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China eases travel restrictions for 36 European countries

China has eased entry restrictions for nationals from 36 European countries, months after thousands were left stranded when the country closed its borders and slashed flights to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union marks 70th anniversary amid divisive crisis

The European Union on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of its foundation in low-key fashion thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns still in place in much of the continent.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo-Ronald Zak)

Austrian restaurants, churches and some schools to reopen

Austria will further loosen its coronavirus lockdown on May 15 by allowing restaurants and cafes to reopen and religious services to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.
A woman holds a mobile phone while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 19, 2020. REUTERS-Steven Watt

European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions.
Italy will present a plan this week to ease its lockdown from May 4, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a post on Facebook.

Italy to gradually ease lockdown from May 4

Conte said that his cabinet is working with various experts to coordinate the so-called “phase 2” when Italy will have to cohabit with the coronavirus. The plan will be done at a
A coffin is taken out of the hospital in the presence of two relatives and a funeral home employee in Venice, Italy [Marco Di Lauro-Getty Images]

Italy records 627 deaths on Friday

Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, the country reported its highest deaths on Friday, data from worldometers.info has shown.
Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighboring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Italian coronavirus death toll nears China’s as outbreak spreads

The Chinese city where the coronavirus first took hold reported no new homegrown cases Thursday, while the death toll in Italy was poised to overtake that of China in a dramatic illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States.

Four dead in Romania psychiatric hospital attack

Four people have died and nine were injured after being attacked by a patient in a psychiatric hospital, Romanian press reports said Sunday.
Liviu Dragnea

Romania court upholds jail sentence for parliament speaker

Leader of Romania's ruling left-wing Social Democrat Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea has been sentenced to three and half years in prison by the country's supreme court, upholding a conviction and jail term for official misconduct in a corruption case.
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EU wants Romania to halt judicial overhaul

The European Union sought on Tuesday to increase pressure on Romania to freeze disputed judicial reforms and prevent any move away from democratic values as Bucharest prepares to take over the bloc’s rotating presidency.
People wave Romanian national flags as they chant slogans during a demonstration to protest against the government on August 11, 2018, in Bucharest.Romania' s capital Bucharest was bracing for another big demonstration on Saturday, only a day after more than 450 people were hurt and around 30 arrested in a huge anti-corruption protest. Hundreds of people -- some carrying Romanian flags -- started gathering around a central square in Bucharest for a second day of protest, with the crowd expected to grow as the evening progresses./ AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

Second night of Romania demos after hundreds injured

Thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday in the Romanian capital Bucharest for a second straight day, after more than 450 people were hurt and around 30 arrested in a huge anti-corruption protest.
Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis speaks to journalists as he arrives to take part in the last day of the European Union leaders' summit, without Britain, to discuss Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 29, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. EU leaders clinched a hard-won migration deal during all-night talks on June 29, that Italy's hardline new premier said meant his country was "no longer alone" in shouldering the responsibility for migrants. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Impeachment decision looms for Romanian president

The leader of Romania's ruling Social Democrats said Thursday the party will decide next week whether to impeach President Klaus Iohannis for violating the constitution.

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have disclosed that they will be embarking on “an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike” from February 5th.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 20, 202, outgoing US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC. – Donald Trump will face an second impeachment trial in the Senate over the January 6, 2021, ransacking of the US Capitol after the impeachment article against the former president is sent to the chamber on January 25, 2021, its Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Donald Trump impeachment to be sent to Senate Monday – top lawmakers

Donald Trump will go on trial in the US Senate soon after an impeachment case against the former president is transmitted by the House of Representatives on Monday, top lawmakers announced.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Niger governor: Incompetent leaders took over from military in 1999

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state has attributed the failures recorded in governance since the coming of democracy in 1999 to incompetent leaders who took over leadership of the country from military.
Arsenal are considering a move for former Chelsea left-back and current Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as they look to provide competition for Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal linked with Chelsea’s Champions League winning defender

Arsenal are considering a move for former Chelsea left-back and current Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as they look to provide competition for Kieran Tierney.
According to Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, the new guidelines released on Wednesday are with immediate effect.

Osun: Coronavirus new guidelines are with immediate effect – commissioner

Osun State Government has warned people conducting themselves and their businesses in manners that contravene the new set of COVID-19 management guidelines in the state.