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People enjoy a gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) on May 29, 2020 in Venice, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
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Italy thirsts for tourists as country reopens to Europe

Italy has reopened to travellers from Europe, after a three-month lockdown, but few arrivals dimmed hopes of reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins
A bottle of Hydroxychloroquine pills pictured on a counter at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20, 2020. Photo: George Frey / AFP
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WHO resumes trials on controversial drug as Italy reopens

The WHO says it will resume coronavirus trials on the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, while Italy led European nations reopening borders as the pandemic carved its way through Latin America
People walk in front of the Colosseum illuminated in the colors of the Italian flag on May 31, 2020, in Rome. - The Colosseum reopens on June 1. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
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Virus-battered Italy faces worst recession since WWII

Facing its deepest recession since World War II and with business confidence collapsing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting Italy's economy hard
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 27, 2020, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
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EU hopes to heal rifts in debate on post-virus plan

Europe's scattergun approach to the coronavirus epidemic has called into question the EU's ability to rise to the challenge, but Brussels hopes its economic recovery plan will mark a turning point
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX (FILES) This file photo taken on December 6, 2008 shows a prostitute, waiting for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Dutch prostitute Terry van der Zijden proudly points to a photo she took of the bedroom in which she plies her trade; a sexless still-life neatly mounted on the wall of an Amsterdam art gallery. "There is my bed, that is my bureau" she states matter-of-factly in front of a picture of a room with tranquil green linen, scatter cushions and potted flowers -- part of an exhibition entitled "This is my workplace" by sex workers who completed a photography course in June. AFP PHOTO/ANOEK DE GROOT (Photo by ANOEK DE GROOT / AFP)
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Sex workers’ hands tied under virus lockdowns

Across Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many sex workers to rely on hardship funds and online platforms to make ends meet with many worried about the future after lockdowns are lifted
A man wearing a face mask visits the Park Guell in Barcelona, on May 20, 2020, during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. Josep LAGO / AFP
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In the absence of tourists, locals reclaim their cities

The coronavirus lockdowns may not have been universally popular but they have alleviated some of the ills associated with tourism such as the overcrowding of city centres and rent rises
Callers attempt to establish who the patients spent time with — and may have infected — during the two days before their symptoms emerged. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Callers attempt to establish who the pat […]

Belgium’s new profession, the Virus Tracker

With Belgian leaders still debating how to set-up and deploy a coronavirus tracing smartphone app, authorities have set up old-fashioned call centres to interview the infected
Two African migrants on board the Aita Mari rescue boat watch a new group of migrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo in Mediterranean international waters off the Libyan coast on February 10, 2020. Photo: Pablo Garcia / AFP
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Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

As the coronavirus dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked tragedy as more migrants try to cross, Europe closes its ports and rescue ships cease to function
People sunbathe at the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona on May 20, 2020 during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, amid the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
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How will European tourism survive the virus?

Tourism is a key component in the European economy, accounting for 10 percent of all activity but it now faces its greatest challenge -- how will it survive the coronavirus pandemic?
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