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Johnson unveils plan to ease England lockdown

Boris Johnson will aim to lift all coronavirus restrictions by the end of June as part of a gradual road map for exiting England’s nationwide lockdown, Financial Times informs. The prime minister’s long-awaited easing plan, …

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Munich Security Conference brings trans-Atlantic's Fantastic Four back together

Donald Trump's four years as US president shook the trans-Atlantic relationship. On Friday, the Munich Security Conference brings together Biden, Merkel, Macron and Johnson for an event that could help to rebuild ties, Deutsche Welle reports. Organizers of the Munich Security Conference are facing the challenge of how to squeeze their annual get-together of top global security officials and policymakers into a special event constrained by the COVID pandemic. The multi-day conference that has taken place in Munich every February since 1963 is, for now, an online event, scheduled to wrap up after just about three hours on Friday

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UK Covid-19 variant reaches Iran

A UK Covid-19 variant has spread in Iran, Iranian Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education Said Namaki reported. He noted that new Covid-19 cases were recorded in Tehran, Abyek, Hashgerd and Alborz province. …

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EU citizens to be banned from using ID cards to enter UK

European Union citizens will be banned from using ID cards to enter Britain from October amidst growing concern about the proliferation of fake European IDs, Reuters reports with the reference to the Telegraph. British interior minister …

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UK allows its ships to pay for service in Crimea

A historic event connected with the recognition of Crimea as Russian territory took place today in Great Britain: the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation of HM Treasury canceled a ban on payments for ships under the British flag in …

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UK Covid-19 daily death toll nears anti-record

The UK has recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 daily deaths for the first time since April, Yahoo News informs. The four nations recorded 1,041 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus on Wednesday and a further 62,322 new …

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Armenian President's wife tested positive for Covid-19

The wife of the President of Armenia, Nune Sarksyan, like her husband Armen Sarksyan, contracted the coronavirus, the press service of the president’s administration reported on Facebook. According to the report, the president and …

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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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Russia gives answer to UK sanctions

Russia has banned entry to 25 British citizens in retaliation for similar measures by Britain, Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday, without providing their names, Swissinfo.ch informs. Britain brought sanctions against 25 …

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International community welcomes Karabakh cease-fire deal

The international community welcomed a deal recently signed between Azerbaijan and Armenia to end the ongoing conflict over the Armenian-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, Daily Sabah writes in the article International community welcomes Karabakh cease-fire deal

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Sean Connery dies at 90

Sean Connery, the Scottish actor whose five-decade long movie career was dominated by the role of James Bond, has died at the age of 90, according to the producers of the James Bond series, CNN reports. Connery, who was awarded a …

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Influenza increases mortality from Covid-19 by 600%

People infected with both flu and coronavirus have a sixfold increased risk of death compared with the general population, new research has found, The Week informs. And patients battling both viruses at the same time are twice as likely …

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