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German court temporarily blocks observation of AfD party

A German court has temporarily blocked the country’s domestic intelligence agency from putting the Alternative for Germany party under observation due to suspicions of extreme-right sympathies as a legal appeal is heard By DAVID RISING Associated Press March 5, 2021, 1:26 PM • 3 min read BERLIN — A German court on Friday temporarily blocked […]

Italy blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia

Italy has blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia in an escalation of a row with the Anglo-Swedish company. In the first such intervention under the EU’s controversial export authorisation scheme, the Italian government ordered that the doses remain in the bloc with the backing of the European commission. The […]

Germany’s far-right AfD becomes first party to be put under government surveillance since Nazi era

After four years ago becoming the first avowedly anti-immigrant party to enter the German parliament, the AfD now becomes the first party to be monitored in this way since the Nazi era ended in 1945. It was propelled into the Bundestag in 2017 by voters angry with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome more than […]

Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrested

Swedish police say a man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town before being shot and arrested ByThe Associated Press March 3, 2021, 11:30 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article STOCKHOLM — A man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight […]

Analysis: Late and leaky. How the UK failed to impose an effective quarantine system

The government issued a public appeal on Sunday, to trace someone who has been infected with a coronavirus variant first identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus. The unidentified person failed to properly fill out a test registration card, meaning British authorities had no idea who, or where, they are. They are one of six […]

Europe’s unified vaccination strategy is splintering

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced Monday that he intends to work with Israel and Denmark on future vaccine production and cooperation around developing further shots to combat new coronavirus mutations. He will visit Israel with Danish leader Mette Frederiksen on Thursday. The Austrian leader has been sharply critical of the EU’s vaccine strategy and the […]

Prince Philip moved to new hospital to treat infection and test preexisting heart condition

The 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital on February 17 after feeling unwell. The palace later confirmed that he was being treated for an infection. Philip spent 14 days and 13 nights there — his longest stay in a hospital to date — before he was transferred on Monday […]

Covid vaccination ‘pass’ proposal draws mixed response from EU states

Draft legislation for a “pass” to allow vaccinated EU citizens to travel for work or tourism will be published this month, Ursula von der Leyen has said, drawing a mixed response from European governments. Spain, Greece and Portugal welcomed the announcement by the European commission president and a spokesman for Boris Johnson said the UK […]

Spain: Shipload of cattle to be killed after 2 months at sea

Spanish authorities say nearly 900 cattle that have spent more than two months at sea must be slaughtered after veterinarians deemed them no longer fit ByThe Associated Press February 28, 2021, 2:11 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MADRID — Nearly 900 cattle that have been on a ship […]

Germany set to give AstraZeneca jab to older people

Germany could soon authorise the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for seniors after the head of the country’s vaccination committee said his body’s advice to give the Oxford-developed vaccine only to those under 65 had “somehow gone wrong”. Unlike the European Medicines Agency or Britain’s MHRA, Germany’s Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) last month recommended […]