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Ireland to lift COVID-19 curbs ahead of many European countries

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DUBLIN Ireland will allow shops, restaurants, gyms and pubs serving food to reopen next week, and permit travel between counties from Dec. 18, to facilitate a "different but special" Christmas, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Friday.

Exclusive: White House considers lifting European travel restrictions - sources

WASHINGTON The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters. | Video

Irish PM says 'good result' in UK trade talks possible, EU chief says ready for no-deal

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN Ireland's prime minister said on Wednesday there was still time for a "good result" in trade talks between Britain and the European Union, though the bloc's chief executive said the risk of a no-deal split on Dec. 31 remained. | Video

Nov 25 2020

Biden says UK border with Ireland must be open

(Reuters) -U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday he did not want to see a guarded border between Ireland and the United Kingdom, adding that he had previously discussed the matter with the British and Irish prime ministers and other European leaders.

World, Nov 24 2020

Irish PM hopes for outline of Brexit trade deal this week but differences remain

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN Ireland's prime minister said on Monday he hoped the outline of a Brexit free-trade deal would emerge by the end of this week, despite what the European Union's negotiator called "fundamental divergences" at talks.

Nov 23 2020

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland aim to ease COVID rules for Christmas

LONDON The British government said on Sunday it was working with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ease COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas to allow families to get together.

Irish health chief concerned by unexpected rise in COVID-19 cases

DUBLIN An unexpected 10% rise in the five-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases in Ireland threatens to reverse a recent sharp drop in the incidence rate of the disease to the third-lowest level in Europe, the country's chief medical officer said on Saturday.

Northern Ireland parties reach deal to extend COVID-19 restrictions

BELFAST Northern Ireland's power-sharing government on Thursday agreed to extend COVID-19 restrictions for between one and two weeks, falling short of stricter measures demanded by Irish nationalist parties.

EU must show flexibility, especially over Northern Ireland, UK's Gove says

LONDON The European Union must show flexibility to help secure a free trade deal with Britain, particularly in Northern Ireland where the easy movement of goods must be maintained with the rest of the United Kingdom, Brexit supremo Michael Gove said.

World, Nov 12 2020

TikTok to increase Irish staff to 1,100 in rapid expansion

DUBLIN TikTok will increase its number of employees in Ireland to 1,100 by early 2021 from just 20 in January, the Chinese-owned video app said on Wednesday, a pace of expansion Ireland's foreign investment agency said was one of the fastest on record.

Technology, Nov 11 2020
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Exclusive: Trump to add China's SMIC and CNOOC to defense blacklist - sources

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is poised to add China's top chipmaker SMIC and national offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, according to a document and sources, curbing their access to U.S. investors and escalating tensions with Beijing weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.