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Belarus vows tough response to new sanctions from west

Foreign ministry says US, UK and others trying to ‘economically strangle’ BelarusBelarus has threatened to retaliate after the US, UK and other western countries introduced a new round of sanctions over its government’s human rights abuses and the orchestration of a migration crisis on the border with Europe.“The goal of this entire policy is to economically strangle Belarus,” the Belarusian foreign ministry said on Friday, while the country’s authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, called t...
Tags: Europe, World news, Belarus, US UK, Alexander Lukashenko


Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it's just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021.Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it's more of an indication of the region's robust surveillance system. "We just rang the bell, which allowed everybody else to realize that actually this was maybe going on unnoticed," one South Afric...
Tags: UK, Science, News, White House, Africa, US, Trends, Eu, Analysis, Public Health, South Africa, Netherlands, Delta, Who, Biden, Anthony Fauci


US, UK, and Japanese aircraft carriers are training together in the Pacific. Here's how their 'big decks' stack up

USS Carl Vinson, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and JS Kaga lead US, Australian, Japanese, and British ships and aircraft during an exercise in the Bay of Bengal, October 17, 2021.US Navy/MCS2 Haydn N. Smith In recent weeks, US Navy ships have worked with other navies during exercises in the Pacific. The exercises have seen US aircraft carriers sail with their British and Japanese counterparts. Their drills are part of an effort to develop interoperability — and a demonstration to China. It's been ...
Tags: Asia, Japan, UK, Wales, China, US, International, Trends, Reagan, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Aircraft Carrier, Britain, Ronald Reagan, Royal Navy, New Zealand


South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

A passenger looks at an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant Omicron.Phill Magakoe/Getty Images South Africa said it is being punished for detecting the new coronavirus variant Omicron. The US, UK, and Europe have introduced travel restrictions on southern African countries. "Excellent science ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, News, Australia, Africa, US, International, Trends, European Union, Bbc, South Africa, News UK, Zimbabwe, Who, World Health Organization


Qatar Airways says it is not accepting passengers on its flights from 2 African nations immediately due to the new Omicron variant

Flying on Qatar Airways from Madrid, Spain to Doha, Qatar.Thomas Pallini/Insider Qatar Airways says it will not board passengers on its flights from Zimbabwe and South Africa "with immediate effect." The move comes after the World Health Organization deemed the new COVID-19 Omicron variant a "variant of concern." The airline will still transport passengers to South Africa and Zimbabwe "in line with current restrictions."  The new Omicron COVID-19 variant is concerning scientists, prompting co...
Tags: Trends, Qatar, South Africa, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Who, World Health Organization, Johannesburg, KLM, Doha, Madrid Spain, Qatar Airways, Harare


New Zealand interest rate hike raises pressure on central banks over inflation

RBNZ could lift borrowing costs to 3% by 2023, economists say, as focus shifts to policymakers in US, UK and EuropeNew Zealand’s central bank has lifted interest rates for the second time in as many months to 0.75%, with many forecasters expecting borrowing costs to rise to at least 2% by next year and possibly higher.In a warning signal for central banks around the world as they struggle to contain inflationary pressures, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) raised the official cash rate by 2...
Tags: Business, Interest Rates, Economics, New Zealand, Inflation, RBNZ, US UK, Reserve Bank of New Zealand RBNZ, EuropeNew Zealand


The top 10 movies at the China box office this year show how its rebound has been driven by local productions

"The Battle at Lake Changjin."Bona Film Group The China box office became the biggest in the world last year, surpassing the US. It's thanks largely to local Chinese productions. Just two Hollywood releases, "F9" and "Godzilla vs. Kong," are among China's 10 biggest movies this year. China is now the biggest theatrical market in the world, thanks largely to local productions.The biggest movie at the global box office this year is the Chinese war film "The Battle at Lake Changjin," whi...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, China, US, Trends, Features, Tokyo, Box Office, Chinese communist party, University Of Virginia, Godzilla, Wuhan, Chinatown, Detective Chinatown


‘Workers are very afraid’: HelloFresh employees aim to unionize amid claims of abuse

Workers for the largest meal-kit delivery service in the world say attempts to unionize have been met with retaliation and bullyingWorkers at HelloFresh, the largest meal-kit delivery service in the world, say they are facing an aggressive anti-union campaign led by the company after they tried to organize amid claims of safety issues and poor treatment of workers.HelloFresh has operations in 14 other countries including the US, UK and Australia and employs over 11,800 people worldwide preparing...
Tags: Business, Australia, World news, US news, Food & drink industry, US work & careers, US unions, Hellofresh, US UK


Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank draw condemnation from US, UK, Europe

Israel's plan to greenlight thousands of new Israeli housing units in the West Bank is drawing outcry from the US, UK and a dozen European countries.
Tags: News, Israel, Middle East, West Bank, US UK, US UK Europe


20 countries, including US, UK and Canada, commit to ending financing for fossil fuel projects abroad

The push to phase out fossil fuels is gaining momentum at the COP26 climate summit.
Tags: Cnn, Canada, US UK


Australia's new nuclear-powered subs will take decades to arrive, but they'll put it in a very exclusive military club

