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Coronavirus: Protecting yourself in a migrant camp
on 2020-03-30 at 23:24
The often unsanitary conditions in refugee and migrant camps, like this one on Lesbos, pose a challenge for residents trying to avoid coronavirus.
Coronavirus: Has the virus brought borders back to Europe?
on 2020-03-30 at 23:13
The BBC’s Gavin Lee took a road trip in Europe’s Schengen area to see how free movement has changed.
Coronavirus: Italy extends lockdown until ‘at least’ April 12
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-30 at 20:24
Italy on Monday extended an economically crippling lockdown until “at least” mid-April to stem coronavirus infections that have claimed a world-leading 11,591 lives.
‘Growth of coronavirus slowing down in Italy’s Lombardy,’ regional VP tells FRANCE 24
by Marc PERELMAN on 2020-03-30 at 17:11
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Fabrizio Sala, the vice president of Italy’s Lombardy region, discussed the deadly coronavirus outbreak in his region, the epicentre of the pandemic in Italy. He sounded an optimistic note, saying “we have less people in our hospitals than other days” and said he was considering a partial resumption of economic activity “after April”.
UK coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,400 as Prince Charles leaves isolation
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-03-30 at 16:59
The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the United Kingdom rose to 1,408, according to figures released on Monday. This was a daily increase of 180, a smaller rise than the previous set of numbers.
Putin and Trump hold talks on coronavirus and plunging oil prices
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-30 at 16:29
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday discussed closer cooperation on the coronavirus with US President Donald Trump, with the two agreeing on “consultations” about oil prices, the Kremlin said.
Greek anti-Nazi resistance hero Manolis Glezos dead at 97
on 2020-03-30 at 15:35
Glezos, a prominent Greek whose act of defiance against Nazi occupation during World War Two was a rallying cry for the country’s resistance movement, died on Monday, authorities said.
Hungary’s Orban handed open-ended powers to fight coronavirus, alarming rights groups
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-30 at 15:26
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday secured the right to rule by decree after his Fidesz party passed a law in parliament granting him open-ended extra powers to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum during coronavirus closure
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-30 at 15:02
Thieves stole a painting by Vincent van Gogh overnight from the Singer Laren Museum in the Netherlands, its director said on Monday.
Coronavirus in Spain: From tourism hotspot to contagion hotbed
on 2020-03-30 at 14:27
The sun may be shining in Spain but most areas look like ghost towns. Shuttered shops and police patrols now dominate the streets. This doesn’t sound like your typical Costa del Sol brochure.
Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum during coronavirus lockdown
on 2020-03-30 at 14:00
The Singer Laren museum near Amsterdam had closed its doors earlier in March as part of nationwide restrictions because of coronavirus. Thieves have broken in and stolen a work by Vincent van Gogh.
Hungary passes law allowing Viktor Orban to rule by decree
on 2020-03-30 at 13:51
Hungary’s leader has been granted greater powers to help fight the spread of coronavirus in a move critics are calling a power grab.
Hungary government gets sweeping powers
on 2020-03-30 at 13:35
Critics accuse Prime Minister Viktor Orban of exploiting the coronavirus crisis to silence opposition.
France urges firms accepting state aid during crisis not to pay out dividends
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-30 at 13:01
France stepped up on Monday its calls for firms using state aid to keep afloat during the coronavirus crisis to not pay out dividends to shareholders this year.
Coronavirus: Spain’s coronavirus outbreak ‘slowing’
on 2020-03-30 at 12:24
Spain is the worst-affected country behind Italy, but ministers are hopeful the curve is flattening.
Coronavirus: Countries reject Chinese-made equipment
on 2020-03-30 at 11:24
The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey have all said some Chinese-made equipment is substandard.
Spain’s health crisis chief tests positive for coronavirus as infections top China’s
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-03-30 at 11:21
Spain’s health emergency chief Fernando Simon tested positive for coronavirus, health officials said Monday, as the number of confirmed cases rose to 85,195, surpassing China’s infection tally.
Coronavirus: Field hospitals treating patients around world
on 2020-03-30 at 11:13
As the number of cases globally soars, many countries build temporary hospitals for patients.
Moscow goes into lockdown, urges other regions to take steps to slow coronavirus
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-03-30 at 09:07
Moscow on Monday imposed a lockdown in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus as Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin asked regional authorities to make similar preparations.
Coronavirus deaths jump by 756 in Italy as total toll reaches 10,779
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-03-29 at 16:34
Italian authorities said Sunday they would extend a month-long lockdown to stem the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll in the country reached 10,779 after the number of fatalities rose by 756 in 24 hours.
Coronavirus lockdown could last ‘six months or more’, warns UK chief medical officer
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-29 at 16:21
Britons may be subject to some form of lockdown measures for six months or longer, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday,warning the country faces a second wave of coronavirus if they are lifted too quickly.
Coronavirus: Belarus Premier League attracts global attention as it plays on
on 2020-03-29 at 14:05
Football fans around the world are turning to Belarus to get their fix during lockdown as the game carries on in the former Soviet republic.
Spain sets grim new record for virus deaths with 838 in 24 hours
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-29 at 10:37
Spain awoke to its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government met to approve a strengthening of measures and the coronavirus death toll rose by a record 838 cases overnight to 6,528.
Merkel shines in handling of Germany’s coronavirus crisis
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-29 at 10:06
In her first address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calmly appealed to citizens’ reason and discipline to slow the spread of the virus, acknowledging as a woman who grew up in communist East Germany how difficult it is to give up freedoms, yet as a trained scientist emphasizing that the facts don’t lie.
