- British finance minister Rishi Sunak is planning to set out new rules that will commit him to stop borrowing to fund day-to-day spending within three years, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on his thinking. Sunak’s fiscal rules will also require underlying debt to s...

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- Afghanistan's government is working on resolving a series of problems that have held up salaries for public sector workers, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as the new Taliban administration struggles to restart the stalled economy. Even before the movement seized Kabul last month, many pub...
- A group of leading Haiti-based diplomats met with Prime Minister Ariel Henry and said it backed his efforts to solve the country's political crisis, an apparent vote of confidence as he faces off accusations of links to the slaying of President Jovenel Moise. A public prosecutor said on Friday ht...
By Mary Milliken and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said a critical meeting on climate change later this year in Scotland is at risk of failure due to mistrust between developed and developing countries and a lack of ambitious goals among some emerging econo...
By Steve Holland - U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his ire at the governors of Florida and Texas, accusing the Republican leaders of going to extra lengths to "undermine the life-saving requirements" he proposed on businesses intended to counter the spread of COVID-19.   (Reporting by...
By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS -Poland must change its legal definition of rape to protect women and stop restricting media, European institutions said on Thursday, in the latest challenges to the ruling nationalists over rights and democracy. Under the eurosceptic, socially conservative Law and Ju...
By Ardo Hazzad BAUCHI, Nigeria -The Nigerian air force said on Thursday it may have killed and injured civilians while pursuing suspected Islamist insurgents in the northeast, in an incident that local authorities said left nine people dead. Another 23 people from the village of Buwari, including f...
- Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce said it is not in his nature to walk away from a fight and that while he is frustrated by the team's poor start to the season he is determined to right the ship and safeguard their place in the Premier League. Newcastle are yet to win a game...
By Jamie Freed - Regulators in Asian hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong have threatened to retaliate against European Union plans to force airlines to start using take-off and landing slots frozen during the coronavirus pandemic, a move that could oblige Europe's carriers to fly e...
By Clare Jim and Farah Master HONG KONG - As Beijing seeks to tighten its grip over Hong Kong, it has a new mandate for the city's powerful property tycoons: pour resources and influence into backing Beijing's interests, and help solve a potentially destabilising housing shortage...
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO - The dollar held near three-week highs against a basket of major currencies on Friday after a raft of strong U.S. economic data rekindled expectations of an earlier policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly...
By Tom Allard and Wayan Sukarda JAKARTA/DENPASAR - Ni Kadek Suriani was looking forward to starting her second year of junior high school last year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Then her parents lost their jobs and she was forced to help scratch a living on Indonesia's ho...
By Liz Lee KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) has made "substantial progress" in its months-long talks with creditors as it aims to convene meetings with them to vote on a restructuring scheme by the end of October, its chief executive said. CEO Benyamin...
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By Andrew MacAskill and Richard Lough LONDON/PARIS -Britain has approved plans to turn away boats illegally carrying migrants to its shores, deepening a rift with France over how to deal with a surge...

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- British finance minister Rishi Sunak is planning to set out new rules that will commit him to stop borrowing to fund day-to-day spending within three years, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on his thinking. Sunak’s fiscal rules will also require underlying debt to s...
- Afghanistan's government is working on resolving a series of problems that have held up salaries for public sector workers, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as the new Taliban administration struggles to restart the stalled economy. Even before the movement seized Kabul last month, many pub...
By Mary Milliken and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said a critical meeting on climate change later this year in Scotland is at risk of failure due to mistrust between developed and developing countries and a lack of ambitious goals among some emerging econo...
By Steve Holland - U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his ire at the governors of Florida and Texas, accusing the Republican leaders of going to extra lengths to "undermine the life-saving requirements" he proposed on businesses intended to counter the spread of COVID-19.   (Reporting by...

UK News & Politics

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK - A woman who accused Britain's Prince Andrew of hiding from her sexual assault lawsuit can try an alternative means of serving her legal papers so Queen Elizabeth's second son can address her claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday night....
LONDON - Britain's Prince William will on Friday announce the first finalists of his multi-million-pound environmental prize, which he said he had set up in response to world leaders' uninspiring response to the climate change crisis. William, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, announc...
BELFAST - Northern Irish police said on Thursday they had charged two men with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province. The men, aged 21 and 33, were also charged with rioting and possession of a firearm wit...
- British finance minister Rishi Sunak is planning to set out new rules that will commit him to stop borrowing to fund day-to-day spending within three years, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on his thinking. Sunak’s fiscal rules will also require underlying debt to s...

