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WHO voices concerns over Sputnik V Covid vaccine plant

WHO reports issues with quality control data and test results as Slovakia announces it is offloading 160k dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe World Health Organization has said it has concerns about the methods used at one plant producing the Sputnik V vaccine, as Slovakia announced it would sell or donate 160,000 of the 200,000 doses it has ordered of the Russian shot.The WHO, which along with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing Sputnik V for eventu...
Tags: Health, Europe, Russia, Society, World news, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Slovakia, European Medicines Agency EMA, Coronavirus


Irish couple to receive damages over advice that led to unnecessary abortion

Rebecca Price terminated pregnancy after being mistakenly told foetus had fatal abnormalityA couple in Ireland are to be awarded damages for being mistakenly told their unborn baby had a fatal foetal abnormality, which led them to terminate the pregnancy.The high court in Dublin will consider the damages to be paid to Rebecca Price and Patrick Kiely on Wednesday after medical personnel and institutions involved in the case admitted liability. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Women, Society, World news, Ireland, Abortion, Dublin, Rebecca Price, Patrick Kiely


UK denies Russia fired warning shots at Royal Navy ship off Crimea

MoD contradicts Moscow’s assertion that shots were fired at destroyer and bombs dropped nearbyThe UK has rejected claims from Russia that warning shots were fired at the British warship HMS Defender in the Black Sea on Wednesday morning, as it sailed off the coast of the disputed territory of Crimea.Britain’s Ministry of Defence said “no warning shots have been fired” at the destroyer, contradicting a statement made by its Russian equivalent which said that shots had been fired and a warplane dr...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Military, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Crimea, Royal Navy, Moscow, Black Sea, Crimea Britain


Banksy trademarks two of his best known artworks in Australia

Successful legal bid to trademark Love is in the Air and Girl with Balloon comes after a similar move in Europe failedThe street artist Banksy has successfully trademarked two of his most famous artworks in Australia, in an attempt to stop them being copied and sold.The secretive artist applied for the trademarks via a law firm based in Perth, and although the tactic ultimately failed in Europe, the Australian applications were successful and will be registered next week. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Law, Australia, Australia news, Art and design, Air, Banksy, Intellectual Property, Perth, Law (Australia


Hungary’s classrooms have become the new battleground for the war on ‘LGBT ideology’ | Mark Gevisser

Viktor Orban has used a new law to equate gay people with paedophiles. He’s not the first to use this tacticLast week, the Hungarian parliament banned any portrayal of homosexuality or transgenderism to minors, in educational material or on television. Appending this to a law protecting children from child abuse, the country’s president, Viktor Orbán, drew an explicit connection between homosexuality and paedophilia. In so doing, he resorted to a canard that much of the world has long dispensed ...
Tags: Europe, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Russia, Africa, Americas, Society, World news, Transgender, Hungary, United States, LGBT rights, Poland, Brazil, Ethiopia, Zambia


Woman to stand trial in France for killing stepfather after years of abuse

Valérie Bacot, who had four children with alleged abuser, will say she believed he would kill them allOn Monday, a French woman, Valérie Bacot, will walk into a court to be tried for killing her stepfather turned husband. She has admitting shooting him dead and believes she should be punished.In her defence, she is expected to tell the the hearing at at Chalon-sur-Saône in Burgundy how Daniel “Dany” Polette made her life hell from the day he raped her when she was 12, to the day he died 24 years...
Tags: Europe, France, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Daniel, Valérie Bacot, Chalon sur Saône, Polette


Coronavirus live news: Brazil records more than 500,000 deaths from Covid; US has given more than 317,100,000 jabs

Additional 2,301 fatalities push Brazil across grim milestone; US says 317,117,797 Covid vaccines have been administeredThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91See all our coronavirus coverage 10.34pm BST Expert...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, US, Society, World news, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Latin America, Reuters, Health Ministry, Milkha Singh, Coronavirus, COVID, Gonzalo Vecina


Coronavirus live news: Mexico City reshuts schools as it shifts up a tier; US has given more than 317,100,000 jabs

