of the city on Friday, with parts of the 8th, 9th and 10th floors all on fire, the Fire Brigade said. The service said around 100 firefighters were working to put the fire out....
British officials could declare one of the new coronavirus strains first found in India a "variant of concern", the BBC said on Friday, as scientists flagged evidence that it spreads more quickly than the original version of the virus.
Nurses react as they treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Milton Keynes University Hospital, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Britain will allow people in England to resume international travel from May 17 but is limiting the number of destinations open for quarantine-free holidays to just a handful of countries as it cautiously emerges from lockdown restrictions.
Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive from Paris at Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, as Britain imposes a 14-day quarantine on arrival from France from Saturday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
BENGALURU (Bywire News) - On Friday it was announced that the annual Amazon Prime Day sale would not take place in India. A spokesperson for Amazon said this is due to the severe situation in India, with COVID-19 taking the country by storm, leaving thousands dead. In the last week alone, India has...
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
British officials said on Friday people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot where possible due to a small risk of blood clots, given the low number of cases and the availability of other shots.
Vials of the AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine are seen in a general practice of a doctor, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
British officials could declare one of the new coronavirus strains first found in India a "variant of concern", the BBC said on Friday, as scientists flagged evidence that it spreads more quickly than the original version of the virus.
Nurses react as they treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Milton Keynes University Hospital, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
India reported another record daily rise in coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing total new cases for the week to 1.57 million, as the country's vaccination rate falls dramatically due to a lack of supplies and transport problems.
People receive oxygen support for free at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple), amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ghaziabad, India, May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
By Colin Packham CANBERRA -Australia will lift a ban on its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as state officials reported that an outbreak in Sydney appeared to be contained. Morrison stood by his decision to impose a bio...
BERLIN - France is delaying a European Union order for 1.8 billion doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine planned for the next two years, Germany's Die Welt daily newspaper reported on Friday, citing EU diplomats. The paper said it was unclear what the reason was for hesitation from Paris, b...
Britain's medicine regulator on Thursday said there was some evidence that uncommon blood clots linked to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine occurred more in women than in men, adding that the difference in incidence was small.
A vial of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
The European Union on Thursday added Israel to the list of countries who's citizens will be allowed to visit for leisure, as Europe seeks to revive travel and salvage summer tourism from tough COVID-19 restrictions.
FILE PHOTO: People enjoy a Sunday at the beach as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease around the country, in Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/File Photo
BANGKOK - Thailand confirmed on Thursday that it plans to include 3 million foreigners living in the country in its mass vaccination programme to protect the entire population, amid concerns over the scope of vaccine access. "Anybody living in Thailand, whether they be Thai or foreign, if they want...
BRUSSELS - The European Union is willing to discuss a proposal, now backed by the United States, to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday. "The EU is also ready to discuss any proposals that addresses the crisis...
By Renju Jose SYDNEY -Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair's "travel bubble" on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of COVID-19 could spur a significant outbreak. The swift action was taken a day after a 50-year-old...

