The pound hit its biggest gain since the market turmoil in March on Wednesday, and the market is betting that a Brexit deal may be reached next month. The pound rose 1.7% to $1.3171 against the US dollar, the highest level in more than six weeks, after Bloomberg reported that trade negotiations between the UK and the EU may resume.
As per a directive from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, effective this weekend, northern England will enter a “very high” level of alertness in a bid to battle the second wave of coronavirus. In addition to the closure of bars, the Prime Minister has also prohibited social gatherings in Manchester.
The Brexit process between the United Kingdom and the European Union has taken four and a half years. The two sides are still engaged in a tug of war. Now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to be desperate to leave the European Union as soon as possible, but still leaves a crack in the door for a retreat.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that a trade agreement between Britain and Europe after Brexit is still possible, but the European Union needs to show greater flexibility. According to current news, both the UK and the EU expressed their desire to continue negotiations.
After the poison attack on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the European Union is launching new sanctions on Russia. The foreign ministers of the EU countries agreed on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg to begin the necessary preparations. In addition to travel restrictions for certain people, these could also include economic sanctions, for example.
A British appeals court on Monday overturned an earlier lower court ruling, which had granted Venezuela’s self-declared President, Juan Guaidó, access to the more than 30 tons of Venezuelan gold that are deposited in the Bank of England. The ruling thus presents a new twist in the conflict.
Canada and the United Kingdom on Wednesday announced sanctions against the Belarusian President Aléxander Lukashenko, his son, and other senior Belarusian government officials. The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes. They were the first sanctions to be implemented by major Western powers.
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei held a silent protest outside the Old Bailey Court in London on Monday against the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Assange was charged by the American authorities with a series of crimes, including espionage.
Inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency have revealed that Iran has stockpiled over 10 times the maximum amount of enriched uranium allowed under the Iran nuclear deal. The latest revelation underlines the consequences of the nuclear talks’ breakdown after the Trump administration walked away from the pact in 2018.
UK Psychiatrists completed a study titled “Association between naturally occurring lithium in drinking water and suicide rates: systematic review and meta-analysis of ecological studies.” The scientists claim that the high concentration of this metal in the water leads to reducing the risk of suicides.
Britain accused Russia of meddling into its elections. Last week, the UK Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament’s Russia Report was released. The committee was investigating Moscow’s interference in various election campaigns over the past year.
Britain announced that it lost track of a Russian submarine in the English channel on Sunday. The submarine no longer could be tracked or detected. The submarine that was lost by British radar is the Krasnodar, which is a class Varshvyanka submarine, also known as Project 636.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said today that he was “absolutely convinced” that Russia had a hand in the recent cyber attack that aimed to steal research into a vaccine against the new coronavirus. It is something Moscow has already denied. Raab made his remarks in an interview with Sky News.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the world. Currently, there are over 14.4 million infected, and over 640,000 deaths around the globe. In the United States, the numbers continue to rise, and many US States rolled back the White House reopening plan to the initial Phase 1.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The statement added that the JCPOA was “currently in serious danger,” and stressed that the international agreement would be scrapped if the international community did not act to protect it.
The Coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news. There are over 13.4 million infected, and over 581,000 deaths around the world. Due to the pandemic, the post-Brexit issues and future have been on hold. However, the UK’s exit from the European (EU) is a done deal.
Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are at greater risk for the COVID-19 epidemic during the coronavirus outbreak, says a report by Amnesty International. The organization has published a report not only calling for the protection of the lives of this group of people against the coronavirus, but also for criticizing the government’s actions against them.
On Monday, the government of the United Kingdom announced new sanctions against 25 Russian citizens who say they participated in the mistreatment and murder of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky, and 20 Saudis believed to be involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
China today accused the United Kingdom of “gross interference in Chinese internal affairs,” following Britain’s recent decision to facilitate access to citizenship for Hong Kong residents, in reaction to its great opposition to Beijing’s new security law. The accusation was made by the Chinese ambassador in London, Liu Xiaoming.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong implored the world today to stand in solidarity with Hong Kong after Beijing imposed its national security law that threatens freedoms in the territory. “We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters.
A British court has ruled against an application by Venezuela’s central bank for a refund of €890 million in gold reserves. According to the ruling by the British high court, Venezuela’s existing gold reserves in the UK will be given to the parallel government of Venezuela, led by Juan Guaido.
