Europe

Putin says he could send police to Belarus if necessary

Putin says he could send police to Belarus if necessary

August 27, 20200 Comments
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has formed a police reserve force to intervene in Belarus if necessary, but that point has not yet been reached. Speaking on Russian state TV, he said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko “asked me to set up a certain police reserve” and “I have done
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Alexei Navalny: Putin critic arrives in Germany for medical treatment

Alexei Navalny: Putin critic arrives in Germany for medical treatment

August 22, 20200 Comments
The acutely ill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in Germany from Siberia for treatment. He is in a coma after drinking what his supporters suspect was poisoned tea; they accuse the authorities of trying to conceal a crime. Doctors treating him in Omsk had insisted on Friday that
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Portugal added to UK Covid-19 safe travel list

Portugal added to UK Covid-19 safe travel list

August 22, 20200 Comments
Portugal is being added to the UK’s travel corridor list, meaning arrivals from the country will no longer have to quarantine, but Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago are being removed, it has been confirmed. As revealed earlier by the Guardian, UK government ministers including the transport secretary, Grant Shapps,
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Italy closes nightclubs for three weeks and orders masks to be worn in public at night after increase in Covid-19 cases

Italy closes nightclubs for three weeks and orders masks to be worn in public at night after increase in Covid-19 cases

August 18, 20200 Comments
Italy is to shut discos and clubs for three weeks and make it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors in some areas at night after an increase in new Covid-19 cases. The new rules mark the first reimposition of coronavirus restrictions as cases pick up across the country, especially among younger people. New
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Belarus: Thousands protest outside state TV building

Belarus: Thousands protest outside state TV building

August 15, 20200 Comments
Thousands of people have gathered outside the state television station in Belarus demanding full coverage of protests against the disputed presidential election. Opposition supporters outside the building in Minsk held banners with signs saying “show people the truth”. Mass protests erupted after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in
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Coronavirus: Russia calls international concern over vaccine ‘groundless’

Coronavirus: Russia calls international concern over vaccine ‘groundless’

August 12, 20200 Comments
Russia has dismissed mounting international concern over the safety of its locally developed Covid-19 vaccine as “absolutely groundless”. On Tuesday, it said a vaccine had been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans. But experts were quick to raise concerns about the speed of Russia’s
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Belarus election: Police use live fire on protesters in Brest

August 12, 20200 Comments
After a third night of protests in Belarus, the interior ministry says police fired back with live bullets when they came under attack in the southwestern city of Brest. Demonstrators with metal rods targeted officers and the police opened fire in self-defence, the ministry said. Clashes were also reported in
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‘Target clusters and superspreaders’: Here’s how Germany could prevent a second coronavirus wave

‘Target clusters and superspreaders’: Here’s how Germany could prevent a second coronavirus wave

August 7, 20200 Comments
How can Germany ward off a large increase in coronavirus infections? By targeting clusters, finding superspreaders and looking to Japan. That’s according to world-leading expert on coronaviruses, Christian Drosten, who recommends a change in strategy in the fight against a second large outbreak of coronavirus this autumn. Drosten, of the
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Is Germany heading for a second lockdown amid rise in new coronavirus cases?

Is Germany heading for a second lockdown amid rise in new coronavirus cases?

August 7, 20200 Comments
Can Germany cope with a rising number of Covid-19 infections? That’s the question being considered across the country right now as new cases remained above 1,000 for the second day in a row. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn said Germany was still able to cope with the higher numbers. “At
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Police halt Berlin protests against coronavirus curbs

Police halt Berlin protests against coronavirus curbs

August 1, 20200 Comments
Some 20,000 protesters have rallied, with many ignoring social distancing rules and labeling the pandemic a “false alarm.” A surge in cases has prompted calls for tougher measures against COVID-19 rule breakers. Despite infections soaring once again in Germany and fears of a potential second wave, tens of thousands of
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