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Pompeo says Hong Kong no longer warrants special U.S. treatment - 27 May 2020 at 4:16pm - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday China had undermined Hong Kong's autonomy so fundamentally that the territory no longer warranted special treatment under U.S. law, a potentially big blow to its status as a major financial hub.

Stocks rally on EU stimulus plan, euro gains - 27 May 2020 at 4:15pm - The euro and equity markets advanced on Wednesday as enthusiasm for the European Union's plans for a 750 billion euro (672 billion pounds) recovery fund offset concerns about unrest in Hong Kong over Beijing's proposed national security laws.

Ominous weather looms as NASA set to resume human spaceflight with SpaceX tak... - 27 May 2020 at 4:14pm - Even as ominous weather threatened to delay the mission, two astronauts were strapped into a capsule as they prepared to be carried into orbit on Wednesday by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX in the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.

EU governments ban malaria drug for COVID-19, trial paused as safety fears grow - 27 May 2020 at 4:04pm - European governments moved on Wednesday to halt the use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, and a second global trial was suspended, further blows to hopes for a treatment promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Huawei CFO Meng loses key court fight against extradition to United States - 27 May 2020 at 3:37pm - Huawei Technologies Co's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was dealt a setback by a Canadian court on Wednesday as she tries to avoid extradition to the United States to face bank fraud charges.

Minister accepts Isle of Dogs housing development 'was unlawful' - 27 May 2020 at 3:23pm - Conservative party donor Richard Desmond avoided a 40m bill due to timing of the deal.

Coronavirus: Durham police lockdown travel fines revealed - 27 May 2020 at 3:12pm - The BBC uncovers details of fines issued by police forces for travelling at height of coronavirus lockdown.

Lufthansa board rejects EU conditions on $10 billion bailout - 27 May 2020 at 3:08pm - Lufthansa's $10 billion (8.2 billion pounds) government bailout was thrown into doubt on Wednesday after the German airline's supervisory board refused to accept the conditions attached by Brussels.

"Move on" says British PM, as row over adviser Cummings persists - 27 May 2020 at 2:47pm - Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britain on Wednesday to move on from what he described as a "very, very frustrating episode" when his closest adviser provoked outrage for taking a long-distance drive during the coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson urges UK to 'move on' from Cummings row - 27 May 2020 at 2:45pm - The PM rules out an inquiry into the conduct of his top aide at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus: Test and trace system will start on Thursday - 27 May 2020 at 2:21pm - Anyone coming into close contact with infected people in England will be told to isolate.

Biden calls Trump 'absolute fool' for not wearing face mask - 27 May 2020 at 2:19pm - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday called his Republican rival Donald Trump an "absolute fool" for not wearing a mask at a series of recent public events, saying his lack of leadership on the issue is "costing peoples' lives."

Coronavirus: How will contact tracing work in England? - 27 May 2020 at 2:12pm - Millions in the UK will soon be asked to monitor who they have been near to combat coronavirus.

Bank of England's Bailey sees risk of "longer and harder" recovery - 27 May 2020 at 1:58pm - Britain's economy is at risk of taking longer to recover from the impact of the coronavirus than in the main scenario published by the Bank of England earlier this month, Governor Andrew Bailey said on Wednesday.

Letter from Dunkirk soldier arrives 80 years later - 27 May 2020 at 1:55pm - Pte Harry Cole wrote the letter to his mother just before he was killed but it never made it back.

Coronavirus: The billions being spent on coronavirus in Wales - 27 May 2020 at 1:48pm - The Welsh Government reveals how it is spending 2.4bn on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

England's test and trace programme to launch on Thursday - 27 May 2020 at 1:44pm - A COVID-19 test and trace service will start in England on Thursday to allow the loosening of lockdown measures for most of the population, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Coronavirus: Everyone in the UK is now eligible for a test - 27 May 2020 at 1:26pm - The Health Secretary has announced everyone with coronavirus symptoms is now eligible to be tested.

Coronavirus: Matt Hancock outlines new isolation guidelines - 27 May 2020 at 1:25pm - From Thursday, those who have been contacted by the NHS will be asked to isolate, even if they do not have symptoms.

'Europe's Moment': EU lays out costly rescue for squabbling bloc - 27 May 2020 at 1:18pm - The European Union's executive unveiled a 750 billion euro (674 billion pounds) plan on Wednesday to prop up economies hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, hoping to end months of squabbling over how to fund a recovery that exposed faultlines across the 27-nation bloc.

