Fireworks have killed three people and injured scores others in Europe despite bans being in place against their use. In the Netherlands, a 12-year-old boy was killed and another seriously injured watching an adult set off a home-made device, local media reported. Dutch police have arrested a man. In Germany, a 37-year-old man was killed […]
A total of 874 cars have been set alight during New Years Eve celebrations in France, police say. However, the interior ministry said the number was much lower than in 2019. Authorities also reported a rise in the number of people stopped and detained. A curfew to tackle Covid-19 meant no significant disruption took place […]
A new law banning plastic packaging on most fruit and vegetables comes into effect in France from New Year’s day. Cucumbers, lemons and oranges are among the 30 varieties banned from being wrapped in plastic. Larger packs as well as chopped or processed fruit will be exempt. President Emmanuel Macron called the ban “a real […]
While millions around the world marked the start of 2021 in muted closed door celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, many attended events taking precautions.
Hong Kong’s protesters welcomed the new decade via a New Year’s Day rally, with tens of thousands joining a pro-democracy march. Though the gathering was largely peaceful, violence broke out in some areas and police fired tear gas. On New Year’s Eve, demonstrators had formed human chains that stretched for miles down busy shopping streets. […]