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BEIJING - China will stay in communication and coordination with the European Union to ensure a bilateral investment deal comes into effect, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. The European Commission said on Wednesday it had dialled down efforts to promote the planned investment agreeme...
FILE PHOTO: An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee
LONDON - A British academic, who was detained in the United Arab Emirates two years ago on spying charges, has launched legal action against a number of senior officials from the Gulf state, accusing them of assault, torture and false imprisonment. Matthew Hedges returned to Britain in November 201...
"Just how cosy is the relationship between the media and the Conservative Party? In this video, I'm going to show you that it's very cosy indeed.Most people, especially those who see themselves as left leaning, get the sense that something is deeply wrong with our media. Since the rise of Brexit an...
The national blockchain-based solution will be delivered using Atala and is the latest expansion from Charles Hoskinson and Cardano, who hope to address issues of social and economic exclusion in developing countries. Could Cardano lead the way in demonstrating that corporations can continue to gro...
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LONDON (Bywire News)- The Labour leader Keir Starmer billed the British taxpayer for more than £160,000 so he could be chauffeur driven less than 4 miles a day to and from his former job as Director as Public Prosecutions between 2008 and 2010, it has been revealed.Matt Kennard, the Head of Investi...
The European Union should follow Britain's example and impose new anti-corruption sanctions on Russians suspected of fraud and graft, the European Parliament said on Thursday in a resolution that reflected hardening attitudes to Moscow.
The European Union flags flutter ahead of the gas talks between the EU, Russia and Ukraine at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
BENGALURU - India reported 379,257 new COVID-19 cases and 3,645 new deaths on Thursday, according to health ministry data. It was the deadliest day so far for any country hit by the pandemic. India's best hope to curb its second deadly wave of COVID-19 was to vaccinate its vast population, said exp...
A woman with breathing problem waits inside an ambulance for her turn to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave
The Biden administration faces a major dilemma in its dispute with the European Union over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs: back down to avoid acute pain for Harley-Davidson Inc and whiskey distillers or stick with the duties even though they are now exacerbating acute shortages for U.S. manuf...
The logo of U.S. motorcycle company Harley-Davidson is seen on one of their models at a shop in Paris, France, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo/File Photo
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden took aim at China in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, pledging to maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific and promising to boost technological development and trade. "China and othe...
WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking will travel to Saudi Arabia and Oman on Thursday for talks with government officials, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)...
WASHINGTON -The United States is sending supplies worth more than $100 million to India to help it fight a surge of COVID-19 cases, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. The supplies, which will begin arriving on Thursday and continue into next week, include 1,000 oxygen...
LONDON - Most people in Britain who were able to save money during the past year's coronavirus lockdowns plan to hold on to at least some of their windfall, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday. Twenty percent of respondents in the poll by Kantar Public said they ha...

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- Europe's medicines regulator said on Friday it was reviewing reports of a rare condition affecting the nerves following vaccination with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot, and requested the British drugmaker for more detailed data. As part of a regular review of safety reports for th...
LONDON - British band Coldplay chose an out of this world way to mark the release of their latest single "Higher Power" on Friday - by beaming up into space. The rock group, known for hit songs "Paradise" and "Viva la Vida", linked up with the International Space Station (ISS) to...
LOS ANGELES - The membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that hands out the annual Golden Globe awards for television and film, on Thursday approved widespread changes designed to diversify its ranks and address ethics complaints. Steps include hiring a...
- English football club Ipswich Town may have fallen on hard times but they are hoping a new shirt sponsorship deal with singer Ed Sheeran will make them the "A Team" with the ginger-haired crooner's fans. Ipswich, nicknamed 'The Tractor Boys', were FA Cup winners in 1978 and won...
By Alicia Powell NEW YORK - British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo makes his feature film directorial debut with "The Water Man", a family drama about a young boy who heads off in search of a legendary figure with magical powers to heal his sick mother. Oyelowo, known...
LE CATEAU-CAMBRESIS, France - Valeriane Michelini trained as a dancer before opting to tap into the growing demand for stuntwomen and a career of jumping out of helicopters, leaping from buildings and brawling. Michelini is one of a growing number of women passing through the Cam...
British street artist Nathan Murdoch contemplates the mural he has just spray-painted, a giant image of two hands wearing rainbow-coloured gloves and joined in prayer, then hurls a large dollop of white paint straight at it from an open tin.
FILE PHOTO: Street artist Nathan Murdoch poses for a picture in front of his artwork after he creates a piece of crypto art to be auctioned with proceeds donated to the NHS in Peterborough, Britain, April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
By Lisa Richwine -Live Broadway shows will return to the stage starting Sept. 14 after an 18-month hiatus to fight the coronavirus pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale beginning on Thursday and theaters will be allowed...
By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES - Live Broadway shows will return to the stage on Sept. 14 after an 18-month hiatus to fight the coronavirus pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale starting on Thursday and theaters will...
CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro received a samurai sword as a gift from actor Steven Seagal, who was visiting the South American country as a representative of Russia, state television images showed on Tuesday evening. Maduro, wearing a white facemask and a traditio...
OSLO - Five Swedish nuclear reactors may need to close between 2024 and 2028 because a temporary site for storing spent fuel will soon be full and the government has yet to approve a final waste repository, their operating companies said on Wednesday. The Forsmark 4 reactor risks...
By Alicia Powell NEW YORK - Billy Crystal returns to the director's chair after 20 years for "Here Today", in which he also plays a well-known comedy writer who unexpectedly becomes friends with a street jazz singer. Tiffany Haddish portrays performer Emma who wins...