Mexico City had reduced restrictions only two weeks ago; US says 317,117,797 Covid vaccines have been administeredThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91See all our coronavirus coverage 8.59pm BST 8.42pm BS...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, US, Society, World news, Mexico City, Vaccines and immunisation, Namibia, Uae, United Arab Emirates UAE, Liberia Sierra Leone, Milkha Singh, Coronavirus, June Reuters


The ‘human rights’ sex trade case that will harm women

A European court judgment this week could reverse laws that protect the vulnerable and abusedA case to be heard in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg this week could have disastrous consequences for those campaigning to eradicate prostitution.The hearing is the first step in determining whether France’s laws on prostitution – which criminalise paying for sex – are constitutional, or whether they contravene the human rights of self-titled “sex workers”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, France, Prostitution, Society, European Court Of Human Rights, Strasbourg, Sex trade, Sexual Violence


Coronavirus live news: queues for jabs at English football grounds; Brazil expected to pass 500,000 deaths

Long queues develop at football grounds including West Ham’s London Stadium as UK government urges everyone over 18 to get vaccinatedThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91See all our coronavirus coverage 5.31pm ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, India, Society, World news, Afghanistan, United Nations, Brazil, Astrazeneca, West Ham, Associated Press, Vaccines and immunisation, Malawi, African Union, Milkha Singh


Coronavirus live news: queues for jabs at England football grounds; Brazil expected to pass 500,000 deaths

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in MoscowThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91UK holiday costs more than Europe as dem...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, London, Washington, China, Russia, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, Taiwan, Beijing, Delta, Brazil


Coronavirus live news: surge testing rolled out in Lambeth and Cumbria; Japan turns Olympic viewing sites into vaccine centres

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in MoscowNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91UK holiday costs more than Europe as demand growsSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.30pm BST Several English football grounds are being used as vaccination centres, including the London Stadium, where long queues have formed...
Tags: Health, Europe, Japan, UK, Russia, Society, World news, Delta, Lambeth, Vaccines and immunisation, East London, Cumbria, Milkha Singh, London Stadium, Coronavirus, Miranda Bryant


Coronavirus live news: s Covid restrictions to remain in German schools

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in MoscowNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91UK holiday costs more than Europe as demand growsSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.22pm BST On Friday morning, Leyla Çelik woke up with butterflies in her stomach. For weeks, the 22-year-old student at Berlin’s Freie Univer...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Russia, Berlin, Society, World news, Delta, Lambeth, Vaccines and immunisation, UNHCR, Cate Blanchett, Cumbria, UN Refugee Agency, Berliner, Milkha Singh


‘It’s such a relief’: how Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UK

More supplies and vaccination centres have put France, Italy and Germany back on track in battle against coronavirusOn Friday morning, Leyla Çelik woke up with butterflies in her stomach. For weeks, the 22-year-old student at Berlin’s Freie Universität had tried in vain to get an appointment for her first Covid-19 vaccine shot so she could volunteer as a polling station administrator at federal elections in September. “I’d basically given up hope.”But last week her university had suddenly got in...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, European Union, Society, World news, Italy, Vaccines and immunisation, Berliner, France Italy, Freie Universitat, Coronavirus, Leyla Çelik


Swiss court convicts Liberian rebel of rape, killings and cannibalism

Alieu Kosiah gets maximum 20-year sentence in Switzerland’s first war crimes trial in a civilian courtA Liberian rebel commander has been sentenced in Switzerland to 20 years in jail for rape, killings and an act of cannibalism, in one of the first convictions over the west African country’s civil war.The case was also Switzerland’s first war crimes trial in a civilian court. It involved 46-year-old Alieu Kosiah, who went by the nom de guerre “bluff boy” in the rebel faction Ulimo that fought fo...
Tags: Europe, Law, Africa, World news, Liberia, War Crimes, Switzerland, Charles Taylor, Alieu Kosiah, Ulimo


‘We have more in common than what separates us’: refugee stories, told by refugees

