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Bank of England: Cautious optimism over UK economic outlook

Bank of England: Cautious optimism over UK economic outlook

LONDON — The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus infections and the rapid rollout of the nation's COVID-19 vaccination program.
US jobless claims rise to 770,000 with layoffs still high

US jobless claims rise to 770,000 with layoffs still high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to 770,000, a sign that layoffs remain high even as much of the U.S. economy is steadily recovering from the coronavirus recession.

Florida couple offers free beer as way to meet the neighbours

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A Florida couple came up with a great way to meet their new neighbours after moving into their home during the coronavirus pandemic. They offered free beer.

Girl, 8, throws mattress from burning home, jumps to safety

CHICAGO — An 8-year-old Chicago girl whose mother was at work somehow managed to toss a mattress from her family's third-story window during a fire and then jump onto it to safety, a fire official said Thursday.
Armenia to hold early parliamentary election in June

Armenia to hold early parliamentary election in June

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s prime minister on Thursday set an early parliamentary election for June as he sought to defuse the country’s political crisis.
Lawyers for Johnny Depp seek to appeal 'wife beater' ruling

Lawyers for Johnny Depp seek to appeal 'wife beater' ruling

LONDON — Lawyers for Johnny Depp told Britain's Court of Appeal Thursday that the actor's ex-wife, Amber Heard, did not donate all of her $7 million divorce settlement to charity as she claimed, part of arguments seeking to overturn a ruling that the
UK regulator: People should keep getting AstraZeneca shots

UK regulator: People should keep getting AstraZeneca shots

LONDON — British regulators said Thursday that people should keep getting AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine following its review of data on patients who suffered from blood clots after getting the shot.
South Africa's Zulu king is buried amid praise, controversy

South Africa's Zulu king is buried amid praise, controversy

JOHANNESBURG — The traditional leader of South Africa’s 12 million Zulu people, King Goodwill Zwelithini, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony early Thursday.
Japan to end virus emergency in Tokyo despite rebound fears

Japan to end virus emergency in Tokyo despite rebound fears

TOKYO — Japan said Thursday it would end a monthslong state of emergency in the Tokyo area set up to curb the spread of the coronavirus, despite concerns the spring party season and next week’s Olympic torch relay could fuel a resurgence.
Blinken urges China to convince North Korea to denuclearize

Blinken urges China to convince North Korea to denuclearize

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — America’s top diplomat on Thursday pressed China to use its “tremendous influence” to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, hours after the North said it will ignore U.S. offers to resume negotiations.