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- Britain's men's and women's rugby sevens teams will host an Olympic preparation tournament later this month as they gear up for the Tokyo Games. The tournament will take place behind closed doors at St George's Park between May 15-17. Britain's men's team will be...
By Alan Baldwin -Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday as the Mercedes driver prepared for a weekend that could bring him a record-stretching 100th Formula One pole position and boost his overall lead. The Briton,...
MADRID - Rafa Nadal was knocked out of the Madrid Open quarter-finals stage 6-4 6-4 by German Alex Zverev on Friday. Nadal, a five-time winner in the Spanish capital, was the favourite and top seed having lifted the Barcelona Open trophy last month but played below par on a swel...
By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI - The Indian cricket board will explore all options to try to complete this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) but is yet to discuss offers from English counties to host the remaining matches, a senior official told on Friday. The eig...
- Formula One champions Mercedes will not be replacing Valtteri Bottas this season unless he is unable to race, team boss Toto Wolff said on Friday. The Finn is fourth overall and 37 points behind championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton after three rounds. Bot...
- Chelsea cannot afford to get carried away by their run to the finals of the Champions League and FA Cup and must focus on landing the two trophies to reward their recent progress, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday. Chelsea visit Manchester City in the Premier League on Satur...
HARARE - Pakistan's Abid Ali and Azhar Ali struck centuries as the tourists took an early grip on the second test against Zimbabwe, reaching 268-4 at the close on the opening day at the Harare Sports Club on Friday. The pair set a 236-run record for a second wicket partnership in...
By Simon Evans MANCHESTER, England - Manchester United owner and co-chairman Joel Glazer has told supporters he is willing to discuss increasing fan shareholding in the club as part of greater consultation with them. Violent protests against United's American owners...
By Alan Baldwin -Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton led Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday. Championship leader Hamilton's closest rival Max Verstappen had been second fastest in the morning for Red...
- Italian former Olympic 50km walk champion Alex Schwazer had his appeal against an eight-year doping ban dismissed on Friday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Schwazer filed a "request for provisional measures" in an attempt to take part in this year's Olympics after...
- Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is furious with the Premier League after the club were ordered to play three matches in five days, saying he may have no other option but to rotate his squad heavily against their top-four rivals. United travel to Aston Villa on Su...
- Manchester City's home clash with Chelsea on Saturday is being dubbed a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final but manager Pep Guardiola says the only thing on his mind is the victory that will confirm the Premier League title. City need three points to be sure of secur...