Coronavirus

BRUSSELS - The European Commission launched on Thursday a health crisis body that will coordinate EU spending of almost 30 billion euros ($35.3 billion) to prepare for a future pandemic. The new health emergency preparedness and response authority (HERA) will assess potential health threats, promot...
LONDON - Britain reported 26,911 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 158 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test, official data showed. The figures compared to 30,597 cases and 201 deaths recorded on Wednesday. However, the government said the latest figures did not include statistics from Sco...
By David Milliken LONDON - British businesses have reported a sharp rise in recruitment difficulties within the space of just a few weeks - partly as a result of a continued lack of European Union workers, official figures showed on Thursday. Some 41% of companies with 10 or more staff reported gre...
HONG KONG - A panel of health experts advising the Hong Kong government has recommended children aged 12-17 should get only one dose of BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of heart inflammation side effects. Professor Lau Yu-lung, who chairs a health committee advising the government on its v...
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- British finance minister Rishi Sunak is planning to set out new rules that will commit him to stop borrowing to fund day-to-day spending within three years, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on his thinking. Sunak’s fiscal rules will also require underlying debt to s...
- Afghanistan's government is working on resolving a series of problems that have held up salaries for public sector workers, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as the new Taliban administration struggles to restart the stalled economy. Even before the movement seized Kabul last month, many pub...
- A group of leading Haiti-based diplomats met with Prime Minister Ariel Henry and said it backed his efforts to solve the country's political crisis, an apparent vote of confidence as he faces off accusations of links to the slaying of President Jovenel Moise. A public prosecutor said on Friday ht...
By Steve Holland - U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his ire at the governors of Florida and Texas, accusing the Republican leaders of going to extra lengths to "undermine the life-saving requirements" he proposed on businesses intended to counter the spread of COVID-19.   (Reporting by...

Entertainment

LONDON - Four non-fungible token (NFT) artworks inspired by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury are being auctioned off for charity to mark what would have been his 75th birthday. Three show the singer while the fourth is a dreamlike depiction of a white grand piano with a crown...
AMSTERDAM - A Dutch museum on Thursday unveiled a previously unknown work by Vincent van Gogh -- a study for one of his best-known drawings, "Worn Out" -- in which an old man sits in a chair with his head in his hands. Van Gogh "was really interested in the ordinary person, he wa...
By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES - Television may have been what helped people get through the lockdowns and quarantines of the past year, but the Emmy Awards themselves just can't seem to get a break. Forced for a second year to abandon the traditional mass gathering o...
By Tonderai Gonorenda HARARE - If anyone doesn't need reminding that banknotes are just worthless pieces of paper, it is Zimbabweans: more than a decade ago, they watched as hyperinflation obliterated their currency and led to the printing of a 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note...

Sports

- Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce said it is not in his nature to walk away from a fight and that while he is frustrated by the team's poor start to the season he is determined to right the ship and safeguard their place in the Premier League. Newcastle are yet to win a game...
- England manager Gareth Southgate said the Football Association needs to recruit more women to work in the men's national team training set-up after he was put on the spot by his daughter. The England men's team currently have only two women among the 40 personnel who help prepa...
- Manchester City's official supporters club has told manager Pep Guardiola to stick to coaching after he commented on the thousands of empty seats for their Champions League win over RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Guardiola urged fans to show up in greater number...
- Teenage jockey Benoit de la Sayette has been banned for six months after testing positive for cocaine earlier this year, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said. The 18-year-old, who won the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster in March on Haqeeqy for Newmarket trainer John Gosde...

