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Protests against COVID measures escalate in France, Italy, Britain, Greece

Protests against COVID measures escalate in France, Italy, Britain, Greece

French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign.

  • by Patrick Hermansen

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Fit for a king: Prince Charles’ experimental city is proving critics wrong

Fit for a king: Prince Charles’ experimental city is proving critics wrong

Poundbury has attracted scathing reviews from the moment construction began but something big is happening here recently.

  • by Bevan Shields
Scientists worry British public may be deleting COVID app to avoid isolating

Scientists worry British public may be deleting COVID app to avoid isolating

“It isn’t rocket science: if you’re asking people to do something that’s difficult for them, guess what -- they’re not going to do it,” said one specialist in health data.

  • by Emily Ashton
‘Asking for your forgiveness’: German reporter suspended after mud fakery is revealed

‘Asking for your forgiveness’: German reporter suspended after mud fakery is revealed

After rubbing mud on herself, Ohlen presented a news package at the scene of floods under the heading “RTL presenter Susanna Ohlen lends a hand in Bad Münstereifel”.

  • by Daniel Wighton
‘The sweet spot’: Pfizer more effective with eight-week gap between doses

‘The sweet spot’: Pfizer more effective with eight-week gap between doses

An Oxford University study finds the mRNA vaccine proves most effective with eight to 10 week wait between two doses - but antibodies drop after first jab.

  • by Janice Kew
Italy makes health COVID ‘green pass’ mandatory for big events - and for pizza

Italy makes health COVID ‘green pass’ mandatory for big events - and for pizza

Italy is essentially betting that it can revive its slowing vaccination campaign - and avoid future, onerous restrictions - by creating heavy incentives for inoculation.

  • by Chico Harlan
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Merkel declares Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal with US ‘good’ for Ukraine

Merkel declares Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal with US ‘good’ for Ukraine

The Ukrainian government, however, strongly deplored the agreement on the pipeline which it sees as a political weapon to be used by Russia.

  • by Geir Moulson
China refuses to co-operate with second WHO investigation into possible lab leak

China refuses to co-operate with second WHO investigation into possible lab leak

“I could feel that this plan revealed a lack of respect for common sense and an arrogant attitude towards science,” one of Beijing’s top health officials said.

  • by Latika Bourke
The Crown series wanted scenes of bottles thrown at Queen, court told

The Crown series wanted scenes of bottles thrown at Queen, court told

Johnny Rotten, former Sex Pistols frontman, said he refused to allow God Save the Queen to be included in the Netflix drama because the scripted version of history “never happened”.

  • by Anita Singh
Can’t follow conversation in a noisy cafe? Study links this to dementia

Can’t follow conversation in a noisy cafe? Study links this to dementia

An 11-year Oxford study of 82,000 people over 60 found links between dementia and the inability to detect speech in a crowded setting.

  • by Joe Pinkstone
Sigh of relief: the race to create a reliable COVID breathalyser test

Sigh of relief: the race to create a reliable COVID breathalyser test

Could waiting in line and isolating for swab tests be replaced some day soon by simply breathing into a machine for fast results?

  • by Emily Anthes