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Dutch PM condemns lockdown riots as ‘criminal violence’

The European Union urged AstraZeneca on Monday (25 January) to find ways to swiftly deliver vaccines after the company announced a large cut in supplies of its COVID-19 shot to the bloc, as news emerged the drugmaker also faced supply problems elsewhere, write Francesco Guarascio and Sabine Siebold. In a sign of the EU’s frustration…

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Head of French health regulatory body: COVID situation is ‘worrying’

The European Union urged AstraZeneca on Monday (25 January) to find ways to swiftly deliver vaccines after the company announced a large cut in supplies of its COVID-19 shot to the bloc, as news emerged the drugmaker also faced supply problems elsewhere, write Francesco Guarascio and Sabine Siebold. In a sign of the EU’s frustration…

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      Twitter’s ‘Birdwatch’ pilot programme to allow users to flag misinformation

      By Associated Press  •  last updated: 26/01/2021 - 06:47 Twitter is enlisting its users to help combat misinformation on its service by flagging and notating misleading and false tweets.The pilot programme unveiled Monday, called Birdwatch, allows a preselected group of users — for now, only in the U.S. — who sign up through Twitter. Those who want to sign up…

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            Coronavirus debt crisis undermines climate change finance

            World leaders promised more support to protect vulnerable countries from the ravages of climate change at a global online summit Monday — but a growing COVID-19 debt crisis threatens to sweep those efforts away. At the meeting convened by the Netherlands, leaders of wealthy nations said while cutting emissions remained vital, more must be done…

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              A dam(n) obstacle for biodiversity

              Press play to listen to this article The EU has a hydropower problem. It wants to become climate neutral by 2050, but the hydro dams that provide more than a third of the bloc's clean energy have a negative impact on the environment. That's leading to friction between the climate goal and efforts to preserve…

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                Trump’s second impeachment trial launches with questions over witnesses

                It’s unclear how many senators from either party will support calling in witnesses. In Trump’s first impeachment trial, Democrats unanimously supported bringing in witnesses, arguing they were key to a fair trial. Senate Republicans, then in the majority, shut them down last year. But in interviews Monday, several Democrats said this time is different because…

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                  India set to greenlight Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine ‘in next few weeks’ for local use & export – India’s ambassador to RT

                  Approval of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in India could come in a matter of weeks, Indian Ambassador to Russia DB Venkatesh Varma told RT. The envoy said he has taken the first dose himself and feels ”perfectly well.” The registration of Russia's pioneering coronavirus vaccine has been in full swing in India, Varma said,…

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                    Britain’s ‘war on woke’ won’t work

                    Press play to listen to this article Ed Vaizey is a Conservative member of the House of Lords and former U.K. Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. Last week I caused a mild furore when I described the British government’s anti-woke agenda as “absolutely pathetic.” I had been triggered, as it were, by two events.  The…

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                      Biden ‘Very Concerned’ About Russia’s Treatment Of Navalny

                      U.S. President Joe Biden expressed concern over Moscow's crackdown on Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny and anti-government protest. Speaking one day after mass arrests of demonstrators across Russia against President Vladimir Putin and the jailing of Navalny, Biden said on January 25 he was "very concerned." But he also noted that the United States and Russia…

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                        Italian PM Conte to resign

                        ROME — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday that he would resign, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil.  By stepping down, Conte will avoid a humiliating defeat in parliament in a vote on judicial reforms later this week.  He narrowly won the backing of parliament in a ballot last week after former…

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                        Sausages on the Silk Road

                        The link between sausages and the Silk Road may seem superficial at best but both, in their own way, highlight the importance of trade, not least with the ongoing pandemic triggering protectionist trends. Sausages were an indirect casualty of the cross-border problems that followed the Brexit deal signed on Christmas Eve. While the new agreement…

                        Panel of experts confirms the Republic of Korea is in breach of labour commitments under our trade agreement

                        On 30 June, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, together with High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, held a video conference with the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in (pictured). The leaders issued a joint press release outlining the outcomes of the video conference. The meeting was an opportunity for the…

                        HRW Says Response To Protests Show How Rights Standards Have ‘Plummeted’ In Russia

                        Human Rights Watch (HRW) says “extreme” police brutality and “mass” arbitrary detentions during weekend protests across Russia are further evidence of “how low human rights standards have plummeted” in the country. “Ultimately this repression of basic human rights only galvanizes people and deepens their [protesters’] grievances,” Damelya Aitkhozhina, the Russia researcher at the New York-based…

                        Gordon Brown: UK could become a ‘failed state’ without reform

                        Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the U.K. will either become a “failed state” or be “reformed” as he urged politicians to counter support for Scottish independence. Brown’s intervention comes after a Sunday Times poll found people in all four nations of the United Kingdom believe Scotland will leave it in the next decade…

                        Yuriy: France probes violent Paris attack that left Ukrainian, 15, in a coma

                        By Euronews with AFP  •  last updated: 25/01/2021 – 14:28 Yuriy was left in a coma after the attack in the wealthy 15th arrondissement of the capital city on 15 January.   –   Copyright  Credit: Instagram/@maman_de_yuriyFrench authorities are investigating the violent assault of a 15-year-old Ukrainian schoolboy in Paris.The victim, identified only as Yuriy, was left in a coma after the attack…

                        Appeals to bring more young Russians to US as ‘soft power’ tool could backfire, there’s no guarantee they will like what they see

                        By Paul Robinson, a professor at the University of Ottawa. He writes about Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics, and is author of the Irrussianality blog High profile American activists, such as former Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, want more young Russians to get a taste of life in the US. Experience shows that such…

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                        Lack of adequate finance has long been one of the biggest challenges facing natural climate solutions. Currently, the primary sources of revenue from forests, marine ecosystems, or wetlands come from extraction or destruction. We need to change the underlying economics to make natural ecosystems worth more alive than dead.  If we don’t, the destruction of…

                        COVID-19: Mexican president Obrador tests positive amid record cases

                        By Euronews with AP  •  last updated: 25/01/2021 – 13:54 Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for COVID-19   –   Copyright  AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, FileMexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said he has tested positive for COVID-19, amid record levels of infections and deaths in the country.Obrador, who has faced criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic,…

                        ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’: Ukrainian FM announces support for Navalny despite his belief Crimea is a part of Russia

                        Ukraine’s foreign minister has revealed his government supports the Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny. The Moscow activist is a controversial person in Ukraine, as he believes that Crimea rightfully belongs to Russia. Speaking to TV channel Ukraine 24, Dmitry Kuleba called Navalny “an enemy of Putin” and therefore a natural ally of Kiev.”We have taken…

                        ‘Lonely and worried’: French students on COVID’s mental health toll

                        By Euronews  •  last updated: 25/01/2021 – 13:27 Students demonstrate with a banner reading “We will not be the the sacrificed generation”, Jan. 20, 2021 in Paris.   –   Copyright  AP Photo/Christophe EnaFrench university students have been demonstrating to denounce the mental health toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and call on authorities to allow in-person teaching.Student protests were held across France…

                        Giulio Regeni: Italian President demands response from Egypt over student’s 2016 murder

                        Italian President Sergio Mattarella has said he is expecting “full” cooperation from Egypt on the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of student Giulio Regeni.Last Wednesday, Rome’s Public Prosecutor’s Office formally requested the opening of a trial against four Egyptian police officers implicated in the murder.Regeni, 28, was abducted by assailants in Cairo in January 2016,…

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