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MEXICO CITY - Residents of Mexico City will be able to attend open-air concerts and sporting events at limited capacities beginning next week due to a sustained drop in COVID-19 infections, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Friday. The new measures set to take effect on May 10 will...
NAIROBI - Tanzania's new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting COVID-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor. Hassan took office in March after the death of John Magufuli...
- Britain's men's and women's rugby sevens teams will host an Olympic preparation tournament later this month as they gear up for the Tokyo Games. The tournament will take place behind closed doors at St George's Park between May 15-17. Britain's men's team will be...
GENEVA - China's Sinopharm state company has offered substantial support for the COVAX programme to provide COVID-19 vaccines mainly to poor countries, a WHO official said on Friday after the global health body gave emergency approval to Sinopharm's vaccine. Senior WHO adviser Br...
By Alan Baldwin -Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday as the Mercedes driver prepared for a weekend that could bring him a record-stretching 100th Formula One pole position and boost his overall lead. The Briton,...
By Nathan Frandino - Live concerts are on the menu for home delivery, as musicians and audiences seek to satisfy their appetite for human interaction. As the sun set in Piedmont, California, about 20 masked revelers gathered on the back porch of a home. Lit up by a...
Britain will allow people in England to resume international travel from May 17 but is limiting the number of destinations open for quarantine-free holidays to just a handful of countries as it cautiously emerges from lockdown restrictions.
Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive from Paris at Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, as Britain imposes a 14-day quarantine on arrival from France from Saturday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
By Herbert Lash and Ritvik Carvalho NEW YORK/LONDON - The dollar slid to a two-month low, commodity prices jumped and major global equity indexes scaled new peaks on Friday after weak U.S. jobs data for April tamped down fears that a booming economy would ignite inflation and hig...
By Marco Aquino LIMA - Peruvian right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori has shrunk the gap on socialist rival Pedro Castillo in the country's presidential election race, according to a poll released on Friday, signally a closer contest in the June 6 vote. The Datum poll...
By Sarah White PARIS - L'Oreal's make-up sales are set to bounce back to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, the French group's new chief executive said on Friday, with women opting for brighter colours in their post-crisis makeovers. Cosmetics groups were hit by shop clo...
By Yingzhi Yang and Tony Munroe BEIJING -Shares of Chinese gaming giant Tencent-backed online insurance technology firm Waterdrop Inc tumbled 14.5% in their New York debut on Friday. American depositary shares of the company opened at $10.25, before recovering to $11.50...
-Senior health official Nancy Messonnier has resigned from her position at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency's Director Rochelle Walensky said on Friday. Messonnier, who warned the United States about the COVID-19 pandemic last year, has been the directo...

Crypto News

LONDON (Bywire News) - Just when you thought you got your head around one blockchain, along come a bunch of other ones operating in slightly different ways. Each of them is trying to lay a claim to the future, but history shows most of them will not succeed.  Generation game  The blockchain is all...
Blockchain By Klaudia Fior
Cryptocurrency ether broke past $3,000 on Monday to set a new record high in a dazzling rally that has outshone the bigger bitcoin, as investors bet that ether will be of ever greater use in a decentralised future financial system.
A representation of virtual currency Ethereum are seen in front of a stock graph in this illustration taken February 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
The national blockchain-based solution will be delivered using Atala and is the latest expansion from Charles Hoskinson and Cardano, who hope to address issues of social and economic exclusion in developing countries. Could Cardano lead the way in demonstrating that corporations can continue to gro...
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ISTANBUL - The Official Gazette said the country's latest expansion of rules governing cryptocurrency transactions would take immediate effect and cover "crypto asset service providers", which would be liable to the existing regulations. Last month Turkey's central bank banned the use of crypto ass...
A bitcoin logo is seen next to Turkish flag at a cryptocurrency exchange shop in Istanbul, Turkey April 27, 2021. Picture taken April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
LONDON (Bywire News) - For many people, the blockchain is that shadowy piece of technology that makes Bitcoin work. However, this is just one of many different uses. The blockchain is set to revolutionise a host of sectors including finance, retail and the media.  At heart, the blockchain is simply...
Blockchain By Klaudia Fior
LONDON (Bywire News) - While much of the focus has been on the performance of bitcoin this year, EOS has been quietly making impressive strides of its own. Over the course of 2021, its price has rocketed by almost 250%. Could there be more to come?  EOS made headlines in 2018 when its parent compan...
Blockchain By Klaudia Fior
LONDON (Bywire News) - An innovative solution that allows users to create instant new online communities has scooped first prize at the Beyond the Blockchain Hackathon.  Dao Bull’s decentralised autonomous organisation platform enables any user to set up their own network within a few minutes.  The...
By Klaudia Fior
Ethiopia is overhauling its education system with the biggest blockchain deployment in the world. This unique project could be a game changer for social mobility and could also have major implications elsewhere.  The partnership, run alongside global blockchain and research company IOHK will provid...
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LONDON - London's High Court has paved the way for a case that could force its judges to take a view on who invented bitcoin, the world's biggest cryptocurrency which last week soared to all-time highs. The court has allowed Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who alleges he created bitc...
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LONDON (Bywire News) An analysis of Block.one’s proposed staking model for EOS Public Blockchain suggests that stake-based voting and rewards will empower communities to continue innovating. The study, which was commissioned from consulting firm Prysm, will help Block.one facilitate a wider communi...
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What is Cardano?

