February 2021

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, charged with violating the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence for embezzlement, stands inside a glass cell during a court hearing in Moscow on February 2, 2021. Photo: Handout / Moscow City Court Press Service / AFP
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EU sends top envoy to Moscow as Navalny controversy grows

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell jets to Moscow on Thursday under pressure to confront the Kremlin over the jailing of Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protesters
Former head of the BCE (European Central Bank) Mario Draghi (C) gives a press conference after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on February 3, 2021. - Italy's president is expected February 3, to ask Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, to lead the country out of the devastating coronavirus pandemic after the coalition government collapsed. He called for unity after being charged by Italy's president to form a new government, saying the country faced a "difficult moment". (Photo by Alessandra TARANTINO / POOL / AFP)
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Five things about Italy’s political crisis

Former ECB chief Mario Draghi has been tasked with forming a new Italian government after weeks of turmoil. Here are five things to know about the political crisis engulfing the country
A patient has a radiotherapy session with an electron linear accelerator, on October 9, 2017 at the Paoli-Calmette institute, a fight against cancer regional centre. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP)
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EU stumps up 4 billion euros in fight against cancer

The European Commission has unveiled a €4 billion plan to prevent, treat and research cancer in the European Union as part of a bigger project for an integrated health policy
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference during a plenary session at the EU Parliament in Brussels on January 20, 2021. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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Vaccine storm engulfs EU chief von der Leyen

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen faces the deepest political crisis of her mandate so far, under intense fire over delayed vaccine deliveries and the bungled roll-out of export controls
A person is vaccinated with an injection of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the first Covid-19 vaccination center in Belgium on February 2, 2020 in Brussels, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
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More than 100 million vaccinated worldwide

More than 100 million Covid-19 vaccines have been given around the world, an AFP tally has found, but none of the world's 29 poorest countries has formally started mass vaccination drives
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 17, 2020 An illustration picture shows a drop from a syringe with the logo of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Drugs company AstraZeneca and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on January 28, 2021 defended the effectiveness of its Covid-19 vaccine after regulators in Germany said it should not be given to over 65s. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
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Questions surround AstraZeneca vaccine use for elderly

The subject of a sometimes acrimonious row between the EU and Britain, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has also fuelled debate over its effectiveness among the elderly
FILED - A health worker holds a Biontech and Pfizer coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine vial during a vaccination campaign. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa/dpa-tmn
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German firms pledge vaccine boosts as Merkel holds emergency talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has discussed the improvements to the country's and the European Union's Covid-19 vaccination programme with the premiers of the 16 federal states in a so called "vaccine summit".