France, Germany, Ukraine to discuss Donbas conflict

Paris, April 16 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will meet online on Friday to discuss the worsening situation in Kiev’s conflict-hit Donbas region. France is hosting the talks, with the aim of getting a ceasefire to stick in Donbas, that comprises the regions of Donetsk and […]

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Merkel defends night-time curfew

Berlin, April 16 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday defended her plans to introduce a strict night-time curfew in the wake of surging new coronavirus cases amid growing opposition to the proposed new law. Speaking in Parliament, Merkel said the plan to impose the curfew in regions where the number of new Covid-19 cases […]

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Portugal announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Lisbon, April 16 (IANS) Portugal announced its intention to withdraw its troops deployed in Afghanistan under the command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as of May 1. “With this withdrawal, an important and prolonged Portuguese contribution to the fight against terrorism will be concluded,” which had lasted 19 years and mobilised 4,500 military […]

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UK records another 2,672 coronavirus cases

London, April 16 (IANS) Another 2,672 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,380,976, according to official figures released on Thursday. The country also reported another 30 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,191. These figures […]

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Putin-Biden summit proposal being considered: Kremlin

Moscow, April 15 (IANS) Russian authorities are closely studying the US’ proposal for a summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. “We are studying this proposal,” TASS News Agency quoted Peskov as saying on Wednesday. Without providing any further details on the development, the spokesman said it was […]

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Putin completes Covid vaccination

Moscow, April 15 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he has received his second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, following his first shot on March 23, thus completing his inoculation against the virus. Putin made the announcement while addressing a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society via video link on […]

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Denmark stops AstraZeneca vax rollout

Copenhagen, April 15 (IANS) Denmark has decided to entirely cease administering the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s health authority confirmed. “Based on the scientific findings, our overall assessment is there is a real risk of severe side effects associated with using the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. We have, therefore, decided to remove the vaccine from […]

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Russia aims at yr-round sailing across Arctic sea

Moscow, April 15 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country seeks to establish year-round navigation along the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic. “In the coming years, movement along the Northern Sea Route may become year-round, bearing in mind the consequences of possible climate change,” Putin said on Wednesday while addressing a meeting […]

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Poland extends national lockdown (Ld)

Warsaw, April 15 (IANS) The Polish government has extended the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown by a week, saying the recent “zenith of the pandemic’s third wave” is starting to affect healthcare facilities. It is the second extension of the lockdown since it was put in place on March 27, Xinhua news agency reported. The current lockdown […]

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Poland extends national Covid lockdown

Warsaw, April 15 (IANS) The Polish government on Wednesday extended the nationwide lockdown by a week, saying the recent “zenith of the epidemic’s third wave” is starting to affect health care facilities. It is the second extension of the lockdown since it was put in place on March 27. The current lockdown would have expired […]

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UK records another 2,472 Covid cases, 23 deaths

London, April 14 (IANS) Another 2,472 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,375,814, according to official figures released on Tuesday. The country also reported another 23 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,123. These figures […]

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Putin, Biden discuss cooperation over phone

Moscow, April 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden exchanged views on bilateral ties and explored areas of possible cooperation during a telephonic conversation on Tuesday, the Kremlin said. Putin and Biden thoroughly discussed the current state of Russian-US relations and some international issues during the phone call at the initiative […]

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US Defence Secy arrives in Germany

Berlin, April 13 (IANS) US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in Berlin on Tuesday, during which he will meet his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, with the aim of settling defence ties after a tumultuous four years under the previous American administration. Former US President Donald Trump repeatedly criticised Germany for not spending enough on […]

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German CDU leaders back Laschet as Chancellor pick

Berlin, April 13 (IANS) The Presidium or executive body of Germany’s governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has decided to back party leader Armin Laschet’s bid to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor, Volker Bouffier, Minister President of Hesse state, said. However, the final decision on the candidacy has not yet been made, Xinhua news agency quoted […]

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Britons pay tribute to late Prince Philip