LONDON (Bywire News) - Cardano is the third generation cryptocurrency launched by one of the superstars of the crypto world. Since October last year, its value has rocketed by 1,500% with experts predicting much more to come. Billionaire investors are showing interest and it has surged into the top...
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BOAO, China - China will expand digital yuan experiments to more cities, but there is no specific timetable for its official rollout, central bank vice governor Li Bo told an annual gathering on Sunday of top Chinese and foreign policymakers, executives and academics. China is o...

Labour Buzz

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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LONDON (Bywire News) - An advisor to the United Nations has severely criticised the UK's public broadcaster, the BBC, for totally ignoring Western human rights abuses during a fierce debate about US foreign policy and the environment on Wednesday night's Newsnight programme. Professor Jeffrey Sachs...
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WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Starmer’s challenge was to make the scandal relevant to voters and to drag Johnson into the mess. He managed that and more in his best performance for some time.  Round one: Greensill capital   Starmer began by paying tribute to Shirley Williams, Ian Gibson and dame Cher...
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson walk to a function on the second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files
LONDON (Bywire News) - You know how sometimes a TV show produces a twist that absolutely everyone knew was coming? Well, that’s the kind of show the life of Boris Johnson would be as Jennifer Arcuri revealed to the Mirror that she did indeed sleep with British Prime Minister, over a four-year affai...
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WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Keir Starmer’s first big voting test getting near with next month’s Hartlepool by-election, and it’s not going well. A new poll gives the Tories a seven-point lead in a seat which Jeremy Corbyn won in both 2017 and 2019. Barring a miracle, therefore, it seems the Conserv...
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks with medical staff during a visit to the Whittington Hospital in London, Britain, March 15, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - The fact-checking organisation Full Fact is calling for government communications to serve the people rather than the narrow interests of politicians. It’s a call that comes from the way in which the controversial report on racism was released to the public.  Anger at the rep...
FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in London, Britain, July 12, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
Round one: Army cuts WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Starmer opened by going all-in on armed forces. Why, he asked, did the Prime Minister promise to maintain armed forces at the current levels but then cut them. He referred to the admission from defence secretary Ben Wallace, who admits troops will be...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives an update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a virtual news conference inside 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain, March 18, 2021. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Within the Law) - Anger is everywhere. Some are angry at the police, others are angry at me and some, for reasons best known to themselves are angry at Eddie Izzard. Keir Starmer has headed off to find a focus group to tell him whether he should support protests against rape, while the Cons...
Women hold signs during a protest, following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, in London, Britain March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - It was a sombre and reflective PMQs dominated by the murder of Sarah Everard. Both men seemed to sense that it would be difficult to be seen to be scoring any political points from such a tragedy. That didn’t stop him from trying.  Round one: She was just walking home  S...
Flare smoke rises over a protest at Parliament Square, following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, in London, Britain, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Donald Trump called it the Fifth Avenue effect, the idea that he could shoot someone dead on Fifth Avenue and people would still vote for him. Throughout all the ups and downs of this pandemic, one politician has been immune to the ups and downs of fortunes. Ironically a...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo

