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Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, is "very keen" for the UK government and the European Union to resolve a dispute over whether chilled meat products such as sausages, produced in mainland UK, can continue to be sold in Northern Ireland. Under post-Brexit trade rules agreed last year, the British province of Northern Ireland is effectively treated as part of the EU for customs purposes under a protocol to avoid politically sensitive border checks with the Republic of Ireland. Britain has not committed to follow EU food safety rules after Brexit, which according to the EU means chilled meat from mainland Britain should no longer be sold in Northern Ireland.
Australia's top winter athletes will not be permitted to train or compete overseas in the lead-up to the 2022 Beijing Games unless vaccinated for COVID-19, the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) said on Friday. The policy is stricter than for Australia's Tokyo-bound athletes, who are encouraged to get vaccines before the summer Olympics next month but not required to. "Winter athletes will be required to travel to multiple countries and multiple events in order to compete and to qualify," an OWIA spokesperson said.
The Arizona Diamondbacks sustained a major league modern-era record 23rd consecutive defeat Thursday afternoon, falling victim to Kevin Gausman's sharp pitching and Curt Casali's big offensive day in a 10-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Diamondbacks claimed the record for themselves after they had matched the infamous feats of the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets on Wednesday night. Gausman (8-1) limited Arizona to two runs and four hits in eight innings.
Having watched his father's funeral pyre burn by a river bank close to their farm last month, Indian sugarcane grower Dattatray Bagal and his brothers had to set aside grief to count the financial cost of the coronavirus's impact on their family. They had hoped to buy a tractor for the small farm in western Maharashtra state, but the brothers spent all their savings on hospital treatment for their father and three other family members who survived. Such accounts have become commonplace among rural communities in the vast Indian hinterland in the wake of a devastating second wave of infections that peaked in the past two months.
Retail sales volumes in Britain declined by 1.4% between April and May, new figures showed, as the reopening of hospitality venues hit spending at food shops.
Hong Kong police charged on Friday the chief editor and chief executive of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily with collusion with a foreign country to endanger national security. Apple Daily reported the two charged were editor-in-chief Ryan Law and chief executive officer Cheung Kim-hung.
Sarah Green is the country’s newest MP after winning the Chesham and Amersham seat, which has been a Conservative stronghold since its creation in 1974. The historic win saw Ms Green defeat Tory Peter Fleet by a majority of 8,028.
Australia captain Michael Hooper enjoyed a lucrative stint in Japan during a six-month break from Australian rugby but is not convinced all Wallabies players should have the right to sabbaticals. The 105-test flanker was allowed a break from domestic rugby in his contract, a rare luxury in Australia where most must play at home to be eligible for the Wallabies.
The U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve a resolution calling on Myanmar’s junta to restore the country’s democratic transition and for all countries “to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar,” diplomats said. The draft resolution also condemns deadly violence by security forces and calls on the junta to unconditionally release the ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint “and all those who have been arbitrarily detained, charged or arrested." The 193-member assembly is scheduled to consider the resolution, which has more than 50 co-sponsors, on Friday afternoon and its sponsors are hoping it will be approved by consensus to send a strong message to the military of global opposition to its Feb. 1 takeover and support for a return to Myanmar’s democratic transition, though any nation can call for a vote.
Two homes were evacuated on Thursday, June 17, as crews battled a wildfire north of Prescott Valley, Arizona, that reached approximately 80 acres after breaking out around noon, according to officials.Thunderstorms forced firefighting resources to disengage the blaze due to safety concerns. However, the rainstorm slowed the progress of the fire and, once it passed, fire crews were able to re-engage, according to Prescott National Forest. The rain can be seen in this video, along with a plane dropping flame retardant on the blaze. Credit: US Forest Service – Prescott National Forest via Storyful
KOTA KINABALU, June 18 — The Sabah state assembly could be called to session at any moment that was suitable, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor when citing the state’s Speaker. “We...
Efforts to defuse a crisis that has left Sweden's centre-left minority government facing likely defeat in a no-confidence vote next week will carry on throughout the weekend, Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Friday. Parliament is due to hold a no-confidence vote on Monday after the Left Party withdrew its support on Thursday for the government over plans to ease rent control on new-build housing. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats promptly filed a no-confidence motion, which looks likely to win enough support to bring down the government, leaving Prime Minister Stefan Lofven weighing resignation or a snap election.
The government's top health advisor Shigeru Omi on Friday released a report urging Olympic organisers to limit spectators at the Games, saying the event could lead to a resurgence in cases. "When you look at (infection) simulations, minimal movement and minimal spectators is better."
Vaccine experts are expected to advise the government not to roll out jabs to all children.
The latest Pixar film is out now on Disney+, but don't sleep on Netflix's Mobile Suit Gundam films this weekend either.
Individuals who have visited hotspots on the same days as infected COVID-19 cases will have to undergo mandatory testing at designated testing centres and stay isolated until they receive their results.
The Industrial and Commerce Bank of China has become the first bank in the country to launch a feature, converting cash to the digital yuan.
German troops accused of anti-Semitic remarks and sexual violence while on service in Lithuania are jeopardizing the reputation of the entire German military, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Friday. "Anyone who behaves like this should not be in the Bundeswehr," the minister told young officers in a keynote speech, referring to the military by its German name. On Wednesday, the defence ministry had recalled the affected platoon of some 30 German soldiers from service in Lithuania, with ringleaders facing immediate dismissal.
Lockdown-weary Filipino digital nomads are moving to work near the beach and mountains as the lingering coronavirus pandemic triggers a remote work set-up in shuttered tourist destinations. "I got to spend time being creative again, thinking about what to do next," says an entrepeneur who had moved to the coast to work. Entrepreneur Carlo Almendral holds virtual meeting with clients and works on artificial intelligence in between his morning biking on the countryside, sipping wine with friends on the shore during sunsets. The new work set-up inspires creativity and eases mental stress, they said, as well as support the struggling tourism business amid restrictions on leisure travel.
ZoomInfo (ZI) witnessed a jump in share price last session on above-average trading volume. The latest trend in earnings estimate revisions for the stock doesn't suggest further strength down the road.