Europe

Virus death rates climbing in seven countries, warns EU

  STOCKHOLM (AFP) — Seven EU countries are of “high concern” because of rising virus death rates, with worrying trends in several other countries, the EU’s disease control agency warned on Thursday. The seven have “an increased proportion of hospitalised …

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Bars, restaurants to close in Marseille over Covid fears

  PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — Bars and restaurants in France’s Mediterranean city of Marseille will have to close as part of new restrictions designed to stop the spread of Covid-19, the health minister said on Wednesday. Olivier Veran’s comments to …

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WHO delivers Europe death warning as infections hit new high

By Camille Bas-Wohlert with Alexandra Vardi in Jerusalem and AFP bureaus Agence France-Presse COPENHAGEN (AFP) — Europe will face a rising death toll from the coronavirus during autumn, the World Health Organization warned on Monday as the number of daily …

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Millions back at school in Europe as cases pass four million

  By Eléonore HUGHES with Su Xinqi and Yan Zhao in Hong Kong and AFP bureaus Agence France-Presse   PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — Millions of mask-wearing European children returned to school on Tuesday with governments determined to get pupils back …

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Hackers attack Norway’s parliament

OLSO (AFP) — Norway’s parliament said Tuesday it had been the target of a “vast” cyber attack that enabled hackers to access the emails of some lawmakers. The hackers’ identities were not immediately known. “The parliament has recently been targetted …

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Aid flows in for devastated Beirut

  PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — Several countries have joined in international efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Lebanon after last week’s devastation of the Beirut port. The UN said some $117 million will be needed over the next three months …

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Several German health offices hit by bomb threats

  BERLIN (AFP) — Several bomb threats were made against health authorities across Germany overnight, police said Saturday, although searches have so far not turned up any suspicious items. The offices of the local health authority in Olpe in the …

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UK says ‘Russian actors’ likely tried to disrupt 2019 election

  LONDON (AFP) — Britain on Thursday accused “Russian actors” of seeking to disrupt last year’s general election by circulating leaked trade documents between London and Washington. The government launched an investigation into the source of the leak, after details …

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Sun-seekers spark emergency incident at UK beach

BOURNEMOUTH, UK (AFP) — An English seaside resort declared a major incident Thursday after thousands of people flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year so far, despite the threat of coronavirus. Temperatures rose to a record …

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Italy PM ‘totally calm’ after grilling over pandemic response

  ROME, ITALY (AFP) — Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he gave prosecutors a full account of how he handled the coronavirus pandemic that devastated Italy, adding he did not fear a judicial probe would be opened. “I explained everything …

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Moscow exits lockdown as WHO says global crisis ‘worsening’

  By Michael Mainville with AFP bureaus MOSCOW (AFP) — Moscow emerged from a strict coronavirus  lockdown on Tuesday despite Russia seeing thousands of new cases every day, as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the pandemic was “worsening” worldwide. …

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Clashes at mass Paris protest over black man’s death in custody

  By Romain Fonsegrives (AFP) — Some 20,000 people defied a ban in Paris on Tuesday to protest the 2016 death of a young black man in French police custody, some clashing with police and using slogans like those used …

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