UK Companies See Orders Boom on Hopes of Lockdown Ending

LONDON—Surging new orders before an easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions has prompted a stronger rebound for British companies than expected this month, although price pressures are rising sharply, too, a business survey showed on Wednesday. Canary Wharf stands in London, Britain, on Dec. 27, 2020. (Simon Dawson/Reuters) The flash IHS Markit/CIPS UK Composite Purchasing Managers’… Continue reading UK Companies See Orders Boom on Hopes of Lockdown Ending

9 Countries Summon Chinese Envoy Over Xinjiang Row

Nine U.S. allies in Europe have summoned China’s ambassadors in protest after Beijing slapped sanctions on a dozen European officials, researchers, and institutions that have been vocal about the regime’s human rights abuses. The “sanctioning of members of Parliament and scientists is absolutely incomprehensible,” said German foreign minister Heiko Maas in a March 23 statement… Continue reading 9 Countries Summon Chinese Envoy Over Xinjiang Row

UK Toughens Asylum Rules to Tackle Illegal Immigration

Britain will carry out “the most significant overhaul” of its asylum system in decades to address the challenge of illegal immigration, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Wednesday. The government’s New Plan for Immigration, described by Patel as “fair but firm,” will make it more difficult for migrants entering the UK illegally to stay… Continue reading UK Toughens Asylum Rules to Tackle Illegal Immigration

Facebook Sued in France Over Hate Speech, False Information

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday it is suing Facebook in France for allegedly violating the European nation’s consumer code with deceptive promises to fight hate speech and false information. In a press release, the Paris-based free press watchdog alleged that the U.S. social media giant has broken its own terms of services to “allow… Continue reading Facebook Sued in France Over Hate Speech, False Information

Nearly 40 Percent of UK Firms Suffer Cyberattacks During Pandemic

Two in five UK businesses suffered from cyberattacks in the last 12 months, new figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) show. According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 report, published on Wednesday, 39 percent of British firms and 26 percent of UK charities reported having cybersecurity breaches or attacks… Continue reading Nearly 40 Percent of UK Firms Suffer Cyberattacks During Pandemic

EU Court Backs Lego in German Design Rights Case

Rita Ebel, nicknamed “Lego grandma,” builds a wheelchair ramp from donated Lego bricks in the living room of her flat in Hanau, Germany, on Feb. 17, 2020. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters) BRUSSELS—Danish toymaker Lego on Wednesday won the backing of Europe’s second-highest court in its fight to secure design rights for its colorful snap-together plastic building bricks… Continue reading EU Court Backs Lego in German Design Rights Case

More Arrests Made Over Violent Disorder After ‘Kill the Bill’ Protest in Bristol

Two more people have been arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of violent disorder as a part of a large investigation into a protest-turned-riot in Bristol last Sunday that left a police station vandalised, vehicles burnt, and officers injured. Avon and Somerset Police said they arrested a 20-year-old man and another man who was refusing to provide… Continue reading More Arrests Made Over Violent Disorder After ‘Kill the Bill’ Protest in Bristol

Female Military Member Dies After COVID-19 Vaccine, Showed No Side Effects: Officials

Ukraine’s health agency reported that a female military member died after receiving AstraZeneca’s CoviShield CCP virus vaccine but stressed that the public should not jump to conclusions. The agency said that the woman did not complain of any side effects before her death. After receiving the shot, she died about two days later, officials said on… Continue reading Female Military Member Dies After COVID-19 Vaccine, Showed No Side Effects: Officials

China, Russia Have Caught Up With West in Air Power: UK Minister

China and Russia are developing capabilities to counter and surpass the air power of the Western alliance, a British defence official warned on Wednesday. “Thirty years ago, the UK and its Western allies appeared unchallenged in the air domain,” said Jeremy Quin, Britain’s minister for defence procurement, in reference to the first Gulf War in… Continue reading China, Russia Have Caught Up With West in Air Power: UK Minister

Macron Says France to Reopen Embassy in Tripoli on Monday

PARIS—France will reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli next Monday to show its support for the North African country’s new authorities, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. Libya’s new unity government took office on March 16 from two warring administrations that had ruled eastern and western regions, completing a smooth transition of power… Continue reading Macron Says France to Reopen Embassy in Tripoli on Monday