Europe


Pretenders to Merkel’s crown go head-to-head in debate Saturday, October 17th, 2020

BERLIN, (AFP):- The three men vying to lead German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party took each other on in an online debate Saturday in a bid to revive a race that has been knocked off course by the coronavirus pandemic. The chief of the Christian Democratic Union, who will be chosen at a party..

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WHO warns Europe virus surge of ‘great concern’ Thursday, October 15th, 2020

COPENHAGEN, (AFP):- European countries have unveiled tough new measures to try to curb a surge in coronavirus infections which the World Health Organization warned Thursday is of "great concern". Underscoring the disruption wrought by Covid-19 even in the corridors of power, US presidential..

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German, Czech, Italian virus records deepen Europe worries

By GEIR MOULSON, BERLIN (AP):- Record daily infection figures in Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy added to fears on Thursday that Europe is running out of chances to control its latest coronavirus outbreak. France has set a 9 p.m. curfew for many of its biggest cities as governments across the..

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English villages wake up to find they’re Brexit’s new border Monday, October 12th, 2020

By JILL LAWLESS, SEVINGTON, England (AP):- Four years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Brexit can still seem abstract. But in the county known as the Garden of England, it is literally taking concrete form. Just beyond the ancient oaks and yews that surround medieval St. Mary’s..

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UK urged to do more to open up tax havens to public scrutiny Sunday, October 11th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP):- Recent events in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands are seen by some as an indication that Britain is showing signs of improving tax transparency in its overseas territories, although activists say more still needs to be done. Two years ago, an amendment made to UK..

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Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits Saturday, October 10th, 2020

By NICOLE WINFIELD, ROME (AP):- Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of “COVID-fatigue.” Record high daily..

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Progress is the word in Brexit trade talks before summit Thursday, October 8th, 2020

By RAF CASERT, BRUSSELS (AP):- The European Union finally sees progress in trade talks with the United Kingdom, but insists a momentary change in mood between the oft-bickering sides is no guarantee that an agreement will be delivered on time, officials said Thursday. Both sides are negotiating..

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Study finds preserved brain material in Vesuvius victim Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

ROME, (AFP):- Brain cells have been found in exceptionally preserved form in the remains of a young man killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago, an Italian study has revealed. The preserved neuronal structures in vitrified or frozen form were discovered at the..

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UK hit by new virus test failing, finds 16,000 extra cases Monday, October 5th, 2020

By PAN PYLAS`, LONDON (AP):- The British government has launched an investigation into how nearly 16,000 new coronavirus infections went unreported as a result of a technical glitch, a failing that could have given fresh impetus to an outbreak that critics say is already out of control. Health..

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Madrid starts partial virus lockdown amid political dispute Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

By IAIN SULLIVAN and JOSEPH WILSON, MADRID (AP):- Madrid awoke Saturday to its first day under a partial lockdown, with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital as the city and its suburbs have become Europe’s biggest hot spot in the second wave of the coronavirus. Spain’s..

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Germany marks low-key 30th anniversary of reunification

BERLIN (AP):- Germany is marking the 30th anniversary of its reunification on Saturday, drawing a generally positive picture of the progress made in knitting together east and west amid celebrations that are low-key because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany was reunited on Oct. 3, 1990, after..

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UK, EU leaders to discus Brexit, free trade talks Friday, October 2nd, 2020

By RAF CASERT, BRUSSELS (AP):- The European Union said Friday the main issues separating the bloc and Britain in their fraught talks on a rudimentary trade agreement following the Brexit divorce are “still completely open” and called for intensified negotiations over the next couple of..

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At virus milestone, Italian priest reflects on loss, lessons Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

By MARIA GRAZIA MURRU and NICOLE WINFIELD, SERIATE, Italy (AP):- If there is anything the Rev. Mario Carminati and the traumatized residents of Italy’s Bergamo province remember about the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s the wail of ambulance sirens piercing the silence of..

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UK university students furious over virus restrictions Sunday, September 27th, 2020

By DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP):- As authorities sought to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at British universities Sunday, some students complained they were being “imprisoned” in their dormitories and politicians debated whether young people should be allowed to go home for Christmas. Students at..

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Swiss vote on limiting jobs, residency for EU citizens

GENEVA (AP):- Voters in Switzerland cast ballots Sunday on a nationalist party’s proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country. The measure, championed by the populist Swiss People’s Party, would give preferential access to jobs, social..

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10 arrested as police break up London anti-lockdown rally Saturday, September 26th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP):- London police said they arrested 10 people and four officers were injured as they broke up a thousands-strong demonstration against British coronavirus restrictions Saturday. Skirmishes broke out as officers moved in with batons to disperse the more than 10,000 protesters gathered..

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France’s virus rebound: Marseille fights against closures Friday, September 25th, 2020

MARSEILLE, France (AP):- Angry restaurant and bar owners are demonstrating in Marseille to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections. The protesters, and local officials in France’s second-biggest city, are also threatening..

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Quarantine ordered for 2,500 students at elite Swiss school Thursday, September 24th, 2020

By NADINE ACHOUI-LESAGE and JAMEY KEATEN, LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):- Swiss authorities ordered 2,500 students at an elite hospitality management school to quarantine themselves due to a coronavirus outbreak allegedly linked to off-campus partying, the latest back-to-school sign of higher..

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