Johnson risks party wrath to back aide who crossed UK during lockdown

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed his senior adviser Dominic Cummings on Sunday, despite calls from within his own Conservative Party for the aide to resign for driving 250 miles during the coronavirus lockdown. Cummings, architect of the 2016 campaign to leave the EU, came under pressure when newspapers reported he had travelled from London to northern […]

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UK PM Johnson backs aide Cummings despite calls to resign over lockdown travel

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed his senior adviser Dominic Cummings on Sunday, despite calls from within his own Conservative Party for the aide to resign for travelling 250 miles during the coronavirus lockdown. Cummings, who masterminded the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union, came under pressure when newspapers reported he had travelled from London to […]

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UK PM Johnson stands by senior adviser Cummings over lockdown drive

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday he was standing by senior adviser Dominic Cummings, who is under pressure to resign over a journey he made during the coronavirus lockdown. “I believe that in every respect he has acted responsibly and legally,” Johnson told a news conference. Source: Read Full Article

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Italy's daily coronavirus death toll drops but Lombardy not included

ROME, May 24 (Reuters) – Italy recorded 50 new deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic on Sunday against 119 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said. However, it added that the data did not include deaths from the worst affected Lombardy region due to technical problems. The daily tally of new cases declined to 531 from 669 on Saturday. The […]

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Afghanistan Taliban declares three-day ceasefire

The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire starting on Sunday, a spokesman for the hard-line Islamist group wrote in a tweet on Saturday, a move that comes as fighting has intensified between the warring sides despite the coronavirus pandemic. “Do not carry out any offensive operations against the enemy anywhere, if any action is taken against you by the enemy, […]

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Coronavirus: Nova Scotia active case total drops to 19

There are now less than 20 known active cases of the novel coronavirus in Nova Scotia, 16 of which are connected to the outbreak at Northwood Manor in Halifax. According to a provincial government news release, one new case of COVID-19 was identified on Saturday, bringing the provincial total to 1,050. Of those, 19 remain active. No new deaths have […]

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Coronavirus outbreak closes South Africa gold mine

Operations at the world’s deepest gold mine, in South Africa, have been halted after 164 cases of coronavirus were detected there. The Mponeng mine, like all others in the country, resumed operations last month after being closed in March as part of a national lockdown. It had been operating at 50% capacity but some workers have reportedly raised concerns about […]

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UK's Johnson to lead coronavirus news conference as adviser's future hangs in balance

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead the daily coronavirus news conference on Sunday as the future of his senior adviser Dominic Cummings, who is under pressure over a journey made during the lockdown, hangs in the balance. The news conference will take place at 17:00 BST (16:00 GMT), Johnson’s Downing Street office said. The prime minister […]

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Coronavirus: Underfunded and unempowered, the WHO fumbled in its response to pandemic

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump’s threat last week to permanently pull America’s funding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) shone the spotlight on how much the global health agency depends on its member states for funding. But his accusations that the WHO was too close to China also laid bare the organisation’s near-total reliance on member states for information […]

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Credit Suisse CEO expects mid-term headcount reduction in post-Covid adjustment

ZURICH (REUTERS) – Credit Suisse expects to get by with fewer staff in coming years as automation kicks off, chief executive Thomas Gottstein told Swiss newspaper NZZ, and as the bank positions itself toward more digital interactions and remote working in the post-Covid-19 world. “Medium-term, we will certainly be able to get by with fewer staff – primarily, as we […]

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