Oil Down $1 As China COVID-19 Cases Trigger Clampdowns Via Reuters: Oil prices fell on Friday, retreating further from 11-month highs hit last week, weighed down by worries that new pandemic restrictions in China will curb fuel demand in the world’s biggest oil importer. Brent crude futures fell $1.09, or 1.9%, to $55.01 a barrel […]

Twitter Locks Account Of China’s U.S. Embassy Over Its Defense Of Xinjiang Policy Via Reuters: Twitter has locked the account of China’s U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China’s policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, which the U.S. social media platform said violated its stand against “dehumanizing” people. China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday […]

Trump Orders Assessment Of Security Risks Of Chinese Drones Via Reuters: President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order directing U.S agencies to assess any security risks from Chinese-made drones in American government fleets and to prioritize removing them. Trump directed all U.S. agencies to outline the security risks posed to the existing government […]

China Economy Grows In 2020 As Rebound From Virus Gains Via AP News: China eked out 2.3% economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled with rising infections. Growth […]

Vaccine Manufacturing Is Lumpy, Supply Not As Good As Hoped, UK Says Via Reuters: Britain’s vaccine rollout is limited by a “lumpy” manufacturing process with production changes by Pfizer and a delay by AstraZeneca that could lead to brief supply disruption, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday. The United Kingdom, which has the […]

Oil Steady As Chinese Data Offsets Coronavirus Fears Via Reuters: Oil prices held steady on Monday as a better than expected quarterly rebound for China’s economy countered fears over soaring COVID-19 cases around the world and tight restrictions that could dent economic growth and fuel consumption. Brent crude gained 3 cents, or 0.1%, at $55.13 […]

Trump Directs Government To Minimize Procurement From China Via Reuters: In another action against China days before he leaves office, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday directed government departments to look at ways to minimize procurement of Chinese goods and services to reduce the risks from espionage, his national security adviser said. In a statement, […]

UK Supreme Court Hands Businesses Victory In COVID-19 Insurance Ruling Via Reuters: Thousands of businesses should be covered by their insurance for losses caused by coronavirus lockdowns, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday, in a test case that pitched the industry regulator against major insurance companies. Small businesses, from restaurants to nightclubs and wedding […]

U.S. Considering Adding Alibaba, Tencent To China Investment Ban Via Reuters: The Trump administration is considering adding tech giants Alibaba and Tencent to a blacklist of firms allegedly owned or controlled by the Chinese military, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Targeting Asia’s two most valuable companies would be U.S. President Donald […]

Oil Hits Highest Since Late Feb On Saudi Cuts, U.S. Stock Draw Via Reuters: Oil prices hit their highest since late February on Thursday after a fall in U.S. stockpiles added further support following the unilateral decision by Saudi Arabia to cut output. Brent crude was up 18 cents, or 0.3%, at $54.48 a barrel […]

WikiLeaks’ Assange To Discover If He Will Be Freed From Jail On Bail Via Reuters: WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange will discover on Wednesday if he will be allowed to taste freedom after years of self-incarceration and jail time, following victory in his battle to avoid extradition from Britain to the United States. A British judge […]

North Korea’s Kim Tells Party Congress Economic Plan Failed ‘Tremendously’ Via Reuters: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his five-year economic plan had failed to meet its goals “on almost every sector” as he kicked off a congress of the ruling Workers’ Party, state media KCNA reported on Wednesday. The rare political gathering, which […]

Britons Ordered To Stay At Home As Third National Lockdown Begins Via Reuters:  Britain began its third COVID-19 lockdown on Tuesday with citizens under orders to stay at home and the government calling for one last major national effort to contain the virus before mass vaccinations turn the tide. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the […]

Iran Says It Resumes 20% Uranium Enrichment At Fordow Site – Mehr Via Reuters:  Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the government spokesman told the semi-official Mehr news agency on Monday, a level of purity that is not allowed under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear pact with six major powers. The […]

Brexit Deal Anticipation Fuels Stocks And Sterling Via Reuters: Stocks rallied and the British pound gained on Thursday as Britain and the European Union closed in on a free-trade deal and investors wagered on a global economic recovery. Britain and the European Union were hammering out the final details of a narrow trade deal on […]

