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On Cyprus, authorities issued a "yellow warning" for a second straight day on Monday over extreme temperatures. Photo: Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP
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Virus-confined Med states wilt in record heat wave

Across the Mediterranean and its alluring beaches, a heatwave has hit countries just as they cautiously ease COVID-19 lockdowns, stoking hopes the new season will help fight the virus
Picture shows the empty Palma Beach, in Palma de Mallorca, on April 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced today the extension of the country's lockdown until April 25 in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, Spain today recorded a second successive daily fall in coronavirus-related deaths with 809 fatalities. The total number of fatalities in the country stands at 11,744, second only to Italy. The number of new Spanish cases also slowed to 7,026, taking the total to 124,736. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP) / ìThe erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by JAIME REINA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [the empty Palma Beach, in Palma de Mallorca] instead of [the empty beach of Palmanova in Calvia]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.î
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Tensions rise as Germans clamour to return to Mallorcan homes

Germans with holiday homes in Mallorca are clamouring to return to the sun-soaked island as the coronavirus lockdowns ease, but Spanish authorities are pushing back
British members of the European Parliament from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats pose for a group picture wearing scarves depicting the EU and the Union Jack flags at the Europa Building in Brussels, on January 29, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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UK holds firm on Brexit extension despite coronavirus

Despite the deadlock in post-Brexit EU trade talks and the coronavirus disruption, London still refuses to consider delaying a December deadline -- and the outbreak may even have toughened its stance
Employee Andrea Kuenle-Bartsch decorates a mannequin with a face mask in a fashion store in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany, on April 20, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Parts of Europe hit hard by the deadly coronavirus pandemic took tentative steps towards resuming normal lives on Monday, April 20, 2020, with Germany allowing some shops to reopen. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)
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Multinationals in the time of virus: who wins, who loses?

The coronavirus pandemic, set to provoke a severe global recession this year, is hitting multinational companies disproportionately. But what sectors might succeed during the pandemic?
A high-speed 5G mobile network antenna pictured near Montpreveyres, western Switzerland, on September 15, 2019. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
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Huawei 5G troubles to test Nordic competitors’ bandwidth

Tougher UK and EU rules restricting 5G network supplier Huawei should be an opportunity for competitors Nokia and Ericsson, but the firms may struggle to meet the increased demand
A Euro currency sculpture, part of a lifesize Game of the Goose set up in the courtyard of the Economy and Finance Ministry in Paris, on September 18, 2016. Photo: Jacques Demarthon / AFP
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Brexit punches 12-bln-euro hole in EU finances

When Britain leaves the EU at midnight on Friday the bloc will lose the second-biggest net contributor to its budget, leaving a 12-billion-euro ($13-billion) hole in its finances