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- Joe Biden and Russia’s Putin to discuss Ukraine tensionson 2021-12-07 at 07:45
Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been deployed along Ukraine’s border. President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden will address the growing tensions — and other issues — in a video call Tuesday.
- US CDC adds France to ‘very high’ Covid-19 risk list, urges against travelby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-07 at 07:16
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised Americans against travel to France, Jordan, Portugal, and Tanzania, citing Covid-19 concerns.
- Western leaders urge Russia to lower Ukraine tensionson 2021-12-07 at 04:50
The US and its European allies urge Moscow to de-escalate, amid fears it could invade Ukraine.
- Bild slammed after German tabloid blames scientists for lockdownon 2021-12-07 at 00:51
Berlin’s Humboldt University has criticized Bild after the paper blamed scientists for COVID restrictions. The tabloid ran pictures of three scientific researchers, labeling them "lockdown makers."
- Amalia: Heir to the Dutch throne keeps it normal at 18on 2021-12-07 at 00:39
Princess Amalia had an ordinary childhood and wants her life to continue that way.
- Biden to warn Putin of ‘very real costs’ of Ukraine invasion in high-stakes callby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-07 at 00:36
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will hold a high-stakes video conference call that Biden will use to try to dissuade Moscow from invading Ukraine, where thousands of troops are massed near the border.
- West determined to protect Ukraine sovereignty in face of ‘Russian aggression’on 2021-12-07 at 00:02
The United States, Germany, Italy, France and Britain are all standing by Ukraine in the face of Russian threats. Western leaders call on Moscow to respect Kyiv’s "territorial integrity."
- France to close nightclubs, extend mask use in schools amid Covid-19 surgeby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-06 at 19:22
Nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks from this weekend to counter a Covid surge that has put hospitals under severe strain, the prime minister said Monday.
- Scholz set to be elected German chancellor as Greens approve coalition dealby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-06 at 16:28
A three-party deal to form a new German government under center-left leader Olaf Scholz cleared its final hurdle on Monday, setting the scene for Scholz to succeed longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel this week.
- Covid-19: Italy tightens restrictions on unvaccinated ahead of year-end holidaysby FRANCE 24 on 2021-12-06 at 16:11
Italy is making life more uncomfortable for unvaccinated people this holiday season, excluding them from indoor restaurants, theatres and museums starting Monday to reduce the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccine skeptics to get their shots.
- Thorbjorn Olesen: Golfer ‘sexually assaulted woman on flight’, court hearson 2021-12-06 at 16:07
Thorbjorn Olesen “grabbed and rubbed the breast” of a woman and urinated in the aisle during a flight in 2019, a court is told.
- Eric Zemmour: Far-right French presidential candidate grabbed at rallyon 2021-12-06 at 15:49
A man grabs Eric Zemmour by the neck at the far-right presidential candidate’s first rally.
- ‘Not in my backyard’: The thorny issue of storing German nuclear wasteby Anne MAILLIET on 2021-12-06 at 15:03
Germany is to shut down its last nuclear reactors next year. However, the country still has no place to store the 27,000 cubic metres of highly radioactive material it has already produced, with the amount set to grow as power stations are decommissioned and dismantled. German authorities have set a deadline of 2031 to find a permanent storage location – but for now, the waste is being stored in temporary locations, much to the anger of local residents. Our correspondents report.
- Ready for power: Team Scholz promises a new Germanyon 2021-12-06 at 14:12
This week will see a handover of power from the Merkel era and this is what to expect.
- Brexit: Ireland to receive €920m for Brexit impacton 2021-12-06 at 13:23
The country is the first to get money from the European Commission’s Brexit Adjustment Reserve.
- Pope Francis ends Greece, Cyprus trip focused on migrant rightsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-06 at 13:02
Pope Francis thanked Greece for its “gracious hospitality” as he left Monday following a landmark three-day visit marked by calls for better treatment of migrants in Europe.
- Covid-19: Italy tightens restrictions for unvaccinatedon 2021-12-06 at 12:45
A so-called Super Green Pass will be needed to access theatres, cinemas and restaurants.
