Update: Anxious Italy looks to play down coronavirus risk as deaths rise to 17, cases to 650

Waiters stand by an empty restaurant in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square, which would normally be full of tourists ROME, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Italy’s government, desperate to stave off a likely recession, played down on Thursday (Feb 27) he gravity of an outbreak of coronavirus, the worst yet seen in Europe,…

Vatican: Pope Francis reportedly falls ill a day after praying for coronavirus sufferers

VATICAN CITY, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Pope Francis has reportedly taken ill and cancelled an event at a Rome basilica just a day after he prayed for coronavirus sufferers in Italy.According to the UK Mirror, the pontiff prayed for coronavirus sufferers on Ash Wednesday, while masking free, and even took…

UK warns it could abandon EU trade talks in June

Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister LONDON, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The British government will decide in June whether to abandon talks with the EU and prepare for a no-deal Brexit on World Trade Organization terms. The decision will be made if insufficient ground has been covered in talks with the…

French anger over Mali’s ‘tattooed soldiers’ slur

PARIS, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — France’s defence minister Florence Parly has hit out at accusations of poor behaviour by some French troops stationed in Mali.Parly said allegations made by Mali’s ambassador in the French senate on Wednesday were false and unacceptable.Toumani Djime Diallo had complained about the behaviour of French…

Covid-19 cases surge to 400 in Italy

 ROME: Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) —The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has jumped to 400, amid international efforts to contain the spread of the deadly outbreak. The rise in Italy, the main focus of infection in Europe, represents a 25% surge in 24 hours. Several European countries announced new cases traced to…

WHO says Covid-19 at ‘decisive point’ as world battles spread

GENEVA, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The World Health Organization declared that the new coronavirus epidemic was at a “decisive point” as countries across the globe battled to contain the deadly outbreak. Saudi Arabia banned pilgrims from visiting Islam’s holiest sites as the number of deaths jumped in neighbouring Iran, while…

Tear gas fired as Greek island protest intensify

Protesters took to the streets of Lesbos to protest against the new camps ATHENS, Feb 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters on the Greek island of Lesbos over plans to build new migrant camps. Images from the island show protesters hurling objects at…

PM Johnson announces major review of Britain’s post-Brexit approach

British Prime Minster Boris Johnson LONDON, Feb 27 (NNN-Xinhua) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a major review of the country’s post-Brexit approach to defense, security and international development, which will define and overhaul Britain’s place in the world. Described as the largest review of Britain’s foreign, defense, security…

German politicians speak out against growing right-wing extremism

 A placard showing the AfD regional leader Björn Höcke reads ‘Never again’ during a vigil in Hanau BERLIN, Feb 27 (NNN-Xinhua) — After the xenophobic shooting in Hanau that killed nine people, German politicians across most parties have sharply criticized growing right-wing extremism in their Ash Wednesday speeches. The so-called…

Lebanese President Vows To Protect Lebanon’s Oil, Gas Wealth Ahead Of First Well Drilling

BEIRUT, Feb 27 (NNN-NNA) – Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, vowed to protect Lebanon’s oil and gas wealth in its territories, according to a statement. “We will protect this wealth with all our strength and power, and we will never give up on it. We will defend every inch of our…
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