Britain’s Princess Eugenie is pregnant, Buckingham Palace says

Britain’s Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, is pregnant and expecting to give birth in early 2021, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. Eugenie, the 10th in line to the British throne and younger daughter of the queen’s third child Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, married Jack Brooksbank at Windsor

China says WHO gave blessing for coronavirus vaccine emergency use programme

The World Health Organization gave China its support and understanding to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people while clinical trials were still underway, a Chinese health official said on Friday. China launched its emergency programme in July, having communicated with the WHO in late June, according to Zheng Zhongwei, a National Health Commission official.

Bayern stay strong to complete quadruple with Super Cup win

Bayern Munich beat Sevilla 2-1 after extra time on Thursday to lift the UEFA Super Cup and complete a quadruple under coach Hansi Flick, in the first European game played with fans in the stands since the sport returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Substitute Javi Martinez, in possibly his last game for Bayern, headed the

UK public borrowing overtakes financial crisis peak

British public borrowing surged again in August to a new record high, driven by huge outlays to combat the coronavirus pandemic, with the budget deficit so far this tax year overtaking its full-year peak during the global financial crisis. The government has now borrowed 173.7 billion pounds ($221.8 billion) in the five months since the

‘We’re in despair’: Marseille bars protest against COVID shutdown

Hundreds of restaurant owners and bar staff protested outside Marseille’s commercial court on Friday against a government order to shut from Saturday to curb the surge in new coronavirus cases in France’s second biggest city. The government ordered bars and restaurants in the city to close for two weeks after placing Marseille and its surrounds

CNOOC seeks buyer for some UK North Sea oilfields

China’s CNOOC 0883.HK is seeking a buyer for its Scott platform and its stakes in associated oilfields in the British North Sea, three banking and industry sources told Reuters. CNOOC appointed Lambert for the sale which could fetch several hundred million dollars if CNOOC retains decommissioning liability, but if it does not, the package might change hands

Wells Fargo CEO sorry for ‘insensitive comment’ on diversity

Wells Fargo & Co WFC.N Chief Executive Officer Charles Scharf has apologized for making insensitive remarks around race and diversity, seeking to quell a row over his references to a shortage of talent among minority groups. Reuters reported on Tuesday that Scharf had exasperated some Black employees in a Zoom meeting this summer when he reiterated that

UK to deliberately infect volunteers with coronavirus to speed up vaccine in new trials

A 24-bed quarantine clinic run by hVivo in Whitechapel, London, has been picked for the first initial challenge trials which will see volunteers first receive the potential vaccine – then a dose of Sars-Cov-2. Humans will be deliberately infected with the coronavirus as Britain holds the world’s first Covid-19 human challenge trials, it is reported.

Has Sweden beaten coronavirus? Expert claims by refusing to shut the country down the Swedes now have ‘herd immunity’ and have avoided a second wave

Sweden has beaten coronavirus by refusing to shut the country down and achieving herd immunity, according to an expert. The Scandinavian nation was the only country in Europe not to introduce strict lockdown measures at the start of the pandemic. But scientists believe that this may have helped it avoid a second wave of Covid-19 as it continues

UK to unveil new job protection plans

Britain’s finance minister will announce more job protection plans on Thursday, likely to include a new wage subsidy scheme, to stem unemployment in the pandemic-ravaged economy after existing safeguards expire next month. Rishi Sunak had ruled out a wholesale extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which supported 8.9 million private sector jobs at its