UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak slashes VAT on tourism and hospitality from 20% to 5% until January

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak slashes VAT on tourism and hospitality from 20% to 5% until January

The UK Chancellor announced a new round of fiscal measures to improve the outlook for the British economy post-pandemic.
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Thousands of people marched near the devastated port, remembering those who died in the most destructive single blast to hit the country.
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What is Nexta — the Telegram channel reporting on Belarus' protests?

The online organisation, which is not state-run, has an encrypted Telegram channel that has over 1.3 million subscribers.
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Seven killed in floods after torrential downpours on Greek island

Seven killed in floods after torrential downpours on Greek island

Authorities in the Greek island of Evia say seven people have died and dozens remain trapped in their homes and cars after flash floods caused by a torrential downpour.
International donors say aid to Lebanon should come with reform

International donors say aid to Lebanon should come with reform

France and the United Nations are leading an international donor conference to pool resources for Beirut following last week's deadly explosion.
Belarus presidential election: Preliminary exit poll gives Lukashenko nearly 80% of the vote

Belarus presidential election: Preliminary exit poll gives Lukashenko nearly 80% of the vote

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's head of campaign was detained yesterday. The 37-year-old woman is trying to challenge Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year rule in today's vote.
More than 100,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil

More than 100,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil

Brazil is the second-most impacted country by COVID-19 with more than three million cases and 100,000 deaths.
Thousands rally against Putin for fifth Saturday in a row

Thousands rally against Putin for fifth Saturday in a row

The rallies in Khabarovsk, a city on the border with China, is a major show of defiance against Moscow's policies, observers say.
Mauritius declares state of environmental emergency after oil leak from stranded ship

Mauritius declares state of environmental emergency after oil leak from stranded ship

Thousands of species around the pristine lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d’Esny and Mahebourg are at risk of drowning in a sea of pollution, Greenpeace warned.
Ties between Russia and Belarus cool ahead of presidential elections

Ties between Russia and Belarus cool ahead of presidential elections

Moscow says Lukashenko and Putin expressed confidence that the situation will be settled as the arrest of 33 Russians in Belarus threatens to sour ties between the historic allies.
Beirut blast: Distraught families await news of missing relatives

Beirut blast: Distraught families await news of missing relatives

Rescue teams continue to search for survivors in the rubble of Beirut's port, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital, killing more than 150 people and wounding thousands.
Minsk's Hi-Tech Park: a symbol of growing inequality in Lukashenko's Belarus

Minsk's Hi-Tech Park: a symbol of growing inequality in Lukashenko's Belarus

Once a sign of progress and a success story for President Alexander Lukashenko, the Hi-Tech Park in Minsk has become a symbol of inequality amid a tanking economy.
Beirut: Hashtag 'hang them' trends online as anger grows at authorities over blast

Beirut: Hashtag 'hang them' trends online as anger grows at authorities over blast

Anger is growing in Beirut after the deadly explosion in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday.
Belarus presidential election: Who is long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko?

Belarus presidential election: Who is long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko?

He's been dubbed Europe's last dictator and has been president of Belarus since 1994. But, ahead of elections on Sunday, what else do we know about Alexander Lukashenko?
Bulgarian PM Borissov's offer to step down fails to deter protesters

Bulgarian PM Borissov's offer to step down fails to deter protesters

Demonstrators have taken to the streets with the same demands for a month — they want the country's entire cabinet to resign and elections to be held.
Misinformation on social media is a 'growing threat' to coronavirus vaccine efforts

Misinformation on social media is a 'growing threat' to coronavirus vaccine efforts

Concern among doctors is growing over the spread of misinformation about vaccines on social media platforms.
Beirut explosion: What is ammonium nitrate and why is it being blamed for the disaster?

Beirut explosion: What is ammonium nitrate and why is it being blamed for the disaster?

The compound blamed for the disaster is not easily combustible but has been implicated in several explosions and attacks.
Beirut port blast: Countries offer help for Lebanon's devastated capital

Beirut port blast: Countries offer help for Lebanon's devastated capital

Lebanon has received offers of help from abroad after the Beirut port blast amid fears over health, food security and the country's already-shattered economy.
Brexit uncertainty: Study shows rise in UK citizens moving to EU countries since 2016

Brexit uncertainty: Study shows rise in UK citizens moving to EU countries since 2016

Brexit has led to a sharp increase in the number of people moving from the United Kingdom to European Union countries, a new study suggests.
Beirut blast: Over 100 dead as rescuers battle with Lebanon's 'national disaster'

Beirut blast: Over 100 dead as rescuers battle with Lebanon's 'national disaster'

At least 100 have been killed and thousands injured after two huge explosions, thought to have been caused by chemicals, devastated a large area of the Lebanese capital.
Several injured after massive explosion rocks Lebanese capital Beirut

Several injured after massive explosion rocks Lebanese capital Beirut

There are reports that a massive explosion has rocked the Lebanese capital.
Belarus leader warns of 'harsh sanctions' against opposition protests ahead of presidential vote

Belarus leader warns of 'harsh sanctions' against opposition protests ahead of presidential vote

Belarusian authorities have detained more than 1,000 participants in protests since the campaign's start.
UN chief says COVID-19 has led to largest disruption to education in history

UN chief says COVID-19 has led to largest disruption to education in history

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world is facing a "generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities."
FIFA damage 'irreversible' over investigation into its president Gianni Infantino

FIFA damage 'irreversible' over investigation into its president Gianni Infantino

The world football governing body's image has been further tarnished by a Swiss criminal investigation into the conduct of its president Gianni Infantino.