UK PM Boris Johnson pledges to boost WHO funding, undercutting US

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged full support Saturday for the embattled World Health Organization and promised additional funding — undercutting the U.S. decision to withdraw from the body earlier this year. Johnson used a pre-recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly to praise Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and promise a 30 percent increase in U.K. contributions — with only a […]

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At UN, India vows to help produce virus vaccine for world

UNITED NATIONS — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to help the world produce and deliver potential coronavirus vaccines while making no mention Saturday of the heavy toll the pandemic has taken on his own country, where the enormous population has suffered among the highest numbers of cases and deaths in the world. Modi’s remarks […]

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Trudeau says he will ‘take into account’ U.S. drug import plans but will put Canadians first

2/2 © Reuters. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a speech about former Prime Minister John Turner in Ottawa 2/2 TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that while he is willing to entertain demands from the United States for Canadian medications, he would put the nation’s needs first. In a […]

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Trudeau says Canada will consider U.S. import plans when building pharmaceutical capacity

© Reuters. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a speech about former Prime Minister John Turner in Ottawa TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday Canada is willing to help other nations with pharmaceutical supplies if possible in response to a question about plans by the United States to import prescription […]

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Japan’s newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

TOKYO — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom bureaucratic maneuvers and in largely scripted, sometimes prickly dealings with the media. That will change Saturday morning (Friday afternoon at the United Nations) when […]

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Spanish Foreign Minister weighs in as Europe braces for possible second wave of coronavirus

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya speaks with CNN as Europe braces for a possible second wave of coronavirus. Cases reported across Europe reached a record high of 52,418 over a rolling seven-day average on September 22, according to CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.There have been 556 new deaths reported, compared with a […]

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Canada ‘bets the farm’ on big spending as second wave threatens economic recovery

© Reuters. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially tables the Throne Speech in the House of Commons as parliament resumes in Ottawa By Julie Gordon and Fergal Smith OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s vow to double down on pandemic-related spending to keep the economic recovery under way in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 […]

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Russia’s V-Shaped Recovery at Risk as Kremlin Pares Stimulus

© Bloomberg. Polina Kryuchkova, Deputy Minister of Russias Ministry of Economic Development. Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2020. (Bloomberg) — Russia’s deputy economy minister is worried the economy’s consumer-led recovery isn’t fully cemented as the government prepares to wind back stimulus. Curbing state support “is one of the biggest and most serious challenges for the government […]

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Brazil rejects that EU-Mercosur deal could increase Amazon destruction

© Reuters. Brazil’s Minister of Institutional Security Augusto Heleno arrives for a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s government said on Tuesday it disagrees with claims that a European Union-Mercosur trade deal would increase destruction in the Amazon (NASDAQ:) rainforest and criticized French concerns about an agreement as “protectionist.” […]

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Russia’s FM laments sanctions at UN amid tension with West

Russia’s foreign minister has complained about countries using sanctions to meddle in the domestic affairs of other nations By DARIA LITVINOVA Associated Press September 22, 2020, 12:25 PM • 3 min read MOSCOW — Russia’s foreign minister complained about countries using sanctions to meddle in the domestic affairs of other nations, telling the U.N. General […]

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson to Order Pubs and Restaurants to Close Early

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain plans to impose new restrictions on nightlife, including the forced early closure of pubs and restaurants in England, as he ramps up the country’s efforts to curb a rising tide of coronavirus infections. Pubs and restaurants will be restricted by law to offering table service only and […]

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German finance minister expects public debt to peak at 80% of GDP

© Reuters. German Finance Minister Scholz arrives to answer parliamentarians’ questions in Berlin BERLIN (Reuters) – Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Monday he expected public debt to reach around 80% of Germany’s economic output by the end of the coronavirus crisis, the level it reached at the end of the global financial crisis. Current […]

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Japan’s Suga holds 1st phone talks with Trump as leader

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held his first talks with U.S. President Donald Trump since he took office, a diplomatic phone call that was one of his first as the country’s leader and one that highlights the close tie between the two allies By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press September 21, 2020, 5:09 AM • 2 […]

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Germany plans reform to avoid bankruptcy wave due to corona

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: German Justice Minister Lambrecht news conference after virtual meeting with the EU Ministers of Justice in Berlin BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany would relax insolvency rules under proposals set out on Saturday to help avert a wave of bankruptcies in Europe’s biggest economy, provided companies hit by the coronavirus crisis have a […]

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Hungary’s 2021 economic rebound hinges on COVID vaccine: finance minister

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Finance Minister Mihaly Varga speaks during a business conference in Budapest By Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s economy will struggle to grow next year if a coronavirus vaccine is not found, finance minister Mihaly Varga said in an interview published Saturday, as the government prepares to announce more steps […]

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Boris Johnson says UK ‘seeing a second wave coming in’ of coronavirus, claims it was ‘inevitable’

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said the U.K. is “seeing a second wave” of coronavirus infections — as he says he wants to keep schools and the economy open as much as possible. “Obviously, we’re looking carefully at the spread of the pandemic as it evolves over the last few days, and there’s […]

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Japanese finmin to continue to work closely with BoJ’s Kuroda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday said he would continue to work closely with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda in steering the economy, saying the central bank’s monetary easing has had positive effects on the economy. “As a result of monetary easing over the past 7-8 years, the yen has […]

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Japan econmin: Determined to prevent Japan from returning to deflation

© Reuters. Japan’s Minister in charge of economic revitalisation and measures for the novel coronavirus pandemic Yasutoshi Nishimura attends a news conference in Tokyo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday that he was determined to prevent the nation from returning to deflation and that he would cooperate with the Bank […]

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Don’t Mess With Ireland, Biden Warns Boris Johnson

LONDON — If there was any residual doubt about how Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit maneuvers are playing in Democratic political circles in Washington, it was erased on Wednesday evening by a carefully timed, unmistakably pointed tweet from the Democratic presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr. “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that […]

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Japan’s economy minister instructed by new PM to take steps without hesitation

© Reuters. Japan’s Minister in charge of economic revitalisation and measures for the novel coronavirus pandemic Yasutoshi Nishimura attends a news conference in Tokyo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Thursday that new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had instructed him to take steps without hesitation to protect jobs, keep companies in […]

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Japan’s reappointed finmin Aso says will prod regional banks to pursue reforms

© Reuters. Japan’s newly-appointed Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks at a news conference in Tokyo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Wednesday he will encourage regional banks to push through reforms to survive headwinds such as a dwindling population. “It’s becoming harder for regional banks to maintain the current business model […]

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If needed, Britain’s external tariff regime would be ‘quite formidable’, says PM Johnson

© Reuters. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate in Parliament in London LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday if Britain were to set an external tariff regime with the European Union, it would be “quite formidable” for some of the bloc’s products. Johnson said he […]

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Yoshihide Suga elected Japan’s new PM, replacing Abe

TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga, keeping his straight face, bowed deeply several times when the results were announced first in the lower house, the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers where he has a seat, as his fellow ruling […]

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Pakistani PM suggests surgical castration for rapists after woman gang raped on highway

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday suggested that convicted rapists undergo surgical castration when he was asked about the recent gang rape of a woman on a highway. Two armed men raped the woman on a deserted highway after her car ran out of gas late at night last week near the city of […]

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A White House Ceremony Will Celebrate a Diplomatic Win and Campaign Gift

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has long owed a debt to President Trump, who has repeatedly bestowed diplomatic gifts at crucial moments as Mr. Netanyahu has battled for his political survival. Leaders of the Persian Gulf states are similarly grateful to Mr. Trump, who has embraced their governments, cracked down on their […]

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