Europe

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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PM Johnson says Britain could reopen stores on June 15

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that Britain could reopen all non-essential retail stores on June 15 if the coronavirus remains contained. “On June 15, we intend to allow all non-essential retail, ranging from department stores to small independent shops, …

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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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