No. 2 US diplomat Sherman to visit China as tensions soar

WASHINGTON — Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China this weekend on a visit that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday. Sherman will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and others in the northeastern city of Tianjin on Sunday as part of […]

Biden Announces More Focused Outreach To Get Remaining Americans Vaccinated

In an attempt to intensify the United States’ robust vaccination campaign, especially as the Delta variant continues to grow among unvaccinated people across the country, President Joe Biden announced five areas his administration will focus on in the remainder of the summer to get more Americans vaccinated. After he was briefed by his COVID-19 Response […]

'New strategy': Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

WASHINGTON — The mere whiff of a scandal once unraveled political careers with stunning speed. Not anymore. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign and sent fundraising appeals that portray him as a victim of a “smear campaign.” He’s expected […]

Biden to mark St. Patrick's Day, praise Good Friday accord

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is marking St. Patrick’s Day as he recommits the U.S. to the Good Friday Agreement, which has come under increasing stress following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Biden, the latest president of Irish decent, is set for a virtual meeting Wednesday with Ireland’s prime minister, Taoiseach Micheál […]

Eswatini Revamps Tax System, Cuts Debt Arrears Amid Virus Crisis

The southern African Kingdom of Eswatini is overhauling its tax system and reducing its debt arrears as it seeks to shore up its finances amid the coronavirus pandemic. The landlocked nation intends introducing new levies to increase its tax take and bring more individuals and entities into the net, Finance Minister Neal Rijkenberg said in […]

Novavax Shot More Effective in U.K. Than in South Africa

A new Covid-19 vaccine from Novavax Inc. was effective in big trials in both the U.K. and South Africa, but the effectiveness appeared to be reduced in South Africa where a worrisome mutation is prevalent. The results indicated that a another highly potent vaccine could soon be available to help ameliorate the pandemic, in addition […]

Macaroni Pie Is a Rich Treat to Help Tackle Those January Blues

Macaroni pie doesn’t sit entirely well with plans for a healthy January. I’m trying to lose weight, and I should certainly avoid a recipe that features fatty cheese, pasta and double cream. But in terms of fun and simple indulgence, this does fit the bill. It’s a bit like going into a restaurant and ordering […]

U.K. Army to Help Covid Testing as Johnson Faces School Pressure

The U.K. government will draft in the armed forces to help with coronavirus testing in schools, as pressure builds on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay the return of students after the holidays amid a surge in cases. The Ministry of Defence said 1,500 personnel will help ensure testing systems are up and running when […]

Landlords accuse Clarks over legal deal to cut shop rents

Landlords have accused Clarks of abusing a moratorium on commercial evictions as the shoe chain pushed through a legal deal that will cut the rent it pays on 60 stores to zero. Creditors on Friday approved an insolvency process known as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which will wipe out rent arrears on more than […]

XPO Restarts Sale of European Supply Chain Business

XPO Logistics Inc. is reviving a sale of its European supply chain business, according to people familiar with the matter, after the process had paused during the coronavirus pandemic. The business, which does contract logistics, could fetch between $4 billion and $4.5 billion in a potential sale, one of the people said, asking not to […]