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Swiss bask in reopened shops as COVID-19 cases drop

GENEVA (AP) — The timing couldn’t have been better for Michele Pesson for Swiss authorities to order a reopening of stores across Switzerland amid a recent drop in coronavirus cases and deaths: Her so...

Coronavirus restrictions: To ease or not to ease?

Germany For all those who've been enduring endless bad hair days, there is good news. As of Monday, hairdressers will be allowed to open nation-wide. While that may not be high on many people'...

Rarely seen Van Gogh painting exhibited ahead of auction

PARIS (AP) — A rare painting by Dutch impressionist master Vincent van Gogh of a street scene in the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre will be publicly displayed for the first time before its auctio...

Thrive in Abu Dhabi programme launched to encourage global talent, investors to build their futures in the emirate

Long-term visas and paths to citizenship to accelerate growth in Abu Dhabi’s priority sectors SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 February 2021 - Talented professionals and students, and investors, in p...

Taiwan to lift eating ban on HSR trains March 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Feb. 22) announced that all of its epidemic prevention regulations would remain in place in March, with the exception...

Israel starts reopening economy after two-month lockdown

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and started reopening its economy Sunday as the country's vaccination drive and third nationwide lockdown have started to bring down...

Vatican projects nearly 50M-euro deficit due to COVID losses

ROME (AP) — The Vatican said Friday it expects a deficit of nearly 50 million euros ($60.7 million) this year because of pandemic-related losses, a figure that grows to 80 million euros ($97 million) ...

VIRUS DIARY: It's mud, mud everywhere in UK's 3rd lockdown

LONDON (AP) — It's apparently not enough for Britons to endure almost 120,000 COVID-19 deaths and face a new variant of the virus that scientists say is more contagious and more deadly. Not enough to ...

Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

NEW YORK (AP) — As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially...

UK plan for campus free speech champion draws praise, alarm

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Tuesday it will appoint a “free speech champion” for universities to protect against attempts to silence academics and speakers with unpopular opinions. ...

As vaccinations lag, Israel combats online misinformation

JERUSALEM (AP) — After surging ahead in the race to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus, Israel is blaming online misinformation for a sudden slowdown in the campaign. Now, officials are ...

The Latest: Philippines sets back theater, arcade reopenings

MANILA, Philippines — The approval for many Philippine movie theaters, video game arcades and other leisure businesses to reopen has been postponed another two weeks after mayors expressed fear it wil...

Philippine reopening of theaters, arcades stalls amid debate

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Movie theaters, video game arcades and other leisure businesses closed since last year in most of the Philippines got approval to reopen Monday but haven't yet done so becau...

Germany tightens border checks to keep out virus variants

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday implemented tighter border controls on its frontiers with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province in an effort to stem the spread of more contagious coronavirus...

Russia: Free mass coronavirus vaccinations and an ice pop to boot

Cross the cobbles of Red Square and step up to the legendary GUM department store. Wander through 19th century glass arcades that housed scarce consumer goods in the Soviet era. Pass the new luxury fa...