Within The Law

LONDON - London's High Court has paved the way for a case that could force its judges to take a view on who invented bitcoin, the world's biggest cryptocurrency which last week soared to all-time highs. The court has allowed Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who alleges he created bitc...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - The UK legal sector was dealt a surprising blow this week when Brussels signalled it would oppose Britain joining the Lugano convention. A full decision is yet to be made and EU states are said to be split. However, the prospect of losing such access sent jitters throughou...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - After months of hibernation, offices and their workers are emerging, blinking into the light of day. For many, the first point of business is to find an open pub. Once that’s out of the way, there’s the issue of getting back to work, but this raises questions.  As the gove...
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Netflix has a habit of producing landmark documentaries on some of the most famous celebrity cases around. Their latest offering, Operation Varsity Blues, which saw actress Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman charged with bribery has got people talking with, according to law firm Wright Hassel, thou...
LONDON - "The vaccine rollout has been very impressive, and thanks to everybody who's been involved in it, but what we don't know is exactly how strong our fortifications now are, how robust our defences are against another wave," Johnson told a news conference.   (Reporting by Alistair Smout, writ...
LONDON (Within the Law) - Anger is everywhere. Some are angry at the police, others are angry at me and some, for reasons best known to themselves are angry at Eddie Izzard. Keir Starmer has headed off to find a focus group to tell him whether he should support protests against rape, while the Cons...
Women hold signs during a protest, following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, in London, Britain March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
LONDON (Within the Law) - SQE fees represent a serious threat to social mobility. That’s the claim from junior lawyers who say they are ‘extremely concerned’ that the solicitors qualifying exam will create a two-tier profession, after the University of Law published tuition fees.  The Junior Lawyer...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - A judge has criticised a law firm for illegally making deductions from a consultant solicitor’s pay. The employment tribunal found that dissatisfaction with the quality of work is not a reason to dock pay.  The tribunal had been hearing a claim for unlawful deductions made...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - The dark world of corporate intelligence has found itself blinking uncomfortably in the spotlight in recent times, with several high-profile cases hitting the headlines. One of these came courtesy of the Financial Times which ran an interview with the latest Adrian Leppard...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - The law has often pitted the Goliaths against the Davids of the world. On the one hand, you have the multinational magic circle firms operating from statement offices with huge resources. Against them are smaller, but nimbler operations bringing innovative solutions to the...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - A legal ruling could lay the ground for the SNP’s Alex Salmond to give evidence to a Holyrood committee investigating the way the Scottish Government handled allegations made against him. The saga has the potential to become highly damaging for the party and its current le...
FILE PHOTO: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a session at the Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland Britain January 28, 2021. Robert Perry/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Within the Law) - As Britain emerged from the carnage of World War II in the forties the emphasis was on ‘building back better’. Nobody wanted to return to the old system. They knew that the war gave them a chance to reshape a better world than the one had gone before, and they succeeded....
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Business