Polish classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki dies, aged 86
on 2020-03-29 at 09:29
A titan of classical music, Penderecki was considered Poland’s greatest contemporary composer. He is best known for his tribute to the victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, as well as for film scores like "The Shining."
Former French minister Patrick Devedjian dies of COVID-19
on 2020-03-29 at 09:12
A French former cabinet minister and former president of the Parisian Haut-de-Seine administrative district has become one of the first high-profile politicians to die of COVID-19. Patrick Devedjian was 75.
Things to get worse, Johnson tells Britons
on 2020-03-29 at 09:06
Measures to target coronavirus may get tougher, Boris Johnson says in letter sent to every UK home.
Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden’s unusual response to coronavirus
on 2020-03-29 at 06:56
While swathes of Europe are under lockdown, Sweden is allowing life to go on much as normal.
Coronavirus: Netherlands recalls ‘defective’ masks bought from China
on 2020-03-29 at 03:07
Hundreds of thousands of masks sent to Dutch hospitals have been recalled after tests showed they failed to protect the face or had defective filters. The Netherlands recently bought 1.3 million masks from China.
Coronavirus: Spanish doctor ‘scared and exhausted’ by pandemic
on 2020-03-28 at 18:15
The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain has reached well over 6,000 as the country struggles to cope with the crisis.
Coronavirus shakes foundations of the European Union
on 2020-03-28 at 18:06
The unity of EU members faces a new, painful test with the coronavirus crisis. If the bloc fails to stand up to it, the entire project might "lose its foundations," warned Italy’s Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte.
Italy coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 despite lockdown
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-28 at 17:50
The coronavirus toll in Italy shot past 10,000 on Saturday and showed little sign of slowing despite a 16-day lockdown.
France issues call to ‘buy French’ as coronavirus erodes single market
by Catherine BENNETT on 2020-03-28 at 17:03
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the Eurozone’s economy, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire issued a rallying cry to the nation’s supermarkets on 24 March: ‘Stock French products!’
Pope gives prayer to empty St Peter’s Square
on 2020-03-27 at 21:27
The service usually only happens twice a year but was given as Italy’s coronavirus death toll passes 9,000.
Europol warns against coronavirus scams
on 2020-03-27 at 18:29
The European police authority has warned that con artists are preying on fears of illness by offering fake masks, medicine, COVID-19 tests and even vaccines. Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
NATO: North Macedonia becomes 30th member
on 2020-03-27 at 18:11
Skopje submitted formal accession papers on Friday, becoming the 30th member of the transatlantic military alliance. The move caps a week of EU diplomacy allowing North Macedonia to begin EU accession talks.
Italians search for hope in times of coronavirus
on 2020-03-27 at 17:52
Stuck in lockdown for weeks now, Italians are looking for bright spots as they adapt to life with the coronavirus. A sense of dystopia mixes with a new feeling of community, reports Megan Williams from her home in Rome.
Basel art museum agrees to compensate heirs of Jewish art historian Curt Glaser
on 2020-03-27 at 17:49
The Swiss museum had previously rejected claims filed by Curt Glaser’s descendants, saying they had not been purchasing purchased Nazi-looted art. Now both sides reached a compromise.
Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
on 2020-03-27 at 12:30
The British prime minister confirmed the news in a video on social media. Health Minister Matt Hancock has also tested positive for COVID-19, though so far both he and Johnson have only displayed mild symptoms.
Coronavirus: Things to do this weekend
on 2020-03-27 at 00:21
How Ayesha, Tom and Nerea are cooking, singing and sewing their way into the weekend.
EU launches new Libya arms embargo mission in Mediterranean
on 2020-03-26 at 18:24
The EU has agreed to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean to monitor the UN-mandated arms embargo on Libya. NGOs are critical of the bloc’s policy on fighting human smuggling and arms trafficking.
Coronavirus in the Balkans: Can disasters defeat hatred?
on 2020-03-26 at 17:39
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the cities of Belgrade and Sarajevo are expressing strong and visible support for Croatia. For the first time in 30 years solidarity and care are overshadowing hatred in the Western Balkans.
Top EU court rejects file by Polish judges over judicial reforms
on 2020-03-26 at 09:58
Polish judges wanted the European Court of Justice to rule on the legality of the 2017 reforms. Poland’s government has been on a collision course with the EU due to its overhaul of the court system for several years.
Kosovo’s government toppled through no-confidence vote over coronavirus response
on 2020-03-25 at 22:10
Prime Minister Albin Kurti lost a no-confidence vote after being criticized for his handling of the pandemic.
How coronavirus challenges open democracies
on 2020-03-25 at 22:03
The corona pandemic is not just a health hazard. A permanent mode of crisis can also endanger open societies. In a state of emergency, the course is set for an uncertain post-corona world.
Ukraine’s ex-foreign minister arrested for murder
on 2020-03-25 at 19:42
After an Ukrainian advertising magnate was found dead in the home of former Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, police detained the politician on murder charges. Kozhara and his wife claim the businessman committed suicide.
Coronavirus: Europe aviation traffic shrivels by two-thirds
on 2020-03-25 at 19:06
Europe’s aviation traffic has slumped by 65%, leaving skies unblemished blue with few vapor trails. The COVID-19 viral pandemic has prompted the airports Paris Orly and London City to plan flight suspensions.
Coronavirus: Migrants stranded in Moscow airports
on 2020-03-24 at 17:56
Workers from Central Asia are stranded after Russia closed its borders to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.