WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden held separate talks on Monday with two key Democratic senators about a bipartisan infrastructure plan and told them he was encouraged by the proposal but still had questions about how to pay for the bill, the White House said. A bipartisan infrastructure plan costing a little over $1 trillion, only about a fourth of ...

The industries most affected by the UK’s delayed reopening will need to find almost £50m to cover wages once the government’s furlough scheme is cut back on 1 July, according to analysis by the Labour party. Hospitality firms and cultural and arts businesses, which still have large numbers of workers on furlough, will need to cover the higher cost ...

SEOUL – The United States and South Korea have agreed to consider scrapping a working group established to coordinate North Korea policy, Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after it became seen as a way for Washington to block inter-Korean projects. During talks between U.S. special representative for North Korea Sung Kim and his South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk on ...

NEW YORK – More than 8,500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2,700 others were killed, the United Nations said on Monday. U.N. chief Antonio Guterres’ annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict covers the killing, maiming and sexual abuse of children, abduction or recruitment, denial of ...

Globe Telecom bagged the “Most Transformational Award – The Game Changer” during the recently held SAP Best Run Awards 2021 for Southeast Asia as it continues to pursue its purpose-led digital transformation journey. The Awards recognizes and celebrates leading organizations in the region that have harnessed innovations from across SAP’s ecosystem of products and services, turning insights into action to ...

1 of 2 LIGHTNING ENTERS SCENE. A split second flash of lightning, which encircles a tower of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), is the first prize winner in the General Category of the Social Media Photo Contest. The photo was taken and submitted by Nestor Vince II A. Nardo, selected from among 109 photographic entries. FIREWORKS ‘CONNECT’ BRIDGE. With ...

MANILA – A community in the Philippines has been raffling off huge sacks of rice in exchange for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, after finding it hard to persuade people to get their shots. Twenty weekly winners who get their shots in Sucat on the outskirts of the capital Manila have been taking home a 25 kg (55 pound) sack of ...

The heads of the UK’s largest business lobby group and two major City employers have warned against giving workers the legal right to demand remote working, claiming it would harm young employees and city centre economies. Lord Bilimoria, the president of the CBI, said that while employees should be able to request the option of working from home, flexible ...

Bitcoin has suffered another volatile drop in value as Beijing intensifies its crackdown on the mining of the world’s largest cryptocurrency. The digital asset fell back by as much as a tenth to a two-week low after Chinese officials said that they had summoned executives from some of the country’s leading banks to reiterate a recent ban on crypto ...

The Treasury is drawing up plans for a tax raid on wealthy pensioners as it seeks to repair the nation’s finances after the pandemic. Officials are working on plans to cut the lifetime allowance, the amount people can build up in their pension pot before incurring punitive charges, from just over £1 million to £900,000. It would mean that ...

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