- Austria: Karl Nehammer sworn in as new chancelloron 2021-12-06 at 12:16
Following a corruption scandal that engulfed the ruling People’s Party, Austria has its third conservative chancellor in two months after Karl Nehammer was sworn into office in Vienna.
- European Central Bank plans euro bill redesignon 2021-12-06 at 10:23
The euro banknotes have undergone only one minor update since being introduced almost 20 years ago. Now, a decision on new designs to make them "more relatable" is to be taken by 2024, the ECB says.
- COVID-19: Unvaccinated face new restrictions in Italyon 2021-12-06 at 09:29
Many areas of public life are now off-limits for Italians who have not had a COVID-19 shot. Rising infection rates have raised concerns ahead of the Christmas season.
- Video: On Ukrainian frontline, Russian troop build-up reports spark concernsby FRANCE 24 on 2021-12-06 at 09:28
As US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, prepare for talks via video conference Tuesday on the tense situation in Ukraine, residents in the eastern Donbass region brace for another year of conflict. FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg and Maria Verenikova report from the Ukrainian side of the frontline.
- Vladimir Putin: What Russian president’s India visit means for world politicson 2021-12-06 at 03:21
Russia and India ties are facing challenges from fast-changing geopolitics in Asia and beyond.
- Chaotic scenes as French far-right candidate launches presidential bidon 2021-12-06 at 00:34
Anti-racism campaigners were physically attacked and far-right Eric Zemmour put in a headlock as the presidential candidate’s campaign got underway.
- Germany: Five dead after head-on car crash in Hesseon 2021-12-05 at 23:37
One woman and four men have died after two cars hit each other in a head-on collision in the German state of Hesse. Police say a vehicle had traveled into oncoming traffic.
- Brussels police fire tear gas as COVID restrictions protests turn violenton 2021-12-05 at 22:07
During a protest against coronavirus restrictions in Brussels, police used water cannons and tear gas. Authorities estimate 8,000 gathered, far fewer that the 35,000 a few weeks ago.
- Belarus summons Ukraine attache over alleged airspace violationson 2021-12-05 at 19:14
Ukraine denied accusations that one of its helicopters violated Belarus’ airspace after Minsk lodged a formal protest. The latest spat comes as tensions in the region continue to grow.
- Moscow claims US spy plane nearly caused mid-air ‘catastrophe’on 2021-12-05 at 17:58
Russia has accused the US Air Force of creating "a threat to civil aviation." An Aeroflot passenger plane reportedly narrowly avoided hitting a NATO aircraft.
- Fighting breaks out as French far-right candidate Zemmour launches 2022 bid with rallyby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-05 at 17:40
French far-right candidate Eric Zemmour launched his presidential campaign in front of thousands of cheering supporters waving the tricolore on Sunday at an event marred by fighting during his speech.
- Denmark reports ‘concerning’ spike in Omicron variant as cases triple in 48 hoursby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-05 at 15:24
Denmark’s health authorities said Sunday the country had seen a worrisome increase to 183 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
- Pope Francis calls neglect of migrants the ‘shipwreck of civilisation’ on visit to Lesbosby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-05 at 11:44
Pope Francis on Sunday returned to the island of Lesbos, the migration flashpoint he first visited in 2016, calling the neglect of migrants the “shipwreck of civilisation”.
- Pope Francis meets migrants at Lesbos refugee campon 2021-12-05 at 11:12
The pope condemned the neglect migrants face as the "shipwreck of civilization." Francis spent time with refugees at a temporary facility on the island built to quickly replace the Moria camp that burned down last year.
- French climber handed Mont Blanc gems after 2013 findon 2021-12-05 at 10:48
The stones are believed to be from an Air India plane which crashed into the mountain in 1966.
- European populist far-right parties meet in Warsawon 2021-12-05 at 01:03
Warsaw hosted figureheads representing some of the most successful attempts to bring far-right politics back to Europe. The event marks an attempt to unite the far right and sway the EU.
