Tue, 26 Jan 2021

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan intends to further develop its regional transit potential, Kyrgyz Minister of Transport and Roads Bakyt Berdaliev told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.

"We are confident that the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative will bring prosperity to the peoples of all participating countries," Berdaliev said, stressing Kyrgyzstan is a staunch supporter of global and regional integration processes. (Kyrgyzstan-China-Transit)

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MUMBAI -- India's consumer confidence took a beating in November to 52.3 compared to 85.7 last year, as per the country's Central Bank Survey released late Friday.

However, the November reading was marginally better over the all-time low of 49.9 reported in the preceding month of September. (India-Consumer Confidence)

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LONDON -- After one week of intense trade negotiations in London, the chief negotiators from Britain and the European Union (EU) agreed Friday to "pause the talks" due to "significant divergences."

Releasing identical statements on Twitter, Britain's chief Brexit negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier said they agreed that "the conditions for an agreement are not met, due to significant divergences on level playing field, governance and fisheries." (UK-EU-Brexit)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday expressed optimism that Democratic and Republican lawmakers could reach an agreement on a new COVID-19 relief package before they leave Washington by the end of the year.

"As you know, we are engaged in talks on the omnibus bill. When I spoke to Leader McConnell yesterday, we talked about the possibility of putting a COVID package on the omnibus bill," Pelosi said at a weekly news conference, referring to a government funding legislation to avoid a shutdown after Dec. 11. (US-COVID-19-Relief Package)

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WASHINGTON -- The pandemic-ravaged U.S. labor market continues to recover but it's losing momentum, as COVID-19 rages across the country and new cases spike in recent weeks.

U.S. employers added 245,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 6.7 percent amid a slowing labor market recovery, the Labor Department reported Friday. (US-Labor Market-COVID-19 Surge)

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