Italian gov’t in crisis as coalition ally withdraws

Rome, Jan 14 (IANS) Italian Senator Matteo Renzi, a former prime minister, announced that his Italia Viva party is withdrawing its cabinet members from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s coalition government. Italy’s current government is backed by a coalition between the center-left Democratic Party, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and Italia Viva, the party that Renzi […]

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Estonian PM submits resignation to Prez

Tallinn, Jan 13 (IANS) Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Wednesday submitted his resignation to the President Kersti Kaljulaid. “Today, I made a decision to resign as Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia in the current situation,” Ratas said in a Facebook post. “This decision was made in consultations with the board of the […]

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Germany imposes stricter Covid-19 measures nationwide

Berlin, Jan 12 (IANS) As Covid-19 incidences and death rates remain on a high level in Germany, stricter contact restrictions would take effect nationwide until at least the end of January, the government announced. Some of Germany’s federal states already introduced over the weekend stricter rules that Chancellor Angela Merkel and the minister-presidents agreed on […]

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Russia logs 23,309 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 10 (IANS) Russia recorded 23,309 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from 23,652 a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response center said. The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 3,379,103, including 61,381 deaths and 2,754,809 recoveries, the center said on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow, Russia’s […]

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Danish govt advises against all foreign travel

Copenhagen, Jan 9 (IANS) Danish authorities have raised the security level in its latest travel guidelines to “red”, advising against all international travel and imposing stricter entry restrictions. “From January 8 until January 17, the travel guidelines for the whole world will be sharpened from being ‘orange’ (all unnecessary travel is not recommended) to ‘red’, […]

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Merkel angry, sad over US Capitol chaos

Berlin, Jan 8 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her anger and sadness after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building in Washington D.C. The unsettling pictures of the riots that took place on Wednesday afternoon made her “angry and also sad”, Xinhua news agency quoted Merkel as saying in a video […]

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Russia logs 23,541 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 8 (IANS) Russia recorded 23,541 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 24,217 a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response centre said on Thursday. The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 33,32,142, including 60,457 deaths and 27,09,452 recoveries, the centre said. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit region, reported 4,871 new […]

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Greek PM reshuffles cabinet, key portfolios unchanged

Athens, Jan 5 (IANS) Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has reshuffled his cabinet, new government spokesperson Christos Tarantilis announced in a televised statement. Key portfolios in the economic team, the Foreign Ministry, and other ministries remained unchanged, Xinhua news agency quoted Tarantilis as saying on Monday. Presenting the new line-up, Tarantilis said the reshuffle was […]

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UK PM announces new lockdown for England

London, Jan 5 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that England will enter a another national lockdown, the third of its kind since the coronavirus pandemic began in the country early last year. The lockdown came into force at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported. In a televised address on Monday, […]

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Russia adds 23,351 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 5 (IANS) Russia recorded 23,351 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 24,150 a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response center said Monday. The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 32,60,138, including 58,988 deaths and 26,40,036 recoveries, the Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit region, reported 3,591 […]

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Top London hospital ‘on track to be almost Covid-only’

London, Jan 4 (IANS) The University College Hospital, one of London’s biggest, is battling to accommodate the accelerating number of Covid-19 infected persons across the British capital, saying that it was “on track to be almost Covid-only” as intensive care patients was soaring. The hospital is scrambling to convert operating theatres and stroke wards into […]

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Greece further extends coronavirus lockdown

Athens, Jan 3 (IANS) Greece will further extend the current nationwide lockdown to January 11 in order to address the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, a government spokesman has announced. The second lockdown in Greece amidst the pandemic started on November 7, 2020, and was initially scheduled to end on November […]

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Italian Senate passes govt’s 2021 budget

Rome, Dec 31 (IANS) The Italian Senate has passed the government’s 2021 draft budget, providing the necessary final approval ahead of the end of the year. Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet won a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Italy’s bicameral Parliament, with 156 votes in favor […]

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Strong aftershocks jolt Croatia as rescue efforts continue

Zagreb, Dec 31 (IANS) Strone aftershocks continued to rock central Croatia, a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake devastated towns and villages about 50 km southeast of the capital Zagreb, killing seven and injuring dozens. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported two aftershocks — 4.8- and 4.7-magnitude, within 11 minutes near Tuesday’s epicentre on Wednesday morning, […]

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Russia amends law on foreign agents

Moscow, Dec 31 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law, broadening the range of individuals and organisations that can be labelled as foreign agents and allowing stricter monitoring. According to the law signed on Wednesday, individuals and unregistered non-governmental organisations will be recognised as foreign agents if they are participating in political […]

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Russia adds 26,513 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Dec 31 (IANS) Russia recorded 26,513 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 27,002 a day earlier, the country’s coronavirus response centre said on Wednesday. The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 3,131,550, including 56,426 deaths and 2,525,418 recoveries, the centre said, Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit […]

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UK approves Oxford Covid-19 vaccines for use

London, Dec 30 (IANS) The UK on Wednesday approved the Oxford University-AstraZenecas Covid-19 vaccine for use after authorisation by the country’s medicines regulator. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. The UK has already vaccinated hundreds of thousands of patients […]

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Danish govt extends lockdown

Copenhagen, Dec 30 (IANS) Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the extension of the current nationwide Covid-19 lockdown until January 17, 2021, in an effort to stem the further spread of the virus. “Let me say it very clearly. The situation with infection rates and hospitalisations is more serious now than it was in the […]

