UK PM Johnson: We'll be past coronavirus by mid-2021

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he thought the country would be through the coronavirus crisis by mid-2021 but feared there may be a second spike that could overwhelm the health service. “Whether it came from... a bat,…

EU reaches 'pivotal' coronavirus recovery deal

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EU leaders have struck a deal on a huge post-coronavirus recovery package following a fourth night of talks. It involves €750bn (£677bn; $859bn) in grants and loans to counter the impact of the pandemic in the 27-member bloc. The talks…

British ministers hold first face-to-face cabinet in months

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was holding his first face-to-face cabinet meeting of top ministers since March 17, underlining his push to encourage others to go back to work and boost an economy hurt by the coronavirus crisis. The…

Spain's coronavirus rate triples in three weeks

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The prevalence of the novel coronavirus in Spain has risen three-fold over the last three weeks as authorities struggle to contain a rash of fresh clusters, mainly in the Catalonia and Aragon regions, Health Ministry data showed on Monday. After…

Britain's Princess Beatrice marries in Windsor

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Britain’s Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, married her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in Windsor, in a small, COVID-19 secure ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth. The couple originally planned…

Queen Elizabeth knights 100-year-old fundraising captain

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The World War Two veteran raised a record 33 million pounds ($41 million) by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame in April in the run-up to his landmark birthday. At an open-air investiture at Windsor Castle, the…

EU countries divided over plans for tougher climate goal

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European Union (EU) countries remain divided over the scale of emissions cuts they are prepared to deliver over the next decade, with some still hesitating to commit to bigger curbs. The bloc has pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions…

Italy likely to extend state of emergency due to coronavirus crisis

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Italy will likely extend a state of emergency beyond its current deadline of July 31 due to the new coronavirus crisis, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said. “The possible extension simply means that we are in a position to continue…

Johnson says England may need stricter face mask rules

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tighter rules on wearing face coverings may be needed to stop a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, and that he would like to see them worn more frequently in shops in England. “I do think we need…

Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity option

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A Spanish study has cast doubt on the feasibility of herd immunity as a way of tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The study of more than 60,000 people estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies, the medical…

Macron appoints new PM after Philippe resigns

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has tendered his resignation after heading President Emmanuel Macron's government for three years. The president swiftly named centre-right mayor Jean Castex to lead a new team of ministers after a reshuffle. Although…

France to rename streets after African WW2 heroes

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France's armed forces ministry has provided local authorities with a guide to 100 Africans who fought for France in World War Two, so that streets and squares may be named after them. France's reappraisal of its colonial past is fuelled by…

EU to allow in visitors from 14 'safe' countries

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The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic - but the US, Brazil and China are excluded. Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea. The EU is…

Second German area locked down after outbreak

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German authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have reimposed lockdown restrictions in two districts after a spike in cases, with more than half a million people affected. One area is home to a meatpacking plant where more than…