Britain will allow people in England to resume international travel from May 17 but is limiting the number of destinations open for quarantine-free holidays to just a handful of countries as it cautiously emerges from lockdown restrictions.
Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive from Paris at Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, as Britain imposes a 14-day quarantine on arrival from France from Saturday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
By Herbert Lash and Ritvik Carvalho NEW YORK/LONDON - The dollar slid to a two-month low, commodity prices jumped and major global equity indexes scaled new peaks on Friday after weak U.S. jobs data for April tamped down fears that a booming economy would ignite inflation and hig...
By Sarah White PARIS - L'Oreal's make-up sales are set to bounce back to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, the French group's new chief executive said on Friday, with women opting for brighter colours in their post-crisis makeovers. Cosmetics groups were hit by shop clo...
By Shivani Kumaresan and Devik Jain -Britain’s mid-cap index closed at a record high on Friday as hopes of a stronger economic recovery lifted industrial and consumer discretionary stocks, while Meggitt shares soared on a takeover report. The domestically focused mid-c...
By Sruthi Shankar and Ambar Warrick - European stocks closed at a record high on Friday, marking strong weekly gains as positive economic data and upbeat earnings underpinned hopes of a swift economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pan-European STOXX 600 i...
By Joice Alves LONDON -Sterling rose versus the dollar and euro on Friday and was on track for weekly gains against both, as disappointing U.S. job data added pressure on the dollar, while traders watched for British local and regional election results. The pound rose 0...
LONDON - Administrators to collapsed firm Greensill Capital's UK business said it had $17.7 billion in assets under management at March 8 of which $3.7 billion has been collected as of April 16. The supply chain finance firm, which lent money to firms by buying their invoices at...
By John McCrank NEW YORK -The dollar fell to its lowest in more than two months on Friday after U.S. jobs data for April came in well below expectations, putting a damper on hopes that a roaring economic recovery would lead to higher rates any time soon. Nonfarm payrol...
By Mark John LONDON - Europe's consumers will feel the hit from price rises this year as companies seek to recoup revenues and cover pandemic-related costs. But for now, this is inflation the European Central Bank believes it can live with.     Over the past year,...
BENGALURU (Bywire News) - On Friday it was announced that the annual Amazon Prime Day sale would not take place in India. A spokesperson for Amazon said this is due to the severe situation in India, with COVID-19 taking the country by storm, leaving thousands dead. In the last week alone, India has...
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
By Joice Alves LONDON -Sterling rose versus the dollar and euro on Friday and was on track for weekly gains against both, as disappointing U.S. job data added pressure on the dollar, while traders watched for British local and regional election results. The pound rose 0...
LONDON - Greensill Capital's UK business had $17.7 billion in assets under management at March 8, of which $3.7 billion has been collected as of April 16, its administrators Grant Thornton said on Friday. The supply chain finance firm, which lent money to firms by buying their in...

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...
World Bank President David Malpass and José Manuel Barroso, chair of the Gavi vaccine alliance, on Monday discussed the importance of countries with excess COVID-19 vaccine supplies releasing them as soon as possible, the World Bank said.
Britain's government has opened an independent investigation into failed finance company Greensill Capital after lobbying by former Prime Minister David Cameron raised questions over its access to ministers.
-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...
ISLAMABAD - "Had (first) dose of vaccine, but antibodies start developing after (second) dose that was due in a week. Please continue to be careful," he said. Coronavirus cases are rising quickly in the South Asian nation and Prime Minister Imran Khan tested positive two days after receiving his fi...
A Canadian advisory panel on immunization is recommending that AstraZeneca PLC's COVID-19 vaccine should not be given to people under 55 for the time being, citing safety reasons, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said on Monday.
A wide array of U.S. experts will extensively review a World Health Organization report on the origin of the COVID-19 virus, with a focus on ensuring the investigation was independent and technically sound, the White House said on Monday.
One of the world’s largest container ships, named Ever Given, has been wedged across the Suez Canal since it was blown off course by high winds in the early hours of March 23, blocking one of the busiest maritime trade corridors in the world.
Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt March 25, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS
BERLIN - German health experts warned on Saturday against any further easing of coronavirus lockdown measures as the number of cases jumped again, raising the possibility that infections could again reach peaks seen around Christmas by mid-April. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious disea...
Lifting restrictions will be split into four stages, with a minimum of five weeks between each to observe the effects of easing restrictions. Criteria – concerning vaccine rollout and effectiveness, infection rates and mutations – will need to be met each time the country is due to move onto the ne...
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic media briefing at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 22, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
Everyone experiences headaches. From dull throbbing dehydration headaches to incapacitating migraines, a sore head is an extremely common complaint. This is perhaps especially true at the moment. COVID-19 can cause them, as can sitting at desks for too long and not getting out of the house enough.
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By Brenda Goh and Steven Bian SHANGHAI - China's recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the northeast have come from travelers entering the country or contaminated frozen food imports, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday. NHC Minister Ma Xiaowei made the co...

