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Pandemic brings EU-UK Brexit talks to a standstill

AP Brussels Talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their future relationship in the wake of Brexit have ground to a near-standstill despite the urgency for progress before a summit next month. The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, said in a statement Friday that “we have made very little progress towards agreement on the most significant outstanding …

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Oxford University’s vaccine test on monkeys shows hope in fight against coronavirus

PTI London The UK’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine project, currently being tested by the University of Oxford, has shown some promising results in a small study with monkeys. Researchers involved with the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 trials said the vaccine had shown signs of priming the rhesus macaque monkeys’ immune systems to fend off the deadly virus and showed no indications of adverse …

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Vijay Mallya faces extradition after losing appeal in UK Supreme Court

London: In a major setback, embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Thursday lost his application seeking leave to appeal in the UK Supreme Court, weeks after the London High Court rejected his appeal against an extradition order to India on charges of fraud and money laundering related to unrecovered loans to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The 64-year-old businessman had 14 …

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COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, may never go away: WHO

Geneva: The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it. “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and …

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New Zealand leaps out of lockdown with bungee jumps, midnight haircuts

Sydney/Wellington: After seven weeks trussed up with some of the world’s toughest coronavirus curbs, New Zealanders like Jim Boult leapt at the chance to cheer the end of the country’s lockdown on Thursday – literally in his case, with a bungee jump. As the mayor of South Island adventure tourism resort Queenstown, Boult’s vault off Kawarau Bridge was as much …

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World leaders demand free coronavirus vaccine for all

Geneva: World leaders past and present insisted on Thursday that any eventual COVID-19 vaccines and treatments should be made available to everyone, free of charge. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan were among more than 140 signatories of a letter saying any vaccine should not be patented while the science should be shared between nations. …

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Obama emerges as central figure in 2020 presidential race

Washington: Nearly eight years after he was last on the ballot, Barack Obama is emerging as a central figure in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats are eagerly embracing Obama as a political wingman for Joe Biden, who spent two terms by his side as vice president. Obama remains the party’s most popular figure, particularly with black voters and younger Democrats, …

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US senators introduce legislation to impose sanctions on China

PTI Washington Nine influential US senators have introduced a legislation in Congress seeking to authorise President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on China if it fails to cooperate in providing a full accounting of the events leading up to the outbreak of the coronavirus. More than 250,000 people have died and over 4 million have been infected due to the …

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British economy slips into recession

AP London The British economy shrank 2% in the first quarter of the year from the previous three-month period, the biggest quarterly decline since the global financial crisis of 2008 even though it included just one week of the coronavirus lockdown, official figures showed Wednesday. The Office of National Statistics found that the slump was getting deeper as the quarter …

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