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Macron voices concerns over Covid vaccines patent waiver

French president says US and UK should start exporting doses around the world insteadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEmmanuel Macron has echoed the German government’s concerns over Joe Biden’s proposed suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines as he urged the US and the UK to instead start exporting doses around the world.Arriving at an EU summit in Porto in Portugal, the French president expressed his reservations about the White House proposa...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, France, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Portugal


US-Germany rift as Berlin opposes plan to ditch Covid vaccine patents

Germany says waiver would inhibit private sector researchOpposition to Biden plan threatens to deadlock WTO talksThe US and Germany are at odds on the issue of waivers for patents on Covid-19 vaccines, as Berlin argued that a waiver would not increase production and would inhibit future private sector research.The disagreement is the first major rift between the two economic powers since Joe Biden took office, and threatens to deadlock discussions at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and sour r...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Berlin, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, World Trade Organization, WTO, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, G7, World Trade Organization WTO


ifeel, another well-being platform that blends self-care tools with 1-2-1 therapy, scores $6.6M

If the pandemic has been good for anything it’s been good for the therapy business and for startups targeting mental health, with VCs kept very busy signing checks. To wit, here’s another one: Madrid-based ifeel has bagged €5.5 million (~$6.6M) in Series A funding, led by Nauta Capital. The startup was founded back in 2017 — initially as a consumer-focused therapy platform — but last year it pivoted to a hybrid business model, tapping into demand from businesses to offer staff emotional support ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Europe, UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Singapore, Israel, Insurance, Tech, Spain, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Therapy


Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa


Court names military attorney as second-ever female marshal

Col. Gail Curley, an attorney in the U.S. Army who has advised military leaders on national security law, will be the Supreme Court’s new marshal, the court announced on Monday. Curley succeeds Pamela Talkin, the first woman to serve as marshal, who retired last year after 19 years on the job. Curley, who will begin her new position on June 21, comes to the court 30 years after graduating from West Point with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She received her law degree from the Univers...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, West Point, Germany, Afghanistan, Army, U S Army, Howe, University of Illinois College of Law, Curley, What's Happening Now, Pamela Talkin, Gail Curley, National Security Law Division, Supreme Court Police Force


Coronavirus live news: more than half of UK population has had first Covid jab; Germany restricts travel from India

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.59pm BST Cambodia recorded a daily record of 10 ne...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Cambodia, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Damascus, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Hassan Ghabash


Coronavirus live news: Germany restricts travel from India ; children ‘left behind’ in vaccine trials, says UK expert

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.11pm BST Scientists are recommending “smell traini...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Clea Skopeliti, Edna Mohamed


Coronavirus live news: India sets new world record for daily cases; restrictions on outdoor mixing eased in Wales

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s hospital crisis deepens, Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.14am BST Cambodia closed all markets in the capital Phnom Penh on Saturday to contain a spike in coronavirus infections as thousands of families p...
Tags: Health, Wales, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Cambodia, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus


‘Let children play’: the educational message from across Europe

While approaches may differ, the importance of free time to play is increasingly being recognisedCall for more play time amid ‘schoolification’ of UK childhoodEvery morning, Arja Salonen drops her five-year-old son, Onni, off at a daycare centre in Espoo, west of Helsinki, where he will spend the next eight hours doing what Finnish educators believe all children his age should do: playing.School, and formal learning, does not start in Finland until age seven. Before then, children’s preoccupatio...
Tags: Europe, UK, Education, Children, Germany, Spain, Society, World news, Italy, Schools, Finland, Helsinki, Salonen, Espoo, Onni, Arja Salonen


Berlin’s rent cap, though defeated in court, shows how to cool overheated markets | David Madden and Alexander Vasudevan

Landlords may have scored a pyrrhic victory, with suggestions activists could move to expropriate empty flatsThe housing question is one of the central issues of our time, and events last week in Berlin underscored what’s at stake. In a much-anticipated ruling, Germany’s constitutional court in Karlsruhe ruled that Berlin’s Mietendeckel or rent cap was unconstitutional, and therefore null and void. The product of years of concerted organising by housing movements and leftwing parties in the city...
Tags: Europe, Housing, Germany, Berlin, Society, Karlsruhe, Christian Democratic Union CDU, Christian Social Union CSU, David Madden, Alexander Vasudevan


Indonesian Navy searches for missing sub with 53 on board

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa | Reuters JAKARTA – Indonesian rescuers searching for a submarine that went missing with 53 people on board found an oil spill on Wednesday near where the vessel dived, authorities said. The 44-year-old submarine, KRI Nanggala-402, was conducting a torpedo drill in waters north of the island of Bali but failed to relay the results as expected, a navy spokesman said. An aerial search found an oil spill near the submarine’s dive location and two navy vessels with sonar ca...
Tags: South Korea, News, Bali, Indonesia, Australia, Navy, California, Germany, Accidents, Singapore, India, Sport, World news, Soccer, Military, Connecticut


