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Latin America virus deaths pass U.S. as Spain lockdown blocked

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past 6 weeks

COVID-19 IN BRAZIL. In this file photo, members of the Pataxo Hahahae ethnic group wear face masks at the Vila Vitoria favela on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on July 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

EU chief makes bid to break recovery fund deadlock

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Finland, Sweden, Hungary, and the Netherlands all voice concerns over the European Union's proposed 750-billion-euro fund to recover from the coronavirus pandemic's economic impact

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a press conference to present his new proposal for the MFF (Multiannual financial framework) and the recovery package at the European Council building in Brussels on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / POOL / AFP)

Merkel calls for swift agreement on EU virus package

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Our common objective is to find a quick agreement as time is running out due to the economic crisis. We must not waste time. The poorest are paying the price,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

(L-R) European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament President David Sassoli pose for a photo ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, on July 8, 2020, upon the presentation of the German programme for EU presidency. (Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ / POOL / AFP)

EU sees eurozone economy crashing 8.7% in 2020

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:50 PM

'The economic impact of the lockdown is more severe than we initially expected,' says European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis

A waitress walks past empty chairs and tables in a restraurant in the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, western Germany on June 23, 2020. - After a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse in the town of Rheda-Wiedenbrueck that has infected more than 1,500 workers out of a total of nearly 7,000 German authorities ordered a new lockdown for an entire district -- the first since easing coronavirus restrictions and a major setback for hopes of a swift return to normality. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Paris Louvre museum reopens July 6 after crippling losses

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Visitors will have to wear masks, there will be no snacks or cloakrooms available and the public will have to follow a guided path through the museum

CORONAVIRUS. Tourists walk at the Pyramide du louvre area on February 28, 2020 in Paris as fears over the novel coronavirus grow. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

U.S. heads into Independence Day besieged by virus, Europe reopens

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:52 AM

With beaches closed and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscores the struggle to extinguish the coronavirus

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Hundreds arrested after European police hack crime chat network

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:51 AM

'It was as if though we were sitting at the table where criminals were chatting among themselves,' says Jannine van den Berg

Slow takeoff for aviation in Europe

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association fears 'the worst may be yet to come' in the European aviation industry, with millions of jobs at risk

A passenger waits at the boarding gate at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on June 15, 2020 as Brussels Airport reopens for travels within Europe and the Schengen zone, after a months-long closure aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

EU split on reopening Europe to countries with virus

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:50 PM

Countries highly dependent on tourism 'want to reopen ASAP for as many as possible,' an EU diplomat says

REOPENING. In this file photo, people ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

ECB's Lagarde says 'we've probably passed lowest point' of economic crisis

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:40 PM

'We probably have passed the lowest point. I say that with some trepidation because of course there could be a severe second wave,' says European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde

UNDER FIRE. Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, addresses a news conference in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on January 23, 2020. File photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

U.S., Europe battle fresh virus surges

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:31 AM

In Britain, some take the new relaxed regime too far, with thousands crowding the beach in the English coastal town of Bournemouth to soak up the sun

Members of a coronavirus testing station stand on the factory premises of the Westfleisch meat processing company in Hamm, western Germany, on May 10, 2020, as all workers of the company have to be tested on the novel coronavirus after a spike in cases at their slaughterhouse. - Local authorities in the western federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia announced on May 8, 2020 that reopening plans were postponed and an "emergency mechanism" would come into effect due to high infection rates in the region. Many of the Westfleisch company's workers, partially originating from Eastern Europe and housed in shared accomodation, were tested positive on the novel coronavirus that can cause the COVID-19 disease. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Europe-wide study shows child virus deaths 'extremely rare'

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:01 AM

The most common symptom among children in the study is fever (65%), followed by upper respiratory tract infection (54%), while 25% have pneumonia

PLAY. Ines (L), 11, and her sister Mar, 9, run ahead of their family on April 26, 2020, in Barcelona, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

U.S. considering new taxes on $3.1 billion in European products

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:20 AM

The United States lists products from France, Germany, Spain, or Britain, ranging from olives to decaffeinated coffee, as possibly subject to the new tariffs

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

European MPs demand halt to Israel's annexation plan

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:08 PM

The European Union has been seeking to persuade Israel to back down and is weighing retaliatory measures as a response if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes ahead

WEST BANK. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on November 23, 2017. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Eurozone business decline slows as lockdown eases – PMI survey

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:05 PM

'Output and demand are still falling, but no longer collapsing,' says Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit

REOPENED. A waiter wearing a face mask serves guests at a street cafe in Berlin on May 15, 2020, as lockdown measures were eased and cafes and restaurants were allowed to reopen amid the pandemic. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Europe 2020 auto sales to plunge record 25% – industry group

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association calls on governments to help the car industry recover and safeguard jobs

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Austrian low-cost airline Level Europe files for insolvency