London, April 11 (IANS) Despite Covid-19 restrictions, mourners have continued to travel to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who passed away on Friday at the age of 99. Britain’s Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning. All British government buildings have […]

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Alarm sounded over 3rd Covid wave in Germany

Berlin, April 10 (IANS) Germany’s largest university hospital, Berlin’s Charite, has sounded the alarm over the country’s worsening third wave of coronavirus infections. “If the numbers of seriously ill Covid-19 patients exceed those experienced during the second wave, we will be in a critical situation,” said Martin Kreis, a board member at Charite, DPA news […]

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Germany to amend law for nationwide Covid response

Berlin, April 10 (IANS) Germany would amend its infection protection act to “regulate on a nationwide basis” what restrictions would apply when local seven-day Covid-19 incidence exceeded 100 per 100,000 citizens, deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer said. Demmer told a press conference on Friday that it was not yet clear how quickly the change in […]

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Russia warns against Ukraine’s NATO membership

Moscow, April 10 (IANS) The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Kiev’s possible accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and cause “irreversible consequences”. At a weekly briefing on Friday, the ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova criticised Kiev’s stance on a possible military solution to the conflict […]

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Putin mourns late UK Prince Philip

Moscow, April 10 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to Queen Elizabeth II to express his “deep condolences” on the death of her husband, Prince Philip. “Many important events in the modern history of your country are associated with the name of His Royal Highness. He rightfully enjoyed respect among the British and […]

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Italian PM calls Erdogan ‘dictator’

Rome, April 9 (IANS) Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator” in front of the press, causing a stir. Draghi spoke to the press in Rome on Thursday evening about the visit of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel to Erdogan […]

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Ukraine Prez visits conflict-hit region

Kiev, April 9 (IANS) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky paid a working trip to Donbas in eastern Ukraine due to the escalation of tensions in the region, his press service said in a statement. Zelensky inspected the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the frontline, where the largest number of ceasefire violations were recorded, […]

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Germany accelerates Covid-19 vaccinations

Berlin, April 9 (IANS) Germany’s health care personnel administered over 650,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Wednesday, almost 300,000 more than a day earlier, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said. The country continues to accelerate its vaccination campaign. Since Tuesday, general practitioners (GPs) have also been administering coronavirus vaccines. Previously, jabs were offered only at the […]

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Putin supports building good ties with Washington

Moscow, April 9 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin prefers to establish good relations with the United States despite Washington’s “aggressive policy,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “In general, despite Washington’s harsh and hostile statements, President Putin remains a strong advocate of building good relations with the United States, at least in those fields that are […]

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G20 Ministers call for continued Covid spending

Rome, April 8 (IANS) Finance Ministers and central bank governors from the world’s largest economies have agreed on continued financial backing for countries struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic “as long as required”, said the co-chair of a virtual G20 summit. At the summit on Wednesday, Daniele Franco, Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance, said […]

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Over 5mn Italian students back in school

Rome, April 8 (IANS) More than five million students across Italy returned to schools for in-person classes, after months of distant learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Announced by the central government on March 26, the reopening on Wednesday concerned all nursery and primary students up to the sixth grade, including those in the nine […]

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Russia urges Ukraine, NATO to stop military preparations amid Donbas tensions

Moscow, April 8 (IANS) The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Kiev and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to stop military preparations and other actions that could escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine. “We support a settlement of the conflict in Donbas exclusively by peaceful means,” the ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement on […]

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Nearly 1mn jobs lost in Italy in 12 months

Rome, April 7 (IANS) The coronavirus pandemic has cost the Italian economy nearly one million jobs, said the country’s National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) on Tuesday. The institute recorded 22.2 million employed Italians by the end of February, a reduction of 945,000 compared to the same period a year earlier, Xinhua news agency quoted the Institute […]

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Arctic militarily important for Russia: Kremlin

Moscow, April 7 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin considers military presence in the Arctic as an absolutely necessary element of the country’s military construction, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The Arctic continues to be an important region with strong economic potential, and Russia has extensive plans for its development that are being consistently implemented, Xinhua […]

