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BELGRADE – 15-20% of Serbian citizens already had COVID-19, says epidemiologist

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:10
A considerable section of Serbia’s population has already had the coronavirus, meaning “some immunity does exist”, according to epidemiologist Predrag Kon. The figure lies “between 15 and 20%”, but it still “has to be calculated”, according to Crisis Headquarter estimates....
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Commission launches phase two of fight against hormone disruptors

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:10
After conducting a review of the current legislation on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), the European Commission is now proposing a set of actions to step up its approach to these hazardous substances.
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ZAGREB – St Mark’s Square attack has ‘elements of a terrorist act’

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:09
Based on the available information the attack carried out in front of the government offices in central Zagreb, in which one police officer was severely hurt but survived, had elements of a terrorist act, said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. The...
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BRATISLAVA – Slovak PM refuses to bring his sherpa to the summit

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:08
The row regarding new coronavirus measures between Prime Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) and Economy Minister and leader of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, Richard Sulík, has prompted the prime minister to decide he would not bring State Secretary for...
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BUDAPEST-LJUBLJANA-ZAGREB – Cirkovce-Pince transmission line was a place for Orbán’s geopolitics

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:08
The cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Cirkovce-Pince transmission line, which will connect the three countries’ power systems, was attended by Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jašsa and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The project includes the...
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Thailand bans protests as challenge to establishment escalates

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:07
Thailand’s government banned protests and police arrested at least three protest leaders on Thursday (15 October) in the face of escalating demonstrations targeting King Maha Vajiralongkorn as well as Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader.
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PRAGUE – Conflict of interest confirmed

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:07
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has a conflict of interest, the country’s Senate stated on Wednesday, upholding the conclusions reached by its interim commission that inquired into the European Commission audits dealing with the prime minister and EU subsidies for...
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LISBON – Portugal now in ‘calamity situation’

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:05
Portugal raised its level of alert on Wednesday from a contingency situation to a calamity situation. Under the state of calamity, which is to apply across the country, there can no longer be outdoor gatherings in public of more than...
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MADRID – Catalonia to close bars and restaurants for two weeks

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:05
The regional government of Catalonia will implement new strict measures, such as shutting down bars and restaurants for two weeks, to contain the increase of infections in the prosperous Spanish region. With the new restrictions, bars, restaurants and cafeterias will...
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ROME – Schools will not close

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:04
The decision not to close schools comes despite the constant increase in daily COVID-19 cases, said Italian Education Minister Lucia Azzolina. “Schools worked a lot this summer to ensure that students could be back in class. If someone wants to...
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HELSINKI – Minister survives ‘mask-gate’

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:02
With 106 votes in favour and 79 against, Finland’s Family and Social Services Minister, Krista Kiuru (SDP), made it through her confidence vote on Wednesday, which was brought by the conservative National Coalition party (NCP). The conservatives criticised the minister...
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THE HAGUE – Too much emphasis on ‘personal responsibility’, admits Rutte

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:01
During a parliamentary debate, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte acknowledged that he had not communicated well enough about the government’s coronavirus policy. According to him, in recent months, the emphasis has been too much on personal responsibility. Instead, Rutte added,...
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PARIS – Macron toughens anti-coronavirus measures

Thu, 2020-10-15 06:00
French President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of more restrictive measures on Wednesday, warning “we are in a worrying situation that means we must neither panic nor do nothing at all.” With 1,633 patients in intensive care in France, a...
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BERLIN – New restrictions “not tough enough to avert disaster”, says Merkel

Thu, 2020-10-15 05:58
In what has been referred to as the “most important summit in months”, Germany’s federal government and states negotiated well into Wednesday night, but initial reports announced that the group had reached a partial agreement for unified coronavirus measures. However,...
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European Union agrees to help Mozambique tackle insurgency

Thu, 2020-10-15 05:52
The European Union has granted Mozambique's request for assistance in tackling a wave of attacks in the country's north by rebels with links to Islamic State, the EU delegation in the southern African country said.
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Budget battle heats up as negotiators hit stalemate 

Thu, 2020-10-15 05:45
The European Parliament and the Council failed to make any progress on Wednesday (14 October) on the budget negotiations and accused each other of presenting misleading figures of the additional funds requested for the EU’s long-term budget.
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Brexit talks’ fate hangs in balance at EU summit

Thu, 2020-10-15 05:32
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared himself disappointed in the progress of post-Brexit trade talks Wednesday (14 October), but he will wait for news from an EU summit before deciding whether to pull the plug.
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Greek neo-Nazi leader, inner group given 13-year prison terms

Thu, 2020-10-15 05:12
The leader of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and his inner circle were handed 13-year prison sentences on Wednesday (14 October) as a trial seen as one of the most important in the country's modern political history neared its conclusion.
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Support for Scottish independence at record high of 58%

Thu, 2020-10-15 05:11
Support for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom has risen to a record high of 58%, according to an Ipsos Mori poll released on Wednesday (14 October).
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UK recovery risks being derailed by ‘no deal’ Brexit, OECD warns

Thu, 2020-10-15 05:10
The UK economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic risks being derailed if it leaves the EU’s single market without a successor trade deal, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned.
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