Politics

Sturgeon warning: Disaster for Scotland as ‘personal debt ‘timebomb’ alert issued

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. A Mark Diffley Consultancy and Research survey commissioned by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) showed 27 per cent were concerned about making debt repayments during the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, a quarter of Scots remain […]

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Singapore ruling party, stung by poll setback, faces succession questions

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s ruling party, stung by its worst ever election results, on Saturday signalled a possible delay to its meticulous succession plans, and analysts foresaw other policy changes that could affect the international business hub. The People’s Action Party secured 83 of 93 parliamentary seats in Friday’s election – a resounding win by […]

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Australia's Victoria state logs another day of high coronavirus infections

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second most-populous state reported one of its highest daily increases in coronavirus infections on Saturday and warned the numbers would get worse before they got better as its capital city began its first weekend of a six-week lockdown. The state of Victoria logged 216 new cases, down from a record 288 […]

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World reacts to Turkey reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque

UNESCO, Greece, Cyprus and church leaders among others express concern about changing status of the sixth-century site. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia open to Muslim worship on Friday after a top court ruled the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman was illegal. Erdogan made his announcement, just […]

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Boris Johnson urges Brits to go back to work in shock U-turn on policy

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Boris Johnson said people should “try to lead their lives more normally” as restrictions are eased after months of lockdown. And he hinted that stricter rules on wearing face coverings in public […]

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Turkey reconverts Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque

President Erdogan declares iconic cultural site reopen to Muslim worship after a court ruling. Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia open to Muslim worship after a top court ruled that the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman was illegal. Erdogan made the announcement on Friday an hour […]

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Q&A: Airborne COVID-19 spread possible, risky in some settings

WHO experts tell Al Jazeera coronavirus may spread through the air in crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation. The new coronavirus can possibly be transmitted through the air in crowded indoor settings with poor ventilation such as restaurants, gyms, night clubs and offices, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, as lockdown restrictions are being eased globally. […]

Business

Take Five: A bull with underlying health conditions

1/EUROPE: FINAL COUNTDOWN Southern European bonds and the euro have rallied hard in the two months since France and Germany mooted a 750 billion-euro ($848 billion) post-COVID-19 recovery fund. On July 17-18, European leaders meet to hammer out details. But differences remain on whether the fund should be based on loans or grants; if the […]

Politics

Germany thanks Boris Johnson for promoting tracing app after he said it wasn’t ‘functioning’

Germany’s health minister has said he was “surprised” at Boris Johnson’s claim no country had a functioning coronavirus tracing app after he was questioned about repeated delays to the UK’s one. Jens Spahn said technology to track down other people someone with COVID-19 may have infected has been downloaded by 15 million people in Germany […]

Business

Futures recede as COVID-19 case tally hits another record

(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures slipped on Friday as a record increase in coronavirus cases raised fears of another hit to Corporate America with several states delaying the easing of business restrictions. About 41 of the 50 U.S. states have reported an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks, while the country […]