Without tourists, Europe's luxury shops struggle to reopen in style - 27 May 2020 at 1:12pm - As European luxury shopping capitals from Paris to Milan slowly emerge from coronavirus lockdowns, stores are reopening to a trickle of customers, and virtually no tourists.

Beleaguered sterling heads into a perfect storm - 27 May 2020 at 1:08pm - The currency is struggling near its lowest levels in more than three decades, and a Brexit trade deal looks distant. Meanwhile it is grappling with the prospect of negative interest rates in Britain, a deep recession and a growing pile of debt.

Coronavirus: Evening update as PM rules out Cummings inquiry - 27 May 2020 at 1:04pm - Five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this evening.

UK stocks end higher as economic recovery hopes build - 27 May 2020 at 12:57pm - London-listed stocks notched up their strongest close since early March on Wednesday amid sustained hopes of an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, even as unrest in Hong Kong cast some doubt over Sino-U.S. relations.

Blackburn shooting: Six in court over Aya Hachem death - 27 May 2020 at 12:57pm - Six people are accused of murdering Aya Hachem, who died when shots were fired from a passing car.

EU pledges 40 billion euros for 'just transition' from fossil fuels - 27 May 2020 at 12:53pm - The European Commission has increased five-fold its proposed European Union fund to wean carbon-intensive regions off fossil fuels, with fresh cash from a new recovery fund to help Europe's ailing economies rebound after the new coronavirus pandemic.

Newsnight 'breached BBC impartiality guidelines' with Cummings remarks - 27 May 2020 at 12:36pm - Presenter Emily Maitlis said "the country can see" Dominic Cummings had "broken the rules".

UK tells EU: break the Brexit 'impasse' so we can do trade deal - 27 May 2020 at 12:34pm - Britain told the European Union on Wednesday it needed to break a fundamental impasse to clinch a Brexit trade deal by the end of the year and said an agreement on fisheries might not be ready by July.

UK furlough scheme now covers 8.4 million workers - 27 May 2020 at 12:26pm - The scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus has now cost 15bn.

Special Report: U.S. takes aim at the power behind Venezuela's Maduro - his f... - 27 May 2020 at 12:19pm - Four years ago, a bit player in the Venezuelan leadership was arrested in Colombia and extradited to the United States to face drug charges. He proved to be an important catch.

Pompeo says Hong Kong does not warrant pre-1997 special treatment - 27 May 2020 at 12:17pm - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had certified on Wednesday to Congress that Hong Kong no longer warranted special treatment under U.S. law in the same way that applied when the territory was still under British law before July 1997.

Johnson: 24-hour COVID test results as soon as possible - 27 May 2020 at 11:56am - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he wanted coronavirus test results to be returned within 24 hours as his government prepares to launch a new tracing system to try to contain the spread of COVID-19.

France will fight to preserve 'bold' Commission recovery plan - Elysee - 27 May 2020 at 11:54am - France will fight to ensure the European Commission's plan to issue 750 billion euros in grants and loans to help EU countries recover from their coronavirus slump is not reduced, an official at President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus: Schools and workplaces could see 'local lockdowns' - 27 May 2020 at 11:46am - Restrictions could be introduced if there is a local flare-up of coronavirus, a minister says.

Brighton vicar 'disappointed' over lockdown fine review - 27 May 2020 at 11:27am - The Reverend Martin Poole questioned fines issued to families amid the row over Dominic Cummings.

Coronavirus: Welsh Government not considering local lockdown measures - 27 May 2020 at 11:24am - This contrasts with what UK government health secretary Matt Hancock has announced for England.

Brexit: NI 'could access UK market and EU single market' - 27 May 2020 at 11:10am - The advantages would be dependent on minimising checks between GB and NI, says agriculture minister.

Sally Challen: Abused wife entitled to killed husband's estate - 27 May 2020 at 11:00am - Sally Challen, who killed her husband Richard with a hammer, can inherit his estate, a judge rules.

No decision on all primary years back to school - 27 May 2020 at 10:32am - Schools minister challenged by MPs over whether all primary years in England will go back next month.

Dominic Cummings' Durham visit a 'challenge' for local MPs - 27 May 2020 at 10:11am - County Durham's three Tory MPs need to acknowledge people's anger while staying in the PM's good books.