Ukraine's first lady says tests positive for COVID-19

The wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says she is infected with the novel coronavirus.First lady Olena Zelenska wrote in an Instagram post on Friday that her husband and their children have tested negative.She said she feels good, is receiving outpatient treatment and is isolated from


Italy's Muslims cope with burial space shortage in pandemic

Italy's Muslim community, like others, suffered many deaths as the coronavirus pandemic hit the Mediterranean country hard. Compounding the pain for the religious minority has been the grim reality of a lack of space to bury their dead.Imams and Muslim community leaders are calling for more Islamic


Despite no lockdown, Swedish economy plunges

Unlike most countries, Sweden never locked down during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, largely keeping businesses operating, but the economy appears to be taking a hard hit nonetheless. Under the Scandinavian country’s controversial approach to the virus, cafes, bars, restaurants


The Latest: Switzerland to lift travel limits on EU, UK

Switzerland says it plans to lift restrictions on travel from European Union countries and Britain on June 15. The Swiss government previously had announced that it would completely reopen the country’s borders with three of its neighbors -- Austria, Germany and France – in mid-June. O


Greece to open airports to arrivals from 29 countries from June 15

Greece said Friday it would reopen its airports in Athens and Thessaloniki to arrivals from 29 countries from June 15, the start of the tourist season.Visitors would be allowed to fly into Greece from 16 EU countries, including Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Czech Republic, Baltic countries


Infection fear doesn’t stop migrants heading for Europe

The Tunisian Coast Guard thwarted several attempts by traffickers to take migrant groups to the coast of Italy in the past few days as the weather improves.  Fear of infection has not deterred the migrants — Italy still considers its ports as “not safe” from the COVID-19 pand


Germany extends social distancing rules till June 29

Germany has extended social distancing rules aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic to June 29, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government said on Tuesday. Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in public places but Germans should be in contact with as few people as possible, acco


Spain urges foreign holidaymakers to return in July

Spain has urged foreign holidaymakers to return in July as one of Europe's strictest lockdowns eased, though tourism businesses were sceptical about salvaging the summer season. The world's second-most visited nation closed its doors and beaches in March to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, later impos


Germany tries to trace people who attended church service at which coronavirus spread

German authorities are trying to trace everyone who attended a church service in Frankfurt this month after more than 107 people tested positive for the coronavirus. Churches in the state of Hesse, where Frankfurt is located, have been able to hold services since May 1 following the easing of coron


Police arrest 60 at anti-lockdown demonstrations in Berlin- report

Police arrested about 60 protesters on Saturday as part of city-wide demonstrations against restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported.The protesters had violated official guidelines to keep the virus contained, and some had attacked police officials, the ne


George Soros says coronavirus threatens EU’s survival

George Soros, the billionaire financier, has cautioned that the European Union’s survival was threatened by the coronavirus unless it could issue perpetual bonds or “consols” to help weak members such as Italy.“If the EU is unable to consider it now, it may not be able to sur


Which European countries are easing travel restrictions?

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) is currently advising against all but essential international travel for an indefinite period. However, countries across Europe have begun to ease lockdown measures and border restrictions and prepare for the return of both domestic and international tourists. Today resta


France says no sign coronavirus is rising after lockdown eased

There is no sign yet that France’s easing of a lockdown to combat the coronavirus has boosted the epidemic, the health minister said Wednesday, as the latest figures showed daily deaths trending lower. France on May 11 eased its almost two-month lockdown in a bid to revive an economy clobbere


UK invests extra £85m in vaccine drive

The British government will invest an additional £85 million ($103 million) in research and development for a COVID-19 vaccine. Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced the additional funds, which bring total UK investment in developing a vaccine to over £250 million. The money will be


Sweden’s Covid-19 strategy has caused an ‘amplification of the epidemic’

Sweden is famously one of the few countries to have opted against a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But given that the country has a much higher death toll per million than its Nordic neighbours, many observers have suggested that the Swedish approach has failed. While countries


UK-EU Brexit talks deadlocked as clock ticks down

Talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their future relationship in the wake of Brexit have ground to a near-standstill despite the urgency for progress before a summit next month.The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, said in a statement Friday that “we have made ve


Bus crashes into a bus station in German city of Hamburg

A bus crashed into the glass facade at the Bergedorf station in Hamburg on Wednesday, according to local media reports in Germany, adding that there were no passengers inside the bus while the driver was sent to the hospital for minor injuries. The bus was heading toward Hamburg-Holstein station wh


Italy’s mosques could come out of lockdown within weeks

Italy’s mosques could reopen within weeks, as the country begins the second phase of its exit from a tough and lengthy lockdown.Catholic churches are set to resume their services with worshippers in attendance on May 18, and the country’s Muslim communities have been stepping up their di



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