In One Thousand Dreams, award-winning photographer Robin Hammond hands the camera to refugees. Often reduced by the media’s toxic or well-meaning narratives, the portraits and interviews capture a different and more complex tale‘Never stop dreaming’: refugees get behind the camera – in picturesRobin Hammond has spent two decades crisscrossing the developing world and telling other people’s stories. From photographing the Rohingya forced out of Myanmar and rape survivors in the Democratic Republi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Photography, Gender, Sweden, Media, Greece, China, Iraq, Nigeria, Africa, Society, World news, Turkey, Iran, Mental Health


Budapest Pride goes ahead in solidarity against Hungary’s anti-LBGTQ+ laws

As oppressive legislation passed by Viktor Orbán’s government, activists plan procession to ‘show LGBT people they are not alone’For the second year in a row, Covid has succeeded in doing what many had once thought impossible: toning down Pride celebrations. From Berlin to Brighton, Toronto to San Francisco, parades have been cancelled or put online, floats forgotten and parties swapped for quieter, often more reflective events.But in Budapest, where LGBTQ+ activists are engaged in a near-existe...
Tags: Europe, Berlin, San Francisco, Society, World news, Transgender, Budapest, Hungary, LGBT rights, Global development, Pride, Viktor Orban, Budapest Pride, Brighton Toronto


‘People didn’t listen’: Julie Douib’s killing sparks fight against femicide in France

She told police 10 times her ex-partner would kill her and he did – one of 146 such deaths in France that yearJulie Douib told many people she thought her ex-partner would kill her. She told her family. She reported him to the police on 10 occasions. She even told them he had a gun and she was afraid he would use it, but they said they could not do anything unless he pointed it at her.So it should have been little surprise when he did. Or that Julie’s last words as she lay dying of gunshot wound...
Tags: Europe, France, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Feminism, Julie, Julie Douib, Douib, L'Île Rousse Corsica


Françoise Hardy, ‘close to the end’ of her life, argues for assisted suicide

The French singer says radiation has left her in immense pain, and fears a natural death would bring ‘even more physical suffering’Françoise Hardy, the French pop songwriter who found fame in the 60s yé-yé movement, has said she feels “close to the end” of her life in a new interview.Hardy, 77, told Femme Actuelle that in 2018 she was diagnosed with a tumour in her ear. It followed her diagnosis with lymphatic cancer in the mid-2000s, and a hospitalisation in 2015 that led to her being placed in...
Tags: Europe, Music, Law, France, Society, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Assisted dying, Hardy, Françoise Hardy, Femme Actuelle


Insurtech AI startup Akur8 closes $30M Series B

Automating insurance claims is a big business, and the world of AI is coming at it ‘full pelt’. The latest is Akur8, an insurtech automating insurance platform whose ‘Transparent AI’ product is trying to eat into the incumbent large business of Willis Towers watson, among others. It’s now closed a Series B funding round of $30m led by an undisclosed investor. This brings its total funding to $42m. The round is to support international expansion. Akur8 is used by actuaries and pricing teams to ma...
Tags: TC, Europe, Finance, US, Insurance, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Financial Services, Axa, Partner, Munich Re, APAC, BlackFin Capital Partners, Willis Towers, Akur8


More than half of Europe’s cities still plagued by dirty air, report finds

Data shows only 127 of 323 cities had acceptable PM 2.5 levels despite drop in emissions during lockdownsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than half of European cities are still plagued by dirty air, new data shows, despite a reduction in traffic emissions and other pollutants during last year’s lockdowns.Cities in eastern Europe, where coal is still a major source of energy, fared worst of all, with Nowy Sącz in Poland having the most polluted air, followed by Cre...
Tags: Health, Europe, Sweden, Climate Change, France, Germany, Environment, European Union, Society, World news, Air Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Finland


Biden declined to do a joint press conference with Putin, so Putin had the stage to himself.