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- Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce said it is not in his nature to walk away from a fight and that while he is frustrated by the team's poor start to the season he is determined to right the ship and safeguard their place in the Premier League. Newcastle are yet to win a game...
By Jamie Freed - Regulators in Asian hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong have threatened to retaliate against European Union plans to force airlines to start using take-off and landing slots frozen during the coronavirus pandemic, a move that could oblige Europe's carriers to fly e...
By Clare Jim and Farah Master HONG KONG - As Beijing seeks to tighten its grip over Hong Kong, it has a new mandate for the city's powerful property tycoons: pour resources and influence into backing Beijing's interests, and help solve a potentially destabilising housing shortage...
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO - The dollar held near three-week highs against a basket of major currencies on Friday after a raft of strong U.S. economic data rekindled expectations of an earlier policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly...

Crypto News

LONDON (Bywire News) - Much has been written about cryptocurrencies and the blockchain. Many see these as technologies of the future, but they are much misunderstood. Here’s a kind of digital 101 to give you the basics about both.  What are cryptocurrencies? Cryptocurrencies are a digital form of c...
FILE PHOTO: A token of the virtual currency Bitcoin is seen placed on a monitor that displays binary digits in this illustration picture, December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
LONDON (Bywire News) - EOSIO is a next generation open source blockchain based on its native cryptocurrency EOS. It is designed to operate a new kind of program known as decentralised application programs (DAPPS), and aims to encourage innovation and scalability among developers. It is growing fast...
FILE PHOTO: A representation of cryptocurrency Monero is seen in this illustration taken August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustrationo
LONDON (Bywire News) - Imagine that you have a coupon which gets you a free drink or you can exchange for real life goods. A digital token works in the same way - it is an asset backed token which represents a specific digital resource that can be redeemed.  Think of them in the same way as chips h...
FILE PHOTO: A representation of cryptocurrency Binance is seen in this illustration taken August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
LONDON (Bywire News) - According to many analysts, the blockchain represents the future. However, many people are left asking what the blockchain is. How does it work, and what services can the blockchain provide? We have the answers. How does the blockchain work? The blockchain is like a record of...
FILE PHOTO: Representations of the virtual currency stand on a motherboard in this picture illustration taken May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Labour Buzz

The GMB Union, who represent over half a million workers across the country, have pulled funding to the Labour Party in London. The unprecedented decision comes after the union accused Labour of "political victimisation" following the sacking of a grieving employee who had worked for Islington coun...
JERUSALEM - Israel will withhold $180 million in tax revenue it collect last year on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, or about 7% of the PA's total tax revenue, to offset stipends paid to militants and their families, the Israeli cabinet said on Sunday. Under a 2018 law, Israel calculates each...
CANNES, France - Sean Penn said on Saturday he nearly passed up the chance to act opposite his daughter Dylan for the first time in "Flag Day", his latest movie which is vying for awards at the Cannes Film Festival - until actor Matt Damon egged him on. Oscar-winning Penn plays John Vogel, a real-l...
SEOUL - Everyone in North Korea is heartbroken over leader Kim Jong Un's apparent weight loss, said an unidentified resident of Pyongyang quoted on the country's tightly controlled state media, after watching recent video footage of Kim. The rare public comment on Kim's health come after foreign an...

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By Marcelo Rochabrun and Roxanne Liu LIMA/BEIJING - A two-dose COVID-19 vaccine from China's Sinopharm was 50.4% effective in preventing infections in health workers in Peru when it was seeing a surge in cases fuelled by virus variants, and booster shots can be considered, a study found. The study...
By Junko Fujita and Ece Toksabay TOKYO - There aren't any fans to watch the Olympic weightlifting in Tokyo this year, so that job effectively falls to the bored volunteers with little else to do after spectators were banned from venues. Clad in matching blue polo shirts emblazoned with the Olympics...
ROME -Italy reported just three coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday against 13 the day before, the lowest toll since last August, however, the daily tally of new infections edged up to 3,127 from 3,121. Sundays normally see a fall in cases because only limited testing is done at weekends, so altho...
LONDON (Bywire News) - Controversial lawyer Neil Gerrard’s battle against ENRC took another interesting turn as he was accused of lying in court to cover up his role in assisting an SFO investigation. Gerrard, the former heard of white collar crime at Dechert is currently in court battling claims b...
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By Jamie Freed - Regulators in Asian hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong have threatened to retaliate against European Union plans to force airlines to start using take-off and landing slots frozen during the coronavirus pandemic, a move that could oblige Europe's carriers to fly e...
By Clare Jim and Farah Master HONG KONG - As Beijing seeks to tighten its grip over Hong Kong, it has a new mandate for the city's powerful property tycoons: pour resources and influence into backing Beijing's interests, and help solve a potentially destabilising housing shortage...
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO - The dollar held near three-week highs against a basket of major currencies on Friday after a raft of strong U.S. economic data rekindled expectations of an earlier policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly...
By Liz Lee KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) has made "substantial progress" in its months-long talks with creditors as it aims to convene meetings with them to vote on a restructuring scheme by the end of October, its chief executive said. CEO Benyamin...

