Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Chrystia Freeland named new Canada finance minister

Canada’s deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland has been named finance minister following a Cabinet shuffle. Her appointment comes after Bill Morneau suddenly quit the job amid pressure from opposition parties. One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s most trusted ministers, Ms Freeland, 52, will become the first woman to hold the position in Canada. In addition […]

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Seoul tightens Covid-19 curbs as cases surge

Museums, nightclubs and karaoke bars have closed in and around South Korea’s capital, Seoul, as Covid-19 cases reach a five-month high. The country reported another 297 new cases – the highest daily figure since March. South Korea is viewed as one of the world’s coronavirus success stories for its management of the disease. But a […]

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Qantas reports £1bn annual loss

Qantas has reported an annual loss of almost A$2bn (£1bn) as it deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian flag carrier’s boss says trading conditions are the worst in the airline’s 100-year history. The firm also says around 4,000 of its 6,000 planned job cuts are expected to be finalised by the […]

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Indonesia president calls to “reboot” economy amid pandemic

Indonesia must use the coronavirus pandemic to reboot Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, President Joko Widodo said, as he proposed a $187 billion 2021 budget that includes spending more on healthcare, including vaccines, and infrastructure. Widodo made the remarks in his annual state of the union and budget speeches to parliament. Due to coronavirus precautions, less […]

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Biden, Harris vow to ‘rebuild’ America

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, marked their first public appearance for their joint White House bid, with the vice presidential nominee saying Americans are “crying out for leadership” to overcome the triple crisis of a pandemic, racial injustice and a ravaged economy. Making their first appearance as running mates, before a small crowd of reporters […]

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UK will be ‘ruthless’ over quarantine: Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government was prepared to be ruthless with even its closest partners over COVID-19 quarantine rules, after he was asked whether France would be removed from the government’s safe-travel list. Britain has in recent weeks imposed a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from countries like Spain and Belgium, responding […]

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Disney ends the historic 20th Century Fox brand

Walt Disney has brought to an end one of the best-known names in the entertainment industry, 20th Century Fox. It comes as the legendary House of Mouse has rebranded one of its TV studios as 20th Television. It follows January’s rebranding of the 85-year-old film company 20th Century Fox as 20th Century Studios. Last year […]

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Gold price drops after historical rise

Gold prices dropped significantly, as it fell by more than 4% below the level of $ 2000 per ounce. In Bahrain, the price of 24 karats dropped to (23.62 dinars) when it was more than 25 dinars four days ago, 22 karats at 21.65 dinars (four days ago 22.93 dinars) and 18 karats for 17.72 […]

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Abu Dhabi Confirms World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJFF) has announced that the 2020 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) will be held from November 18-21 at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in the UAE capital. The 12th edition of the largest and most prestigious event on the global jiu-jitsu calendar was scheduled in April but had to be postponed […]