August 2020

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SERENE ASSIR Syrian refugees and migrants walk in a field to cross the border between Greece and F.Y.R. of Macedonia on August 29, 2015. When an Iraqi refugee couple who survived a hellish journey through the Balkans crossed the border into Germany with their baby, they celebrated that their dream of a "beautiful life" far from bombs seemed finally within reach. On the plush train from Vienna that refugees, businessmen and tourists shared, Ahmad and Alia from Baghdad laughed as they looked back on their nightmarish week-long odyssey from Turkey to Greece, then Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. All their difficulties, they hoped, were behind them now, the LCD route map on the evening train showing they were inside Germany and out of danger. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)
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Europe still mired in division after migrant crisis

Since taking in more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in 2015, Europe has stepped up border controls but still falls short on common migration and asylum policies
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 18, 2020 students wearing face masks attend class at the Lopez de Mendoza Institute in Burgos after the reopening of schools in the community of Castilla y Leon. - European nations are pushing ahead with reopening primary schools despite a rise in coronavirus cases, with smaller classes, shorter lessons and mask-wearing among the steps adopted to curb infections. But many parents and teachers worry the measures are not enough, or have been adopted too close to the start of classes to be put in place properly, leading some parents to decide to keep their children at home. (Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP)
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European schools reopen with smaller classes, shorter lessons

European nations are pushing ahead with reopening schools despite a rise in coronavirus cases, with smaller classes, shorter lessons and mask-wearing among the steps adopted to curb infections
A healthcare worker uses a swab to collect a sample at a temporary testing centre for the novel coronavirus in Madrid on August 17, 2020. - Just seven weeks after bringing its first coronavirus wave under control, experts say Spain is once again in a "critical" situation with the worst infection rate in Western Europe. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)
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Why is Spain once again on the frontline of the pandemic?

Despite a tight lockdown and the mandatory use of face masks, Spain is once again a hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic. Why has the pandemic worsened in Spain?
ARCHIV - ILLUSTRATION - Eine Prüfärztin stellt 03.09.2009 im Zentrum für klinische Studien der Universitätsmedizin in Mainz mit einer Probandin eine Impfsituation nach. Die EU-Länder wollen sich angesichts der anstehenden Impfkampagnen gegen die Schweinegrippe solidarisch mit ärmeren Mitgliedstaaten zeigen. Die europäischen Gesundheitsminister beauftragten am Montag (12.10.2009) in Luxemburg die EU-Kommission mit der Ausarbeitung einer gemeinsamen Beschaffung der benötigten Impfstoffe. Hintergrund ist, dass fünf EU-Staaten über keine oder nicht ausreichende Einkaufsoptionen verfügen. Foto: Fredrik von Erichsen (zu dpa 0313 und 0499 vom 12.10.2009) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
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Vacuna contra el coronavirus

Muchas instituciones están trabajando intensamente en el desarrollo de una vacuna contra el coronavirus. Este diagrama muestra un ejemplo de cómo una vacuna podría funcionar en principio.
Photo released by the Turkish Defence Ministry on August 12, 2020, shows Turkish seismic research vessel 'Oruc Reis' (C) being escorted by Turkish naval ships in the Mediterranean, off Antalya on August 10, 2020. Photo: Turkish Defence Ministry / AFP
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Turkey’s bid to become maritime powerhouse unsettles Mediterranean

Turkey's push into the Mediterranean featuring gas drilling, tough rhetoric and warships is rooted in a vision of a "Blue Homeland" that targets waters claimed by EU neighbours
Migrants from Africa sit in a rubber dinghy as they arrive from Turkey to the beach of the village of Skala Sikamineas. More than 20,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean since migration in the region started surging in 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday in Geneva.
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EU agency: Central Med migrant crossings more than doubled in July

The number of illegal sea migration across the Mediterranean has doubled in July compared to the month before. All in all nevertheless, migration figures within the EU have fallen in 2020 due to the corona virus travel restrictions.
A young woman hula-hoops among people enjoying an open air party in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on August 1, 2020. Photo: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP
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Carefree youths fuel global rise in virus infections

Health officials fighting the coronavirus pandemic say they have a new problem -- carefree youths who are ignoring social distancing rules and letting loose around the world, fuelling a surge in infections
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