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UK PM announces new stricter restrictions to combat coronavirus surge

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced new stricter coronavirus restrictions for London and parts of England to combat an alarming surge in infections linked to a new virulent strain.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/20 10:26:46

Italy imposes partial lockdown for Christmas, New Year holiday

Italians will have to spend much of the Christmas and New Year holiday in a nationwide "red zone" in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced in a nationally televised press conference on Friday evening.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/19 8:03:26

Europe's virus control on fire amid rising risk

Experts believe that Europe is at risk of spinning out of control on Christmas despite recent strict measures against COVID-19, and immunologists said a 70 percent vaccination rate is needed to achieve herd immunity, which takes at least 1 to 2 years.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/18 22:48:40

Russia has mutual interests with China in many fields -- Putin

Russia and China have common interests in many fields, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday during his annual press conference.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/18 11:38:28

European leaders in self-quarantine after Macron tests positive for COVID-19

A host of European leaders are self-isolating after contact with French President Emmanuel Macron, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/18 11:17:22

EU to start vaccination for COVID-19 on Dec. 27

The European Union (EU) will start vaccination for COVID-19 after Christmas, the bloc's executive chief Ursula von der Leyen announced on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/18 11:11:29

Portuguese PM in self-quarantine after contact with Macron

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has been in self-quarantine following close contact with French President Emmanuel Macron, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/18 9:13:49

Oslo tests 'zero-emissions' construction sites

A nearly "zero-emissions" building site in Oslo, using electric machinery, could be a pioneer for greener construction as the world's urban areas swell by the equivalent of a Dublin, Ireland or Dallas, the US every week, city experts say.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/17 19:43:40

French court jails accomplices over Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015

A Paris court on Wednesday handed jail terms ranging from four years to life to more than a dozen people convicted of helping Islamist gunmen who attacked satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and customers at a Jewish supermarket in January 2015.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/17 19:13:39

EU chief says UK trade pact closer but success is uncertain

Britain and the European Union have moved closer to sealing a new trade deal but it was still unclear if they would succeed, the bloc's chief executive said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/17 19:08:39

French President Macron tests positive for Covid-19: presidency

French President Macron tests positive for Covid-19: presidency
Source: AFP | 2020/12/17 17:38:16

Tighter coronavirus restrictions imposed in London as cases mount

London on Wednesday moved into the highest level of coronavirus restrictions in an effort to control rising infection rates, dealing another blow to hospitality venues before Christmas.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/16 17:08:41

EU sees 'narrow path' to Brexit deal with UK after deadline ditched

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday signaled there was a “narrow path” to a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, as key sticking points remain after both sides abandoned a supposed make-or-break deadline.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/15 17:03:42

EU rights watchdog warns of pitfalls in use of AI

The European Union's rights watchdog has warned of the risks of using artificial intelligence in predictive policing, medical diagnoses and targeted advertising as the bloc mulls rules in 2021 to address the challenges posed by the technology.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/14 18:33:40

EU's Barnier says UK trade deal still possible; talks to extend after ditching deadline

The European Union's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Monday sealing a new trade pact with Britain was still possible as negotiators sought to break deadlocks on access to UK fishing ­waters for EU vessels and corporate economic fair play rules.
Source: Agencies | 2020/12/14 17:18:41

Five key genes linked to severe COVID-19 found, suggesting drug targets

Five key genes are linked with the most severe form of COVID-19, scientists said, in research that also pointed to several existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat people who risk getting critically ill with the pandemic disease.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/13 18:08:43

French police protests enter 3rd weekend on filming law

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in France Saturday for a third consecutive weekend of demonstrations over a controversial security bill that would limit filming of the police.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/13 18:08:41

Caution abounds in The City at prospect of 'no-deal' Brexit

Britain's financial sector is watching nervously as the prospect mounts of a "no-deal" Brexit, stoking fears of lost clients and influence in key areas, as well as market turbulence.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/13 16:18:40