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Video app Zoom rockets to fame, with some hiccups, amid pandemic

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  What does British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have in common with virtual happy hour celebrants and thousands of students around the world? All use the Zoom videoconferencing application to get together while staying apart during the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But amid its newfound fame, …

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Global virus cases top a million, deaths surpass 50,000

Washington, United States | AFP | The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has soared past one million and fatalities have topped 50,000 as the United States reported the highest daily death toll of any country so far. Despite more than half the planet living in some form of …

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UK set to back high-speed railway despite soaring cost

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was set Tuesday to announce his plans for the HS2 high-speed railway, with reports suggesting he will stick with the long-running project despite soaring costs. HS2, which would quicken rail journeys between London in southeast England and cities to the …

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Barnier and Johnson clash over post-Brexit ties

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | The EU and Britain open hostilities in Brexit’s next bruising chapter on Monday, laying down red lines for a post-divorce future following the UK’s dramatic exit from the bloc. Europe’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier will formally announce his ideas for new ties in Brussels, with trade …

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EU’s Barnier warns of inevitable Brexit ‘damage’

Belfast, United Kingdom | AFP | The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday warned Britain that its departure from the bloc later this week would have “negative consequences” and only ever be an exercise in “damage limitation”. In a speech at Queen’s University Belfast, the Brussels diplomat charged …

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Carney swansong may see Bank of England cut rate

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Bank of England governor Mark Carney steers his final interest-rate meeting this week that could end with a cut on the eve of Brexit to boost Britain’s stalled economy. The BoE announces its rate decision on Thursday after a meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee …

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Brexit’s new chapter: the ‘impossible’ trade deal

Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  With just days to go before Brexit, European diplomats are already hard at work for the next phase: negotiations to hammer out a future with Britain after its EU divorce. In the words of EU negotiator Michel Barnier, during the next phase of Brexit, Brussels and …

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Britain’s years-long battle over Brexit

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  The curtain comes down on Britain’s membership of the European Union on January 31 after more than three and a half years of disagreements and delays. Here are the milestones in the rocky process. – Leave wins – In a referendum on June 23, 2016 …

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EU chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  Brussels’ two top officials, the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, signed off on Britain’s EU divorce agreement Friday. With Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel’s formal endorsement, the text will now go to the European Parliament on Wednesday, January 29 for …

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UK PM raises visas in pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Prime Minister Boris Johnson told African leaders Monday that Britain would be more open to migrants from their continent after Brexit as he hosted a summit intended to boost trading ties. He also promised an end to direct UK state investment in thermal coal mining …

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