European markets set to soar at the open despite global concern over omicron variant

LONDON — European stocks are expected to start the new trading week far higher, despite extensive concerns over the newly discovered omicron Covid variant. The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 97 points higher at 7,137, Germany’s DAX 191 points higher at 15,437, France’s CAC 40 up 99 points at 6,824 and Italy’s FTSE MIB up … Read more

‘We are sick of double speak’: French government intensifies attack on Johnson over Channel tragedy – live

[The agreement] entails Plaid Cymru transforming itself from a traditional opposition party in the Westminster sense to something new and refreshingly different, a co-opposition party, co-operating where possible, while continuing to oppose, and to scutinise and criticise where necessary. There is no precedent for what we are about to embark upon in the politics of … Read more

A tragedy in the Channel

Pregnant women and three children were among the 27 people who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat. The tragedy occurred on Wednesday and is the deadliest incident since the migration crisis began. Diane Taylor has been reporting on the crisis from both sides of the Channel for years as people-smugglers have … Read more

France opts for 3rd shots, not lockdown, to fight new wave

France has launched a plan Thursday to give COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, as it opted against a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying uptick in infections in the country. Coronavirus infections have peaked in France over the last few days, with daily new cases rising above the 30,000 mark. French … Read more

Covid news live: Macron says locking down France’s unvaccinated ‘not necessary’; first Covid case was at Wuhan market – study

7.22am GMT07:22 Rightwing extremists in the UK are using Covid controversies and online gaming as a way of recruiting young people, as data shows half of the most serious cases of suspected radicalisation reported by schools and colleges now involve far-right activity. Figures published by the Home Office show twice as many young people in … Read more

Wine fanatics beware: Supply chain problems put the squeeze on this year’s eagerly awaited Beaujolais Nouveau haul

Bottles of the 2016 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau wine are displayed at a countdown event in Tokyo on November 17, 2016. Yoshikazu Tsuno | Gamma-Rapho | Getty Images WASHINGTON – Every year on the third Thursday of November, at exactly 12:01 a.m., the French release their celebrated first wine of the harvest — the crisp and … Read more

Covid live: Russia’s coronavirus death toll passes 250,000; Germany reports new record daily cases

Russia on Wednesday reported a record 1,239 deaths from Covid in the previous 24 hours, two days after most of its regions emerged from a week-long workplace shutdown designed to curb the spread of the virus. It takes the official death toll to 250,454 deaths. Only four other countries have surpassed the grim quarter-million milestone. … Read more