AstraZeneca stands firm over EU vaccine complaints

A bottle containing the Oxford / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the Al-Abbas Islamic Centre, which has been converted into a temporary vaccination centre in Birmingham, central England on Jan 21, 2021. (DARREN STAPLES / AFP) The boss of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has vowed to resist pressure from the...

Andrew Yang back on trail in race for top NYC post

In this Oct 21, 2019 photo, then US Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks to the National Press Club in Washington. (JACQUELYN MARTIN / AP) Andrew Yang returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday to continue his bid to become New York City mayor after ending a self-imposed 10-day...

US economy posts worst performance in 74 years

In this March 20, 2020 file photo, a woman walks through an empty shopping area due to social distancing and store closings because of the outbreak of COVID-19, known as coronavirus, at Washington Union Station in Washington, DC. (SAUL LOEB / AFP) WASHINGTON - The US economy contracted at its sharpest...

Biden signals tougher line in Putin call

This combo photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and US President Joe Biden. (PHOTOS / AP) MOSCOW - US President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts on Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the...

Hungary, Ukraine top diplomats aim to defuse dispute

A staff from the Ukrainian-Hungarian Educational and Scientific Institute of the Uzhgorod National University introduces Hungarian culture in Transcarpathia, western Ukraine, on Nov 14, 2017. (PHOTO / AFP) KYIV - The foreign ministers of Hungary and Ukraine were expected to meet in Kyiv on Wednesday for talks on repairing badly strained...

EU sustainable investment rules ‘need better corporate data’

LONDON - European Union rules aimed at defining sustainable investments should help reduce “greenwashing” by businesses, but better quality corporate data is needed to ensure they work effectively, accorting to a banking report on Tuesday. The sustainable finance rules will classify investments that can be marketed as sustainable, a move...