FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Europe could be headed towards end of pandemic after Omicron, says WHO

AFP – The Omicron variant has moved the Covid-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said Sunday. “It’s plausible that…

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WHO warns of Omicron overload as China, Europe impose new curbs

The WHO warned Tuesday that the Omicron coronavirus variant could lead to overwhelmed healthcare systems even though early studies suggest it leads to milder disease, as China and Germany brought back tough…

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People wearing protective face masks walk at Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini), on the day before coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health passes, known as Green Passes, become mandatory on public transport, in Rome, Italy December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italy bans New Year events as COVID infections surge

ROME (Reuters) – Italy has tightened restrictions to curb surging COVID-19 infections, including banning all public New Year‘s Eve celebrations, as daily infections hit a record high, the government said on Thursday. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said mask…

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A soldier from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic set up at Chester Cathedral on December 16, 2021 as the UK steps up the country’s booster drive to fight a “tidal wave” of Omicron.

Europe considers new curbs as Omicron sweeps world

Countries across Europe were considering new curbs on movement on Tuesday as the fast-moving Omicron variant swept the world days before Christmas, throwing travel plans into chaos and unnerving financial…

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP)

EU official: Omicron to be dominant variant by mid-January

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that omicron is expected to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the 27-nation bloc by mid-January, amid concerns that a…

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Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats reacts after he was elected new German Chancellor in the German Parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. The election and swearing-in of the new Chancellor and the swearing-in of the federal ministers of the new federal government will take place in the Bundestag on Wednesday. (Photo/Stefanie Loos)

Scholz succeeds Merkel as German chancellor, opening new era

Olaf Scholz became Germany’s ninth post-World War II chancellor Wednesday, opening a new era for the European Union’s most populous nation and largest economy after Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure. Scholz’s…

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In this photo provided by An Khoun Sam Aun/Ministry of Information of Cambodia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, attends during an online opening session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Hun Sen on Thursday welcomed leaders of Asian and European nations to the 13th biennial Asia-Europe Meeting, held virtually and postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (An Khoun Sam Aun/Ministry of Information of Cambodia via AP)

Thai PM says multilateralism is key, as Cambodia hosts Asia-Europe Summit

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as ASEAN Coordinator, said at the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit hosted by Cambodia today (Thursday) that Thailand believes that multilateralism is the…

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A medic tends to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pirogov hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Europe rethinks booster shot policy as COVID cases hit records

Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary all reported new highs in daily infections as winter grips the continent and people gather indoors in the run-up to Christmas, providing a perfect…

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures as he joins an online meeting of the ASEAN-China special summit at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. – An Khoun SamAun/National Television of Cambodia via AP

Cambodia to host 13th Asia-Europe Summit

Cambodia will be hosting the two-day Asia-Europe (ASEM) summit later this week, focusing on the post-COVID-19 socio-economic recovery and strengthening multilateralism. The chair has not invited Myanmar’s Senior General Min…

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Protestors attend a demonstration against the reinforced measures of the Belgium government to counter the latest spike of the coronavirus in Brussels, Belgium, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Tens of thousands protest Belgium’s tighter COVID-19 rules

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people demonstrated through central Brussels on Sunday to protest reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter the latest spike in coronavirus cases….

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Funeral house employees drag a coffin on a trolley as they arrive at the University Emergency Hospital morgue to take a COVID-19 victim for burial, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

WHO: Europe is only region with increasing COVID deaths

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Europe rose 5% in the last week, making it the only region in the world where COVID-19 deaths increased….

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EU court fines Poland 1 mn euros daily in judiciary row

The EU’s top court on Wednesday ordered Poland to pay one million euros a day for not suspending a controversial “disciplinary chamber” at the heart of a bitter feud between…

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A protester speaks in a megaphone during a protest against the mandatory sanitary pass called “green pass” in the aim to limit the spread of the Covid-19 in central Rome on October 9, 2021. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Thousands protest in Rome against Covid health pass

Thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Covid-19 health pass system to all workplaces.  There were scuffles with…

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Finland joins Sweden and Denmark in limiting Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

HELSINKI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Finland on Thursday paused the use of Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine for younger males due to reports of a rare cardiovascular side effect, joining Sweden…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, walks past a guard of honor while visiting the Monument to the People’s Heroes during a ceremony to mark Martyr’s Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China tightens political control of internet giants

BEIJING (AP) — The ruling Communist Party is tightening political control over China’s internet giants and tapping their wealth to pay for its ambitions to reduce reliance on U.S. and…

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Medical personnel prepares the body of a patient who died of COVID-19 inside the “farewell room” at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the “Klinikum Darmstadt” clinic in Darmstadt, Germany, May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

Europe becomes first region to cross 50 million COVID-19 cases

(Reuters) – Europe became the first region worldwide to cross 50 million coronavirus cases on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the more contagious Delta variant spurred a record surge in daily new infections. The region is seeing a million new infections about every eight days…

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People use rubber rafts in floodwaters after the Meuse River broke its banks during heavy flooding in Liege, Belgium, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Heavy rainfall is causing flooding in several provinces in Belgium with rain expected to last until Friday. (AP Photo/Valentin Bianchi)

Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe

BERLIN (AP) — More than 60 people have died and dozens were missing Thursday as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept…

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Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – Group D – England v Scotland – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – June 18, 2021 Scotland fans celebrate after the match Pool via REUTERS/Frank Augstein

Euro 2020 crowds driving rise in COVID-19 infections, says WHO

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Crowds at Euro 2020 football stadiums and in pubs and bars in host cities are driving the current rise in coronavirus infections in Europe, the World Health…

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An employee connects a Volkswagen (VW) ID.3 electric car to a loading station of German carmaker Volkswagen, at the ‘Glassy Manufactory’ (Glaeserne Manufaktur) production site in Dresden, eastern Germany on June 8, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Europe powers up electric car battery drive

As electric car sales soar, Europe has started to build up its capacity to produce batteries on the continent but it remains far from reducing its dependence on Asia. China, Japan and South Korea produce most of…

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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk from Marine One to board Air Force One for return travel to Washington, DC at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, U.S., June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

With G7 summit the first stop, Biden embarks on 8-day trip to Europe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden departs for Britain on Wednesday on his first trip abroad since taking office, an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era and to reframe relations with…

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A portrait of a teacher who was mobilized during the pandemic is displayed on a giant screen in Paris on the eve of France’s easing of lockdown measures [AFP / Thomas SAMSON]

France, Spain ease virus lockdowns but UK wary

Millions of people in France and Spain were set to embrace a relaxation of stay-at-home rules on Monday, but Britain extended its lockdown as countries plot their way tentatively through…

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File Photo (Agence France-Presse/AFP / Kena Betancur)

Europe prepares for more lockdown easing as virus hopes rise

Europe on Sunday prepared for a further cautious easing of coronavirus restrictions following signs the pandemic may be slowing, after Spaniards flocked to the streets to jog, cycle and rollerskate…

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Trump tests negative for virus as US expands Europe traveler ban

President Donald Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his physician said Saturday, following concerns over his exposure to a disease that has paralyzed the globe. Trump agreed to…

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Europe now “epicentre” of Covid-19 pandemic, says WHO

GENEVA (AFP) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that Europe was now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic, and warned it was impossible to know when…

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(Photo) Maduro expressed gratitude to Norway and its support for “dialogue,”/AFP

Venezuela’s Maduro says Norway talks sought ‘peaceful agenda’ with opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) – Talks in Norway this week with representatives of Venezuela’s government and the opposition sought to “build a peaceful agenda” for the crisis-stricken South American country, President Nicolas…

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