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World takes in muted New Year’s Eve

In Sydney the fireworks soared into the sky above the Opera House, but the harbour below was empty. In New York, Times Square was mostly deserted. No light show illuminated Beijing from the top of the TV tower. With revelry around the world curtailed by lockdowns and curfews imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19, the lions of London’s Trafalgar Square were barricaded off, and there were no crowds in St Peter’s Square and no one diving into the Tiber in Rome. This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other as many people bid farewell to a year they would much prefer to forget – one that has seen more than 1.7 million people killed and 82 million infected by the coronavirus since January

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Europe introduces lockdown on Christmas

Italy has ordered a nationwide lockdown over much of the Christmas and New Year period in an effort to combat a rise in coronavirus cases, BBC writes in the article Covid: Italy latest European country to order Christmas lockdown. The country will be under "red-zone" restrictions over the public holidays, with non-essential shops, restaurants and bars closed, and Italians only allowed to travel for work, health and emergency reasons. Limited home visits will be allowed

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Vienna terror attack: recent developments

Several gunmen attacked six locations in central Vienna on Monday starting outside the main synagogue, killing three people and injuring 13-15 in what Austria called a "repulsive terror attack". Witnesses described the men …

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Vienna hosts JCPOA joint commission today

The next meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will be held in Vienna on September 1. The meeting will be chaired by Secretary-General of the European Union External Action Service Helga …

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Austrian citizens to be able to leave homes on May 1

Austria is loosening its general lockdown rules by allowing gatherings of up to 10 people, the country's Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said. The rules, which include guidance that the public only leave their …

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Turkey closes border for passengers from 14 countries

Ankara, as part of the fight against the spread of coronavirus, has introduced a ban on the entry of foreign citizens from 14 countries, the Turkish Interior Ministry informed. The Interior Ministry said that citizens of Iran, Iraq, …

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Tom Hanks diagnosed with coronavirus

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, the actor said on Twitter. Hanks said that he and Wilson, who are both 63, were tested in Australia, where he …

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