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Four days of events planned to mark Queen’s 70 years on...

Britain will hold "a blockbuster weekend of celebrations" in the summer of 2022, featuring an extra day's public holiday, to mark Queen Elizabeth's 70th anniversary on the throne, the government announced on Thursday.

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UK confirmed COVID-19 deaths surge past 50,000

The United Kingdom passed 50,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday, with a recent rise in infections leading to a new grim milestone for the European country hit hardest by the pandemic.

Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

A COVID-19 vaccine being developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech has been found to be more than 90% effective. If the vaccine is approved, vaccination shots for coronavirus could be available by the end of this year, the companies said.

Biden wins presidential race, networks report

Democrat Joe Biden captured the US presidency on Saturday, several major television networks said, as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump's tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden's promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation.

Governor remains hopeful as England goes into 2nd lockdown

Developments in rapid testing and progress on vaccine research provide reasons for hope amid the gloom as England goes into a second national lockdown, Governor Martyn Roper said this week.

Cayman watches on as US election results trickle in

The US polls have closed, and now the world watches with bated breath as the presidential election tallying continues. Here in Cayman, it’s no different, as people watch the results in their homes or at bars and restaurants across the islands.

Americans begin casting Election Day ballots after divisive, bitter campaign

Americans headed to the polls on Tuesday to choose either incumbent Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden as their next president, after a tumultuous four years...

UK’s Johnson defends lockdown to avoid ‘medical and moral disaster’

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended a second COVID-19 lockdown in England from critics who said it was unnecessary...

Cuba has big stake in US election after Trump’s trashing of detente

Cuban pensioner Esperanza Chacón, 89, prays every day for Donald Trump to lose the US presidential election as her livelihood has been threatened by Trump's tightening of the US trade embargo on the Communist-run island.

Johnson locks down England as UK COVID-19 cases pass 1 million

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into a national lockdown after the UK passed the milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases, and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service.

Cuba says US sanctions to end remittances, Western Union says not so fast

Cuba said late on Tuesday Western Union would have to shut down its operations on the island due to new U.S. sanctions, thereby cutting off key remittances, but the money transfer firm said it was still exploring ways to comply with the new rules.

US envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics

The U.S. ambassador to Jamaica exchanged insults with people on Twitter who accused him of interfering in the country's internal affairs, telling one he used too much marijuana and another that "you drink that cheap stuff."

Britain says it is doing everything it can to avoid national lockdown

Britain will do everything it can to avoid ordering a second national COVID-19 lockdown because it believes it will do more harm than good to the country, a minister said on Thursday.

Caribbean eyes listing Venezuelan oil vessel with concern

The Caribbean is watching an offshore floating oil-storage barge, called Nabarima, which is taking on water off the coast of Venezuela.

Britain puts more areas into lockdown as cases rise

Britain put more of northwest England into the highest COVID alert level on Friday in the face of rising case numbers.

Johnson says prepare for no-trade deal Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit unless the European Union fundamentally changed cours

‘Things will get worse’: London goes into stricter lockdown

London, the world's international financial capital, will enter a tighter COVID-19 lockdown from midnight on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to tackle a swiftly accelerating second coronavirus wave.

Ministers plan pre-Christmas COVID-19 lockdown for English universities

Ministers want to place universities in England in lockdown for two weeks before Christmas with students told to remain on campus and all teaching carried out online.

England’s pubs ponder pasties to beat lockdown curbs

Pub owners across England's COVID-19 hotspots were on Tuesday pondering a question that could decide if they survive or sink due to the coronavirus lockdown: when is a pub a pub, and when does it become a restaurant?

Cuba urges calm as overhaul of monetary system looms

Cuba’s economy minister on Monday urged calm as the government prepares to unify its dual currency system and multiple exchange rates in hopes of improving economic performance.

EU pushes UK to budge at ‘critical stage’ in Brexit talks

The EU on Tuesday demanded "substantive" movement from Britain on fisheries, dispute settlement and guarantees of fair competition in their post-Brexit trade talks, which Germany said were at a "critical stage".

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