Paris Goes Into Lockdown as COVID-19 Variant Rampages

PARIS—France imposed a month-long lockdown on Paris and parts of the north after a faltering vaccine rollout and spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants forced President Emmanuel Macron to shift course. Since late January, when he defied the calls of scientists and some in his government to lock the country down, Macron has said he… Continue reading Paris Goes Into Lockdown as COVID-19 Variant Rampages

Boris Johnson Meets Hong Kong Families Who Have Come to UK

Recent graduate Asuka Law, 23, poses with her British National (Overseas), or BN(O), in her favourite part of the city and the place she would miss the most if she leaves, near a shopping mall, in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, on June 3, 2020. (Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held… Continue reading Boris Johnson Meets Hong Kong Families Who Have Come to UK

Biden to Meet Russia’s Putin ‘When the Time Is Right’: White House

President Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the right time, the White House said Friday. “The president will meet with President Putin when the time is right,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the administration’s principal deputy press secretary, told reporters aboard Air Force One. Biden and Putin have offered competing statements in recent days. The… Continue reading Biden to Meet Russia’s Putin ‘When the Time Is Right’: White House

UK Court Overturns Home Secretary’s Order to Strip Citizenships of 3 Alleged ISIS Recruits

Three British-Bangladeshis who allegedly joined the ISIS terrorist group in Syria have had their British citizenship restored by a court on Thursday. The UK’s upper tribunal ruled that the Home Secretary did not have the legal right to revoke their British citizenships, because they did not hold any other citizenship at the time. The whereabouts… Continue reading UK Court Overturns Home Secretary’s Order to Strip Citizenships of 3 Alleged ISIS Recruits

Netherlands Sees Biggest Daily Jump in Coronavirus Cases Since Early January: ANP

AMSTERDAM—Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands jumped by around 7,400 in the past 24 hours, marking the biggest increase since early January, Dutch Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus told the national news agency ANP on Friday. Infections were around 20 percent higher on Friday than a week earlier, while the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals increased… Continue reading Netherlands Sees Biggest Daily Jump in Coronavirus Cases Since Early January: ANP

Uber to Give UK Drivers Workers’ Rights After Court Defeat

LONDON—In a major victory for unions, Uber’s more than 70,000 British drivers will be paid the minimum wage while picking up and driving passengers as part of the ride-hailing company’s agreement to grant workers’ rights after it lost a groundbreaking Supreme Court case last month. The Uber logo is displayed on a mobile phone in… Continue reading Uber to Give UK Drivers Workers’ Rights After Court Defeat

UK to Allow Hinkley Reactors Where Cracks Found to Restart

Britain will allow two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point where cracks were found to resume limited operations ahead of their scheduled closure in 2022, the sector’s regulator said on Wednesday. Operated by France’s EDF, the two reactors at Hinkley Point B power station in Somerset, southwest England, will each be allowed to operate for two… Continue reading UK to Allow Hinkley Reactors Where Cracks Found to Restart

Lockdown Extension Looms in Germany as COVID-19 Case Numbers Rise

BERLIN—German health minister Jens Spahn on Friday dampened hopes that further coronavirus restrictions will be lifted soon, saying rising infections could mean that curbs to slow the spread of the virus may have to be re-imposed. German Health Minister Jens Spahn addresses a news conference on the AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine amid a pandemic… Continue reading Lockdown Extension Looms in Germany as COVID-19 Case Numbers Rise

UK Reports Highest February Borrowing Since Records Began

The UK government is estimated to have borrowed £19.1 billion ($26.6 billion) last month, the highest for February since monthly records began in 1993. The borrowing figure is £17.6 billion ($24.5 billion), more than that of February 2020, according to new data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Friday. Public sector net… Continue reading UK Reports Highest February Borrowing Since Records Began

Russian Junior Player Dies After Being Struck in the Head by Puck

MOSCOW—A Russian junior ice hockey player died on Tuesday after being struck in the head by a puck during a game last week, Russia’s Junior Hockey League (MHL) said. Timur Faizutdinov, a defenseman for Dinamo St Petersburg in the MHL, was hit by a puck cleared during a playoff game against Loko Yaroslavl last Friday.… Continue reading Russian Junior Player Dies After Being Struck in the Head by Puck