The German Foreign Minister will visit Turkey early next week

Next Monday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will head to Turkey, where he will discuss with Turkish officials a range of bilateral and regional issues, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that "Maas will discuss during his visit bilateral an


Thousands of people protested in Vienna against the Corona restrictions

Thousands took to the streets of Vienna today, Saturday, to protest against restrictions imposed on public life to contain the Corona pandemic, as the government held consultations on extending isolation restrictions. The demonstrators in the city center chanted slogans calling for the departure


Greece to hike fines for violation of COVID-19 restrictions

ATHENS: Greece’s prime minister says the country’s retail sector might begin to gradually reopen next week, if the scientists advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic recommend it is safe to do so today.Speaking in Parliament Friday during a debate on the government’s


Mobile vaccine team brings relief to Prague's most vulnerable

A Prague clinic has launched a mobile team to give COVID-19 shots in senior and social care homes, where hundreds of residents will be among the first in the Czech Republic to escape the fear of infection. On Wednesday, the team vaccinated dozens of people with mental health and other conditions


Turkey and Greece to resume talks over disputed waters

Turkey and Greece will this month resume long-suspended talks over territorial claims in the Mediterranean Sea that brought them close to conflict last year. The two Nato members will meet on January 25 in Istanbul, they said on Monday. Ankara and Athens held 60 rounds of talks from 2002 to 2016


Austrian labour minister quits over plagiarism allegations

Austria’s Labour Minister Christine Aschbacher has resigned after allegations that she plagiarised some of her university work, but denied any wrongdoing and said she was stepping down to protect her family. Aschbacher, a member of the conservative Austrian People’s Party which leads


Spain sends out vaccine, food convoys after snowstorm paralyses roads

MADRID - The Spanish government will send convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies on Sunday to areas cut off by Storm Filomena which brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain and killed four people. In the Madrid area, rescuers reached 1,500 people trapped in c


Belgium coronavirus deaths top 20,000

BRUSSELS: The number of fatalities in Belgium from the new coronavirus crossed 20,000 on Sunday, health officials said, with more than half the dead from retirement care homes.The country, with a population of 11.5 million, has recorded 662,694 cases and 20,038 deaths since the pandemic broke out,


Europe coronavirus cases surpass 25 million - Reuters tally

Coronavirus cases in Europe surpassed 25 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with several countries reinstating or extending lockdowns as a resurgence in the pandemic threatens to overwhelm health services. Europe has recorded at least 25,016,506 cases and 559,863 deaths since the


Armenian president stuck in London with coronavirus

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in isolation in London where he had been spending the new year with his family, his office said on Tuesday. Mr Sarkissian, 67, "had symptoms of the novel coronavirus", the presidency said. Sarkisian had been in London to


Italy: 649 deaths and 15,378 new cases of Corona

The Italian Ministry of Health announced the registration of 649 deaths from the Corona virus today, Tuesday, up from 348 the previous day, while the daily number of new infections increased to 15,378 from 10,800. The total number of deaths from Covid-19 in Italy has reached 76,329 since the outb


EU delays decision on Moderna vaccine as blame game heats up

The EU’s drugs watchdog held off authorising Moderna’s coronavirus jab on Monday despite bringing forward a special meeting, as criticism mounts of the bloc’s slow launch of vaccines. The Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency said it would resume talks on Wednesday on whethe


Northern Cyprus calls on Greek Cypriots to agree to talks

The Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar on Saturday called on the Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to respond positively to calls for dialogue and solve the Cyprus issue. Tatar said in a statement that Anastasiades believes the two-state solution is a realistic solution, how


Ireland imposes tougher virus restrictions

Ireland has announced a tightening of coronavirus restrictions lasting several weeks, as Prime Minister Micheal Martin said infection rates were growing “exponentially”. “We must return to full-scale Level-5 restrictions for a period of at least one month,” Mr Martin said


Record increase in Corona injuries in Portugal

Portugal recorded a new record increase in daily cases of Coronavirus, and it detected 7,627 cases today. Portugal has also recorded 413,678 cases and 6906 deaths from the virus so far. Cases surprisingly increased to 6,049 Wednesday from 3,336 on Tuesday, but Prime Minister Antonio Costa said i


Croatia jolted by aftershocks a day after earthquake kills seven

A series of aftershocks jolted central Croatia a day after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday killed at least seven people, injured dozens and left several towns and villages in ruins. The strongest, a 4.7-magnitude tremor, was recorded early on Wednesday near the heavily damaged town of


Spain to keep registry of people who refuse Covid vaccine

MADRID: Spain will set up a registry of people who refuse to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus and share it with other European Union member states, although it will not be made public, Health Minister Salvador Illa said Monday.During an interview with La Sexta television, Illa reiterated


Pfizer to complete supply of COVID-19 vaccines to EU by September

The distribution of an initial 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech across the European Union will be completed by September, a spokesman for the EU Commission said on Monday.The protracted timetable, which was previously unknown, confirms that the bloc, with




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