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S. Africa’s ANC on course for first sub-50% election result

Voter support for South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) was on course on Tuesday to drop below 50% for the first time since it ended white minority rule in 1994, according to partial returns from local polls held nationwide. Monday’s municipal elections had been widely viewed as a referendum… Cyprus Mail …


India floods block roads, sweep away bridges; 46 dead

Floods unleashed by days of unseasonal heavy rain have wrecked crops, blocked roads and washed away bridges in northern India, killing at least 46 people, officials said on Wednesday, as they mounted rescue efforts for those stranded. Aerial images gave glimpses of engorged rivers and partially submerged villages in affected… Cyprus Mail …


Don’t panic buy, Britain tells consumers

Consumers should not panic buy products as Britain is not heading back into a 1970s-style “winter of discontent” of strikes and power shortages, a junior minister said on Thursday. Soaring wholesale European natural gas prices have sent shockwaves through energy, chemicals and steel producers, and strained supply chains which were already creaking… Cyprus Mail …



‘Get out of my pub!’ Landlord challenges Labour’s Starmer (V)

Shouting “Get out of my pub”, a landlord in southern England threw out opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer on Monday and berated him for what he said was his failure to challenge the government’s COVID-19 lockdown. Starmer, who was on a campaign trip in the city of Bath before local… Cyprus Mail …



EU seeks access to US produced AstraZeneca vaccines

The European Union will urge the United States to permit the export of millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as it scrambles to bridge supply shortfalls, the Financial Times reported. The 27-nation EU also wants Washington to ensure the free flow of shipments of crucial vaccine ingredients needed in… Cyprus Mail …


UK’s Sunak says public finances won’t be fixed overnight

British finance minister Rishi Sunak said he would not try to fix the public finances overnight, days before he announces a budget plan that is expected to pile more borrowing on top of nearly 300 billion pounds ($418 billion) of COVID spending and tax cuts. “Look, this is not something… Cyprus Mail …


UK preparing staged exit from Covid lockdown, pubs to open in May

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a staged exit from COVID-19 lockdown that would see pubs and restaurants reopen in May, and hospitality and domestic holiday industries not fully reopening until July, the Daily Mail reported. Johnson, who will set out the path out of lockdown on Feb. 22,… Cyprus Mail …