Category: Europe

Concerns over COVID variant trigger more travel curbs, UK detects cases

Published by Reuters (Reuters) -Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered a sell-off on financial markets. But indicating that such curbs may not stem the spread of the variant, Britain said on

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Croatia’s truffle hunters seek habitat protection amid climate change

Published by Relaxnews The sound of paws scurrying along the forest floor echoes through Croatia’s northwestern woods, where the hunt for truffles is being threatened by climate change and deforestation — stirring fears that the country’s gastronomic goldmine may be at risk. The delicate microclimate in the picturesque Istria peninsula’s forests has long been famed

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UK bans Hamas in its entirety

Published by Al-Araby Britain on Friday designated all of Hamas an “Islamist terrorist group”, warning that its members and those who support the group could face stiff jail terms. The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the group that rules the Gaza Strip, has been banned in Britain since 2001 but the interior ministry extended

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Polish prime minister criticizes Merkel for talking with Lukashenko

Published by DPA Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel for talking with Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko, amid a growing migrant crisis on Europe’s border that many say has been orchestrated by Minsk. The EU blames Lukashenko for the development of huge crowds of migrants on its external borders in recent

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Postponed WTO meeting complicates USTR Tai’s push for new dynamism at trade body

Published by Reuters By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has a vision for reforming the World Trade Organization: rekindling the dynamism that marked its creation in 1995, when countries were committed to hashing out grievances and seeking compromise as they shaped the global trading system. But the postponement on Friday https://www.reuters.com/business/wto-postpones-major-meeting-over-covid-19-concerns-sources-2021-11-26

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South Africa calls travel bans ‘draconian, unjustified’

Published by The Bangkok Post JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s Health Ministry on Friday attacked a global rush to impose travel bans to slow the spread of a new Covid variant as “draconian,” unscientific and contrary to WHO advice. The strain, renamed Omicron, has been blamed for a surge in fresh cases in South Africa, but has

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EU states agree to suspend flights from seven southern African states

Published by DPA EU member states have agreed to suspend passenger flights from seven southern African countries to contain a new, potentially more dangerous coronavirus variant, dpa learned from diplomatic sources on Friday. The European Commission proposed activating the so-called “emergency brake” to the bloc’s shared coronavirus travel rules earlier Friday. The move was signed

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EU states agree to suspend flights from seven southern African states

Published by DPA EU member states have agreed to suspend passenger flights from seven southern African countries to contain a new, potentially more dangerous coronavirus variant, dpa learned from diplomatic sources on Friday. The European Commission proposed activating the so-called “emergency brake” to the bloc’s shared coronavirus travel rules earlier Friday. The move was signed

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