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An iAccess ScanFACE control biometric terminal with facial recognition and body temperature control pictured at the Colosseum in Rome on June 1, 2020
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EU unveils ‘landmark’ AI rules to curb Big Brother fears

The EU unveils a plan to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at easing public fears of Big Brother-like abuses by imposing checks on technology deemed "high-risk"
A biochimist prepares samples as she works on a XAV-19 anti covid treatment as part of a clinical trial run at the Xenothera Biotech laboratory at Nantes University hospital, western France, on January 25, 2021. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
A biochimist prepares samples as she wor... […]

Why scientists think UK variant could be more deadly

The announcement that the coronavirus strain sweeping Britain could be more deadly as well as more transmissible has raised fresh concerns about the variant that has spread to dozens of countries
The power plant "Weisweiler" run by brown coal from an open cast mine is pictured on October 2, 2015 in Weisweiler, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP)
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Reducing air pollution ‘could prevent 50,000 EU deaths’

Limiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in Europe annually, according to a new study that calls for urgent action
Scientists at deCODE genetics are seen working in the laboratorium in Reykjavik, Iceland on January 12, 2021. - Scientists in the laboratory of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik work to sequence every single positive sample from those taking Covid-19 tests to determine both its strain and origin, making Iceland one of the world leaders in sequencing SARS-CoV-2. (Photo by Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP)
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Gene-mapping champion Iceland leads the way in Covid sequencing

Iceland has genetically sequenced all its positive Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, an increasingly vital practice as worrying new strains emerge from Britain and South Africa
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at an EHPAD (care homes and day centres for elderly people) in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris on December 30, 2020. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)
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Pressure grows on Macron over French vaccination ‘fiasco’

French President Emmanuel Macron is under growing pressure to accelerate the country's sluggish Covid-19 vaccination drive which has seen just a few hundred people receive the jab
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, which will hinder our work," says Bulgarian truck driver Dimitar Velinov. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, w... […]

Trucker, fisherman, scientist… the voices of Brexit

They transport goods from Europe to Britain, export British produce to the EU, or recruit scientists and researchers... AFP has spoken to six people whose lives will be directly affected by Brexit
Minks are pictured in their cages at a fur farm on May 1, 2019 in Brumunddal, Norway. - The Norwegian parliament will in June adopt new legislation immediately banning any new fur farms and requiring existing farms to be dismantled by February 1, 2025. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)
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Scientists on guard over ‘mutant’ mink coronavirus

Coronavirus transmission from minks to humans does not necessarily mean the disease will become more dangerous, but scientists are closely monitoring the situation in Denmark
Health worker and volunteer Paulo Roberto Oliveira receives a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Sao Lucas Hospital, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on August 08, 2020. - The vaccine trial is being carried out in Brazil in partnership with Brazilian Research Institute Butanta. (Photo by SILVIO AVILA / AFP)
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In race for vaccine, safety trumps speed

The halting of clinical trials for one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines shows the importance of safety in developing new medicines, experts say
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 2, 2020 a hospital staff stands in front of 'Mitra', a robot equipped with a thermal camera installed to register and conduct preliminary screening of patients before directing them to respective medical specialists to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, at Fortis hospital in Bangalore. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
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Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?
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