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Russian, Turkish FMs discuss joint peacekeeping centre in Nagorno-Karabakh

Moscow, Dec 30 (IANS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed developments in relation to the joint Russian-Turkish peacekeeping centre in the conflict-ridden Nagorno-Karabakh region during his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Sochi. “The centre was created as a result of an agreement reached between the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Turkish […]

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Russia confirms 27,002 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Dec 29 (IANS) Russia registered 27,002 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, increasing the overall infection tally to 3,105,037, health authorities have confirmed. Besides the new cases, the country’s Covid-19 response centre also reported 562 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 55,827, reports Xinhua news agency. The number of recoveries in the country climbed […]

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Italy’s Covid-19 indicators improve during holiday lockdown

Rome, Dec 29 (IANS) Italy’s coronavirus infection and mortality rates have continued to show improvement as the country, one of the hardest-hit in Europe, approached the halfway point in its nationwide holiday lockdown. On Monday, the country recorded 8,585 new infections, down from 8,913 a day earlier, increasing the overall caseload to 2,056,277, Xinhua news […]

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Heavy snow in England causes road disruption

London, Dec 29 (IANS) Heavy snowfall in parts of England has led to traffic disruptions, prompting authorities to issue warnings against unnecessary travels. On Monday, there were reports of heavy snowfall in areas such as Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire as well as in Birmingham and Stourbridge, and lighter dustings as far south as Devon, reports […]

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Russia adds 27,787 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Dec 29 (IANS) Russia recorded 27,787 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 28,284 a day earlier, the country’s coronavirus response centre said on Monday. The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 3,078,035, including 55,265 deaths and 2,471,309 recoveries, the centre said, Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit […]

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4 injured in Berlin shooting

Berlin, Dec 26 (IANS) At least four people were injured in a shooting incident in the German capital city of Berlin on Saturday, local media reported. Local news outlets cited police sources as saying that the incident occurred in the Kreuzberg district, reports Xinhua news agency It is currently unclear who fired the shots. More […]

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UK-EU divorce overshadowed by coronavirus

London, Dec 26 (IANS) Britain and the European Union (EU) struck a post-Brexit trade deal on Thursday, which will have many implications for everyday life and Britain’s future relationship with other countries. While many Britons hailed the historic deal, some were less enthusiastic about it, worrying that any form of Brexit, combining with the impact […]

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UK, EU finally seal post-Brexit trade deal

London, Dec 24 (IANS) The UK and the European Union have reached a post-Brexit trade deal, after months of disagreements over fishing rights and future business rules. Downing Street said: “We have got Brexit done and we can now take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities available to us”, the BBC reported. Prime Minister Boris […]

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Gunman kills 3 cops in France

Paris, Dec 23 (IANS) A gunman in France has shot dead three police officers who were called to a domestic violence incident, officials said. A woman had fled to the roof of a house in the remote village of Saint-Just early on Wednesday. The gunman killed one officer and wounded another. He then set fire […]

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Russia bans more EU officials from entry

Moscow, Dec 23 (IANS) Russia has decided to expand the list of representatives of European Union (EU) member states and institutions who will be denied entry to Russia, a move in retaliation for anti-Russian sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. “Among them are those who are responsible for promoting anti-Russian sanctions initiatives within […]

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Russia adds 28,948 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Dec 21 (IANS) Russia recorded 28,948 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly up from 28,209 a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response center said Sunday. The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 28,48,377, including 50,858 deaths and 2,275,657 recoveries, the center said. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit region, reported 7,263 new […]

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Hungary announces new economic measures

Budapest, Dec 20 (IANS) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced new economic relief measures to increase economy activity, as the number confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has topped the 300,000 mark. “In the interests of families and businesses, the government has decided to add new items to its economic protection action plan,” Xinhua news […]

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US to shut down two consulates in Russia

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) The US planned to close its consulate in Vladivostok, Russia, and to suspend operations at one in Yekaterinburg, US State Department said on Friday. “The Secretary of State, in close consultation with Ambassador John Sullivan, has decided to close the US Consulate General in Vladivostok and to suspend operations at the […]

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Russia records 28,209 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS) Russia confirmed 28,209 coronavirus cases over the past day, taking the total number of infections to 2,819,429, the country’s official Covid-19 monitoring and response center said Saturday. Moscow registered 6,459 new coronavirus cases, bringing the capital’s total to 728,637, the Xinhua news agency reported. Another 26,109 patients have recovered from the […]

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US to close 2 Russia consulates

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) The US Department of State informed Congress that it has planned to close two consulates in Russia over limits set by the government in Moscow on the number of American diplomats allowed in the country, the media reported. In a letter dated December 10 and obtained by The Hill news website, […]

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Biden names Indian-American as Assistant Press Secretary

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has appointed Indian-American Vedant Patel as the Assistant President Secretary. The announcement was made by the Biden-Harris transition team on Friday. According to a post on the team’s website, Patel previously served as Regional Communications Director on the Biden-Harris Campaign. During Biden’s primary campaign, Patel […]

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Sweden announces new anti-coronavirus measures

Stockholm, Dec 19 (IANS) The Swedish government has announced tough new anti-coronavirus rules, including face-mask recommendations, alcohol sale restrictions and a limit on the number of people allowed in restaurants, shops and gyms. “I hope and believe that everyone in Sweden understands how serious the situation is,” Xinhua news agency quoted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven […]

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