Nearly 17 child migrants a day vanished in Europe since 2018

Investigation finds one in six were solo and under 15, as experts say cross-border cooperation ‘nonexistent’At least 18,000 unaccompanied child migrants have disappeared after arriving in European countries including Greece, Italy and Germany.An investigation by the Guardian and the cross-border journalism collective Lost in Europe found that 18,292 unaccompanied child migrants went missing in Europe between January 2018 and December 2020 – equivalent to nearly 17 children a day. Continue readin...
Tags: Europe, Children, Law, Germany, Africa, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Morocco, Global development, Human Trafficking, Greece Italy


COVID Vaccine: Where does freedom end and civic duty begin?

Now that the vaccine is becoming widely available, why do so many insist on not taking it? As different episodes in history have illustrated — including the building of an atomic bomb in the U.S. – true freedom is to choose to place the well-being of your family, community, and country above your own personal values. We shouldn't confuse the privilege of choice with a threat to personal freedom. In threatening times, our best defense is to act together to the benefit of all.Pandemic fatigue is b...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Wikipedia, Germany, Freedom, US, America, Society, Innovation, Brazil, Manhattan, Philosophy, Myanmar, Albert Einstein, Morality, Hitler


What uncovering my family's Nazi history taught me about how we approach the past | Géraldine Schwarz

Heinous crimes committed years ago cannot be excused by appealing to the ‘social context’ of the ageRooting around the basement of my family home in Mannheim, south-west Germany, some years ago, I discovered evidence that in 1938 my grandfather had taken advantage of antisemitic Nazi policies to buy a small business from a Jewish family at a low price. I also found letters from the only survivor of this family: his relatives had been killed at Auschwitz. After the war he wrote asking for reparat...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Nazis, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Second world war, Colonialism, Nazi, British Empire, Nazism, Auschwitz, Ingrid, Volker, Mannheim south west Germany


France to close schools and stop domestic travel after Covid surge

Emmanuel Macron announces three-week shutdown of schools after leaving restrictions ‘until last moment’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance’s schools are to close for at least three weeks and travel within the country will be banned for a month after Easter in an attempt to curb a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals, Emmanuel Macron has said.In a televised address to the nation, the French president said the government had waited “...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, France, Germany, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Emmanuel Macron, Coronavirus


'I am begging you, get the vaccine': pockets of fear emerge in Serbia

Mistrust is rife in country EU has said is launchpad for Russian disinformation and where mass vaccinations were mandatory in cold war-eraCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSerbia’s most famous citizen, the tennis champion Novak Djokovic, has been vocally cautious about vaccines. A government adviser on the pandemic told media last March that Covid-19 “exists only on Facebook”. When cases of measles spiked three years ago, authorities blamed the influence of a powerful a...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Russia, Eu, Society, World news, Canada, Serbia, Novak Djokovic, Vaccines and immunisation, Balkans, Coronavirus


Sturgeon welcomes 'official, definitive, independent' ruling she did not breach ministerial code – as it happened

This live blog is now closed. For more on this story, you read the news report hereFull report: Nicola Sturgeon cleared of breaching ministerial codeTimeline: what we know so far about Sturgeon and the Salmond inquiry 6.15pm GMT The army’s increased deployability and technological advantage will mean that greater effect can be delivered by fewer people. I’ve therefore taken the decision to reduce the size of the army from today’s current strength of 76,500 trade trained personnel to 72,500 ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, Scotland, China, Germany, European Union, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics


Preparing for a Storm

Operation Desert Storm had important implications for the Air Force, with the tenet of air superiority taking on new meaning as the air campaign became the initial phase of the war. During this time, the U.S. developed a new strategic concept for the use of airpower that continues to influence air operations today. The lessons learned from this conflict led to development of the modern Air Expeditionary Force which supports combatant commanders with theater airpower capability. ...
Tags: Japan, Florida, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Iraq, Southeast Asia, Defense, America, Iran, Cnn, Afghanistan, Military, Nato, United Kingdom, Coalition


European countries to resume AstraZeneca jabs after safety backing

EMA says benefits outweigh risks but it is continuing to study possible link with very rare blood clotting disorderCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageItaly, France and several other countries will resume administering AstraZeneca jabs from Friday after Europe’s medicines regulator said the vaccine was “safe and effective” and its benefits outweighed its risks.Germany and Portugal will resume on Monday, Spain and the Netherlands next week, while Sweden’s public health age...
Tags: Health, Europe, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Society, World news, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, EMA, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: Scott Morrison and chief medical officer get second vaccine dose; US administers first vaccine dose to more than 100m

Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesAustralian PM and chief medical officer get second dose of vaccineJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.13am GMT In Australia a person who work...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, New South Wales, Sydney, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Scott Morrison, NSW Health, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: US has administered a first vaccine dose to more than 100m people; UK records a further 121 Covid deaths and 5,534 cases

Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.25pm GMT Hundreds of international students at three major London universities are refusing to pay their ...
Tags: Health, UK, London, Australia, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, United States, Philippines, Poland, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Royal College of Art, Reuters Continue


Coronavirus live news: Italy expects to vaccinate 500,000 a day; UK records a further 121 Covid deaths and 5,534 cases

Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.16pm GMT Australia’s centre-left Labor party has been reelected in the state of Western Australia after im...
Tags: Health, UK, Labor, Australia, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, Italy, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Western Australia, Perth Western Australia, Mark McGowan


Coronavirus live news: UK records a further 121 Covid deaths and 5,534 cases; Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April

Wales begins first stage of lockdown easing; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.24pm GMT Football fans were offered a Covid-19 vaccine at the Russian Premier League match between Zenit and Akhmat ...
Tags: Health, UK, Wales, Australia, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, NHS, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, St Petersburg, Reuters, Stephen Webb, Zenit


Coronavirus live news: More than 21m vaccine doses given in England; Germany warns Covid infections could reach Christmas peak by mid-April

Wales begins first stage of lockdown easing; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.19pm GMT Three health workers in Norway who recently received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 are be...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Wales, Australia, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, NHS, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Norway, Reuters, Denmark Iceland


Coronavirus live news: UK businesses sign up for rapid testing scheme; India to review Oxford vaccine side-effects

Wales begins first stage of lockdown easing; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.23am GMT There were 12,674 new coronavirus infections detected in Germany in the 24-hour period to Saturday morning, according to the Robert Koch Institute - 3,117 more than in the same...
Tags: Health, UK, Wales, Australia, Germany, India, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, Oxford, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Deutsche Welle, Robert Koch Institute, Coronavirus


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Aaron Searle: Vivint Sues ADT for Patent Infringement (Source: Business Wire) Lindsey Paris: Disney Files Patent to Turn Any Resort Room Into a Show (Source: Inside the Magic) Luke Tyson: Morocco Third in Africa for Most Patents Filed in 2020 (Source: Morocco World News) Cho Mu-Hyun: LG Wins Patent Lawsuit Against TCL in Germany (Source: ZDNet.com) Zahra Tayeb: Sony has Filed a Patent Application for a System that Could Turn Bananas and Other Household Item...
Tags: Apple, Law, Germany, Africa, Eu, Morocco, Sony, Uspto, Lg, Patent, Adt, Tcl, Roberts, Zdnet, AMICI CURIAE, Bits and Bytes


A third of women hide menopause symptoms at work – report

Surveys of attitudes in five countries finds women still experiencing stigma in the workplaceA third of women who have suffered symptoms of the menopause say they hid them at work, and many think there remains a stigma around talking about the subject, according to a survey of workers in five countries.More than 5,000 women in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and South Africa were interviewed about their experiences of the menopause and work in research for the mobile phone provider Vodafone. Conti...
Tags: Business, Money, Germany, Spain, Society, UK News, World news, Work & careers, South Africa, Italy, Vodafone, Women's Health, Menopause, Vodafone Continue, UK Germany Spain Italy


German insurtech platform Hepster raises $10M Series A led by Element Ventures

Hepster, an insurtech platform from Germany, has raised $10 million in a Series A funding led by Element Ventures. Also participating was Seventure Partners, MBMV, and GPS Ventures, as well as previous investors. The funds will be used to broaden the Hepster insurance ecosystem and scale up its network, with an emphasis on automation. The German insurance market is famously slow at adopting new practices, and Hepster is part of a new wave of insurtech startups in the country taking advantage of ...
Tags: TC, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Insurance, Tech, Munich, Player, Partner, Seventure Partners, e-Bike, Insurtech, Insurance Policies, Element Ventures, GPS Ventures, Hepster


Criminal complaint filed against Mohammed bin Salman in German court

Reporters without Borders accuses Saudi heir of crimes against humanity over persecution of journalistsSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials have been accused of committing crimes against humanity in a criminal complaint filed in Germany by Reporters without Borders (RSF), the press freedom group.The 500-page complaint, filed with the German public prosecutor in general in the federal court of justice in Karlsruhe, centres on the “widespread and systematic...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Media, Law, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Germany, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Journalist safety, Karlsruhe, Mohammed bin Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Biden Administration


Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

Today in the majority of the United States, it is a crime to sell sex, buy it, or promote its sale. The Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act would decriminalize prostitution in New York state while maintaining punitive measures against buyers and pimps. Opponents suggest this law would only push the illegal sex trade further underground and seek full decriminalization for everyone involved. Although incorrectly labeled the world's oldest profession, prostitution has been on the minds of l...
Tags: New York, Sweden, Activism, Law, Sex, Germany, Israel, Public Health, Homelessness, United States, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Innovation, Manhattan, University of Pennsylvania, Norway



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