India recorded 20,903 new cases in a single day yesterday, which is the highest number of cases reported in a single day in the country so far. With this, the total number of infected people in India has reached 62,5544. According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently 220,439 active cases in the country.
A court in Britain today ruled that it is opposition leader Juan Guaidó, and not President Nicolás Maduro, who has authority over Venezuela’s gold reserves deposited at the Bank of England. The London Commercial Court ruled that the government had “unequivocally recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president,” rather than Maduro.
Germany has a great responsibility in the most important arenas of international politics. The country took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months from today until the end of this year. At the same time, Germany will be in charge of chairing the UN Security Council next month.
The British government is “deeply concerned” about the controversial new Hong Kong Security Law, passed Tuesday by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Specifically, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it may breach a treaty between London and Beijing. He added his government was considering what response to give.
Six people, including a police officer and two minors, were seriously injured by a man who attacked them with a knife in a hotel in central Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. The criminal was later killed by police fire. The hotel where the incident occurred apparently houses asylum seekers and refugees.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an announcement today that on July 4th, the country’s bars, restaurants, hotels, beauty salons, cinemas and museums will be reopened. In addition, weddings may also be held again. “Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end,” he said.
At least three people were killed and three others were seriously injured by an attacker armed with a knife in the British city of Reading, situated about 60 km east of London. The attack took place in Forbury Gardens at 7:00 PM local time yesterday. Today, the British anti-terrorist police classified the attack as an act of terrorism whose motive is not yet clear.
According to reports from Reading on Sunday, a bloody attack that took place in a park in the English city on Saturday evening was terrorism. The accused Libyan suspect stabbed three people to death, and seriously injured three others. Reading, in the south of England, is located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of the British capital, London.
Iran is reportedly sending a ship ferrying cargo to Venezuela. The move comes amidst growing sanctions on vessels and companies involved in facilitating bilateral trade between the two nations. Last week, the US Treasury Department enacted sanctions targeting four shipping companies.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the creation of a commission on racial inequalities. Johnson is calling for combating the “substance” of racism, not symbols, in an allusion to the recent depredations of statues during anti-racist protests. “It is no use just saying that we have made huge progress in tackling racism,” Johnson wrote.
Police and protesters clashed Saturday afternoon in central London after huge crowds flooded the city, despite earlier warnings from the authorities to avoid the demonstrations. Moments of tension and conflict were witnessed between the police and the protesters, more so near the statue of Winston Churchill, which the demonstrators intended to demolish.
The British government has today told the European Union that it doesn’t intend to extend the post-Brexit transition period. The decision was formally communicated to the European Commission by Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Coronavirus transmission in India is not showing any signs of stopping. In the last 24 hours, 10,956 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in India, and 396 people have died. At the same time, India has been ranked fourth in the list of countries most affected by the coronavirus.
The number of people infected with the new coronavirus hit new daily highs, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. The WHO also noted that the pandemic has not yet peaked in Central America, according to news sources. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made these announcements in a brief meeting.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went to live in New Zealand according to the British media. A bottle with “Novichok” was used to poison former Russian spy Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4, 2018. Skripal was a Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted in 2006 of spying for the UK. In 2006 he was released in a spy swap and moved to the UK where he settled in Salisbury. The poisoning not only effected the intended targets but also UK citizens as well.
Protests against the death of George Floyd have received international support, with many countries joining in as demonstrations continue across US cities. In London and Berlin, thousands protested outside the US embassies. The demonstrations began with the protestors taking a knee for nine minutes.
A no-deal Brexit looms for the UK unless its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sticks to the very promises that he made while securing the withdrawal agreement, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has warned. Barnier accused the Prime Minister of seemingly trying to take an about turn from the written agreement in the political declaration that was arrived at and signed between the UK and the European Commission.
A Prosecutor investigating the case of a former US Navy officer accused of spying in Russia has requested 18 years in a maximum-security prison for the defendant, Paul Whelan. The trial wrapped up on May 25, 2020. It is expected that the verdict of the marine, who was detained in Moscow 17 months ago, will be announced by the court in June after final submissions.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a promise today that his government will unveil a new test, track and trace system as part of a new strategy of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The system for tracking people infected with the new coronavirus will go in to effect on June 1, Johnson said.