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UK PM confirms further lockdown easing (Ld)

London, April 6 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that from April 12, non-essential shops will reopen and pubs and restaurants will restart outdoor dining as the country moves to step two of the roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown. Meanwhile, hairdressers and barbers as well as gyms and spas can reopen, along […]

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3 Japanese prefectures impose stricter measures

Moscow, April 6 (IANS) Stricter measures came into effect for three Japanese prefectures in an effort to combat a resurgence of Covid-19 cases under a revised law that does not require declaring a state of emergency. The tougher measures effective for one month until May 5, cover Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures, with prefectural authorities […]

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2 free Covid tests per week in England

London, April 5 (IANS) Citizens in England will get tested for coronavirus twice a week for free, the UK government announced on Monday. The rapid tests will be offered widely to everyone at local testing stations in addition to schools and workplaces in future, dpa news agency reported citing the government as saying. Until now, […]

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Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass

Vatican City, April 4 (IANS) Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and offered the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing from St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday. The services will take place in a smaller circle because of the anti-coronavirus restrictions in place and as a preventative measure against infection, dpa news agency […]

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April to be decisive against Covid: Portugal Prez

Lisbon, April 4 (IANS) Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that respecting restrictions during Easter and throughout April will be “crucial” so that “there is not a fourth wave of Covid-19 in the country”. While visiting a nursing home in Lisbon on Saturday, the President appealed to the citizens to “do everything in their […]

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Protests in London, Wales over crime bill

London, April 4 (IANS) Protests were staged in London and in 24 other towns and cities across England and Wales against the UK government’s new crime bill, local media reported. Police in London had warned people against joining the protests on Saturday, saying in an open letter that anyone who attends a gathering that breaches […]

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UK PM’s adviser quits amid row over race report

London, April 2 (IANS) A senior adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resign amid an intense debate over Downing Street’s controversial report on racial disparities, local media reported. Samuel Kasumu, Johnson’s special adviser for civil society and communities, will leave his role in May and had informed colleagues of his decision on Wednesday, […]

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US-Russia relations at lowest level: FM

Moscow, April 2 (IANS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow-Washington ties were at their lowest point due to increased confrontation, and he hopes that “common sense and prudence” will eventually prevail. In the US’ policy towards Russia, there is increased pressure in all fields and tougher rhetoric is nothing new, Xinhua news agency […]

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Italy extends curbs until end April end

Rome, April 1 (IANS) Italy has extended a number of coronavirus-related restrictions until the end of April, the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced after a meeting. However, the state wants to reopen schools for younger children after Easter, dpa news reported. In addition, a new decree passed by the cabinet provides for compulsory […]

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Italy authorises rescue vessel to bring migrants

Rome, April 1 (IANS) Italian authorities have granted the rescue vessel, Open Arms, permission to bring more than 200 rescued migrants to Sicily, the non-profit organization announced on Thursday. The migrants had been rescued in several operations from small boats in the Mediterranean, dpa news agency reported. Italian authorities already took some of them in […]

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Russian envoy not optimistic about US ties

Moscow, April 1 (IANS) Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said that he is not anticipating “bright prospects” for Moscow-Washington relations. The bilateral ties are in the midst of a deep crisis, which has grown partly due to the reluctance of the US President Joe Biden’s administration to solve problems with Moscow, Antonov said […]

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Putin, Merkel, Macron hold video-conference on int’l affairs

Moscow, March 31 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron held a video-conference on Tuesday to discuss cooperation and international affairs, the Kremlin said in a statement. The leaders paid particular attention to joining efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, including the possibility of registering, using […]

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France reopens Embassy in Libya after 7 yrs

Paris, March 30 (IANS) France has reopened its embassy in Libya after seven years, with the diplomatic representation tweeting “back to work”. Monday’s reopening comes a week after President Emmanuel Macron announced the plan, reports dpa news agency. In 2014, France had moved its diplomatic mission to Tunisia. The year before, its embassy in Libya’s […]

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Russian envoy to US hopes to return soon

