Belgium's Foreign Minister in Intensive Care with COVID

Belgian Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has been hospitalized in intensive care with the coronavirus. Wilmes, who was in charge when the first wave of infections hit the country this spring, now serves in the new government led by Alexander De Croo. Elke Pattyn, a spokes


Czech Republic reports 11,984 new coronavirus cases, highest daily tally

The Czech Republic reported 11,984 new cases of coronavirus for Oct. 20, the highest daily tally on record, as the country is struggling with a surge in recent weeks.The number of people who died of the COVID-19 disease rose to 1,619 from 1,513 over the past 24 hours in the country of 10.7 million


Italy’s Lombardy region to impose virus curfew

 Italy’s northern Lombardy region prepared Tuesday to impose a nighttime curfew, the most restrictive anti-coronavirus measure the country has seen since emerging from a national lockdown in the spring.The curfew from 11pm (2100GMT) to 5am is expected to begin on Thursday night and last


Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Under Severe Strain After New Fighting

A ceasefire in the mountain territory of Nagorno-Karabakh was under severe strain on Tuesday after new clashes between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in their deadliest fighting since the 1990s. The ceasefire, agreed on Saturday, has had little impact on fighting that began on Sept. 27, despite


Ireland to impose nationwide COVID-19 curbs on Monday

Ireland will bring in “decisive” nationwide COVID-19 restrictions on Monday but will stop short of reintroducing the kind of lockdown imposed earlier this year, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said on Sunday.The government rejected a recommendation by health chiefs two weeks ago


Armenia, Azerbaijan Exchange Accusations Over Ceasefire Violations

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed. The truce agreed on Saturday came into force at midnight after a week-old Russian-brokered ceasefire failed to halt t


Azerbaijan and Armenia allege truce violations, accuse each other in shelling

 Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other on Saturday of fresh attacks in violation of a week-old Russian-brokered truce that has failed to halt the worst fighting in the South Caucasus since the 1990s.  Baku said 13 civilians were killed and more than 50 wounded in the city of Ganja b


Europe Condemns Turkey’s Provocations in Eastern Med

EU leaders on Friday condemned "unilateral actions and provocations" by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, where it is locked in a standoff over energy resources with Greece and Cyprus. European leaders discussed the dispute at a summit in Brussels, after Turkey sent a research ship back to con


Greece, Cyprus Seek More EU Pressure to Stop 'Provocative' Turkey

Greece and Cyprus pushed for a tougher European Union response to Turkey’s natural gas exploration in contested Mediterranean waters at an EU summit on Friday, after Ankara restarted operations of a survey ship. Two weeks after their last summit where leaders discussed economic sanctions, t


Czech Republic’s daily COVID-19 cases tally hits new record

The Czech Republic reported 9,544 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, its highest one-day tally since the pandemic started, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday.The number of total cases detected since the outbreak hit in March has nearly doubled in October alone, to 139,290, as the country of 10.


Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Rise Sharply

Azerbaijan and Armenia exchanged accusations on Wednesday as tensions rose sharply around a fraying ceasefire in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. "Armenia is trying to attack and take control of our pipelines," Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster Ha


World Azerbaijani Congress condemns Armenian attacks

The World Azerbaijani Congress on Monday condemned a missile attack by Armenian forces on Azerbaijan’s second-largest city of Ganja which killed at least 10 civilians.     Addressing Edi Rama, Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (O


Greece calls new Turkish survey mission a threat to region

  Greece has accused neighbour Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean after the announcement that a Turkish survey vessel is being prepared to renew a research mission in disputed waters. The spat over sea boundaries in an area bet


In breach of truce, Armenia army attack on Azerbaijan kills 1 civilian

One civilian was killed in Azerbaijan on Saturday when the Armenia army targeted Azerbaijani settlements despite a cease-fire. Azerbaijani prosecutors said in a statement that the villages of Chemenli and Zengishali in the Agdam province came under artillery firing of the Armenia Armed Forces aro


EU Rejects GNA’s Agreement with Turkey

European ambassadors to Libya have rejected a controversial deal struck by the Libyan Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, with Turkey last year. The diplomats on Saturday held meetings with senior Libyan officials and stressed the importance of a political solution to the curre


Armenia, Azerbaijan Agree Ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Saturday to a ceasefire and to begin "substantive talks" over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh after nearly two weeks of fierce clashes. Bitter fighting in the central Asian region has claimed hundreds of lives, forced thousands to flee, and stirred fears


Turkish, Greek FMs Hold First Meeting Since East Med Dispute

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece met on Thursday for the first time since a crisis emerged between the two NATO members over energy exploration and territorial rights in the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu and Greek counterpart Nikos D


Greece welcomes Turkey initiative to ease tensions

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis yesterday said his country welcomes Turkey’s moves to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, adding that Ankara needs to show a stronger commitment to improving mutual relations. Mitsotakis stated following a meeting with the Secretary-Ge



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