Warning signs for global recovery as Delta dims outlook

(Corrects ratio in final paragraph to copper/gold) By Saikat Chatterjee and Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) -A drubbing in world equity markets and a huge flight to safety into U.S. Treasuries this week suggests investors now doubt that a much-anticipated return to post-COVID normality is feasible any time soon. Data from the United States and China, […]

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U.S. expected to take initial steps soon in aftermath of Cuba protests: officials

By Matt Spetalnick, Daphne Psaledakis and Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to soon announce initial steps as part of the Biden administration’s review of Cuba policy and in response to Havana’s crackdown on the biggest street protests in decades, State Department officials said on Monday. The senior officials’ comments further […]

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US sends Vietnam 2 million COVID vaccine doses

The United States sent Vietnam two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine Tuesday, the White House said, in its latest assistance to countries struggling to tame the pandemic. The Moderna vaccine shipment — part of a first 80 million doses that President Joe Biden has pledged to allocate worldwide — should arrive in Vietnam this weekend, […]

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Secret society: What the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t want you to know

China’s ruling Communist Party, which celebrates its 100th anniversary Thursday, is characterised by secrecy in leading the world’s second-biggest economic power from the shadows. Founded as an illegal Marxist underground movement in Shanghai a century ago, it has subsequently been defined by the strict control of information, surveillance and purges of dissenters. Here are five […]

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Xi says no more ‘bullying’ China at celebration for centenary of Communist Party

President Xi Jinping hailed China’s “irreversible” course from humiliated colony to great power at the centenary celebrations for the Chinese Communist Party on Thursday, in a speech reaching deep into history to remind patriots at home and rivals abroad of his nation’s — and his own — ascendancy. Speaking above the giant portrait of Mao […]

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Bargaining over global tax enters key stage

Global tax reforms would allow countries to tax a share of profits of the 100 most profitable companies in the world Paris (AFP) – Nearly 140 countries will haggle over key details of a global corporate tax plan this week, with some concerned about giving up too much and others eager to ensure tech giants […]

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Hong Kong pro-democracy paper unable to pay staff after asset freeze: aide

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper warned Monday it is unable to pay staff and is at imminent risk of closure after the government froze the company’s assets using a sweeping new national security law. Apple Daily has long been a thorn in Beijing’s side, with unapologetic support for the city’s pro-democracy movement and caustic […]

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Americans stunned after Tom Cotton warns China might harvest DNA from US Olympic athletes

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) recently faced blowback for his remarks suggesting China may collect the DNA of U.S athletes who participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics. “In 2022, thousands of world-class athletes will gather to compete in China,” The Arkansas senator said. “Their DNA will present an irresistible target for the [Chinese Communist Party].” He […]

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Biden promises to lay down ‘red lines’ to Putin

US President Joe Biden said Monday he would lay down “red lines” to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at their upcoming meeting, after rallying NATO allies to face up to challenges from Moscow and Beijing. Speaking after his first NATO summit since being elected, Biden insisted: “I’m not looking for conflict with Russia, but that […]

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China urges NATO to stop exaggerating ‘China threat theory’

BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s mission to the European Union urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the “China threat theory” after the group’s leaders warned that the country presented “systemic challenges”. NATO leaders on Monday had taken a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at United States President Joe Biden’s first summit with the alliance. […]

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Biden works to rebuild ‘sacred’ NATO bond destroyed by Donald Trump

US President Joe Biden will seek to restore bonds of trust at NATO’s first post-Trump summit on Monday, as leaders push to revitalise the alliance despite differences over dangers ahead. The allies will agree a statement stressing common ground on securing their withdrawal from Afghanistan, joint responses to cyber attacks and relations with a rising […]

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Trump official battled colleagues to stop them from making ‘embarrassing’ claim about COVID-19: report

America narrowly avoided a major diplomatic crisis from the Trump administration according to the account of a former top official. “In the final days of the Trump administration, the State Department was embroiled in a bitter dispute over China’s role in the origins of COVID-19 that’s now spilling into public view,” BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. […]

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G7 plans infrastructure initiative to counter China’s ‘New Silk Road’

G7 Summit in England – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the G7 summit in […]

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China accuses US of ‘paranoid delusion’ over huge innovation bill

Beijing on Wednesday accused Washington of “paranoid delusion” after the US Senate passed a sweeping industrial policy bill aimed at countering the surging economic threat from China. America’s political parties overcame partisan divisions to support pumping more than $170 billion into research and development, one of the most significant achievements in Congress since Joe Biden’s […]

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