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November 2020

This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the US Food and Drug Administration shows the coronavirus,COVID-19. - President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States, even as infections ricochet around the world, prompting a ban on pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. China is no longer the only breeding ground for the deadly virus as countries fret over possible contagion coming from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy. There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. (Photo by Handout / US Food and Drug Administration / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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BioNTech: plucky German upstart leads Covid-19 vaccine race

German biotech firm BioNTech has never brought a vaccine to market before but it is now in pole position in the race to develop a jab that will end the coronavirus crisis
Minks are pictured in their cages at a fur farm on May 1, 2019 in Brumunddal, Norway. - The Norwegian parliament will in June adopt new legislation immediately banning any new fur farms and requiring existing farms to be dismantled by February 1, 2025. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)
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Scientists on guard over ‘mutant’ mink coronavirus

Coronavirus transmission from minks to humans does not necessarily mean the disease will become more dangerous, but scientists are closely monitoring the situation in Denmark
Then US Vice-President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with then EU President Donald Tusk (unseen) at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on February 6, 2015. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP
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EU must ‘learn to live without’ US global leadership under Biden

The EU will once again have a cooperative US partner when Joe Biden becomes president, but Europeans should have no illusions: Washington will be no globo-cop nor NATO's big protector, analysts say
This picture shows the construction site of a high-rise building at the business district of La Defense west of Paris on October 21, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections to the Covid-19 (the novel coronavirus). - La Defense, the largest European business district and the fourth largest in the world, had to reshape its activity following the Covid-19 pandemic: work from home, barrier measures and safety guidelines. According to Paris-La Defense association district, 60% of its workers have returned to the office. However, following the lockdown, the generalisation of home working, the partial closure of bars and restaurants and, now, the curfew, the daily life of some 500 companies and 180,000 employees is permanently affected. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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EU warns no return to pre-crisis economy before 2023

A second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has stalled a nascent recovery in Europe, as the EU warned that the economy would not return to pre-virus normality before 2023
A couple, wearing face masks, walks in front of the Palazzo Chigi Government office in Rome, lit with the color of the Italian flag on November 1, 2020. - Italy reported 31,758 new cases of the virus on October 31, 2020, a new daily record. The government is eyeing a lockdown of the country's major cities, news media reported, to try to slow the alarming rise in infections. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
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Italian regions latest to enter lockdown as virus grips Europe

Swathes of Italy have returned to coronavirus lockdown as the resurgent pandemic continued its march through Europe and reached record levels in the United States
In a reception classroom, children sit apart from each other on a carpet where crosses have been marked out for them to sit on, in a teaching environment safe from Coronavirus for pupils and teachers at Brambles Primary Academy in Huddersfield, northern England on June 4, 2020, as the Government's recommencing of education for Reception and Years 1 and 6 classes gets underway. - Primary schools reopened the week commencing June 1, welcoming back children in Reception, year 1 and year 6 age groups, alongside priority groups. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
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How contagious are kids with Covid? Short answer: we don’t know

Are children a major source of contagion for Covid-19? Experts are still divided on the question, even as governments decide whether to keep classrooms open or shut
A policeman stands next to wreathes placed by government officials in homage to victims of a shooting in central Vienna, on November 3, 2020, a day after the attack. Photo: Joe Klamar / AFP
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Deadly attacks in Europe linked to jihadists, since 2015

A shooting rampage by an Islamic State supporter in Vienna that killed four people is the latest in a spate of such atrocities in Europe. A recap of the deadliest attacks since 2015.