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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock, speaks on further restrictions to be put in place due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at a news conference inside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain December 23, 2020. Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – The number of COVID-19 infections is rising fast in some …

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Activist investor Daniel Loeb wants Intel Corp to consider splitting its huge chip manufacturing operations from its chip design and development business, but analysts say doing so could weaken both businesses unless the firm can form a joint venture. FILE PHOTO: The logo for the Intel Corporation is seen on a …

By Rocky Swift, Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) – The emergence of Japan’s coldest city as a COVID-19 hotspot has raised fears among health experts that it could be a sign of what the rest of the nation may face as winter sets in and more people stay indoors, raising airborne transmission risks. FILE PHOTO: Passersby …

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment growth slowed more than expected in September and over 300,000 Americans lost their jobs permanently, dealing a potential blow to President Donald Trump ahead of the fiercely contested Nov. 3 presidential election. FILE PHOTO: A view shows signs in the windows of Lord & Taylor, advertising a store closing sale, …

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders broke a diplomatic deadlock on Friday and imposed sanctions on Belarus after hours of summit talks, assuring Cyprus that the bloc would also punish Turkey if it continues oil and gas drilling in disputed areas of the Mediterranean. The deal on sanctions against about 40 officials accused of rigging August’s …

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Britain’s minister for Northern Ireland said on Wednesday his answer last week in parliament saying that the government’s plans broke international law was accurate. Asked on Tuesday if anything in the proposed legislation did breach or potentially breached international legal obligations or arrangements, Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis said: “Yes, …

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he would be working over the next couple of weeks on an executive order to require health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. …

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Restrictions on non-essential travel at U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended through Aug. 21, Canada and the United States announced on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Two closed Canadian border checkpoints are seen after it was announced that the border would close to “non-essential traffic” to combat the spread of …

HONG KONG (Reuters) – As soon as Hong Kong’s new national security law came into force last week, Ivan Ng removed all the protest-themed paintings, posters and flags from the list of items for sale at his Onestep Printing shop. FILE PHOTO: Memo papers with protest slogans are seen outside a “yellow” restaurant, a business …

LONDON (Reuters) – People were finally allowed to drink in a pub, have a meal in a restaurant or get a haircut on Saturday for the first time in over three months as England took its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life. A worker carries a beer at The Holland Tringham Wetherspoons pub …