Australia's central bank may reverse policy taper decision – economists

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s central bank will likely reverse its decision to taper its bond buying programme if Sydney remains in a coronavirus lockdown when the board meets on Aug.3, economists at the country’s top banks said on Tuesday.FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians walk past the main entrance to the Reserve Bank

S.Korea May exports at full throttle, set fastest pace in 32 years

SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korea exports logged their sharpest expansion in 32 years in May, marking another robust month of shipments fuelled by stronger consumer demand globally as many economies start to reopen.FILE PHOTO: A truck carrying a shipping container travels past cranes at Pyeongtaek port in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, July

As people return to workplaces from home offices, pets will need help adjusting

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, more people are shifting from home offices back to central and business offices. Workplace routines will be altered, including the deep bonding and comradery developed between at-home workers and their pets. Adjustments, after more than a year of work at home for some, will

Spectacular show as Italian volcano Mount Etna erupts

Mount Etna has erupted, sending smoke and ash into the sky and forcing a nearby airport to close temporarily. Etna, at 3,350m high, is on the Italian island of Sicily and is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The Department of

COVID fears grow in Capitol as three U.S. lawmakers test positive

WASHINGTON — Within a span of about 24 hours, three House Democrats have announced they tested positive for COVID-19, prompting concern that last week’s insurrection at the Capitol has also turned into a super-spreader event threatening the health of lawmakers and their staffs. Those who have tested positive were among

Semiconductor bottlenecks hit auto sector, VW, Bosch, Continental warn

BEIJING (Reuters) – German auto suppliers Continental, Bosch and Volkswagen the world’s largest carmaker, on Friday warned about a shortage of semiconductor components needed for automotive production.Slideshow ( 3 images )The pandemic has hit auto and auto parts production globally, and car-making has grown increasingly reliant on imported chips for

Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign – The Denver Post

WILMINGTON, Del. — On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election over.” Biden, in a Thanksgiving-eve

Seven die as migrant boat capsizes off coast of Lanzarote

At least seven people have died after a migrant boat carrying more than 30 people hit rocks close to a port in Lanzarote. The boat was one of 12 intercepted overnight. Some 300 people in other boats were rescued, but one died later. The emergency services said the Lanzarote boat