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US reopens its borders to UK travellers after ‘more than 600 days of separation’

Vaccinated passengers are finally able to enter the United States from the UK, bringing an end to almost two years of coronavirus restrictions. Thousands of travellers will jet off on transatlantic flights for long awaited reunions with family and friends, while British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will operate a synchronised departure from Heathrow to celebrate […]

World News

Kenya murder: UK ‘fully cooperating’ with inquiry into killing of Agnes Wanjiru near British army base

Britain is “fully cooperating” with an investigation into the murder of a Kenyan woman whose body was found in a septic tank close to a UK army camp, a top diplomat has said. High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott said the UK will support the inquiry into the “tragic death” of Agnes Wanjiru in 2012 […]

Business

Glencore opens talks with Chad over debt restructuring

LONDON (Reuters) -Glencore and a consortium of banks have started talks with Chad over the restructuring of the country’s more than $1 billion commercial debt, according to a letter from the company to the International Monetary Fund seen on Saturday.FILE PHOTO: The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company’s headquarters […]

Business

Energy crisis ‘a worry’ for UK car sector as it eyes shift to electric

The energy price crisis is “a worry” for Britain’s car sector as it looks to attract companies to build batteries and electric vehicles in the future, the industry’s trade body has warned. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the volatility – though similar to that seen elsewhere […]

Business

UK accounting watchdog plans to bolster audit firm governance

FILE PHOTO: A sign for Bank Street and high rise offices are seen in the financial district in Canary Wharf in London, Britain, October 21, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacgregorLONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s accounting watchdog plans to strengthen “significantly” its audit firm governance code, it said on Thursday, after a number of issues around audits of UK firms […]

Politics

UK ‘closing in on’ striking free trade agreement with New Zealand, Liz Truss says

The UK is “closing in on” striking an agreement in principle with New Zealand, the international trade secretary has said. Liz Truss said “great progress” had been made in the sixth round of discussions between the two sides, which took place from 19 to 30 July. “We’re closing in on an agreement in principle, with […]

Business

Euro zone business activity soared in June as lockdowns lifted

LONDON (Reuters) – Euro zone businesses expanded activity at the fastest rate in 15 years in June as the easing of more coronavirus restrictions brought life back to the bloc’s dominant service industry, a survey showed on Monday.FILE PHOTO: People enjoy an evening drink at Place de la Contrescarpe in Paris as cafes, bars and […]

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COVID-19: UK spending on travel and eating out hit post-pandemic high during half-term, data shows

Card spending on travel and eating out hit a new post-pandemic high during the half-term holiday while job adverts in the hospitality sector have surged, according to latest data. The figures were published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as part of a regular series of real-time indicators showing the impact of COVID-19 on […]

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COVID-19: Locked-down UK economy shrank by 1.5% in first quarter

Britain’s locked-down economy shrank by 1.5% in the first quarter of the year, official figures show. The data covers a period when a resurgence in coronavirus cases resulted in renewed restrictions including school, retail and hospitality closures and “stay at home” advice. But the impact on the economy appears to have been much smaller than […]

Politics

COVID-19: UK to send ventilators to India as country faces oxygen crisis amid record coronavirus surge

Ventilators are among more than 600 pieces of life-saving medical equipment being sent from the UK to India as the country battles a surge in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to “stand side by side” with India as it struggles with its highest numbers of new daily coronavirus cases to date since […]