LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed that from April 12, non-essential shops will reopen and pubs and restaurants will reopen outdoors as Britain moves to step two of the roadmap out of the COVID lockdown.
Meanwhile, hairdressers and barbers as well as gyms and spas can reopen, along with zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centers.
"The net result of your efforts and of course the vaccine rollout is that I can today confirm that from Monday April 12, we will move to step two of our road map," said the prime minister.
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KHARTOUM -- At least 40 people were killed in violent clashes in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan's West Darfur state, according to the UN humanitarian coordination office in Sudan (OCHA).
"Since April 3, 40 people have been killed in recent clashes between the Al-Massalit and Arab tribes, and 58 injured," said the OCHA in a statement.
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TEHRAN -- The full removal of U.S. sanctions against Iran will be on agenda of the meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Vienna, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday.
"The path is clear. All U.S. sanctions must be removed at once," Khatibzadeh said during his press conference.
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday called for a global minimum tax rate on corporations that would provide a more level playing field for all countries.
"We are working with G20 nations to agree to a global minimum corporate tax rate that can stop the race to the bottom," Yellen said in prepared remarks for a virtual event hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.