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India in talks with EU for trade deal, open to pact with UK

FILE PHOTO: Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce and Industry, attends a session at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has started trade talks with the European Union (EU) and is open to dialogue with the United Kingdom for a free trade agreement, the trade minister said on Saturday. Piyush Goyal said that ... Full story

Dubai announces new economic support package, worth over $400 million

FILE PHOTO: General view of the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 28, 2018. REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed. DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai has announced a new package to help the economy cope with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, worth 1.5 billion dirhams ($408 million), the crown prince of the emirate, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, said on Twitter on Saturday. The package is the third announced by ... Full story

German states to borrow 95 billion euros to cushion virus fallout

FILE PHOTO: A restaurant is pictured during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in downtown Wildeshausen, Germany June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo. BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s 16 states are planning to take on 95 billion euros ($107 billion) in new debt as part of their spending efforts to cushion the economy from the worst of the coronavirus shock, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday. The borrowing comes on ... Full story

Pandemic Crushes Garment Industry, the Developing World’s Path Out of Poverty

When the coronavirus shut stores in the U.S. and Europe, clothing factories closed across Asia, and hundreds of thousands of workers, a vast majority of them women, lost jobs. The disruptions might lead to a permanent shift in the industry. Full story

E.ON sells Innogy's Czech retail business to Hungary's MVM

BERLIN (Reuters) - German utilities giant E.ON ( EONGn.DE ) will sell its entire end-customer electricity and gas business in the Czech Republic to Hungarian energy group MVM, E.ON said in a statement on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: E.ON headquarters in Essen, Germany, March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen. MVM joined a shortlist of Czech groups bidding for Innogy’s nearly 1.6 million gas and electricity customers in the Czech Republic in May and ... Full story

Dubai announces new economic support package, worth over $400 million

FILE PHOTO: A general view of Business Bay area, after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Satish Kumar/File Photo. DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai has announced a new package to help the economy cope with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, worth 1.5 billion dirhams ($408 million), the crown prince of the emirate, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, ... Full story

After vigorous monsoon rains, crop planting gathers pace in India

FILE PHOTO: File picture of women planting rice saplings in Nagaon district, in Assam, July 3, 2018. Picture taken July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika/File Photo. NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian farmers have planted 12 million hectares with summer-sown rice, preliminary farm ministry data for this year showed, up 25% from last year as robust monsoon rains encouraged the expansion of acreage. Buoyed by the plentiful rains, rice farmers are likely ... Full story

Wawa asks customers to use exact change, citing coin shortage

Blame the coronavirus for a new shortage — not of toilet paper, but of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that is forcing some businesses to change their policies around how patrons pay for good and services. The Federal Reserve, which manages coin production and distribution, last month said it would temporarily limit the number of coins it gives depository institutions, such as banks, noting a significant disruption to both the coin supply ... Full story

Millions in aid from small business relief fund went to "hate groups"

Details on companies that got PPP loans Details on companies that got PPP loans. At least 10 groups with a history of making anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ or anti-immigrant statements received loans from the government's small business coronavirus relief fund. The Center for Immigration Studies, for instance, a Washington, D.C.-based organization described as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, got as much as $1 million from the ... Full story

European hamster added to 'critically endangered' list News

You might want to hold Mr Snuffles extra tight tonight, because European hamsters have been added to a list of critically endangered animals. They are among the new additions to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) "red list". European hamsters are a much larger relative of Syrian or dwarf hamsters that are kept widely as pets. Human influence on the hamsters' habitats is being investigated as the cause of the species' ... Full story

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