Anger Boils Over In Dover As Stranded Truckers Demand To Leave UK Via Reuters: Angry truck drivers briefly scuffled with police in the streets of Dover on Wednesday as a partial blockade by France designed to stop the spread of a new highly infectious coronavirus variant left thousands stranded before Christmas. Paris and London agreed […]

Britain Tells Shoppers Food Is Plentiful Despite Freight Halt Via Reuters: Britain said food was plentiful on Tuesday despite freight routes to mainland Europe remaining cut off, and people should not worry about supermarkets running out in the last few days before their traditional Christmas feast. Tesco and Sainsbury’s, Britain’s two biggest supermarket groups, warned […]

U.S. Lawmakers Back $1.9 Billion To Replace Telecom Equipment From China Via Reuters U.S. lawmakers will back $1.9 billion to fund a program to remove telecom network equipment that the U.S. government says poses national security risks as part of a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, two sources briefed on the matter said on Sunday. […]

United Kingdom Cut Off Over Fears About New COVID Strain Via Reuters: The United Kingdom stood shut off from the rest of Europe on Monday after allies cut transport ties over fears of a new coronavirus strain, sowing chaos for families, truckers and supermarkets just days before the Brexit cliff edge. France, Germany, Italy, the […]

Australia To File Complaint Against China At World Trade Organization Via Brietbart: Australia will formally request the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s mediation to resolve an ongoing trade dispute with China, Australia’s trade minister announced Wednesday. “Australian officials … advised their Chinese counterparts of Australia’s intention to request formal consultations with China in relation to the application […]

Putin Says He Hopes Biden Will Improve Russia-U.S. Ties Via Reuters: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would help resolve some of the difficult issues in relations between Moscow and Washington. Speaking at his annual press conference, Putin added that Russian hackers had not meddled in the 2016 U.S. […]

France’s Macron Tests Positive For COVID-19, Self Isolates Via Reuters: President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for coronavirus, the French presidency said on Thursday, although it was not immediately clear where he had contracted the virus. “The President of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 today,” his office said in a statement. “This […]

‘Easter Can Be The New Christmas,’ British Minister Suggests Via Reuters: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government thinks people should make their own decision about meeting up for Christmas during the coronavirus pandemic, but given the risk some may want to wait for Easter to gather with their family, a British minister said on Wednesday. After […]

US Agencies Hacked In Monthslong Global Cyberspying Campaign Via AP News: U.S. government agencies were ordered to scour their networks for malware and disconnect potentially compromised servers after authorities learned that the Treasury and Commerce departments were hacked in a monthslong global cyberespionage campaign discovered when a prominent cybersecurity firm learned it had been breached. […]

Leaked Database Shows Depth Of CCP Infiltration In The West Via The Blaze: A massive database of nearly 2 million registered Chinese Communist Party members has been leaked, providing the rest of the world with an “unprecedented view” into the structure of how China could infiltrate western businesses and companies, including ones in the United […]

No-trade Deal Brexit Now More Likely Than A Deal – EU Commission Chief Via Reuters: Britain is now more likely to leave the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 without a trade deal than with an agreement, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the bloc’s 27 national leaders on Friday, an EU official […]

White House Considers Lifting European Travel Restrictions Via Reuters: The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters. The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. […]

China Says Pope’s Remarks About “Persecuted” Uighurs Are Groundless Via Reuters: The Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday dismissed Pope Francis’s criticism of China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs as groundless. In a new book “Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future,” Pope Francis said: “I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor […]

Russia To Draft Law To Block U.S. Social Media Giants Via Reuters: Lawmakers in Russia’s parliament presented draft legislation on Thursday that, if passed, would enable the government to restrict internet access to U.S. social media giants deemed to have discriminated against Russian media outlets. The authors of the bill, most of whom were from […]

Britain To Ban New Petrol Cars By 2030 On Road To Net Zero Emissions Via Reuters:  Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned, as part of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson is casting as a “green revolution” to cut emissions to […]