Moscow, March 30 (IANS) Russian Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, who has returned to Moscow for consultations after he was recalled earlier this month, said he hopes to be back in Washington soon. Speaking to TASS News Agency on Monday, Antonov said “I hope to be back soon”, as he replied to a corresponding […]

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Moscow continues work to coordinate Putin-Macron-Merkel talks

Moscow, March 30 (IANS) Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow continues work to coordinate a joint video conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. “We continue coordination with Berlin and Paris,” TASS News Agency quoted Peskov as saying to reporters on Monday after German government spokesman […]

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Portugal extends flight ban till April 15

Lisbon, March 30 (IANS) The Portuguese government has announced that all flights to and from Brazil and the UK will remain suspended till April 15, in a bid to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a statement from the Ministry of the Internal Administration issued on Monday, only humanitarian or repatriation flights from these countries […]

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England eases Covid-19 contact curbs

London, March 29 (IANS) England on Monday further eased its coronavirus contact restrictions to allow for larger outdoor meet-ups and team sports. As part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, which was unveiled in February, groups of up to six, or two households, can now meet together outdoors, reports dpa news agency. […]

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Merkel urges premiers to stick to tighter curbs

Berlin, March 29 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has increased pressure on the premiers of the country’s 16 states to stick to an agreed tightening of coronavirus rules due to rising infection numbers. Speaking on a talk show on Sunday evening, Merkel said some states were not following through with a so-called emergency brake, which […]

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Slovakian PM quits, swaps roles with FM

Bratislava, March 29 (IANS) Slovakian Prime Minister Igor Matovic made a surprise announcement that he was resigning and would swap roles with Finance Minister Eduard Heger, paving the way out of a government crisis. The change at the head of government was announced jointly here on Sunday after consultations between the party leaders of three […]

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Armenian Prime Minister to resign in April

Yerevan, March 29 (IANS) Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced he would resign in April ahead of the upcoming snap elections. “I will resign in April. I will resign in order to let early elections take place,” he said in an announcement on Sunday. Pashinyan noted that he would continue serving as Acting Prime Minister […]

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Johnson urged to start sharing vax with poorer nations

London, March 29 (IANS) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing calls on Sunday to immediately begin donating vaccines to poorer nations or risk hoarding supplies while frontline workers are exposed to coronavirus, the Evening Standard newspaper reported. British health and development charities urged the prime minister to take “accelerated action” and “swiftly clarify” how […]

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Death rate among German Covid-19 patients falls

Berlin, March 28 (IANS) The death rate among Covid-19 patients in German university hospitals fell significantly over the course of 2020, according to a new study. A research group from the University of Erlangen found that improved treatments and the growing experience of clinical teams may be contributing to this trend, dpa news agency reported […]

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170 detained in Belarus anti-govt protests

Minsk, March 28 (IANS) Security forces in Belarus launched a crackdown on fresh protests against long-time President Alexander Lukashenko, detaining more than 170 people and reportedly using force. Images and video footage posted online showed police using violent tactics against the protesters on Saturday, reports dpa news agency. Officers clad in black could be seen […]

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Cyprus’ national cheese gets EU protected status

Nicosia, March 28 (IANS) Cyprus’ “national cheese” halloumi has been recognized by the European Commission as a product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) after an examination process that lasted more than 15 years, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Costas Kadis said. Kadis told CyBC state radio on Saturday that a formal announcement […]

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UK records 4,715 new Covid cases, 58 deaths

London, March 28 (IANS) Another 4,715 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,329,180, according to official figures released on Saturday. The country also reported another 58 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 126,573. These figures […]

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Gang-related violence decreases in Sweden

Stockholm, March 27 (IANS) Incidents of gang-related violence in Sweden, which had reached unprecedented levels over the last few years, has decreased following several arrests, local media reported. So far this year, 45 shootings have occurred, compared with 73 in the corresponding period in 2020, Xinhua news agency quoted Swedish television SVT as saying in […]

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Russia opposes EU politicisation of human rights

