UK slaps windfall tax on oil and gas giants over rising energy bills

Sunak had previously rejected the idea of ​​a windfall tax, saying that while it sounded “superficially appealing” it would ultimately deter investment. Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON – UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak has imposed a windfall tax on oil and gas majors as the government scrambles to alleviate the … Read more

UK’s Johnson faulted for lockdown parties but won’t quit

LONDON (AP) – An investigative report released Wednesday blamed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other senior leaders for allowing boozy government parties that broke the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown rules, and while Johnson said he took “full responsibility” for the breaches, he insisted he would not resign. Revelations that Johnson and his staff repeatedly flouted … Read more

DAVOS DIARY: Train, not plane means scenery, carbon cutting

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – If you’re coming to Davos this year, try to take the train instead of flying, organizers of the World Economic Forum said. So I did. That meant a 12-hour journey from London to the exclusive gathering in the Swiss Alps, which I’m helping cover for The Associated Press. Taking a train … Read more

Belgium becomes first country to introduce compulsory monkeypox quarantine

Belgium has become the first country to introduce a compulsory 21-day monkeypox quarantine – as 14 countries now confirm outbreaks of the viral disease and doctors warn of a ‘significant rise’ in UK cases Those who contract the virus will now have to self-isolate for three weeks, Belgian health authorities have said, after three cases … Read more

Vatican airs dirty laundry in trial over London property

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican’s sprawling financial trial may not have produced any convictions yet or any new smoking guns as prosecutors work through a first round of questioning of the 10 suspects accused of fleeing the Holy See of tens of millions of euros. But testimony so far has provided plenty of insights … Read more