US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday hailed a "shared approach and shared priorities" with Chile under President Gabriel Boric, one of a string of leftist leaders recently elected in Latin America.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said current rules can lead to a “media circus” and jeopardise a fair trial
DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran's foreign ministry summoned the British ambassador in Tehran in reaction to "interventionist comments" from the British foreign ministry, the semi-official news agency Tasnim reported on Wednesday. "The British side, by issuing unilateral statements, shows that it has a role in the belligerent scenarios of terrorists active against the Islamic Republic," the director general of Western Europe at Iran's foreign ministry added, after saying that London's remarks on Iran's internal affairs were "based on fake and provocative interpretations." Britain's foreign ministry said on Monday it had summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires, Iran’s most senior diplomat in Britain, over the crackdown on protests following the death of Mahsa Amini in custody.
Major oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia were set to meet Wednesday as reports said they were mulling an output cut of up to two million barrels per day in a bid to prop up slumping prices. If implemented, it would be the first such major cut since a landmark curb on production at the start of the Covid pandemic. Energy prices soared after Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, pushing inflation to decades-high levels that have put pressure on economies across the world. But they have fallen in recent months on concerns over dwindling demand and a slowdown in the global economy. The 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Saudi Arabia, and their 10 allies headed by Russia will hold their first in-person meeting since March 2020 at the group's headquarters in Vienna. Collectively known as OPEC+, the alliance drastically slashed output by almost 10 million barrels per day (bpd) in April 2020 to reverse a massive drop in crude prices caused by Covid lockdowns. OPEC+ began to raise production last year after the market improved. Output returned to pre-pandemic levels this year, but only on paper as some members have struggled to meet their quotas. The group agreed last month on a small, symbolic cut of 100,000 bpd from October, the first in more than a year. - 'Sizeable cut'? - Most oil ministers were reluctant to divulge information on possible output cuts as they started to arrive in Vienna. UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said Tuesday that the group was still reviewing market data. "Let's wait... We will have to listen to the technical team," he told journalists. But Bloomberg said officials were discussing the removal of about two million bpd out of the market from November, twice as much as earlier predictions. "A sizeable cut now looks on the cards, the question is whether it will be large enough to offset the demand destruction caused by the impending economic downturn," said Craig Erlam, an analyst at trading platform OANDA. After soaring close to $140 per barrel in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February, oil prices have dropped below the $90 mark. According to the UBS bank, a cut of at least 500,000 bpd would be necessary to stop the price plunge. In anticipation of Wednesday's meeting, oil prices jumped further on Tuesday, with Brent above $90 and WTI around $86, though still far below their March peak. - Tighter taps 'unwelcome' - Consumer countries have pushed for OPEC+ to open taps more widely to bring down prices -- calls that the group has largely ignored. US President Joe Biden made a controversial trip to Saudi Arabia in July in part to convince the kingdom to loosen the production taps. The trip saw Biden meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite his promise to make Riyadh a "pariah" following the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Any cut would be unwelcome as it's not the right time for cutting oil supplies to push prices higher," said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, a Swissquote analyst. "The global energy crisis, soaring inflation and looming recession already worry the Western leaders," she said ahead of the Vienna gathering. "Knowing that Russia is willing to cut output, the move could also be perceived as another escalation of the geopolitical tensions" between Moscow and the West. Observers have cast doubt on how much more OPEC+ could possibly pump, with some of its members already struggling to meet quotas. Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB research group, predicted it would be "very easy for the group to implement cuts given that most members are stretched to the limit of what they can produce". He said Saudi Arabia was currently producing 11 million bpd. "It hasn't maintained such a high production more than twice in history and then only for 1-2 months," he said. bur-kym/ah/dan
Human rights activist Charles remembers a time when civil society was blossoming in China, and he could dedicate his time to helping improve the lives of people struggling in blue-collar jobs.
Liz Truss avoids directly saying she still trusts Kwasi Kwarteng, despite being asked twice about it.Source: Sky News
Jessica Lawson died after a pontoon capsized in July 2015.
A climate protester demonstrating near Waterloo Bridge in London, England, on Sunday, October 2, said on camera that she was “doing it for [her] son” as police officers carried her away.In the video, recorded by Zoe Broughton, a protester wearing an orange top can be seen talking to the camera as policemen carry her off the bridge. “I’m doing it for my son,” she says. “The government’s inaction on climate change is a death sentence to us all.”The protest comes after Liz Truss’s government recently confirmed that more than 100 new oil and gas licenses would open up in the North Sea next month.The activist seen in the video described this decision as being “a death sentence for this planet.”Quoting Just Stop Oil, one of the key organizers of the protest, The Independent reported that the woman was released from custody on Monday morning and was not facing charges. Credit: Zoe Broughton via Storyful
The court heard a psychiatric report was being sought, but there were huge problems getting an appointment in prison.
National Trust also identifies sitter of Seated Man in a Landscape as sculptor’s domestic helper
Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the theft of roof tiles from a local business.
Putin signs annexation of Ukraine’s territory into Russian law as Zelenskiy says ‘dozens’ of towns have been recaptured in latest advance
Liz Truss promises people will be able to get a GP appointment within two weeks at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Source: Reuters
Professor Audrey Evans, who has died aged 97, was a Yorkshire-born paediatric oncologist who went on to be a major figure in the US and globally in the field of paediatric cancer, becoming known as “the Mother of Neuroblastoma”; but she considered her finest achievement to be establishing a network of homes around the world supporting sick children and their families.
Nicola Sturgeon’s controversial plan to allow people to self-identify their legal gender in Scotland risks “confusion” about their status in the rest of the UK and the services they can access, the equalities watchdog has warned.
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Director of rugby Steve Diamond has labelled the partial liquidation of Worcester Warriors the “darkest day for English rugby”.
It was, to paraphrase the great Eric Morecambe, a conversation containing all the right notes, if not necessarily in the right order – but I learned enough to change my mind about two long-held opinions
The UKHSA said the increase was “particularly driven” by asymptomatic diagnoses
A LOCAL authority is masterminding plans to create a network of 'warm spaces' for residents this winter.