Moscow, March 27 (IANS) The Russian Foreign Ministry said that it strongly opposes the European Union’s (EU) politicization of human rights. “The EU continues to pursue a policy of illegal, unilateral sanctions, which contradicts international law,” Xinhua news agency quoted Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova as saying at her weekly briefing on Friday. The EU’s path […]

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Portugal extends state of emergency

Lisbon, March 26 (IANS) Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has extended the state of emergency introduced to combat the spread of Covid-19, until April 15 asking for people’s “prudence” during the Easter holiday so that the de-confinement is “successful”. The extension of the state of emergency in Portugal was approved by Parliament on Thursday, […]

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Germany’s alcohol consumption declined in 2020

Berlin, March 26 (IANS) Alcohol consumption in Germany continued to decline in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said. The average per capita consumption of spirits declined by 0.9 per cent last year, while consumption of sparkling wine decreased by 2.1 per cent year-on-year, Xinhua news agency quoted Destatis as […]

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Russia to hold military parades marking V-Day

Moscow, March 26 (IANS) Russia will hold large-scale military parades across the country on May 9 to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said. More than 12,500 troops, over 190 units of weapons and military equipment, and 76 aircraft will join […]

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UK govt mulling Covid vax certification: PM

London, March 26 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that his government is considering coronavirus vaccine certification but suggested it might only be implemented once all adults in the country have been offered a jab by the end of July. Speaking in London on Thursday, Johnson said “no decisions have been taken at all” […]

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Germany records 22,657 new Covid cases

Berlin, March 26 (IANS) Daily Covid-19 infections in Germany rose sharply as 22,657 new cases were registered within one day, about 5,100 more than one week ago, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Thursday. The country’s seven-day Covid-19 incidence rate also rose from 108.1 per 100,000 people in the previous day to 113.3 Thursday, […]

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France likely to extend partial lockdown

Paris, March 25 (IANS) The French government is considering extending a partial lockdown, which was introduced in 16 regions last week, to three others, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said after a weekly pandemic crisis meeting chaired by President Emmanuel Macron. Starting March 19, 16 French regions including the Paris region was placed under a four-week […]

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Cooperation with EU very important: UK PM

London, March 25 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that cooperation between the country and the European Union (EU) is “very important” to fight the coronavirus pandemic, amid the ongoing vaccines export row between the two sides. Johnson made the remarks on Wednesday during the Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons as […]

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Russia asks NATO to focus on own problems

Moscow, March 25 (IANS) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should deal with urgent problems that its member countries are facing, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, after the bloc accused Moscow of “aggressive actions”. “They (these problems) require urgent attention: vaccination, the crisis, human rights issues in NATO countries. Once you manage to solve these […]

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UK records 5,605 new Covid-19 cases, 98 deaths

London, March 25 (IANS) Another 5,605 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,312,908, according to official figures released. The country also reported another 98 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 126,382. These figures only include […]

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Macron highlights importance of Covid vax amid rising cases

Paris, March 24 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has stressed on the importance of vaccination as the country’s Covid-19 cases kept rising. “Vaccination is a national priority,” Macron told reporters on Tuesday during a visit to a vaccination centre in Valenciennes, northern France, Xinhua news agency reported. The president said vaccination would be rolled out […]

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Putin receives Covid-19 vaccination

Moscow, March 24 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin received one of the country’s three domestic vaccines against the coronavirus, the Kremlin announced. Putin is feeling well after the shot and he will have a full working day on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported. He said the Kremlin […]

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Russia, US hold space security consultations

Moscow, March 24 (IANS) Russian-US consultations on space security issues were held via video link, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The participants on Tuesday exchanged views on a wide range of problems related to ensuring the safety of outer space activities, the ministry said in a brief statement, Xinhua news agency reported. Both sides expressed […]

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Hungary approves China’s CanSino vaccine for emergency use

Budapest, March 24 (IANS) Hungary has granted China’s CanSino vaccine emergency use authorisation, making it the second China-developed Covid-19 vaccine approved in the European country, Hungarian Chief Medical Officer Cecilia Muller said. Apart from the CanSino vaccine, the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition has also approved the import of CoviShield, the Indian version of […]