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarine HMAS Rankin north of Darwin during an exercise, September 5, 2021. Royal Australian Navy/POIS Yuri Ramsey The US, UK, and Australia recently announced a pact meant to boost their militaries' ties and capabilities. A central part of the pact is the US and UK's pledge to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered subs. Those subs will take years to arrive, but when they do Australia will one of the few countries that has them. In September, A...
Tags: UK, Sweden, Australia, Navy, Washington, France, China, Virginia, Russia, India, US, International, Los Angeles, Trends, X, Delta


US, UK and EU will help fund South Africa's coal phaseout, offering a model for the developing world

The US, UK, France, Germany and European Union will help fund South Africa's transition away from coal, in a multilateral effort that could serve as a model for other developing nations to ditch the fossil fuel.
Tags: Eu, European Union, Cnn, South Africa, US UK, US UK France Germany


Australia says Macron is overreacting after it signed a secret submarine deal with the US and UK: 'We didn't deface the Eiffel Tower'

French President Emmanuel Macron. Milos Bicanski/Getty Images Australia scrapped a $66 billion French submarine deal in September in favor of a US-UK deal. Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he knew Australian PM Scott Morrison lied to him about the deal. Morrison denied lying, and his deputy said Macron was overreacting. Australia said French President Emmanuel Macron was overreacting about its scrapped submarine deal with France, saying: "We didn't deface the Eiffel Tower."Relations betwee...
Tags: Politics, UK, Australia, France, China, US, Trends, G20, Joe Biden, Rome, Paris, News UK, Glasgow, Associated Press, Eiffel Tower, The New York Times


Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank draw condemnation from US, UK, Europe

Israel's plan to greenlight thousands of new Israeli housing units in the West Bank is drawing outcry from the US, UK and a dozen European countries.
Tags: News, Israel, Middle East, West Bank, US UK, US UK Europe


Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank draw condemnation from US, UK, Europe

Israel's plan to greenlight thousands of new Israeli housing units in the West Bank is drawing outcry from the US, UK and a dozen European countries.
Tags: Israel, Cnn, West Bank, US UK, US UK Europe


Coronavirus live: Vallance says UK has ‘pretty difficult winter ahead of us’; Moscow into partial lockdown amid record Russian cases, deaths

Chief scientific adviser to UK government says high level of cases ‘remains a concern’; Russia records over 40,000 new cases and record 1,159 Covid deathsHong Kong tightens restrictions to fall in line with China’s Covid-zeroAustralia bins 30,000 AstraZeneca doses, neighbouring countries struggleNew Zealand to start easing border restrictionsEurope only region in world to see increase in both Covid cases and deathsAustralia eases travel advice for US, UK and Canada as border opensSee all our cor...
Tags: Europe, UK, China, Russia, Singapore, UK News, World news, Canada, Moscow, Astrazeneca, US UK, Vallance, Coronavirus, Reicher


Coronavirus live: Singapore sees ‘unusual surge’ in cases; Europe Covid deaths rise 14% in a week

Singapore investigates abnormally high number of new cases, the most since the pandemic began; Europe the only major region to report an increase in both cases and deaths, says WHOHong Kong tightens restrictions to fall in line with China’s Covid-zeroAustralia bins 30,000 AstraZeneca doses, neighbouring countries struggleNew Zealand to start easing border restrictionsEurope only region in world to see increase in both Covid cases and deathsAustralia eases travel advice for US, UK and Canada as b...
Tags: Europe, China, Singapore, UK News, World news, Canada, Astrazeneca, US UK, Sydney Australia, Coronavirus, Europe Covid, Samantha Lock, WHOHong Kong


Syria secretly stole $100 million from UN donations by manipulating currency exchange rates, report says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. LLOUAI BESHARA/AFP via Getty Images The UN has long funneled millions of dollars in poverty relief donations to Syria. But the Syrian regime has pocketed $100M by making the UN use its internal exchange rate, an analysis found. Syria is cash-strapped and subject to strict sanctions from the EU, US, and UK. The Syrian government has diverted $100 million worth of UN aid donations by manipulating the value of its currency, according to a new analysis.Preside...
Tags: Politics, UK, US, Trends, Syria, Middle East, United Nations, News UK, Un, Bashar Al Assad, Lebanon, Unicef, Center for Strategic and International Studies, EU US, US UK, CSIS


The CDC says it's identified a new Delta-related coronavirus variant in the US, and officials are monitoring it closely

Courtesy of Helix A new coronavirus variant, called AY.4.2, is being closely monitored by scientists around the world. AY.4.2 is a descendant of the Delta variant. It has been found "on occasion" in the US, the CDC said. It's not clear yet whether AY.4.2 is actually more transmissible than Delta, or if it has just had some good luck in the UK. A new coronavirus descendant related to Delta, called AY.4.2, is being closely monitored by scientists in the US, UK, and Israel.AY.4.2 is st...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, Trends, Public Health, United States, Delta, Denmark, US UK, Scott Gottlieb, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention It, Wellcome Sanger Institute


A deal for nuclear-powered subs is only the latest secretive collaboration between US, UK, and Australian forces

