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Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet

Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outside in England from Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. People can meet in gardens and private outdoor spaces, provided they keep two metres apart, Mr Johnson added. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You ... Full story

Hong Kong: US and allies defend 'bastion of freedom' News

Image caption The law has sparked a new wave of anti-mainland protest. The US, UK, Australia and Canada have issued fresh condemnation of Beijing's new security law for Hong Kong, which they say has "flourished as a bastion of freedom". They say the international community has a "significant and long-standing stake" in its prosperity and stability. China's move to impose the new law during a global pandemic risked undermining trust in ... Full story

Champagne sales sink in a world with little to celebrate

PARIS (Reuters) - Global champagne sales are forecast to slump by a third, or 100 million bottles, this year as the coronavirus crisis shuts bars and restaurants worldwide and hammers economies. FILE PHOTO: Bottles of the Taittinger Champagne are seen at the Central Universal Department Store (TsUM) in Kiev, Ukraine June 20, 2017. Picture taken June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo. The collapse is akin to a wartime depression, ... Full story

Britain deeply concerned by China's legislation for Hong Kong: PM's spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears before the Liaison Committee via Zoom from the cabinet room at 10 Downing Street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain May 27, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government is deeply concerned about China’s legislation on national security for Hong Kong, which risks undermining the principle ... Full story

U.S. Senator Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibodies

FILE PHOTO: Democratic Vice President nominee Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton appear before Hillary Clinton's concession speech in New York,U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced on Friday that he and his wife Anne have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, but that doctors were not able to diagnose the disease early on due to a shortage of COVID-19 tests. “We ... Full story

French cat survives coronavirus infection - Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Papille purrs contentedly as her owner rubs the back of her head, her coat glossy and her eyes a piercing green - back to her old affection-seeking self after recovering from COVID-19. Brian, 24 year-old, suspected to have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 poses in his garden with Papille, his 9 year-old cat who recovered after being tested positive for the virus amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Athis-Mons, ... Full story

Exclusive: TikTok owner ByteDance moves to shift power out of China - sources

BEIJING/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - TikTok’s poaching of Disney’s Kevin Mayer to be its CEO was just the most visible part of a broader strategy by its Chinese owner to shift its centre of power away from China at a time of rising global tensions, several people familiar with the plans said. Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado ... Full story

Martin Scorsese reveals lockdown 'anxiety' and 'relief'

Image caption Martin Scorsese: "A sense of relief settled in and a real sense of freedom.". Martin Scorsese has spoken about how "anxiety" set in during lockdown, after an initial "relief" that his heavy 2020 workload had been temporarily lifted. The director has shot a new home-made short film about his experiences of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. It will premiere on Thursday's edition of Lockdown Culture on BBC Two. Scorsese, who ... Full story

U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. flag flies over Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump’s administration to have links with China’s military, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. The move, first ... Full story

Exclusive: Bullion banks prepare CME pullback after virus snarl

LONDON (Reuters) - Gold trading banks are preparing to significantly reduce their positions on CME Group’s Comex exchange in New York, nine people familiar with the plans said, shifting more trading to London and raising costs for thousands of investors. FILE PHOTO: Gold bullions are displayed at Degussa shop in Singapore June 16, 2017. Picture taken June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su. Some bullion banks are no longer willing to hold large ... Full story

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