Europe

Canadian immigration will likely remain low, Royal Back economist

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — It’s unlikely Canada will meet its immigration target to admit 401,000 newcomers this year, according to an economic report from the Royal Bank of Canada. The bank concludes border restrictions …

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90% Covid vaccination rate may be needed to achieve herd immunity; 3rd vaccine close to approval

By Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service OTTAWA (Eagle News) — A higher percentage of Canadians may have to be vaccinated than originally thought to achieve herd immunity because of the Covid-19 variants, said Health Canada’s chief medical advisor. Dr. …

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Biden to mark 500,000 US Covid deaths, UK to ease lockdown

  By Sebastian Smith Agence France-Presse (AFP) — US President Joe Biden will lead a remembrance ceremony Monday to mark the dark milestone of 500,000 American Covid-19 deaths, but plans for easing the lockdown in Britain and a surge in …

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Harry and Meghan permanently quit UK royal life

  By Joe Jackson Agence France-Presse (AFP) — Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan have permanently quit royal duties, Buckingham Palace said Friday, just over a year after they rocked the British monarchy by announcing plans to “step back” …

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Russia warns will respond if EU imposes new sanctions

  (AFP) — Russia said Thursday it would respond in kind if the EU imposes sanctions on Moscow over the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protests by his supporters. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell …

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Russia expels EU diplomats over Navalny protests, ties at ‘low point’

  By Jonathan Brown and Thibaut Marchand Agence France-Presse MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia on Friday expelled diplomats from three European countries for taking part in protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, after the European Union said ties …

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Tensions mount in German Catholic Church over abuse report

BERLIN (AFP) — Pressure increased Friday on a powerful German Catholic archbishop who has for months blocked the publication of a report about alleged sexual abuse of minors by members of his diocese. In a rare public rebuke, the diocese …

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Dutch government says won’t bow to curfew riot ‘scum’

By Jan Hennop Agence France-Presse  THE HAGUE (AFP) — The Dutch government will not back down on its coronavirus curfew despite three nights of rioting by “scum”, ministers said on Tuesday after the worst unrest to hit the Netherlands for …

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Moderna Covid-19 jabs can be up to six weeks apart: WHO

By Nina Larson Agence France-Presse GENEVA (AFP) — World Health Organization experts on Tuesday cautiously backed delaying second injections of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine in some situations, as they did for the Pfizer-BioNTech jabs. The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of …

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Italy PM to quit Tuesday, seeking new govt

  ROME (AFP) — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced he will resign Tuesday, in what media reports said was an attempt to build a new government after weeks of turmoil. He called a cabinet meeting for 9:00am (0800 GMT) …

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Biden orders spate of new US Covid measures as EU discourages travel

  By AFP Bureaus WASHINGTON (AFP) —In his first full day as US president, Joe Biden tackled his country’s staggering coronavirus caseload with a spate of new measures, including mask-wearing and quarantining requirements, as EU leaders “strongly discouraged” their constituents …

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UK reports record 1,325 coronavirus deaths over 24 hours

  By Anna Malpas / James Pheby Agence France-Presse LONDON (AFP) — Britain on Friday reported a record 1,325 deaths over a 24 period from people testing positive for coronavirus, as a surge in cases piled pressure on overstretched health …

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