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Yemen: UK to resume Saudi arms sales after humanitarian review

LONDON, July 10 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UK is to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite concerns they could be used against civilians in Yemen, in violation of international humanitarian law.

Sales were suspended last year after a legal challenge by campaigners.

A subsequent review found “isolated incidents” of possible violations but no pattern of non-compliance and “no clear risk” of future serious breaches.

Turkey, UK 'very close' to free trade deal

LONDON, 10 July 2020; AA: Turkey and the UK are “very close” to signing a free trade agreement for the post-Brexit era, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

An article by the Financial Times quoted Cavusoglu as saying negotiations between the two countries on a trade deal covering manufactured goods, agriculture, and services are “going very well and we are close to finalizing it.”

UK cyber security centre continuing work on Huawei, says PM's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre is continuing its work looking into Huawei, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday, responding to reports that culture minister Oliver Dowden would make a statement on Tuesday.

“It’s an ongoing process, the NCSC continue their work and when we can update further we will,” the spokesman told reporters.

UK: Oil falls on resurgence of virus cases, oversupply

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices dropped on Friday and were headed for weekly declines as inventories rose and record-breaking new coronavirus cases in the United States stoked concern about the pace of economic recovery and fuel demand.

Brent crude was down by 46 cents, or 1.1%, at $41.89 a barrel by 1130 GMT, and U.S. oil fell 51 cents, or 1.3%, to $39.11 a barrel.

Brent was set for a weekly decline of almost 2% and U.S. crude for a fall of almost 4%.

UK Neo-Nazis encouraging followers to ‘deliberately infect' Jews and Muslims with coronavirus

London; 10 July 2020 (UMMN): According to UK government counterterrorism agency report on Thursday; Neo-Nazis and far-right activists of the United Kingdom are advising their followers to “deliberately infect” Jews and Muslims with coronavirus.

According to a CNN report, these groups are exploiting the crisis to promote their divisive, xenophobic and racist narratives "to sow division" and create social discord.

Covid-19: UK government unveils fresh US$37 billion package to stimulate economy

LONDON, July 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UK government unveiled a package worth £30 billion to save jobs and help the young into work to kickstart the coronavirus-hit economy.

Delivering a mini-budget to parliament, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s measures included bonuses to companies retaining staff and taking on apprentices, investment in ‘green’ jobs and allowing the whole country to enjoy discounted meals in restaurants.

“People need to know that although hardship lies ahead, no one will be left without hope,” said Sunak.

UK: Oil steady as coronavirus fears offset gasoline recovery signs

LONDON (Reuters) - Concerns about renewed coronavirus lockdowns in the United States outweighed signs of a recovery in U.S. gasoline demand on Thursday to keep a lid on oil prices.

The market is also in a holding pattern ahead of a meeting on July 15 of the market monitoring panel of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies.

UK: New Study Warns Of Brain Damages Linked To COVID-19

LONDON, July 8 (NNN-AGENCIES) – A new study found that infection with COVID-19 can lead to brain damages, including delirium and nerve damage.

According to the study, at University College London (UCL), since COVID-19 broke out, there appeared to be a “concerning increase” of a rare brain inflammation, known to be triggered by viral infections.

In the UCL study, nine COVID-19 patients with brain inflammation were diagnosed with a rare condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which is typically seen in children and can affect both the brain and spinal cord.

Huawei: U.S. sanctions have no immediate impact on UK 5G supplies

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions targeting Huawei Technologies have had no immediate impact on the Chinese firm’s ability to supply 5G equipment to the UK, Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang said on Wednesday.

“These restrictions actually haven’t had an impact on Huawei’s capability to supply to the UK’s 5G and fibre solution at this moment,” Zhang told reporters on a call.

“We need to talk about the long term impact, it takes time, it takes months.”

Britain to map out next moves in COVID recovery plan

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce on Wednesday his next moves to prevent a wave of job cuts from snowballing into a full-blown unemployment crisis in the world’s sixth biggest economy.

He is already on course to take state borrowing to World War Two levels as he subsidises 9 million jobs - equivalent to more than a third of private-sector workers - alongside other emergency measures.

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