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European nations ‘regret’ US pull out of Open Skies Treaty

European nations in a statement today “regret” the US pullout from Open Skies treaty even as Russia said it will continue to adhere to the policy which allows spy planes access to other countries. “As long as the treaty is in force, we intend to fully follow all the rights and obligations that apply to […]

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Court orders grandmother to delete pictures of grandchildren posted on Facebook

A Dutch court has ordered a woman to remove photos of her grandchildren from Facebook, after she posted the images without permission from the children’s mother. The woman had been asked by her daughter to take down the pictures from Facebook and Pinterest several times, but she did not respond — so the family dispute […]

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Minks may have infected humans novel coronavirus: Dutch government

Dutch authorities believe a mink may have infected a human with Covid-19, and are instituting mandatory testing at all mink farms in the Netherlands. “On the basis of new research results from the ongoing research into Covid-19 infections at mink farms, it is plausible that an infection took place from mink to human,” the Dutch […]

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EU should temporarily ban Chinese takeovers: European Parliamentarian

The European Union should impose a temporary ban on Chinese takeovers of companies that are currently undervalued or have business problems because of the coronavirus crisis, the leader of the bloc’s largest political alliance said on Sunday. Manfred Weber, a senior German conservative and head of the centre-right EPP grouping in the EU Parliament, told […]

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Italy to lift local and international travel restrictions from 3 June

Italy’s government has signed a decree that will allow travel to and from the country from 3 June, as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown measures. It will also allow travel between the regions – which has so far been tightly restricted – from the same day. The move marks a major step in […]

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania reopen borders to air, sea, bus and rail transport

The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have opened their borders to one another, creating a coronavirus “travel bubble”. From midnight on Thursday, citizens and residents can move freely between these three EU nations. Anybody arriving from outside the zone however must self-isolate for 14 days. This is the first “travel bubble” in Europe […]

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Scores of children in Europe, US affected by rare Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus

Scores of UK and US children have been affected by a rare inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus. In a tiny number of children it can cause serious complications, with some needing intensive care. It is likely to be caused by a delayed immune response to the virus which looks like Kawasaki disease. Doctors are describing […]

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British study links low vitamin D levels with high COVID-19 death rate

In a growing list of studies on vitamin D and its link with COVID-19 disease, British researchers have found an association between low average levels of vitamin D and high numbers of COVID-19 cases and mortality rates across 20 European countries. Previous observational studies have reported an association between low levels of vitamin D and […]

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Russian shopping centre apologises for putting Adolf Hitler’s picture on its VE Day ‘wall of fame’

A Russian shopping centre apologised after it failed to recognise a picture of Adolf Hitler without his moustache, posting it on their ‘wall of fame’ of war heroes to celebrate Victory in Europe day. The startling gaffe came from the ‘Cosmos’ shopping centre in the city of Chelyabinsk in the western Russian region of Chelyabinsk […]

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UK surpasses Italy for most coronavirus deaths in Europe

The United Kingdom surpassed Italy to report the highest official death toll from coronavirus in Europe, figures released on Tuesday showed, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his response to the crisis. Weekly figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, raising the total […]

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Covid-19 cases top 1.5 million in Europe

More than 1.5 million coronavirus cases have been reported in Europe, just under half the worldwide total on Saturday. With at least 1,506,853 infections, including 140,260 deaths, Europe is the hardest-hit continent. Across the world, 3,350,224 cases and 238,334 deaths have been recorded. according to the report. Spain, with 215,216 cases and 24,824 deaths, Italy […]

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Belgians urged to eat more fries and other frozen potato

With potato farmers and processors struggling, Belgians are being urged to eat more fries to offset a slump in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Belgium is the world’s largest exporter of fries and other frozen potato products, its processors converting 5.3 million tonnes of potatoes into fries, mash and crisps per year and sending them […]