Not The News With Jolyon Rubinstein

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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Labour Party News: Time for Keir Starmer to find Labour’s karma?! Not The News with Jolyon Rubinstein is back with a bangin new episode. This week we take a forensic look at the Labour Party and its leaders past and present.
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LONDON (Bywire News) - British Bafta award winning comedian, Jolyon Rubinstein, provides a fantastically funny, engaging and unique reaction to the 2020 Presidential Debate. Presidential debate? Presidential Debate 2020 Reaction is this: this wasn’t a “debate” and it sure as s**t wasn’t “Presidenti...
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The Government’s total outlay on personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts handed to Conservative Party donors and representatives has surged to £364 million. The Government’s outlay on PPE procurement contracts in total has amounted to at least £5 billion during the COVID-19 crisis – a colossa...
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Brexit News Latest: #NotTheNews with Jolyon Rubinstein returns for Episode 3! Laugh Out Loud Satirical British Comedy at its finest! MUST WATCH! As Boris Johnson said: "Brexit means Brexit, and we are going to make a Titanic success of it"?!
LONDON (Not The News)- Episode 2 is here - US Civil War 2020 - Could the Presidential Election Change America?   With America ravaged by the Coronavirus pandemic and President Trump actively encouraging right-wing Militias out onto the street & inflaming racial tensions you might think that...
The Secret COVID 19 Government Pandemic Profits Scandal in the United Kingdom has led to huge profiting from PPE which is a deadly government scandal and clearly totally shocking. Worryingly its fallen on the shoulders of a British Comedian and Political Satire to save the day! We may be doomed!
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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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The mainstream media has failed us. It is all too often racist, biased, and enthralled to corporate interests. Far from holding power to account it has allowed itself to be transformed into a mouthpiece for the establishment or those with the deepest pockets.  Against this come a rising tide of ind...
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(Bywire News) - Are you tired of reading the same old same old from the mainstream media? The good news is that there is an alternative news offer. Independent media is on the rise and it is challenging the comfortable old world of the establishment. Here are seven reasons why you should make the s...
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According to several studies, the public have false impressions of just about everything. From the scale of immigration, to spending on welfare and the current debate over trans rights, people are forming opinions on inaccurate assumptions. That doesn’t say much for the standard of journalism in th...
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Press Releases

Renew Party candidates and members have been campaigning across London against the public service sell-off under Sadiq Khan.  London’s Metropolitan Police has lost 106 police stations and now has just 36 after selling off £1bn of property.  At the same time, 101 youth clubs have closed since 2011,...
By Renew Party
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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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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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...
By Jan Schwartz and Christoph Steitz HAMBURG -Volkswagen is considering a change to its supervisory board that could lead to the replacement of Bernd Osterloh, the head of its powerful works council who clashed with CEO Herbert Diess last year, sources familiar with the matter said o...
KYIV - Ukraine said on Thursday it was monitoring the situation in its eastern regions following reports that Russia had ordered its armed forces to return to their places of deployment after drills near the Ukrainian border. Asked about the reports of the Russian troop withd...
LONDON (Bywire News) An analysis of Block.one’s proposed staking model for EOS Public Blockchain suggests that stake-based voting and rewards will empower communities to continue innovating. The study, which was commissioned from consulting firm Prysm, will help Block.one facilitate a wider communi...
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BERLIN - Chipmaker Intel Corp confirmed on Wednesday that Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger will travel to Europe next week to meet with European Union officials and customers. Intel said last month that it will build a major new semiconductor factory - called a "fab" by industry off...
True Crime Mania, a study of people’s fascination with crime documentaries and unsolved mysteries, has analysed regional search data around the biggest show on TV at the moment to see who audiences suspect, and why. The study found that Season 6 Episode 5 of Line of Duty - which aired 18th April -...
LEEDS, England - An 87th-minute header from defender Diego Llorente gave Leeds United a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday after the home side staged a protest against the breakaway Super League prior to the kickoff. Leeds players came out for their warm...
Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra has been banned from holding public office for 10 years in a unanimous vote by the country's congress after he allegedly jumped the queue to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
ARK on Friday bought 187,078 shares of Coinbase, which debuted on the Nasdaq earlier this week, in a purchase worth nearly $64 million at the day’s closing price of $342. It sold 134,541 shares of Tesla, valued at $99.5 million at Friday's close. Tesla is still by far the firm's biggest position by...