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The U.S. trade deficit rose 1.9% in January as the coronavirus pandemic continued to disrupt global commerce. The gap between the goods and services the United States sold and what it bought abroad rose to $68.2 billion from $67 billion in December, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The trade deficit with Mexico rose $1.6 billion to $11.9 billion in January.
Britain will publish a review of its post-Brexit defence, security and foreign policy priorities on March 16, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Friday. The long-awaited document, known as the "integrated review" has previously been billed by Johnson as the "biggest review of our foreign, defence, security and development policy since the end of the Cold War". It is expected to spell out the role Britain wants to play in geopolitics following its exit from the European Union, and the cyber and military capabilities it needs to achieve its ambitions.
Switzerland unveiled a 1 billion Swiss franc ($1.08 billion) plan on Friday to offer free coronavirus tests for its entire population as part of measures to ease the country's exit from COVID-19 restrictions. Under the proposals each person would be given five self-test kits per months, as soon as reliable tests are available, the government said, while all tests at pharmacies and testing centres will be free of charge. To ensure more testing is carried out, the government proposed to pay for the voluntary tests.
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are due to appear in an in-depth TV interview with U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Sunday. Here are details of previous major television interviews given by senior members of the British royal family, some of which went badly for the monarchy. The 94-year-old British monarch has never given a formal interview, although she has appeared in TV documentaries about her family and discussed issues relating to specific aspects of royal life.
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Veteran finance exec Drew Vollero, who shepherded Snapchat parent Snap’s initial public offering in 2017, has joined Reddit as its first CFO — as the internet discussion site is mulling an IPO of its own. Vollero, who has 30-plus years of industry experience including a 15-year stint at Mattel, will assume leadership of Reddit’s finance […]
More than a quarter of lawmakers worldwide are women after the proportion inched higher in 2020, but progress is so slow that it will take 50 years at the present rate before they achieve parity with men, a global body of legislatures said on Friday. "Although progress has been steady over the past few years, it is still excruciatingly slow," the Inter-Parliamentary Union, made up of 179 national member parliaments and 13 regional parliaments, said in an annual 'Women in Parliament' report. "At the current rate, it will take another 50 years before gender parity is achieved in parliaments worldwide," the Geneva-based IPU said.
Colombia's attorney general on Friday asked for a hearing to possibly shelve an investigation into former President and Senator Alvaro Uribe's involvement in alleged witness tampering, signaling the potential end of a landmark legal battle in the Andean country. The decision is likely to enflame Uribe's critics, who have alleged for months the attorney general's office would be less rigorous in the investigation than the Supreme Court, which originally was charged with the case. Uribe and several allies have been investigated over allegations of witness tampering carried out in an attempt to discredit accusations he had ties to right-wing paramilitaries.
Niger police have seized a record 17 tonnes of cannabis resin worth around $37 million in a shipment originating in Lebanon and bound for Libya, the spokesman for the West African nation's anti-drugs trafficking agency said on Friday. The drugs had passed through the Togolese port of Lome before being transported by truck north to the Nigerien capital Niamey, over 1,000 km (621 miles) and two border crossings away, said spokesman Adili Toro. The haul was seized on March 2 from warehouses in Niamey.
Ever since Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997, opposition activists have tried to bring full democracy to the city, believing that China would live up to its promise to one day allow universal suffrage to elect the city's leader. Chinese parliamentarians in Beijing unveiled details of a plan to revamp the political structure of China's freest city that critics say has all but killed off the pledge of one person, one vote. China's move comes months after a sweeping national security law was imposed on the Asian financial hub, cracking down on dissent, and more than a year after months of sometimes violent anti-China, pro-democracy protests which swept the city.
The European Union has promised legal action after the British government unilaterally extended a grace period for checks on food imports to Northern Ireland, a move that Brussels said breached the terms of London's EU divorce deal. Provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement and the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland set out the EU's course of action. Britain signed them when it formally left the EU in January 2020.
A German court on Friday temporarily prohibited placing the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party under surveillance by the BfV domestic intelligence service, a measure which the court described as unacceptable interference into politics. The BfV domestic intelligence service had formally placed the AfD, Germany's largest opposition party, under surveillance on suspicion of trying to undermine Germany's democratic constitution, a person briefed on the move said on Wednesday.
The estimated COVID-19 reproduction "R" number in Britain is 0.7-0.9, compared to 0.6-0.9 last week, and the epidemic is shrinking roughly as quickly as it was before, the health ministry said on Friday.
Football's rulemaker IFAB has changed the laws of the game so that accidental handballs leading to a team mate scoring will no longer be penalised. It was previously the case that a handball would be given if the ball touched a player's or a team mate's hand or arm immediately before a goal was scored or a goalscoring opportunity was created. "Accidental handball that leads to a team-mate scoring a goal or having a goal-scoring opportunity will no longer be considered an offence," IFAB said in a statement following their Annual General Meeting.
A top aide of Indonesian President Joko Widodo was named chairman of an opposition party on Friday, in a move that could broaden the president's coalition and tighten his grip on parliament - although the legitimacy of the move was challenged by other party members. Moeldoko, the president's chief of staff, was named as chairman of the Democratic Party in an extraordinary congress in North Sumatra province, according to live reports by broadcasters. The coalition of Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, already controls 74% of the 575 parliamentary seats in Southeast Asia's largest economy, and the support of the Democratic Party would give him 9 percentage points more.
Four of 47 pro-democracy activists charged under Hong Kong's tough national security law were released on bail Friday after prosecutors dropped an appeal of an earlier court decision. The 47 activists were charged Sunday with conspiracy to commit subversion under the security law over their involvement in an unofficial primary election last year, which authorities say was a plot to subvert state power and paralyze the government. The four activists — Clarisse Yeung, Lawrence Lau, Hendrick Lui and Mike Lam — appeared in court on Friday prior to being released.
Meghan previously accused 'the Firm' of 'perpetuating falsehoods' about her.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development will pilot a mentoring programme to support at-risk youths this year, as well as expand efforts to help children living in rental flats and couples with marital issues.
Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad as he began his historic papal visit to Iraq on March 5.The Vatican said the pope met with Iraqi refugees living in Italy before flying out of Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Friday morning.Pope Francis was scheduled to meet Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Salih on the first day of the visit. The trip is the first time a pope has visited Iraq. Credit: Vatican News via Storyful