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The Latest: Germany, France challenge US role in WHO reforms Saturday, August 8th, 2020

BERLIN: Germany and France have challenged Washington’s role in leading talks over reforming the World Health Organization, citing the U.S. decision to quit the global body. Germany’s Health Ministry said the issue was discussed during a call of health ministers from the Group of Seven leading..

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EasyJet dives into loss but upbeat on recovery Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP):- EasyJet flew into an expected loss during its third quarter as the coronavirus pandemic kept the bulk of planes grounded, the British no-frills airline announced Tuesday. The group reported a pre-tax loss of £324.5 million ($419 million, 355 million euros) in the three months to..

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Outbreak hits Norway cruise ship, could spread along coast

By JAN M. OLSEN, COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP):- A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 5 passengers and 36 crew. Health authorities fear the ship also could have spread the virus to dozens..

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Dozens of police injured in Berlin protests against virus curbs Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

BERLIN, (AFP): Some 45 police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters gathered again in smaller numbers on Sunday. The unruly protests, in which many demonstrators failed to wear masks or..

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Britain delays easing of lockdown as virus spread speeds up Friday, July 31st, 2020

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP):- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some of the country’s next steps out of lockdown on hold Friday with just a few hours’ notice, saying the number of new coronavirus cases was on the rise for the first time since May. The government’s..

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German economy plunged 10% during 2nd quarter amid pandemic Thursday, July 30th, 2020

By DAVID McHUGH, FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):- Germany’s economy, Europe’s largest, took a massive hit during the pandemic shutdowns, shrinking by 10.1% percent during the April-June period from the previous quarter as exports and business investment collapsed. It was the biggest drop since..

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UK, EU rule out quick post-Brexit deal Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

LONDON, (AFP):- Britain and the European Union on Thursday broke up their latest round of post-Brexit trade negotiations by ruling out a quick deal but voicing hope for agreement in the coming months. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised last month to add "a bit of oomph" to the stalled..

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Pompeo urges ‘entire world’ to stand up to China Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

LONDON, (AFP):- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged "the entire world" Tuesday to stand up to China but denied forcing Britain's hand in its decision to ban the communist superpower's private telecoms giant Huawei. Pompeo met Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the heat of an emerging crisis in..

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EU agrees on $2.1 trillion deal after marathon summit

By RAF CASERT and SAMUEL PETREQUIN, BRUSSELS (AP):- After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits..

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Insults, flaring tempers mark marathon EU summit on budget Monday, July 20th, 2020

By RAF CASERT and SAMUEL PETREQUIN, BRUSSELS (AP):- Weary European Union leaders expressed cautious optimism Monday that a deal was in sight on their fourth day of wrangling over an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund, following a weekend of..

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Talks into the night as EU leaders haggle over budget, virus Saturday, July 18th, 2020

By RAF CASERT and MIKE CORDER, BRUSSELS (AP):- On a terrace overlooking the sun-kissed city of Brussels, European Union leaders felt Saturday they were finally closing in on a deal for an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund, despite tensions..

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EU leaders far from deal on budget and virus recovery fund Friday, July 17th, 2020

By RAF CASERT and MIKE CORDER, BRUSSELS (AP):- European Union leaders headed into Saturday, the scheduled final day of their summit, about as far apart from reaching a deal on an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund as the seating distance imposed..

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