- Why France faces so much anger in West Africaon 2021-12-05 at 00:50
Despite engaging better with the African continent recently, the ex-colonial power faces a backlash.
- French climber shares in treasure trove of precious gems found off Mont Blancby NEWS WIRES on 2021-12-04 at 20:50
A treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires buried for decades on a glacier off France’s Mont Blanc has finally been shared between the climber who discovered them and local authorities, eight years after they were found.
- France, Saudi Arabia pledge to support Lebanon despite spaton 2021-12-04 at 20:50
Saudi Arabia and France committed to support reforms in Lebanon and protect the country’s sovereignty, said France’s Emmanuel Macron. Riyadh previously recalled its envoy from Beirut.
- EU criticized for move to restrict asylum rights at Belarus borderon 2021-12-04 at 20:17
A move by the EU Commission to restrict asylum rights at the bloc’s external border with Belarus has come in for sharp criticism. Meanwhile, a controversial border protection law has already come into force in Poland.
- Pécresse wins Les Républicains nomination for French 2022 presidential electionby FRANCE24 on 2021-12-04 at 19:21
Valérie Pécresse has won the conservative Les Républicains party nomination for France’s 2022 presidential election. FRANCE 24 spoke with Ariane Bogain, a senior lecturer at Northumbria University, to learn more about what Pécresse’s candidacy means for the race going forward.
- DW exclusive: Belarus dissident Maria Kolesnikova speaks from jailon 2021-12-04 at 16:02
Maria Kolesnikova, a top figure in Belarus’ opposition movement who has been jailed in Minsk, has spoken with DW in an exclusive interview. She talks about her trial and the ongoing struggle against Alexander Lukashenko.
- Pope Francis in Greece highlights plight of migrants and refugeeson 2021-12-04 at 14:06
Pope Francis has described the fates of migrants as a "horrendous modern Odyssey" during his visit to Athens. He was also heckled by an Orthodox priest over centuries-old religious disputes.
- US claims Russia planning Ukraine offensiveon 2021-12-04 at 04:02
US intelligence has claimed it has evidence of a planned Russian military offensive in Ukraine. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to hold a video call.
- Finland arrests 5 over far-right terror ploton 2021-12-04 at 03:50
This marks Finland’s first case of suspected far-right terrorism. Police have retrieved homemade explosives and bundles of dynamite.
- Hippos with runny noses test positive for COVID-19 at Belgian zooon 2021-12-03 at 20:49
The two hippos at Antwerp Zoo tested positive for the coronavirus after a vet noticed their noses were "expelling snot." The huge animals, who are mother and daughter, are not in great peril.
- Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: What next for Lewandowski & Haaland – and is the Bundesliga in danger of falling behind?on 2021-12-03 at 07:03
German football expert Constantin Eckner looks at what’s next for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski – and the Bundesliga.
- Germany: Angela Merkel’s military farewell features punk singer’s hiton 2021-12-02 at 23:07
A ceremony has been held for the German chancellor, who is due to step down after 16 years in office.
- Sigur Rós star’s volcano exhibit showcases in New Yorkon 2021-12-02 at 22:45
Sigur Rós star Jónsi reenacts an Iceland volcano with sound, scent and sculptures in a New York exhibit.
- Survivor: I’m haunted by deadliest Channel crossingon 2021-12-01 at 00:56
Mohamed Isa Omar, one of two survivors of last week’s disaster, tells the BBC he saw people drown.
- How Magdalena Andersson became Sweden’s first female PM twiceon 2021-12-01 at 00:42
Magdalena Andersson’s rise to power has been high political drama, but the finale may be yet to come.
- HGV shortages: Why European drivers don’t want to come back to the UKon 2021-12-01 at 00:00
Lorry drivers say more investment is needed to make the UK industry more attractive to workers.
- Four dead as storm tears through Turkeyon 2021-11-30 at 19:55
Strong winds hit the country’s western coast, destroying buildings and blowing ships ashore.
- Why France is declaring Josephine Baker a national heroon 2021-11-30 at 00:05
Josephine Baker is the first black woman to be remembered in the resting place of France’s national heroes.