Facebook resumes talks with Australia after blocking news content in country – National

Facebook is back at the negotiating table, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday after the tech giant this week blocked news on its site in the country. Facebook’s abrupt decision to stop Australians from sharing news on the site and strip the pages of domestic and foreign news outlets also erased several […]

U.S. says it is ready to resume talks with Iran on nuclear deal – National

The Biden administration says it’s ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. The State Department said Thursday the U.S. would accept an invitation from the European Union to attend a meeting of the participants in the original agreement. The U.S. has not participated […]

Iran rejects new talks on nuclear deal after Macron suggests adding Saudi Arabia – National

Iran’s foreign ministry on Saturday rejected any new negotiations or changes to the participants in Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, after French President Emmanuel Macron said any new talks should include Saudi Arabia. “The nuclear accord is a multilateral international agreement ratified by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and parties […]

‘A Perfect Planet’: David Attenborough talks narrating nature series amid COVID-19 lockdown – National

Sir David Attenborough has one of the most recognizable voices in TV history. His calming timbre has been the guiding force of numerous specials, and he’s synonymous with some of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Up next: he’s narrating A Perfect Planet, a five-part BBC Earth series offering a unique fusion of natural history and […]

No-deal Brexit ‘very likely’ Johnson says as talks bogged down – National

The U.K. and the European Union provided sober updates Thursday on the state of post-Brexit trade discussions, with only two weeks to go before a potentially chaotic split. While Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Union’s executive commission, noted “substantial progress on many issues,” she voiced concerns about the discussions taking place […]

Post-Brexit trade deal talks will continue, U.K., European Union officials say – National

Throwing overboard Sunday’s self-imposed deadline, the European Union and Britain said they will “go the extra mile” to clinch a post-Brexit trade agreement that would avert New Year’s chaos and cost for cross-border commerce. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had set Sunday as the deadline for […]

EU leaders agree to further cut greenhouse emissions after all-night climate talks – National

European Union leaders reached a hard-fought deal Friday to cut the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade compared with 1990 levels, avoiding a hugely embarrassing deadlock ahead of a U.N. climate meeting this weekend. Following night-long discussions at their two-day summit in Brussels, the 27 member […]

Brexit trade talks with European Union are in their ‘last week,’ U.K. says – National

Britain‘s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “I think we are into the […]

Britain, European Union resume face-to-face trade talks as deadline approaches – National

Teams from Britain and the European Union resumed face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal Saturday, with both sides sounding gloomy about striking an agreement in the little time that remains. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier returned to London to meet his U.K. counterpart David Frost. Talks have been held virtually for the past […]

Brexit talks suspended after EU negotiator tests positive for COVID-19 – National

As if the Brexit trade negotiations were not torturous enough, the coronavirus added a twist at a crucial stage on Thursday when top-level talks had to be suspended because an EU negotiator tested positive for COVID-19. It added uncertainty to the negotiations as a deadline looms ever closer and both sides are still divided […]