From the NY Post report of the event:Putin reframed accusations of harboring cybercriminals with the dubious claim that the US is more responsible than Russia for hacking... “I’m talking about something that’s already well known, but not known to the broader public, not from American sources, I’m afraid,” Putin said through a translator....The Russian leader changed the topic when a journalist asked about his government imprisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pointing to the prosecution o...
Tags: Europe, Guantanamo Bay, Law, Putin, Russia, US, Cia, US Congress, Biden, Donald Trump, Alexei Navalny, Ny Post, Ann Althouse


Man jailed for life over killing that sparked femicide outcry in France

Bruno Garcia-Cruciani’s murder of Julie Douib in Corsica became a rallying call against domestic killingsA man who murdered the mother of their two children on the island of Corsica in March 2019 has been sentenced to life in prison in a case that caused an outcry over domestic killings of women in France.Julie Douib was shot dead by her former partner of 14 years, Bruno Garcia-Cruciani, a few days after learning that prosecutors had closed a case she brought against him for threatening behaviou...
Tags: Europe, France, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Corsica, Bruno Garcia Cruciani, Julie Douib


Pandemic Accelerated Tech’s Importance, But Firms Remain Poorly Prepared for Tech Future, Survey Says

Legal professionals agree that the pandemic accelerated the critical role of technology in the future success of their law firms and legal departments, but only a third believe their organizations are well prepared for addressing technology’s increasing importance. This is a key finding of the 2021 Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer Survey Report, the third year that Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. has conducted this survey, designed to provide insights into how the legal profession is ev...
Tags: Europe, Law, Uncategorized, Microsoft Office, Wolters Kluwer Legal Regulatory U S, Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory


Giulio Regeni’s last messages before his death in Egypt counter spy claims

Facebook messages from the Italian student killed in Cairo in 2016 show his concerns about studying in the countryThe Facebook messages written by the Cambridge student Giulio Regeni in the weeks leading up to his murder give the lie to any notion he was a spy or political agitator.Even before he left England, Regeni was concerned about the risks he might face doing his thesis on trade unions in Egypt, a sensitive subject in the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Law, Unions, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Global development, Cambridge, Torture, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Mohamed Morsi, Cairo


Discovery of girl’s body prompts nationwide protests in Spain

Girl, six, is suspected to have been killed by father and dumped at sea, amid surge in domestic violenceProtests against gender-based violence are to be held across Spain after the discovery of the body of a six-year-old girl who is suspected to have been murdered by her father and dumped at sea.A surge in domestic violence cases that has coincided with the end of the country’s state of emergency restrictions last month. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Spain, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Coronavirus


Nailed it: man, 82, builds bench for wife in 30 minutes after council plea ignored

Manuel Souto took matters into own hands to provide resting place for wife on daily walks in Spanish townWhatever the rustic bench that sits on a street in the north-west Spanish town of A Estrada may lack in finish and elegance, it more than makes up for in the devotion shown behind its creation.The pale wooden seat was cobbled together after Manuel Souto, an 82-year-old retired lathe operator, decided to find somewhere for his wife to sit and rest on their daily walks. María Souto, who is 79 a...
Tags: Europe, Spain, Society, World news, Older people, Estrada, Manuel Souto, María Souto


High risk of autumn Covid surge in Europe despite drop in infections, says WHO

Organisation urges governments to be cautious as societies open up and Delta variant advances Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths are falling fast across Europe but the risk of a deadly autumn resurgence remains high as societies open up and the more transmissible Delta variant advances, the World Health Organization has warned.Urging people and governments to exercise “caution and common sense” over the summer, the WHO Eur...
Tags: Health, Europe, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, World Health Organization, Organisation, Coronavirus, Hans Kluge


Risk of Covid autumn surge is high despite drop in infections in Europe, says WHO

WHO chief Hans Kluge warns governments to be cautious as societies open up and Delta variant advances Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths are falling fast across Europe but the risk of a deadly autumn resurgence remains high as societies open up and the more transmissible Delta variant advances, the World Health Organization has warned.Urging people and governments to exercise “caution and common sense” over the summer, the...
Tags: Health, Europe, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, World Health Organization, Coronavirus, Hans Kluge


Polish government faces court action over failure to tackle climate crisis

Five citizens accuse government of failing to protect them from impacts of global heatingFive Polish citizens are taking their government to court over its failure to protect them from the impacts of the climate crisis.They say the state has breached their rights to life, health and family life by delaying action to cut national carbon emissions and propping up the coal industry. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Law, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Poland



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