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[Ticker] Coronavirus: Indian variant clusters found across England

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:28
Clusters of the Indian variants of Covid-19 have been found across England, including in care homes, the Guardian has learned, amid growing fears about the speed with which they are spreading in communities. The latest update of case numbers of these variants was due to be published on Thursday. But leaked emails seen by the Guardian show the announcement was delayed until at least Friday because of local elections.
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[Ticker] UN report encourages EU methane cuts

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:23
Current technology enables the world to cut methane emissions by 40 percent by 2030, shaving 0.3 degrees Celsius off rising temperatures, the UN said in a report out Thursday, amid EU deliberations on its first-ever methane-cut targets for energy firms, due this year. "If we want to reduce the rate of warming in the near term, methane is the way," Johan Kuylenstierna, one of the UN report co-authors, told Reuters.
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[Ticker] EU court upholds ban on bee-harming pesticides

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:22
The EU's top court has thrown out an appeal by German chemicals firm Bayer against a partial ban on three pesticides said to harm bees. "The verdict seems to allow the [European] Commission almost carte blanche to review existing approvals upon the slightest evidence," a Bayer spokesman told Reuters. "Protecting nature and people's health takes precedence over the narrow economic interests of powerful multinationals," a Greenpeace spokeswoman also said.
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[Ticker] Israeli tourists welcomed back by EU

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:21
The EU has recommended to member states that Israeli nationals should be allowed to visit the bloc as tourists once again, due to the success of Israel's coronavirus vaccination campaign. The move "paves the way for a gradual return to routine and economic growth after the coronavirus crisis," Israel's foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi said. People from Australia and New Zealand are also exempt from Europe's blanket ban on foreign tourism.
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[Ticker] EU duped into funding terrorist group, Israel says

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:20
Israel's foreign ministry has urged EU states to "immediately cease funding for Palestinian organisations that work on behalf of the PFLP terrorist group", amid its indictment of a Spanish national living in the West Bank, accused of duping EU donors to divert "eight-figure" sums to PFLP, which is on an EU terrorism blacklist. Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, the same day urged Israel to stop building 540 new settlements.
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EU preparing to send soldiers to Mozambique

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:19
The EU is preparing to help train Mozambique's armed forces, amid wider ambitions for a stronger European military capacity.
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[Ticker] Brussels prepares portfolio of potential Covid-19 treatments

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:16
The European Commission on Thursday presented a strategy for the development and availability of Covid-19 treatments, including a proposal to invest €90m in population studies and clinical trials. The EU executive will draw up a portfolio of 10 potential Covid-19 treatments by June 2021, identify the most promising ones. Brussels will launch new contracts for the purchase of authorised treatments or drugs by the end of the year.
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EU now 'open' to vaccine waiver, after Biden U-turn

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:15
The European Union is now ready to discuss the proposal to waive temporarily intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines - following the historic decision by Washington in favour of easing patent rules.
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[Exclusive] EU mulls using new 'peace' fund to help Libyan coast guard

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:15
The Libyans are demanding more assets, such as patrol boats and planes, for their coast guard. The EU has now floated the idea of tapping into its new European Peace Facility to supply them.
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Poland 'breaks EU law' over judges, EU court opinion says

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:14
The legal opinion came as the Polish disciplinary chamber discussed removing the immunity of a supreme court judge critical of the government's judicial overhaul.
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11 EU states want to cut fossil-fuels from cross-border projects

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:14
A group of 11 member states, led by Denmark, wants EU rules for cross-border energy projects to exclude funding for fossil fuels infrastructure. However, member states remain divided on the role of gas in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
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[Opinion] The Porto EU-India summit - let's not forget south Asia

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:14
Will this weekend's EU-India summit help translate the recently approved Council conclusions on the Indo-Pacific strategy into more pragmatic set of actions able to elevate Europe in the Asia-Pacific region?
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Greek prisons accused of abusing detainees

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 10:00
Prison conditions deteriorated last year, due to budget cuts and the pandemic, amid accusations of severe abuse in some EU states, says Council of Europe's anti-torture committee.
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Greek prisons accused of abusing detainees

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 10:00
Prison conditions deteriorated last year, due to budget cuts and the pandemic, amid accusations of severe abuse in some EU states, says Council of Europe's anti-torture committee.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Israel study: Two Pfizer doses give over 95% protection

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:22
Two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have proved more than 95 percent effective against infection, hospitalisation, and death from Covid-19 in Israel, research found, The Guardian writes. One shot of the vaccine was partially effective, offering 58 percent protection against infection, 76 percent against hospitalisation, and 77 percent against death. The authors of the study in the Lancet medical journal say this shows the importance of having the second shot.
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[Ticker] Barnier calls Johnson a 'bulldozer' in Brexit memoirs

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:21
French politician and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier described British prime minister Boris Johnson as a political "bulldozer" who shoves aside his enemies to get things done in a new book out Wednesday. He said Brexiteer Nigel Farage was "in private ... as cordial and gentle as he can be a violent demagogue in public". But he said Brexit negotiator Lord Frost was "cold" and had an "arrogant tone".
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EU and US join up against China on Taiwan

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:14
The EU and its leading powers voiced strident criticism of China at a G7 meeting in London on Wednesday, even as Hungary, once again, tried to gag the bloc in Brussels.
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[Ticker] Hungary and Poland prevent 'gender' in summit declaration

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:10
The word "gender" was removed from a draft of the Porto Declaration being prepared for Saturday's informal summit of EU leaders on social issues, a source told EUobserver. The declaration will be finalised by EU ambassadors Thursday. But in the latest draft on leaders' commitments, the formulation "to promote gender equality and fairness for every individual" was changed to "equality and fairness for all individuals" on Hungary and Poland's insistence.
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[Ticker] Draghi: Italy to welcome foreign tourists from mid-May

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:07
Italy will allow tourists to enter quarantine-free as early as this month, prime minister Mario Draghi announced, according to The Guardian. Visitors who have had an EU-approved Covid-19 vaccine, recovered from the disease, or tested negative 48 hours prior to travelling, will be allowed entry without restrictions. "From mid-May tourists can have the Italian pass … so the time has come to book your holidays to Italy," added Draghi.
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[Ticker] Germany announces new, stricter, emission cuts

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:07
Germany proposed on Wednesday increasing its emissions-reduction target from 55 percent, to 65 percent, below 1990 levels by 2030, AFP reported. The proposal also foresees a 88-percent emission-cut by 2040, paving the way to reach climate neutrality by 2045, five years earlier than the previous target of 2050. In April, a court said previous targets "irreversibly pushed a very high burden of emissions reduction into the period after 2030".
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