The Conversation

By Lidia Kelly MELBOURNE - Australia reported 1,684 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday as authorities race ahead with vaccinations in a bid to end lockdowns on the populous southeast coast in the hope of making Christmas as close to normal as possible. More than 15 million people in Victoria st...
By Karolos Grohmann TOKYO -Athletes must wear masks at all Tokyo Olympic Games venues, including medal ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee said on Sunday, but under a new policy they are briefly allowed to remove them on the podium for a photo opportunity. Masks are mandatory across all...
By Marc Frank HAVANA -Cuba said on Thursday its two-shot Soberana 2 vaccine, delivered with a booster called Soberana Plus, had proven 91.2% effective in late stage clinical trials against the coronavirus, following similar news about its Abdala vaccine. The announcement came from state-run biophar...
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...

Not The News With Jolyon Rubinstein

By Tim Kelly TOKYO - The Russian Kalashnikov AK-47 and its derivatives have long been the assault rifle of choice for militant groups because of their rugged design, but some Taliban fighters are trading them in for captured U.S. guns as Afghanistan's government collapses. Video and pictures publis...
By Timothy Aeppel - More people will work from home in the future - and if high-quality internet access is available to all Americans, that could lead to a sustained boost in worker productivity which could increase economic output by $160 billion a year. That’s the main conclusion of a new study r...
By Junko Fujita and Ece Toksabay TOKYO - There aren't any fans to watch the Olympic weightlifting in Tokyo this year, so that job effectively falls to the bored volunteers with little else to do after spectators were banned from venues. Clad in matching blue polo shirts emblazoned with the Olympics...
- Facebook Inc will invest over $1 billion to support content creators through the end of 2022, the social media giant said Wednesday, as it aims to compete with platforms like TikTok and YouTube for the attention of top social media personalities. The investments will include bonus programs to pay...

Writers Corner

By Anna Irrera LONDON - PayPal Holdings Inc is partnering with non-profit organisation the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to investigate how extremist and hate movements in the United States take advantage of financial platforms to fund their criminal activities. The initiative will be led through AD...
By Dave Graham and Andre Paultre CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti -The funeral of assassinated Haitian president Jovenel Moise on Friday was disrupted by what appeared to be shots nearby and riot gas used on protesters, prompting a U.S. delegation and other dignitaries to duck into vehicles for safety. witnesses...
ANKARA - Turkey on Sunday slammed a ruling by a top European Union court allowing the banning of headscarves under certain conditions as a "clear violation of religious freedoms", adding the move would exacerbate prejudices against Muslim women in Europe. The Luxembourg-based EU Court of Justice (C...
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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Press Releases

By Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith SEOUL -North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, ratcheting up regional tensions just days after testing a cruise missile https://www..com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-test-fires-long-range-cruise-missile...
LONDON - Britain's National Health Service will on Monday begin the world's biggest trial of Grail Inc's flagship Galleri blood test that can be used to detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear. The Galleri test looks at the DNA in a patient's blood to determine if any come from c...
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON - U.S.-trained Afghan pilots and other personnel who fled to Uzbekistan and were held in an Uzbek camp for about a month started departing the country on Sunday, a pilot told . They left under a U.S. deal that came despite Taliban pressure for the return of the pilots and...
LONDON - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday not to "simply go ahead and grant the permission" for the Cambo oilfield to start production, saying its licence needed to be reassessed. The Cambo oilfield, in the North Sea off the Scottish i...