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A gravedigger wears protective clothing at the Recanto da Paz Municipal Cemetery during the burial of a victim of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in the city of Breves, southwest of Marajo Island, an island at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian state of Para, on May 30, 2020. - The pandemic is spreading across Brazil under a cloud of confrontation, as governors and mayors implement restrictive measures while President Jair Bolsonaro, who has pinned his hopes of re-election on a booming economy, has berated them for imposing what he calls "the tyranny of total quarantine." (Photo by Tarso SARRAF / AFP)
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Outside Europe, nations floundering in virus’ first wave

As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic's first wave in lockdown, many developing countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases
Operators store cardboxes containing face masks after a Ukrainian Antonov An-225 Mriya coming from China delivered 8,6 million face masks and 150 tons of sanitary equipment ordered by a private customer, at the Paris-Vatry airport in Bussy Lettree, on April 19, 2020, on the 34th day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - The Antonov-225 is a cargo plane designed as part of the former Soviet Union's space programme. The only copy in use can carry up to 250 tonnes up to 4,000 km. (Photo by FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP)
Operators store cardboxes containing fac […]

Post-COVID, more in West see China as major power: study

The coronavirus pandemic has led a growing number of people in France and Germany to see China as a top power, with the lead of the United States slipping, a new study shows
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2019 shows pine trunks piled near Brocas, in the Landes area, southwestern France, 10 years after Klaus storm devastated the forest. - Climate change, with drier summers, endanger the young pine trees and the renewal of the forest, a highly significant economic product for the region, AFP reports on June 2, 2020. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)
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Forest harvesting in Europe threatens climate goals: study

A dramatic shift in forest harvesting to meet increased demand for wood could threaten the European Union's climate goals, according to a study by the European Commission
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, during a session to answer MPs questions on July 1, 2020 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks a […]

Merkel’s legacy at stake as Germany takes EU reins

Germany has taken over the European Union's presidency, with Chancellor Angela Merkel staking her legacy on a massive economic recovery plan to help the bloc with the coronavirus fallout
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020 as EU member state citizens and those from the passport-free Schengen zone were allowed freely into Spain, with no 14-day quarantines required following a national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport […]

EU to open borders to ‘safe’ countries as pandemic accelerates

The European Union has agreed to reopen its borders to 15 countries excluding the virus-stricken US, as the pandemic accelerated globally with more than 505,000 deaths worldwide
Paolo Gentiloni, European Economy Commissioner, speaks at a press conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Dati Bendo/European Commission/dpa
Paolo Gentiloni, European Economy Commis […]

EU report laments lack of progress on gender equality, climate goals

The "United Nations Sustainable Development Goals" is a global initiative to help the world achieve more sustainability and equality. Accordingly, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, has evaluated and examined the European Union's performance towards implementing and achieving these goals.
People holding European flags gather on the passerelle des Deux-Rives (footbridge of the Two Banks) connecting Strasbourg, France, to Kehl, in Germany, on June 14, 2020 on the eve of the reopening of the borders between France and Germany, after the two countries' measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)
People holding European flags gather on […]

Pandemic sparks desire for European cooperation: poll

The coronavirus pandemic has left most Europeans wanting more cooperation between EU states and many believing the bloc failed during the crisis, according to a new survey
European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders gives a press conference on EU rules on data protection (GDPR) and the new EU Strategy on victimsí rights in Brussels on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Olivier HOSLET / POOL / AFP)
European Commissioner for Justice Didier […]

EU racism pledge clouded by ‘blackface’ controversy

A pledge by the EU to make its 30,000 strong civil service more diverse has been overshadowed by the blackface-wearing past of its top justice official, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 10, 2020 to attend Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the Houses of Parliament. - òThe number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has passed the grim milestone of 50,000, the government said on Tuesday. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson l […]

Britain’s Johnson, EU chiefs seek Brexit talks relaunch

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chiefs have tried to breathe new life into stalled post-Brexit trade talks, with both sides entrenched in long-held positions