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Smoke rises from the Ruhleben incineration power plant behind the "Unite d'Habitation of Berlin" (Corbusierhaus), a building designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier (L), which is located next to the Olympic Stadium, in Berlin, on October 16, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
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Covid and pollution: intimately linked, compound threat

Lockdowns may have temporarily cleared up the skies above big cities but experts warn that air pollution remains a Covid-19 threat multiplier that will far outlast the pandemic
The Eiffel Tower in Paris pictured through a haze of air pollution from the tower of Notre Dame Cathedral on March 14, 2017. Photo: Philippe Lopez / AFP
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European air quality improves but still detrimental to health: report

Air quality has improved significantly across Europe over the past 10 years, but pollution still contributes to significant numbers of premature deaths, the European Environment Agency says
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 18, 2019 the 5G wireless technology logo is displayed on a tablet in Paris. - As the number of online devices surges and super-fast 5G connections roll out, record numbers of companies are offering up to seven-figure rewards to ethical hackers who can successfully attack their cybersecurity systems. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)
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Boom in demand for friendly hackers as 5G approaches

As the number of online devices surges and 5G connections roll out, record numbers of companies are offering rewards to ethical hackers who successfully attack their cybersecurity systems
This picture taken in Bruges on November 19, 2020 shows swans in an aviary during an operation to attempt to catch over a hundred, as special security measures are required to prevent wild birds from being in contact with the swan population of the city, following the discovery of bird flu in three wild birds in Ostend. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
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Bruges shelters canal swans after bird flu outbreaks across Europe

The medieval Belgian city of Bruges has rounded up swans to shelter them from the spread of bird flu after an outbreak of the virus in France, Denmark and the Netherlands
(FILES) This combination of file photos made on April 1, 2016 in Paris shows (From L) obese people in Los Angeles in July 30, 2003, Mexico City on May 20, 2013 and Manchester on October 10, 2006. - Over one in eight adults are now obese -- a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975 and will swell to one in five by 2025, a major survey reported April 1, 2016. Of about five billion adults alive in 2014, 641 million were obese, the data showed -- and projected the number will balloon past 1.1 billion in just nine years. (Photo by AFP)
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Diet trends to see 4 bn people overweight by 2050: study

More than four billion people could be overweight by 2050, with 1.5 billion of them obese, if the current global dietary trend towards processed foods continues, a new study predicts
A health worker is monitoring a patient at intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at the hospital of La-Chaux-de-Fonds on November 5, 2020. - For several weeks now, Covid-19 has once again been hitting Switzerland and more particularly its western Cantons where hospital capacity is dangerously close to saturation. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
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Europe sees first dip in Covid-19 cases in months, but deaths up: WHO

The number of new Covid-19 cases across Europe declined last week for the first time in over three months, but deaths in the region continued to climb, the World Health Organisation says
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at the Terrafame nickel and cobalt extraction mine in Sotkamo, Finland, on September 23, 2020. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals, but the prospect of increasing mining in a nation of vast forests and pristine lakes is controversial
A nurse inoculates volunteer Ilya Dubrovin, 36, with Russia's new coronavirus vaccine in a post-registration trials at a clinic in Moscow on September 10, 2020. - Russia announced last month that its vaccine, named "Sputnik V" after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957, had already received approval. The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya research institute in Moscow in coordination with the Russian defence ministry. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
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EU eyes vaccinations within months as cases top 1 million in Italy

The European Union expresses hope it can start vaccinating people against Covid-19 in early 2021, as Italy records more than one million cases and Britain's death toll surpasses the 50,000 mark
A medical worker holds a swab as he performs a rapid "antigen" coronavirus test on a man at Villa Mafalfa clinic in Rome In this file photo taken on November 6, 2020. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP
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Italy’s trailblazing rapid tests fail to halt virus

Italy was the first European country to bet big on rapid "antigen" tests, which are around 80 to 90% accurate, but they have not stopped case numbers rocketing to more than 35,000 a day
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