France calls out Britain for making public a letter discussing the two nations' dealings on migrants crossing the English Channel.
El Salvador becomes first country to approve bitcoin as a legal currency. And, US President Joe Biden begins the first overseas trip of his term in the UK, hoping to repair relations with Europe. Also, Nicaragua's National Police continues arrests of potential challengers for the upcoming November presidential elections.
President Joe Biden convened leaders of the world's most powerful countries on Thursday to try to spur global efforts against climate change, drawing commitments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting emissions despite their own sharp rivalries with the United States.
Top of The World: The flag at Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom is flying at half-mast on Friday following an announcement from the royal family that Prince Philip had died. And, Israel said it will not cooperate with the ICC investigation into potential war crimes committed in the Palestinian Territories. Also, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, the neighboring South American countries of Ecuador and Peru are holding presidential elections on Sunday.
Top of The World: The American military is warning that China could be accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan. And, the Biden administration is set to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinians. Also, rioting in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast continued for a fourth consecutive night on Wednesday
EU medical officials are reviewing a link between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a strict new national lockdown starting midnight on Tuesday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the country struggles to cope with a surge in cases. And, health officials in Mexico on Monday approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. Also, Saudi Arabia announced that the kingdom would end its embargo with Qatar.
The leaders of Britain and the European Union will meet in the next 24 hours for a final push at a Brexit deal, as the two sides warned that the chances of a post-Brexit trade deal by a year-end deadline is slipping away.
How did the British PM and Brazilian president cope with COVID-19 and move forward politically? Their stories may hold some lessons for the future of the US president, a fellow conservative populist and coronavirus skeptic.
The world’s biggest vaccine study for the coronavirus got underway today in the US. And, Vietnam is back on high alert after the first locally transmitted case in three months was detected in the central city of Da Nang, forcing the evacuation of 80,000 tourists. Also, UK health authorities said all travelers to the UK from Spain will now have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, blindsiding many travelers from Britain who are on vacation in Spain
A long-awaited report on Russian meddling in British politics criticized the UK government for failing to investigate whether Moscow interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with the document's authors describing the lack of curiosity about this threat to democracy as a major failure at the heart of power.