Europe

Russian newborn has coronavirus: health officials

  MOSCOW (AFP) — A baby was born with the coronavirus in Russia’s Caucasus region, health officials were quoted by TASS news agency as saying on Sunday, to a mother who is also infected. The birth in the North Ossetia …

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New virus deaths in Spain fall to two-month low under 100

  MADRID (AFP) — Spain on Sunday reported 87 coronavirus deaths over a 24-hour period, the first time in two months that the daily toll has dropped below 100. The number came a day before Spain is to further relax …

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IOC plans to hold cancelled Tokyo session remotely

  LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) — The International Olympic Committee revealed on Wednesday plans to hold its next session initially scheduled for Tokyo before the opening of the 2020 Games by video link to be streamed live on July 17. A …

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UK could start easing virus lockdown next week: PM

  By Alice Ritchie / Joe Jackson LONDON (AFP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday he could begin to ease Britain’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week, but warned he would do nothing to risk a new surge of cases. …

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‘I looked like Robinson Crusoe’: relief as salons reopen in Germany

  By Femke Colborne BERLIN (AFP) — Helmut Wichter had been desperate for a haircut for weeks as hair salons were shut in Germany to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “I looked like Robinson Crusoe,” said the 87-year-old, who …

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Europe emerges from virus lockdown as leaders pledge vaccine cash

  By Dmitry Zaks  with AFP bureaus ROME, Italy (AFP) — Millions of Europeans emerged with relief from coronavirus confinement on Monday, with hard-hit Italy leading the way out of the world’s longest lockdown. At least 3.5 million people are …

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French coronavirus toll hits five-week low

  PARIS, France (AFP) — The number of daily deaths in France from the coronavirus fell to 166, the health ministry said Saturday, the lowest number in more than five weeks. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in France since …

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Spain eases strict lockdown as US approves virus drug

  By Laurence Boutreux with AFP bureaus MADRID (AFP) — Spaniards took to the streets to jog, cycle and rollerskate for the first time after 48 days of confinement on Saturday as some European nations cautiously eased virus lockdowns and …

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Strong earthquake strikes off Crete, no casualties

ATHENS (AFP) — A 6.0 magnitude quake struck off the Greek island of Crete on Saturday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the epicentre was about 55 kilometres (35 miles) south …

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Trudeau calls Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash heroes

  By Thomas I. Likness EBC Edmonton Bureau EDMONTON (Eagle News) — Calling them all heroes, Prime Minister Trudeau paid tribute to the six Canadian soldiers aboard a Royal Canadian Navy helicopter that crashed of the coast of Greece Wednesday. …

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Six dead in Canadian military helicopter crash in Mediterranean

  By Thomas I. Likness EBC Edmonton Bureau EDMONTON (Eagle News) — A search is underway in the Mediterranean Sea for the wreckage of a Canadian Armed Forces helicopter that crashed during NATO military exercises. Six people are believed to have …

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UK reports lowest virus toll in weeks as Johnson returns

By David Harding LONDON, UK (AFP) — Britain on Sunday reported its lowest daily rise in coronavirus deaths in nearly four weeks as officials confirmed Prime Minister Boris Johnson had returned to Downing Street after recovering from the virus. The …

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