President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announce the "AUKUS" security initiative at the White House, September 15, 2021. Andrew Harnik/AP The AUKUS pact between Australia, the UK, and the US, is a new phase in their tight military relationship. The pact focuses on military technology, but those three countries already have decades of cooperation in special operations. Amid tensions with China, the new arrangement could provide...
Tags: UK, Australia, Navy, Navy Seals, Osama Bin Laden, France, White House, China, Africa, US, International, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Beijing


90,000 US COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented by vaccines in 4 months, 2 leading US nonprofits estimate

A protester holds an anti-vaccination sign as supporters of President Donald Trump rally in Woodland Hills, California on May 16, 2020. David McNew/Getty Images About 90,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US between June and September were preventable, two US nonprofits say. In September, 49,000 deaths could have been avoided if more adults got a COVID-19 shot, they said. The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare cited a tracker that uses CDC data. About 90,000 COVID-19 d...
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IMF to issue downbeat outlook as spectre of stagflation looms

Fund set for a gloomy annual meeting as supply chain issues and inflationary pressures hobble global recoveryWeaker global growth, vaccine protectionism and the spectre of 1970s-style inflation haunting large economies. As the International Monetary Fund prepares for its annual gathering this week, the contrast with the spring could not be more stark.Back in April, at the Washington-based fund’s last virtual bash, there were sharp upgrades for global growth amid a sense of optimism for the road ...
Tags: Business, Washington, Economics, G20, Global Economy, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Imf, G7, US UK, Kristalina Georgieva, International Monetary Fund (IMF, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus


France to send ambassador back to Australia amid Aukus row

Paris recalled its envoy last month after Australia cancelled a submarine deal to join a US-UK pact.
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Jordan’s king said to secretly purchase 14 luxury homes for $100m in US, UK

'Pandora Papers' investigation implicates more than a dozen heads of state and government in concealing secret offshore assets; 565...
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Covid live news: UK reports 36,722 new cases; EU regulator to rule on Pfizer booster jabs next week

Latest UK-wide case figures; EU would join US, UK and Israel in approving it if EMA gives go-aheadNew Zealand reports jump in cases as opposition calls for opening upYouTube to remove misinformation videos about vaccinesGuam’s vaccination success story turns grim with Covid surgeCovid can infect cells in pancreas that make insulin, research showsSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.33pm BST AP reports on how some US health care workers on the Covid-19 frontline are being issued with panic butt...
Tags: UK, Israel, US, Eu, World news, Pfizer, US UK, EMA, Coronavirus, COVID, aheadNew Zealand, Jane Clinton


Guy Ritchie’s Jason Statham-Led Action Pic Unveils Title & Release Date

STXfilms has finally announced the release date for director Guy Ritchie’s newest Jason Statham-led action spy film, which has now been officially titled as Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre. The upcoming film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on January 21, 2022. From Director Guy Ritchie, Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre stars Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone, and Hugh Grant. In theaters January 21st. #OperationFortune pic.twitter.com/fN8fvKA9DE — Operati...
Tags: Movies, Toronto, Action, Ireland, Aubrey Plaza, Cia, Jason Statham, Guy Ritchie, Hugh Grant, Miramax, US UK, Cary Elwes, Ritchie, Ben Wheatley, Josh Hartnett, Statham


Australia's Scott Morrison under climate pressure at home as biggest state boosts targets

Every Australian state and territory has committed to net zero by 2050, but the Morrison-led government won't make the same pledge, or bring its emissions goals closer to those of its allies, like the US, UK and European Union.
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Aukus: Australia sent ‘extremely satisfied’ letter hours before axing French contract

French Naval Group to invoice Australia for abruptly cancelling submarine contract, says CEOFrance has said Australian military officials sent them a letter confirming they were “extremely satisfied” with French submarines just hours before they announced the €56bn (£48bn) contract would be cancelled in favour of a US, UK and Australia defence pact.The submarines crisis – in which France said it was “stabbed in the back” by the sudden announcement of a deal between the US, Australia and the UK t...
Tags: Europe, UK, Australia, France, Iraq, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, US news, Nuclear Weapons, Scott Morrison, Emmanuel Macron, US UK, US Australia


France ordered officials to 'get revenge' on the US, UK, and Australia after it was ditched from $50 billion submarine contract, report says

US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at a NATO summit in June 2021. Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images France ordered officials to "get revenge" after losing a submarine contract, Politico reported. France was incensed when Australia ditched it in favor of a deal with the US and UK. There are signs that relations are improving after Biden sought to calm the situation. See more stories on Insider's business page. France instructed its officials to "ge...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, New York, Australia, Washington, France, White House, Politico, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Nato, House


The US, UK, and Israel have all fallen far behind in the global vaccination race - the US now ranks 39th

An employee at the Vermont Creamery receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a National Guard soldier at a pop-up vaccination stand in Websterville, June 2021. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images The US, UK, and Israel have fallen behind in the vaccination race, though they were among the first to roll out COVID-19 shots. A chart shows how much lower the US's vaccination rate is than the 13 countries with the highest rates. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's been nearly nine m...
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