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Swiss add UK, Ireland, others to quarantine list

ZURICH Switzerland on Friday added several countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal to its list of countries and regions at high risk of coronavirus infection from which travellers must go into a 10-day quarantine.

Ireland cuts travel 'Green List' down to four countries

DUBLIN Ireland on Thursday removed Germany, Poland and Lithuania from its travel "green list", leaving just four countries exempt from a 14-day quarantine for arriving passengers.

World, Sep 24 2020

Irish PM says EU-UK trade deal can be reached

DUBLIN Ireland's Prime Minister on Wednesday said he believed Britain and the European Union could reach a trade deal in the coming weeks, including on the contentious issue of state-aid rules.

World, Sep 23 2020

Brexit treaty-busting powers would be last resort, says UK minister

LONDON Britain hopes never to need to use proposed powers to break its Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, Northern Ireland Office minister Robin Walker said on Monday as the government pressed ahead with legislation to create such powers.

World, Sep 21 2020

Former UK PM May says government putting UK integrity at risk, could damage N. Ireland peace

LONDON Former British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that peace in Northern Ireland and the integrity of the United Kingdom could be damaged by the government's plan to pass a bill allowing it to break its European Union exit treaty.

World, Sep 21 2020

Northern Ireland to apply COVID-19 restrictions across province

DUBLIN Northern Ireland will apply restrictions imposed in some areas 10 days ago to the whole region in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and is open to considering collective action across the United Kingdom, First Minister Arlene Foster said on Monday.

World, Sep 21 2020

UK devolved leaders to work with PM Johnson on COVID-19: PM's office

LONDON UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that rising COVID-19 cases were a cause for "great concern" and he was committed to working with the administration of each country to tackle the virus.

Facebook tells Irish court that probe threatens its EU operations - newspaper

DUBLIN Facebook has told Ireland's High Court it cannot see how its services could operate in the European Union if regulators freeze its data transfer mechanism, the Sunday Business Post reported, citing court documents seen by the paper.

World, Technology, Facebook Sep 21 2020

Biden or Trump, no guarantee of a post-Brexit U.S.-UK trade deal

WASHINGTON U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's recent warning that Britain must honor Northern Ireland's 1998 peace agreement to secure a U.S. trade deal adds new complexity to already tough trade talks between the United States and the U.K.

World, Sep 18 2020

Trump's Northern Ireland envoy issues border warning: Financial Times

U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mick Mulvaney, has warned against creating a "hard border by accident" on the island, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

World, Sep 18 2020
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Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes kill at least 16, undermine regional stability

YEREVAN/BAKU At least 16 military members and several civilians were killed on Sunday in the heaviest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since 2016, reigniting concern about stability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas to world markets. | Video