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World - Europe - 2021-04-08
Merkel tells Putin to pull back troops as Kremlin accuses Ukraine of provocations
Europe

Merkel tells Putin to pull back troops as Kremlin accuses Ukraine of provocations

  • Ukraine has raised the alarm over an increase in Russian forces near its eastern border as violence has risen along the line of contact separating its troops from Russia-backed separatists in its Donbass region.
  • "The Chancellor demanded that this build-up be unwound in order to de-escalate the situation," Germany's government said in a readout of a telephone call between Merkel and Putin.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 08:27pm
Vaccinations helped push down England's COVID infection rates sharply in March: study
Europe

Vaccinations helped push down England's COVID infection rates sharply in March: study

  • The REACT study, run by scientists at Imperial College London, found that infections fell by approximately 60% from the last study in February, with an average of only one in 500 people infected.
  • Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme, said the "gratifying fall in infections" was "really good news" and "shows we're headed in the right direction".
Published 08 Apr, 2021 07:27pm
French COVID-19 situation serious but encouraging signs after local lockdowns
Europe

French COVID-19 situation serious but encouraging signs after local lockdowns

  • "We have the first encouraging signs in the 16 departments where we had imposed restriction measures," Attal told a news conference following a meeting of French government ministers.
  • Nonetheless, Attal said the number of people in intensive care units with COVID-19 was likely to go up in the coming days.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 07:24pm
COVAX vaccines reach more than 100 countries, despite supply hits
Europe

COVAX vaccines reach more than 100 countries, despite supply hits

  • Despite being hit by reduced supply availability in March and April, and higher demand in India where much of its main jab AstraZeneca is made, it expects to deliver doses to all economies that have requested them in the first half of 2021, the GAVI vaccine alliance and World Health Organization said.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 07:19pm
Sweden registers 7,822 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths on Thursday
Europe

Sweden registers 7,822 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths on Thursday

  • The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 17 new deaths, taking the total to 13,595. The deaths registered have occurred over several days and sometimes weeks.
  • Sweden's death rate per capita is many times higher than that of its Nordic neighbours' but lower than in most European countries that opted for lockdowns.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 07:11pm
Kremlin says it has to be ready for worst-case US sanctions scenario
Europe

Kremlin says it has to be ready for worst-case US sanctions scenario

  • "The hostility and unpredictability of America's actions force us in general to be prepared for the worst scenarios," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
  • Moscow's ties with Washington nosedived last month when Russia recalled its ambassador after US President Joe Biden said he thought President Vladimir Putin was a killer.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 06:48pm
Britain grants asylum to Hong Kong activist after China's crackdown on dissent
Europe

Britain grants asylum to Hong Kong activist after China's crackdown on dissent

  • "After several interviews in four months, the Home Office has informed me that my asylum application is approved," Law, who arrived in Britain last July, said on Twitter late on Wednesday.
  • "The fact that I am wanted under the national security law shows that I am exposed to severe political persecution and am unlikely to return to Hong Kong without risk."
Published 08 Apr, 2021 06:46pm
Tirana airport partially reopens despite air traffic control strike
Europe

Tirana airport partially reopens despite air traffic control strike

  • About 70 air traffic controllers went on strike on Wednesday after their monthly wages were halved to around $2,490 due to a 57% reduction in air traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In response to the strike, the government took over the control tower. A Reuters reporter saw armoured vehicles and police there.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 06:24pm
Merkel backs tougher COVID lockdown in Germany
Europe

Merkel backs tougher COVID lockdown in Germany

  • Germany is struggling to tackle a third wave of the pandemic and several regional leaders have called for a short, sharp lockdown while the country tries to vaccinate more people.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 01:49am