We are ready to start business talks when you are.

(adds context) LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is ready and waiting to start trade negotiations with the United States, Britain’s Trade Secretary Liz Truss said on Tuesday when asked about a timetable for a possible deal. Truss was speaking after delivering a speech urging businesses to join Britain’s post-Brexit trade strategy to provide services to the… Continue reading We are ready to start business talks when you are.

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Prince Andrew served a sexual assault allegation brought by Virginia Giuffre

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has been brought in a sexual assault allegation against him by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers, according to New York federal court records. Andrew is being sued in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by Virginia Joffrey, 38, who alleges that the Duke sexually abused… Continue reading Prince Andrew served a sexual assault allegation brought by Virginia Giuffre

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Profile: Mullah Baradar, the new deputy leader in the Afghan government | Taliban news

Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar has named deputy leader in Afghanistan’s new caretaker government announced on Tuesday, weeks after the armed group seized control of the country in a stunning military campaign. Baradar, who headed the Taliban’s political office in Doha, has been the most prominent face of the Taliban in recent years, as the… Continue reading Profile: Mullah Baradar, the new deputy leader in the Afghan government | Taliban news

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The new UN climate change report didn’t deserve such frantic headlines

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published the first major part of its Sixth Assessment Report. It’s a big problem, but it’s not the last word in climate science. Two more sections of the report will be published next year. Taken together, it attempts to define the consensus, the scientific view… Continue reading The new UN climate change report didn’t deserve such frantic headlines

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The collapse of Kabul, the families of tears are separated

Just a year ago, Farhad Wajdi was in Kabul with his parents and siblings, running a non-profit organization that set up local women with street food carts. They were attracting international media headlines and gaining support from US-based NGOs and the Afghan government. But now, the Taliban’s return to power in the country, which happened… Continue reading The collapse of Kabul, the families of tears are separated

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DRC government says 12 people died after Angola mine spill | environment news

The environment minister said Congo would seek compensation for the damages it had suffered, without specifying an amount. Twelve people died and 4,400 sickened in southern DRC after tailings leaked from the Katuka diamond mine in Angola in July, the environment minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said. After visiting Kasai province, where… Continue reading DRC government says 12 people died after Angola mine spill | environment news

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A high-ranking Emirati official meets the Emir of Qatar in a rare visit: State media | GCC news

UAE National Security Adviser and brother of the de facto ruler meets Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, the Emir’s office and UAE state media report. A high-ranking Emirati official held talks with the emir of Qatar in Doha, the first such visit in four years following an agreement earlier this year to… Continue reading A high-ranking Emirati official meets the Emir of Qatar in a rare visit: State media | GCC news

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Japan expands state of emergency as delta cases rise | Corona virus pandemic news

At least eight more prefectures have been added to the emergency order, bringing the total to 21, as the country sees a sudden rise in critical cases. On Wednesday, the minister in charge of COVID-19 countermeasures announced that Japan is expanding the state of emergency to eight more prefectures, bringing the total to 21 prefectures… Continue reading Japan expands state of emergency as delta cases rise | Corona virus pandemic news

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Japanese court sentences Yakuza chief to death for ordering murder | crime news

Satoru Nomura, the 74-year-old head of the crime syndicate “Kodo Kai” in southwest Japan, denied the accusations of directing violent attacks. A Japanese court has sentenced a Yakuza mafia boss to death after ordering murder and attacks on three other citizens. Satoru Nomura, 74, head of the “Kodo Kai” crime syndicate in southwest Japan, has… Continue reading Japanese court sentences Yakuza chief to death for ordering murder | crime news

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US judge blocks $850 million sexual assault settlement in Boy Scouts | Courts News

The ruling allows Boy Scouts, who have been hit by a flood of lawsuits last year, to move forward with a proposed reorganization plan. Boy Scouts of America can enter into a pivotal $850 million agreement to settle thousands of child sexual abuse claims, after it has been approved by the US Bankruptcy Court. Thursday’s… Continue reading US judge blocks $850 million sexual assault settlement in Boy Scouts | Courts News

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Venezuela’s Maduro appoints new foreign minister in cabinet reshuffle

Maduro is pushing for sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe to be lifted. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has appointed a new foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle that comes amid negotiations with the opposition aimed at easing the country’s political impasse. On Twitter, President Maduro wrote that Felix Placencia, Venezuela’s envoy to China,… Continue reading Venezuela’s Maduro appoints new foreign minister in cabinet reshuffle

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Oil continues to fall as the Fed considers tapering, OPEC+ turns to the taps | Corona virus pandemic news

Oil’s rally in the first half of the year has lost its momentum since July amid the threat to demand from the spread of the highly contagious delta type of coronavirus. Oil fell for the sixth day in a row to its lowest level since May after the Federal Reserve indicated on Wednesday that it… Continue reading Oil continues to fall as the Fed considers tapering, OPEC+ turns to the taps | Corona virus pandemic news

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Zaki Anuri: An Afghan footballer was killed by an American plane | Taliban news

The Afghan Sports Federation said Anwari, who played for the national youth soccer team, died in the chaos at the airport. An Afghan sports federation said that an Afghan soccer player who played for the national youth team died after trying to cling to a US plane carrying people by air from Taliban-controlled Kabul. The… Continue reading Zaki Anuri: An Afghan footballer was killed by an American plane | Taliban news

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US jobless claims decline epidemically, Fed eyes narrow | Business and Economics News

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits in the US fell for the fourth consecutive week, hitting their lowest levels since the coronavirus pandemic first shut down many businesses and sent workers home in March 2020. The US Labor Department said on Thursday that seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment assistance reached an epidemic low of… Continue reading US jobless claims decline epidemically, Fed eyes narrow | Business and Economics News

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What next for the United States, the Taliban and Afghanistan? | Asia

Although the war and occupation are over and the dust has finally receded in Afghanistan, there is little clarity about what the future holds for the Afghan nation or for the two main protagonists, the United States and the Taliban. Based on their initial official statements, both sides appear to be limiting their ambitions, lowering… Continue reading What next for the United States, the Taliban and Afghanistan? | Asia

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