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French Interior Ministry condemns unauthorised carnival

Paris, March 23 (IANS) The French Interior Ministry has strongly condemned an unauthorised carnival parade attended mostly by young people in the city of Marseille. On Monday, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the organisers should be found out and prosecuted, reports Xinhua news agency. “This is unacceptable,” Ministry spokeswoman Camille Chaize told the BFMTV news […]

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Germany’s lockdown extended to April 18

Berlin, March 23 (IANS) German leaders on Tuesday agreed to extend the country’s coronavirus lockdown until April 18 to contain a new wave of infections and to tighten measures for a five-day period over the Easter holidays. Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of the country’s federal states reached an agreement on the strict lockdown measures […]

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UK protesters clash with police over crime bill

London, March 22 (IANS) British demonstrators clashed with police over a bill that will give the latter more powers to deal with non-violent demonstrations in the UK . On Sunday, thousands of people gathered in Bristol, a city in western England, for the “Kill the Bill” demonstration against the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts […]

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Italy marks ‘tiramisu day’ as pandemic distraction

Rome, March 21 (IANS) As a distraction amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Italians on Sunday will mark International Tiramisu Day to celebrate the traditional dessert. The Italian news agency ANSA proudly announced that the traditional dessert featuring mascarpone, coffee and lady’s fingers would be celebrated at the weekend, and even Italians take comfort in this […]

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Thousands protest against Germany’s virus rules

Berlin, March 21 (IANS) More than 20,000 people rallied against Germany’s coronavirus restrictions in the city of Kassel during which clashes broke out between police and participants. Protesters on Saturday ignored the city’s court-approved limit of 6,000 participants, with almost all of them also refusing to wear a face mask, dpa news agency reported. A […]

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‘Britons’ summer holidays abroad unlikely’

London, March 21 (IANS) Britons’ summer holidays abroad are “extremely unlikely” due to the risk of travellers bringing coronavirus variants back to the UK, a government advisory scientist said. “I think that international travel this summer is, for the average holidaymaker, sadly I think, extremely unlikely,” Xinhua news agency quoted Mike Tildesley, a member of […]

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Russia reports 9,632 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, March 21 (IANS) Russia registered a total of 9,632 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, roughly the same as a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response centre said. The national tally has thus increased to 4,447,570, with 94,659 deaths and 4,060,652 recoveries, the centre said on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow, Russia’s […]

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UK PM gets AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab

London, March 20 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalised last year with a severe bout of Covid-19, has received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the virus. Taking to Twitter on Friday evening, Johnson said: “I’ve just received my first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine dose. “Thank you to all of the incredible […]

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Volcano erupts near Iceland capital

Reykjavik, March 20 (IANS) The Fagradalsfjall volcano near the Iceland’s capital Reykjavik has started erupting, turning the sky over the capital city red. According to initial information, the fissure is about 200 metres long, dpa news agency quoted the Icelandic Meteorological Office as saying on Friday night. Images showed small fountains of lava splashing up. […]

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Italy passes $38bn Covid aid package

Rome, March 20 (IANS) The new Italian government under Prime Minister Mario Draghi has passed its first major financial aid package to counter the effects of the pandemic, worth 32 billion euros ($38 billion). The package, passed on Friday, aims to support industries worst affected by the pandemic such as tourism, stabilise the labour market […]

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Paris begins month-long lockdown

Paris, March 20 (IANS) A month-long coronavirus lockdown went into effect in Paris and other French regions on Saturday as the country is struggling to contain a third wave of the pandemic. About one in three of the 67 million people living in the country is affected by the tougher measures, reports dpa news agency. […]

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Poland goes into partial lockdown

Warsaw, March 20 (IANS) The Polish government has announced a new nationwide partial lockdown after the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases exceeded two million. Starting from Saturday, only a select number of shops, among them supermarkets and pharmacies, located in shopping malls with over 2,000 square metres of retail space will be allowed to operate, […]

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