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Ireland expects scepticism in EU at UK Northern Ireland proposal

FILE PHOTO: Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaks to media in a count centre, during Ireland's national election, in Cork, Ireland, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain’s proposal on Wednesday that its Brexit divorce deal would require no new customs infrastructure in Northern Ireland will be met with scepticism by many in the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney sai..

UK inflation slumps to lowest since 2016 as coronavirus hits

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s inflation rate sank in April to its lowest since August 2016 as the coronavirus pandemic pushed down global oil prices and clothing stores slashed prices, bolstering the prospect of more Bank of England stimulus next month. Consumer price inflation dropped to an annual rate of 0.8%from 1.5% in March, official data showed on Wednesday. That was the sharpest one-month fall in over a decade and took inflation further be..

Coronavirus: Clothes box attempt to help Bangladeshi workers

An Edinburgh businessman is trying to help thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers hit by cancelled orders during the coronavirus outbreak. Cally Russell said the country was left with mountains of unsold clothes in factories after UK retailers pulled out of their contracts. Now the 32-year-old is planning to sell the clothes in the UK at half price in boxes based on customer's preferences. The money will then go to help clothing workers wh..

Coronavirus: Who is behind Glasgow’s Covid street art?

While Scotland has been under lockdown, Glasgow's street artists have been trying to reflect the mood of the nation. Using city centre buildings as their canvas, painted murals pay tribute to the NHS while others urge fellow citizens to stay safe. But who are the artists responsible for the images that have brightened up the city's deserted streets? One of those behind some of the most striking paintings is known as The Rebel Bear. ..

Coronavirus: Contact tracing technology trialled at three health boards

Media playback is unsupported on your device A contact tracing system to suppress coronavirus is to be trialled in three health boards from Monday, the Scottish government has said. The software will be tested in NHS Fife, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Highland. Earlier this month, the government said testing and tracing would be "key" to the battle against the virus. However, it has been revealed that despite 8,000 applications for 2,000 jobs as cont..

UK to invest up to 93 million pounds in new coronavirus vaccine centre

(Reuters) - The British government will invest up to 93 million pounds ($112 million) to accelerate construction of a new vaccines centre, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said on Saturday. The funding will ensure the new centre opens in Summer 2021, a year ahead of schedule, the department said. The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC), which is currently under construction, is a key component of the g..

British police arrest 19 at London protest against social distancing

LONDON (Reuters) - London police arrested 19 people on Saturday for deliberately breaking social distancing guidelines in protest against the rules, on the first weekend since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a slight loosening of England’s lockdown. The Metropolitan Police said that a group in central London’s Hyde Park had been protesting about the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and had failed to comply with repeated req..

London ‘pub-on-wheels’ pulls pints on people’s doorsteps

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s pubs may be shut, but one east London brewer has found a novel way to keep the beer flowing - by packing his kegs into a van and pulling pints on people’s doorsteps. Driving a white van with the slogan “tactical beer response unit” on the side, Peter Brown, the director of Forest Road Brewing Co., spends his day fulfilling delivery orders. But rather than delivering boxes of cans or bottles, Brown fills pint glasses..

Germany’s Corona Divide: Berlin Fears Populists Will Exploit Protest Movement

By Felix Bohr, Markus Feldenkirchen, Florian Gathmann, Julia Amalia Heyer, Valerie Höhne, Martin Knobbe, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Veit Medick, Ann-Katrin Müller, Christopher Piltz, Lydia Rosenfelder, Jonas Schaible, Christoph Schult, Christian Teevs, Severin Weiland, Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt and Steffen Winter German parliamentarian Franziska Brantner recalls how in the beginning, the emails were sporadic. She says that four or five weeks ago, the main iss..

The Corona Conspiracy Theorists: Protests in Germany See Fringe Mix with the Mainstream

By Maik Baumgärtner, Felix Bohr, Roman Höfner, Timo Lehmann, Ann-Katrin Müller, Sven Röbel, Marcel Rosenbach, Jonas Schaible, Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt and Steffen Winter PEGIDA isn’t marching these days. For almost six years, racists and disaffected Germans, marched every Monday through Dresden’s city center as "Patriotic Europeans” to stop the purported "Islamization of the West.” But last Monday, the city’s Neumarkt square was empty. The local aut..

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