Toyota, Honda Double Profit Outlook As China Rebounds From Pandemic Via Reuters: Japan’s two biggest car manufacturers, Toyota Motor 7203.T and Honda Motor 7267.T on Friday more than doubled their operating profit forecasts, helped by recovering demand in China as it rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic. While China’s trade friction and worsening ties with the […]

Germany Agrees To Give COVID-Hit Airports Financial Aid Via Reuters: Germany agreed on Friday to offer more aid to its airports to try to save jobs and preserve infrastructure as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the aviation industry. Berlin will discuss with the states financial options for airports over the next two […]

Greece Orders Nationwide Lockdown To Curb COVID Surge Via Reuters: Greece ordered a nationwide lockdown on Thursday for three weeks to help contain a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. “I’ve chosen to take drastic measures sooner rather than later,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. Under the new countrywide restrictions to take effect from Saturday, retail businesses […]

Two Arrested After Four Killed In Suspected Islamist Attack In Vienna Via Reuters: Two people were arrested near Vienna on Tuesday, according to the APA news agency, as police hunted accomplices of a gunman or gunmen who killed four people in what the government called an Islamist terrorist attack in the Austrian capital. In an […]

Typhoon, Landslides Leave 35 Dead, 59 Missing In Vietnam Via Reuters: Typhoon Molave set off landslides that killed at least 19 people and left 45 missing in central Vietnam, where ferocious wind and rain blew away roofs and knocked out power in a region of 1.7 million residents, state media said Thursday. The casualties from […]

No Trick Or Treating: Halloween Is Cancelled For England’s High Risk Areas Via Reuters: Trick or treating during Halloween is banned in the areas of England in the highest level of COVID-19 lockdown, a junior minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government said on Tuesday. Asked by LBC radio if trick or treating – a […]

China To Sanction U.S. Military Contractors For Supplying Weapons To Taiwan Via AP News: China’s government said Monday it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.’s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp. for supplying weapons to rival Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing’s strategic ambitions. Raytheon Technologies […]

Italy Closes Gyms, Shuts Eateries Early To Fight COVID-19 Via AP News: Italy’s leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors. Worried […]

South Korea Sticks To Flu Vaccine Plan Despite Safety Fears After 13 Deaths Via Reuters: South Korean officials refused on Thursday to suspend a seasonal influenza inoculation effort, despite growing calls for a halt, including an appeal from a key group of doctors, after the deaths of at least 13 of those vaccinated. Health authorities […]

New Zealand’s Ardern Wins 2nd Term In Election Landslide Via AP News: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions. With most votes counted, Ardern’s liberal Labour Party was winning 49% of the vote compared to 27% for its main challenger, the conservative […]

Paris Put On ‘Maximum Alert’ With More Covid-19 Restrictions To Come Via CNBC: Paris and its surrounding suburbs have been put on “maximum alert” Monday as coronavirus cases surge in the city. Bars in the French capital will close on Tuesday as part of a new package of restrictions designed to stop the spread of […]

North Korean Troops Killed Missing South Korean official, Seoul says Via Reuters:  North Korean troops shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who went missing earlier this week, before dousing his body in oil and setting it on fire in what was likely an effort to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, South Korea’s military said on […]

Court Upholds Decision To End Temporary Legal Status In 4 Countries Via AP News: The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday. While an appeal is imminent and orders […]

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Resigns Over Health Concerns Via Reuters: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, announced his resignation because of poor health on Friday, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy in which he sought to revive growth and bolster its defences. “I have decided that I will step […]

After Economic Shortfall North Korea Sets Rare Party Meeting Via AP News: With unusual candor, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted that U.S.-led sanctions, the pandemic and devastating floods have hurt his country’s dismal economy as his ruling party scheduled a rare congress in January to set development goals for the next five years. […]

Australia PM Morrison Wants Vaccine To Be ‘Mandatory” The country of Australia is taking further steps into medical tyranny.  Via Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he’s expecting to make a coronavirus vaccine “as mandatory as you can possibly make it,” as the government announced a deal with drug maker AstraZeneca.  Morrison, who was […]

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