UK secures 100-million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

The British drugmaker expects four-million doses to be available in the country by the end of December

James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president, dies at 86

Under Wolfensohn’s leadership, the Washington-based organisation focused on poverty reduction through education and on reconstruction efforts

Turkish court jails hundreds for life over 2016 coup plot

Nearly 300,000 have been detained over links to US-based cleric, accused of having a role

Riksbank expands QE as second pandemic wave hits

Swedish central bank holds rate at 0% and expands asset-purchase programme to include treasury bills and sovereign and municipal green bonds

Deadly form of bird flu running rife in Europe

The highly contagious H5N8 strain has already led to the death or culling of 1.6-million chickens and ducks in the region

UK’s Rishi Sunak is battling to balance the books

He will need to raise another £27bn just to  match day-to-day spending and revenue within five years — according to the government’s fiscal watchdog

How UK’s ties with China are being chafed amid global power play

Boris Johnson’s Conservative MPs have sided with the US in pushing back on Beijing

Swedes now worried about Covid-19 as cases spike

Support for the country’s herd immunity strategy is waning as hospitals fill up

UK’s finance sector fails to deliver on diversity promise

Black people are hired as interns or at entry level, with few in decision-making roles

Italy calls on European Central Bank to cancel Covid-19 debt

However, the bank has repeatedly said it must adhere to EU law banning it from such monetary financing

Google ordered to disclose e-mails in Russian oligarch’s £450m divorce

Tatiana Akhmedova’s pursuit of the e-mail accounts is part of one of London’s largest divorce fights

France orders tech giants to pay digital tax ahead of OECD deal

France reverses a decision to delay the tax that will affect companies such as Facebook and Amazon

Next few days crucial for Brexit talks, says European Commission

Disagreements between the EU and the UK remain, which could mean the difference between a deal or no deal

Ombud says BlackRock appointment by EU failed to consider conflicts of interest

The world’s largest asset manager was contracted to help develop green banking rules but has large stakes in fossil fuel industries

UK’s slow response to pandemic cost citizens £10bn

The National Audit Office says the UK’s tardiness in sourcing PPE forced ministers to pay high prices for PPE, much of which came too late for the first wave ...

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