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:55 PM

An Austrian court will appoint an administrator, says IAG-owned Level Europe

LEVEL. A plane of the Austrian low-cost airline. Photo from International Airlines Group website

Norway says its salmon not source of Beijing virus outbreak

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Norwegian salmon comes under scrutiny in China after a recently discovered cluster of new coronavirus cases is reportedly traced to the Xinfadi meat market in Beijing and a chopping board used for cutting up imported salmon

NEW OUTBREAK. Officials gather outside the Xinfadi meat wholesale market in Beijing on June 12, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Media calls on EU to crack down on online disinformation

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Broadcasters, publishers, and journalists call on the European Commission to implement 'much stronger measures' to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook

Brazil virus deaths top 40,000 as Europe prepares to reopen borders

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:55 AM

The World Health Organization also warns the pandemic is accelerating in Africa

People visit the Loggia dei Lanzi building on Piazza della Signoria in Florence on June 2, 2020, on the eve of the reopening of the Uffizi Gallery Museum to the public, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Europe demands better pandemic plan, as Moscow exits lockdown

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Russia has the third-highest number of confirmed infections in the world after the United States and Brazil

LANDMARK. Women ride bicycles past the Colosseum monument in Rome on May 8, 2020. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Lockdowns averted 3 million deaths in 11 European nations – study

Jun 08, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Research by Imperial College London, whose scientists are advising the British government on the virus, finds that restrictions such as stay-at-home orders worked to bring the epidemic under control

Europe's beaches steadily getting cleaner – report

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:31 PM

More than 20,000 bathing spots studied in 2019 have 'excellent' water quality, according to the European Environment Agency

Europeans join global wave of anti-racism protests

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:41 AM

'It's really hard to live here,' says Senegalese migrant Morikeba Samate, 32, one of the thousands to have arrived in Italy after risking the perilous crossing across the Mediterranean

MARCH. Protestors attend a Black Lives Matter march in Vienna, Austria, on June 4, 2020, in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest on May 25. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Stalemate after 4th round of post-Brexit talks

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier reports 'no significant progress this week,' accusing London of backtracking on divorce terms agreed in 2019

FLAGS. The European Union flag and the British Union Jack wave in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as U.N. calls for 'people's vaccine'

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:28 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says a new vaccine against the coronavirus has to be available to everyone across the world

'PEOPLE'S VACCINE.' In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

ECB ramps up eurozone support as pandemic persists

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The European Central Bank announces 600 billion euros ($674 billion) more of emergency bond-buying and the scheme's extension until June 2021

ECB. The European Central Bank, based in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Prince Charles spurred to action after bout with virus

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Prince Charles calls the outbreak, which has officially claimed more than 40,000 lives in Britain 'an unbelievably testing and challenging time,' which has forced people to reassess their lives

EXPERIENCE. In this file photo taken on March 04, 2020, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reacts during his visit to the London Transport Museum in London on March 4, 2020, to take part in celebrations to mark 20 years of the museum. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

Brazil to test vaccine as Europe emerges from lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:09 AM

WHO says it would resume trials of hydroxychloroquine a week after halting them following a study that suggested the drug could harm COVID-19 patients

SHIELD. A resident of Paraisopolis, one of the city's largest slums, takes part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 18, 2020, to demand more aid from Sao Paulo's state government during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Italy reopens to tourists from Europe

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:27 PM

But there are fears many foreign tourists would be put off coming to a country still shaking off a vicious pandemic

People visit the Loggia dei Lanzi building on Piazza della Signoria in Florence on June 2, 2020, on the eve of the reopening of the Uffizi Gallery Museum to the public, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Europe loosens lockdown as virus tightens grip on Americas

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

In a grim new landmark, infections in Latin America and the Caribbean surge past one million

TEST. A person walks past a pharmacy where COVID-19 tests are conducted in Recoleta commune in Santiago, Chile, on May 06, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

'Starting point': EU's frugal members cool on recovery plan

May 28, 2020 - 1:30 AM

Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden want emergency help for countries badly hit by the coronavirus to take the form of one-off loans

German police officers wearing a protective mask work at the border crossing between Austria and Germany, near the German village of Oberaudorf as Germany enforces border controls with five countries amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on May 7, 2020. - Germany introduced border controls with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in a bid to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Only those with a valid reason for travel, like cross-border commuters and delivery drivers, are allowed through, officials said. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Battle ahead for EU's massive virus recovery plan

May 27, 2020 - 11:40 PM

If passed, this proposal would be the biggest European Union stimulus package in history. But Germany predicts talks would drag on until the end of 2020.

