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LONDON - With the help a 99-cent can of paint, New York's Domino Park created one of the most unlikely successes of the COVID-19 pandemic - social distancing circles painted in public places, which have shown that when conditions are right, people embrace radical rules. The sight of New Yorkers sitt...
PARIS - French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, that he rejected the idea of a joint British-French patrol in the English Channel to fight illegal migration, a letter obtained by showed on Thursday. "France is ready to pursue our operational cooperation with th...
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA - Activist groups called on the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday to create a new panel of independent experts to collect and preserve evidence of possible war crimes by all sides in Yemen's bitter conflict for future prosecution. Bahrain, Russia and other members of the ...
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo - Two journalists were wounded when police opened fire on a protest outside the provincial parliament in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Bukavu on Thursday, local media and a reporter at the scene said. Police fired tear gas and live ammunition int...
BRUSSELS - The European Union imposed sanctions on state-owned Belarusian airline Belavia on Thursday, accusing the company of flying in migrants as a tactic to destabilise European states, in a new round of punitive measures coordinated with the United States. reported the planned sanctions on Nov....
By David Milliken LONDON - A key measure of medium-term British inflation expectations in financial markets hit its highest since at least late 2013 on Thursday, potentially adding to worries at the Bank of England. Five-year five-year inflation forwards - which measure investors' expectation for re...
WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday imposed restrictions on dealings in new issuances of Belarusian sovereign debt and expanded sanctions on the country, targeting 20 individuals and 12 entities, as Washington increases pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The U.S. Treasury ...
LONDON (Bywire News) - On Thursday, the government reported a total of 53,945 new coronavirus cases, the highest number since mid-July. The rise in numbers has been attributed to the spread of the Delta variant and the new threat imposed by the Omicron variant.  There was a slight decrease in the nu...
FILE PHOTO: People walk through Westminster Underground station during morning rush hour, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
LONDON (Bywire News) - The government has decided to impose new sanctions on individuals and organisations from Belarus. The assets of OJSC Belaruskali, the biggest potash fertiliser producer in the world, were frozen in the move. In a statement, foreign minister Liz Truss said, "These sanctions con...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attends a news conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office in London, Britain, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday that Moscow would respond if Ukraine gets drawn into any U.S "geopolitical games", the Interfax news agency cited Russia's foreign ministry as saying. Lavrov told Blinken at talks in Stockholm tha...
MOSCOW - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has requested a detailed examination of the country's efforts to improve coal mining safety on Thursday after an explosion killed 51 people last week in a Siberian mine. Rescuers are still bringing bodies to the surface at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Siberia'...
By Megan Janetsky PONDORES, Colombia - Former rebel fighter Yinis Pimienta walks through the oppressive desert heat of La Guajira province in northern Colombia, past shoddy stucco houses, faded murals themed around peace and a handful of pig pens in a camp for ex-guerrillas. The pig farming is just ...
LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Thursday she had restated British support for Ukraine's sovereignty in a meeting with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. "Met Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Stockholm @OSCE. I re-stated the UK's support for Ukraine's sovereignty," Truss sa...
LONDON - Britain's markets watchdog confirmed on Thursday new rules to boost London's role as a global centre for listing companies after increased competition from the European Union following Brexit. "The Financial Conduct Authority has today confirmed a series of rule changes to ensure that the U...
BRUSSELS - A German consumer body can sue Facebook for privacy violations, an adviser to Europe's top court said on Thursday in a case about online gamers' personal data. "The Member States may allow consumer protection associations to bring representative actions against infringements of the protec...
BRUSSELS - The top European Union court will get an initial view on Thursday on a legal challenge by nationalists ruling in Poland and Hungary to a new tool aimed at cutting cash payments to member states violating shared laws, including on human rights. While the advocate general's opinion is not b...
STOCKHOLM - The United States is worried over Russia's posture towards Ukraine and will support the country together with NATO allies, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday in connection with bilateral talks with Ukraine's foreign minister. Blinken is attending the Organization for...
BEIJING - A Chinese city adjacent to Russia said that starting Friday, it would suspend certain activities for goods transported via highway, its latest move to tighten virus curbs along borders amid its COVID-19 resurgence. The highway port of entry in Manzhouli city, a small town in the northern C...
- Serco Group Plc warned of lower revenue and profit in 2022 on Thursday, as the British outsourcer that supports the COVID-19 test-and-trace programme expects demand for pandemic services to fall next year. Issuing 2022 outlook for the first time ahead of its capital markets event, Serco expects re...
LONDON - The controlling shareholders of the Daily Mail publisher, the Rothermere family, increased the cash component of its offer to buy out other shareholders to 270 pence per share, representing a 5.9% rise on its original bid, they said on Thursday.   (Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Kate ...