Monday, 8 March 2021

COVID-19

UK, EU to discuss ‘structure’ of Brexit talks after walkout threat

LONDON: European and British negotiators will be in touch Monday to discuss the “structure” of post-Brexit trade talks, despite London s threat on Friday to walk away unless there was a major shift in Brussels  approach. An EU spokesman tweeted that chief negotiator Michel Barnier held video talks with his British ...

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Oxford Scientists Develop Five Minute COVID-19 Test

LONDON: Scientists from Britain’s University of Oxford announced that they have recently developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, adding it could be used in mass testing at airports and businesses. The university said it hoped to start product development of the ...

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France to re-impose state of ‘health emergency’

France on Wednesday decided to re-impose a state of ‘health emergency’, according to news agency AFP. The decision comes less than 24 hours after French President Emmanuel Macron met senior cabinet ministers to discuss measures to contain further spread of Covid-19. Earlier on Monday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex had ...

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Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

GENEVE: Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing ...

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Malaysia’s Anwar meets king in bid to topple government

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had a long-awaited meeting with the king, seeking to prove he has support to take power and fulfil a decades-old ambition of becoming premier. The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since a reformist government headed by Mahathir Mohamad – which included ...

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Czech government to tighten coronavirus measures

PRAGUE: The Czech government will tighten coronavirus measures to curb soaring infections and hospitalisations but will seek to avoid the kind of blanket lockdown imposed in the spring, government officials said. The nation of 10.7 million has recorded Europe`s fastest rate of growth in new cases per capita in recent ...

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PressUp claims €20m in losses over Covid restrictions

LONDON: One of the country’s biggest leisure and hospitality groups has claimed in a High Court action against the Government it could suffer losses of more than €20m if the current Covid-19 lockdown measures continue until year end. Press Up Ltd, which runs 55 businesses including five hotels, 11 bars, ...

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Microsoft to let employees work from home permanently

WASHINGTON: Software giant Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently if they choose to, US media reported on Friday, becoming the latest employer to expand work-from-home provisions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Verge said most Microsoft employees are still at home as the health crisis drags on, and ...

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Dwayne Bravo reaches 150 IPL wickets but Chennai lose

DUBAI: Birthday boy Dwayne Bravo reached 150 wickets in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday but his side Chennai Super Kings went down to Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs. The West Indies all-rounder, who turned 37, got to the landmark with his third wicket of Shivam Mavi for nought ...

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