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Health 20-01-2021

Russia files for Sputnik vaccine registration in EU

Russian authorities have applied for registration of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the European Union, the country's sovereign wealth fund financing the jab said Wednesday (20 January) .

EU border chief refuses to quit over pushback claims

The head of the EU border agency will not step down, a Frontex spokesman said, as the force's board met Wednesday (20 January) to air claims guards were involved in illegal migrant pushbacks.
Elections 20-01-2021

Italian PM Conte wins confidence vote but loses overall majority

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte survived a vote of confidence Tuesday (19 January) but failed to secure an overall majority in parliament, leaving his ruling coalition severely weakened as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 19-01-2021

EU warns Iran nuclear deal at ‘critical juncture’

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has warned the Iran nuclear deal is at a "critical juncture", as Tehran's moves to breach it threaten efforts to get the US back on board.
Health 19-01-2021

Outcry in Italy at call for more vaccines for rich regions

The idea that richer areas should get a bigger share of coronavirus vaccines sparked an outcry on Tuesday (19 January) in Italy, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic.
Europe's East 19-01-2021

Belarus stripped of ice hockey world championship over unrest, Covid

Belarus was on Monday (18 January) stripped of its role as co-host of the 2021 ice hockey world championship over "growing safety and security concerns related to both the rising political unrest and Covid-19".
Elections 19-01-2021

Italian PM faces Senate confidence vote as pandemic rages

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will on Tuesday (19 January) face a vote of confidence in parliament, seeking the Senate's support for his teetering government as it battles a deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 18-01-2021

Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Facing a potentially hostile US administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is trying to break his isolation by mending EU relations, torn by what the bloc views as his bellicose foreign policy.
Global Europe 18-01-2021

Israel authorities approve new West Bank settler homes

Israel on Sunday (17 January) advanced plans for 780 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said, adding the move puts Israel "on a collision course" with the incoming US administration.
Global Europe 18-01-2021

Police detain Navalny on arrival in Russia, prompting Western condemnation

Police detained top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Sunday (17 January) when he flew back to Russia months after barely surviving a poisoning attack, prompting a new wave of Western condemnation.
Global Europe 18-01-2021

Biden aide slams Trump move on Yemen rebels

The outgoing Trump administration's decision to classify Yemen's Huthi rebels as terrorists will only cause more suffering for the people of that war-torn nation, Joe Biden's nominee for national security advisor said Saturday (16 January).
Global Europe 18-01-2021

EU urges Israel to facilitate Palestinian vote

The European Union on Saturday (16 January) welcomed a promise by Palestinian leaders to hold their first elections in 15 years, urging Israel to facilitate the ballots.
Coronavirus 18-01-2021

Global Covid-19 death toll passes two million

The global death toll from Covid-19 passed two million on Friday (15 January), with the World Health Organization (WHO) urging mass vaccinations as the pandemic progresses at a record rate.
Coronavirus 15-01-2021

German virus cases top 2 million, Merkel urges tougher lockdown

Germany's total coronavirus cases topped two million on Friday (15 January), as Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a "significant" tightening of restrictions to slow the infection rate.
Global Europe 15-01-2021

Fearing famine, UN calls on US to reverse Huthi ‘terrorists’ label

The United States must cancel its decision to classify Yemen's Huthi rebels as "terrorists" to avoid a catastrophic famine, several United Nations officials told the Security Council on Thursday (14 January).
Digital 14-01-2021

Slovenia resumes funding news agency after EU warning

The Slovenian government said on Thursday (14 January) it had restored the financing of national news agency STA after Brussels warned against any attempt to pressure public media outlets.
Brexit 14-01-2021

UK rejected visa-free entry to EU for performers: Barnier

Britain turned down an EU proposal for visa-free travel for performers and journalists in post-Brexit talks, the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in a briefing published Thursday (14 January).
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2021

German economy braces for second wave impact

Official data Thursday (14 January) are expected to show that the German economy weathered the pandemic better than many nations last year, partly thanks to its resilient manufacturers, but a virus resurgence is fuelling concern for 2021.
Politics 14-01-2021

Lithuanian MEP apologises in homophobia row

A Lithuanian MEP accused of homophobia apologised on Wednesday (13 January) after fellow lawmakers threatened to expel him from the liberal Renew grouping in the European Parliament.
Elections 14-01-2021

Italy plunged into political crisis with ‘all options open’

Italy was plunged into political crisis Wednesday (13 January) after former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of the government in the middle of a raging coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus 13-01-2021

US Covid-19 deaths hit daily record as China rushes to contain outbreaks

The United States has endured its worst day of the pandemic, with three Americans dying every minute, as China took decisive steps on Wednesday (13 January) to stamp out a tiny coronavirus outbreak.
Health 13-01-2021

EU gets vaccine boost as WHO dampens herd immunity hopes

The European Union started the approval process for its third vaccine on Tuesday (12 January) as WHO scientists warned that herd immunity from coronavirus is unlikely this year even with mass inoculation schemes.
Elections 13-01-2021

The three men vying to succeed Merkel

Germany's conservative CDU party will pick a new leader on Saturday (16 January) from three candidates: moderate Armin Laschet, arch-conservative Friedrich Merz and outsider Norbert Röttgen.
Global Europe 13-01-2021

EU criticises US labelling Yemen Huthi rebels as ‘terrorists’

The European Union on Tuesday (12 January) hit out at the decision by the United States to label Yemen's Huthi rebels as "terrorists", warning it could hinder peace efforts and aid deliveries.
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