JERUSALEM, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Seen from above, it could be mistaken for a COVID-19 lockdown: highways typically jammed with traffic nearly deserted, save for a few pedestrians unhurriedly crossing the street.
But Thursday's virtual standstill in Israel - captured by Reuters drone video - is in fact an annual affair as the country marks Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
Businesses close, air traffic is halted and most Israelis refrain from driving on the Jewish "Day of Atonement", emptying city centres and streets across the country.
Many in Israel's Jewish majority mark Yom Kippur by fasting during the 25-hour holy period, which began at dusk on Wednesday and ends after dark on Thursday.
Others, including many children, take advantage of the deserted highways to ride bicycles, scooters and skateboards without fear of being hit by cars or trams, even in major cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Last year, the holiday standstill...
SEOUL, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new "railway-borne missile system" designed as a potential counter-strike to any forces that threaten the country, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday.
The missiles flew 800 km (497 miles) before striking a target in the sea off North Korea's east coast, KCNA said.
On Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese authorities said they had detected the launch of two ballistic missiles from North Korea, just days after it tested a cruise missile that analysts said could have nuclear capabilities. read more
The North Korean launches came the same day that South Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system.
The two Koreas have been in an increasingly heated arms race, with both sides unveiling more capable missiles and other weapons.
The tests by nuclear-armed North Korea...
By Ensi Martini, Business Analyst, U.S. Equities Execution Consulting
The surge in trading activity over the past year has caused significant changes in the trading dynamics of Canada/U.S. interlisted stocks. While recent activity has come down from first-quarter 2021 peaks, the shift in trading activity appears to be lasting. Interlisted stocks facilitate liquidity and investment on both sides of the border but no longer receive relatively equal order flow. Based on Cboe’s Equities Execution Consulting Team’s analysis, the Canada/U.S. share of interlisted volumes has steadily diverged since mid-2020. Let’s find out why.
Our team examined just under 200 interlisted stocks that were primarily listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). In Canada, these stocks accounted for 17.8% of all Canadian executed volume this year and 53.6% of notional value traded. In the U.S., these names accounted for 4.1% of all U.S. executed volume and 1.7% of notional value traded.
The U.S. passed another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, when the number of fatalities from COVID-19 passed 666,000, meaning that about 1 in every 500 people living in America has died of the illness.
Roughly 1,900 deaths are now being recorded daily, which means the U.S. is suffering more deaths every two days than in the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001.
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PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Hospitals, care homes and health centres have suspended around 3,000 workers across France for failing to comply with mandatory COVID vaccination, the government said on Thursday, as countries around Europe weigh how far to go to combat the pandemic.
While Italy is set to announce later on Thursday that proof of vaccination or a negative test will be compulsory for all workers, going further than any other country in the region, the Netherlands plans a similar step - but only to go to bars or clubs.
Britain, meanwhile, says it is highly likely to require front-line health and social care workers in England to be vaccinated as part of a plan to contain the virus during winter.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron's decision in mid-July to require a similar health pass to go anywhere from restaurants to gyms and museums, and make the jab mandatory for health workers, has massively increased vaccination take-up.
With the mandate...
Rothschild & Co has elevated the UK's former top civil servant to its board, as the independent investment bank unveiled record results for its advisory unit this year.
Lord Mark Sedwill has been named as a member of Rothschild's supervisory board, the bank said in a statement, taking over from Anthony de Rothschild, the 44-year-old member of the banking family who will remain as a senior adviser to the group.
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"If you have not been vaccinated and choose to do so, this timeline gives you enough time to receive both rounds of a two-series vaccine or the single-dose vaccine," the airline wrote.
Calling the situation “dire,” Idaho Thursday extended health care rationing statewide as Covid-19 hospitalizations surge, state officials said in a statement issued from Boise.
Crisis of care standards were initially imposed in hard-hit northern Idaho on Sept. 6. Thursday’s emergency order was put in place at the request of a major medical network in the state, St. Luke’s Health System, officials said.
The UK economy will grow faster than official forecasters expect this year and the rate of expansion will be higher in the long term, according to a new report released today.
- The USD as moved sharply higher on the back of better US data (retail sales and Philly Fed index both much stronger than expected). The once flight into safety is also helping. The AUD and CHF are the weakest. The CHF trended lower coming into the day and has given up some of its premarket declines post US data.
Sept 16 - A federal judge on Thursday blocked part of a sweeping anti-protest bill enacted by Florida Republicans and Governor Ron DeSantis, writing that officials’ reaction to peaceful protests in the summer of 2020 is akin to the unlawful racist backlash seen during 1960s protests against Jim Crow laws.
Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee said that the governor made an embarrassing mistake – or worse – when his offices “conflated a community celebration of a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery with a protest."
He issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the new definition of rioting under the Combating Public Disorder Act.
DeSantis’ lawyers in defending the law had submitted to the court a Facebook post as evidence that Black Floridians continue to freely exercise their protest rights – except the flyer actually announced a “Black Joy" event celebrating America’s first official Juneteenth...
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva was called out Thursday for applying pressure, when she was at the World Bank, to boost China’s position in a ranking of economies.
Georgieva said she disagreed with the findings.
Massive hog culling in the Dominican Republic after the outbreak of a deadly swine disease has led the country to stock up on U.S. pork.
Exporters last week sold a record amount of the meat to the island nation, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed Thursday. That’s after African swine fever was detected in hogs there in late July, in the first outbreak in the Americas in four decades.
- F-150 Lightning as demand surges for the pickup truck, which goes on sale next year.
The automaker is boosting annual capacity to 80,000 units and hiring 450 workers for its Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, it said in a
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