{FD} New York Christmas security ratchets up after global string of terror attempts

In this era of escalating terrorism around the globe, one of the world’s major cities — known for some of the tightest security possible — is stepping up its vigilance to keep busy locals and unacquainted tourists safe.

{FD} UK Christmas markets feature armed police and bollards to counter terror threat

A year after a terrorist rammed a truck into a bustling Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 56, British authorities have said the country’s crowded holiday markets are safer now than any time in recent years.

{FD} Gatlin fires coach, ‘shocked’ by newspaper allegations

World 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin fired coach Dennis Mitchell following an undercover investigation reported Tuesday that appeared to show people linked to the sprinter offering to supply performance-enhancing drugs.

{FD} The Latest: UK base incident not being treated as terrorism

The Latest on the police response at a British air base used by U.S. Air Force (all times local): 6:30 p.m. British police investigating what they called a disturbance at an English military air base used by the U.S. Air Force say the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

{FD} Grenfell report: UK high-rise fire regulations inadequate

A British official heading an investigation into London’s Grenfell Tower blaze that killed 71 people says she has been shocked by poor construction practices and inadequate building fire safety regulations that allow some builders to cut corners.

{FD} 2 couples tie knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

Two female couples have tied the knot in Australia’s first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.

{FD} China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU

Britain and China have pledged to cooperate in clean energy research and promote global use of Beijing’s currency as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

{FD} What’s next for Brexit as EU agrees to new of talks?

Leaders of 27 European Union nations gave British Prime Minister Theresa May an early Christmas present on Friday, declaring that Brexit talks can move on to their next phase: transition and future relations.

{FD} Bank of England set to hold rates after first hike in decade

The Bank of England is set to keep its main interest rate unchanged at 0.50 percent on Thursday, a month after increasing borrowing costs for the first time in a decade to contain a rise inflation stoked by last year’s Brexit vote.