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

ECB warns virus response could renew fears of euro breakup

May 26, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The European Central Bank reiterates that more joint action at the European level could keep government debt sustainable for individual nations

ECB. The headquarters of the European Central Bank is pictured in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on March 12, 2020. Photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

Europe lifts virus shutters as Japan ends emergency

May 26, 2020 - 8:55 AM

In the United States, as the pandemic death toll approaches the horrific milestone of 100,000, stir-crazy Americans also head en masse to beaches and parks for the big Memorial Day weekend

SHINJUKU. People wearing face masks cross a street in Tokyo's Shinjuku area on May 25, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Europeans rally around defense pact dropped by Trump

May 22, 2020 - 10:51 PM

The US accuses Russia of blocking flights over certain sites and forbidding surveys of military exercises, normally allowed under Open Skies

US PULLOUT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

European health boss warns of virus 2nd wave

May 21, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, says it is not a question of if there will be a renewed surge but 'when and how big'

WARNING. Andrea Ammon director of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control gives a press conference on the outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy, on February 26, 2020 in Rome. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown

May 21, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Channel crossing attempts have increased since the end of 2018, despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures

French Gendarmes and police, wearing protective masks against the noverl coronavirus, COVID-19, assist migrants, including five children and a baby, who tried to reach England by crossing the Channel, and who were rescued off the French port city of Calais on May 16, 2020. French maritime authorities said they picked up 16 migrants, including one child, in the English Channel in the early hours of May 16, 2020. The Britain-bound group was rescued some six kilometres 3.8 miles) off the French port of Calais after their makeshift vessel ran into difficulties around 3:30 am (0130 GMT) and called for help, they said.  BERNARD BARRON / AFP

European auto market hit by record sales plunge

May 19, 2020 - 5:45 PM

New car registrations in the 27 European Union markets fall by 76.3% in April 2020

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Restaurants reopen in parts of Europe, but diners remain scarce

May 19, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Despite new safety measures implemented by restaurateurs, wary diners still stay away from deserted restaurants and cafes in many cities of Europe and Central Asia

Macron, Merkel agree 500-billion-euro virus recovery plan for Europe

May 19, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The Merkel-Macron plan now faces a potentially painful negotiation with all 27 member states of the European Union and then a vote in European Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on May 18, 2020 on the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kay NIETFELD / POOL / AFP)

Europe opens up despite fears of coronavirus surge

May 15, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Borders reopen and lockdowns ease from Australia to Austria as governments move to rebuild the shattered economies of a planet that is learning to live under the shadow of the coronavirus disease

Europe steps up reopening, unveils plans for summer travel

May 13, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Britain follows France, Italy, and Spain in easing its lockdown but only in England, where people are given more freedom to leave their homes and return to their jobs if they cannot work remotely

SHOPPING. Customers maintain social distancing as they browse the aisles at Old Barn Garden Centre, Dial Post, Horsham in the south of England.on May 13, 2020, as restrictions are eased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

EBRD sounds warning for virus-hit emerging economies

May 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development warns that 'longer-term economic, political, and social effects' could deepen the painful downturn

EASING RESTRICTIONS. People walk on the waterfront of Thessaloniki, Greece, on May 1, 2020, after a month of banned access to the promenade. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

France, Spain move toward reopening as global virus cases pass 4 million

May 10, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The coronavirus kills over 277,000 across the globe, with more than 4 million infected as of May 9, 2020

LOCKDOWN. General view of the illuminated Eiffel Tower reflected on the Seine river in Paris at night, on April 12, 2020, during a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Wesley So, USA vying for finals slot in FIDE Online Nations Cup

May 09, 2020 - 9:47 PM

USA and Europe will dispute the last spot in the finals where powerhouse China awaits

FINALS-SEEKING. Wesley So and the USA seek to face China in the championship round. Photo from

Euro ministers back crisis credit, split on next steps

May 09, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A plan to allot 240 billion euros ($260 billion) for credit lines gets approval from eurozone ministers

ALL QUIET. A man rides his bike on the deserted commercial street via Dante in center Milan, Italy, during the country's lockdown. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

European leaders evoke WWII spirit to beat pandemic

May 08, 2020 - 9:41 PM

In Berlin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urges nations to remember how they joined forces to fight the tyranny of Nazism and says the same unity is needed now to defeat the coronavirus

75TH ANNIVERSARY. (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current president of the Bundesrat (upper house of parliament) and Brandenburg's state premier Dietmar Woidke and Andreas Vosskuhle, President of Germany's Constitutional Court, attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, at the Neue Wache Memorial in Berlin, Germany, May 8, 2020. Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Pool/AFP

How will European tourism survive the virus?

May 08, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Here are immediate questions for Europe's tourism industry as it reels from the coronavirus pandemic

TOURISM. People wear protective face masks as they walk in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on March 12, 2020. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Domestic violence surges in locked down Europe – WHO

May 07, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Countries in Europe 'are reporting up to a 60% increase in emergency calls by women subjected to violence by their intimate partners in April this year, compared to last'