DUBAI – More than four months after the COVID-19 outbreak halted the world’s richest Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League resumes in Dubai on Sunday with a mouth-watering clash between the IPL’s two most successful franchises — Mumbai and Chennai. With India grappling with a surge of COVID-19 cases, the eight-team league was suspended near its halfway stage in May after two franchises reported several positive cases. The rest of the league was subsequently shifted…"Cricket-IPL resumes in UAE after COVID-19 disruption"
LONDON – England set out measures to boost international travel on Friday, abandoning expensive COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, scrapping its traffic light system and adding eight countries to its safe list. Travellers returning to England from Turkey, Pakistan, and the Maldives will not have to quarantine on their return as they are removed from the so-called COVID red list for travel, British transport minister Grant Shapps said. Shapps also said under the…"England eases COVID-19 rules for international travellers"
LONDON – U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu on Friday said that re-watching her stunning victory in this month’s final felt like watching someone else, adding that her achievement had started to sink in but it was still difficult to fully comprehend. The 18-year-old Briton took the tennis world by storm when she beat Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, 19, in straight sets last weekend to become the first qualifier in the men’s and women’s game ever to…"Tennis – Reviewing U.S. Open final win felt like watching someone else – Raducanu"
– Europe’s drugs regulator said on Friday it could not confirm if women and young adults were at a higher risk of rare blood clots with low platelets following vaccination with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after it studied available data. Limitations in the way the data was collected meant that the European Medicines Agency could not identify any specific risk factor that made the condition, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), more likely, it said ."EU fails to confirm if women, young adults at higher clot risk from AstraZeneca shot"
LONDON – The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England was around 1 in 80 people in the week ending Sept. 11, Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday, a slight decrease from the previous week’s estimate of 1 in 70."England’s COVID-19 prevalence decreases to 1 in 80, ONS says"
LONDON ( Breakingviews) – Economic heft often equates to political clout. But pandering too much to big powers can have negative repercussions, as the World Bank is discovering. The multilateral lender’s leaders, including then-Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva, in 2017 applied pressure on staff to boost China’s ranking in a report on the ease of doing business, according to an independent investigation published on Thursday. Georgieva, now head of the International Monetary Fund, said she disagreed…"World Bank has a shareholder-engagement problem"
– The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19 rules for international travel, a late-season boost for airlines, holiday and tourism companies which say they will not survive another winter of onerous rules and red tape. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news EUROPE * Spain will give a third vaccine dose to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, while data showed…"Factbox – Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates could invest at least a further 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion) in the United Kingdom this year after pledging 10 billion pounds this week to its investment partnership with the British government. The UK’s Trade Commissioner to the Middle East, Simon Penney, told on Friday there was “line of sight” on a minimum of one billion pounds of transactions between now and the end of the year. “The expectations…"UAE could invest further $1.4 billion in Britain this year, UK trade official says"
LONDON – British clothing retailer Next has struck a deal with Gap Inc, to run the Gap brand’s business in the UK and Ireland as a franchise partner. The deal will allow the U.S. firm to retain a presence in the UK and Ireland having closed its shops in those markets earlier this year. Shares in Next were up 1% at 0842 GMT. Under the plan the two groups will form a joint venture to…"Next to operate Gap brand in Britain"
LONDON – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cautioned Britain on Friday that if the Northern Irish peace deal was destroyed then there would be no post-Brexit trade deal with the United States. The United States has expressed grave concern that a row between London and Brussels over the implementation of the 2020 Brexit treaty could undermine the Good Friday accord, which effectively ended three decades of violence. “If there is destruction of the…"U.S. House Speaker Pelosi cautions Britain over Northern Irish peace deal"