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As fears over Omicron variant rise, wary and weary world slams doors shut
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As fears over Omicron variant rise, wary and weary world slams doors shut

The stream of new cases showed the near impossibility of keeping the genie in the bottle in a globalized world of travel and open borders

EU proposes nine-month limit on COVID-19 vaccine validity for travel
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EU proposes nine-month limit on COVID-19 vaccine validity for travel

The recommendation by the EU executive would need to be approved by the member states as well as the European Parliament

Brexit trade row: EU warns UK of 'consequences' if it tries to suspend Northern Ireland deal
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Brexit trade row: EU warns UK of 'consequences' if it tries to suspend Northern Ireland deal

The two sides are locked in talks seeking to resolve problems in trading arrangements for Northern Ireland agreed as part of the Britain's acrimonious departure from the bloc

NATO secretary-general slams Russia, says accreditation of officials withdrawn due to 'malign activities'
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NATO secretary-general slams Russia, says accreditation of officials withdrawn due to 'malign activities'

NATO also reduced the number of positions that Russia can accredit people for from 20 to 10

European Union takes United States off safe travel list, backs travel restrictions
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European Union takes United States off safe travel list, backs travel restrictions

However, the guidance is nonbinding and US travellers should expect a mishmash of travel rules across the continent

COVID-19: EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travellers due to rising infection levels
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COVID-19: EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travellers due to rising infection levels

The EU has no unified COVID-19 tourism policy and national governments have the authority to decide whether they keep their borders open to US tourists

Belarus diverts Ryanair plane to arrest dissident journalist; secret police present on flight, says airline CEO
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Belarus diverts Ryanair plane to arrest dissident journalist; secret police present on flight, says airline CEO

Roman Protasevich was held on Sunday after a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius was intercepted by a Belarusian fighter jet and diverted to the capital of Minsk, State TV reported

'Unacceptable inequality of treatment': Belgium cultural venues to defy indoor ban, reopen illegally
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'Unacceptable inequality of treatment': Belgium cultural venues to defy indoor ban, reopen illegally

Belgian authorities are organising test events but have not yet given venues and their workers a solid green light to reopen.

Off-duty Italy art cops find looted 1st century Roman statue in Belgian shop
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Off-duty Italy art cops find looted 1st century Roman statue in Belgian shop

Italy for decades has worked to recover looted antiquities that have ended up in private collections, famous museums and commercial antique shops around the world.

UK says EU concession talks unlikely to go beyond weekend without 'substantial movement' in key areas
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UK says EU concession talks unlikely to go beyond weekend without 'substantial movement' in key areas

Britain left the EU in January and is in a standstill transition period until 31 December while both sides thrash out the terms of their new trading relationship

Swiss voters reject nationalist plan to limit jobs for European Union citizens, exit polls reveal
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Swiss voters reject nationalist plan to limit jobs for European Union citizens, exit polls reveal

In a similar referendum in 2014, the Swiss narrowly voted in favor of limiting access of EU citizens to live and work in Switzerland.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Madrid air clears up after Spain's curbs on economic activity including road transport to tackle COVID-19 situation
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Madrid air clears up after Spain's curbs on economic activity including road transport to tackle COVID-19 situation

The measures have curbed economic activity including road transport since 14 March, when the government implemented lockdown

EU puts brave face on Brexit day, says united 27 countries can tackle climate change and technological transformation
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EU puts brave face on Brexit day, says united 27 countries can tackle climate change and technological transformation

Britain leaves the EU at midnight or 23.00 UK time on Friday after nearly half a century of close-knit cooperation

EU Parliament debates anti-CAA motion, puts off vote till March; S&D Group says poll on resolution after SC's ruling on law will give 'more clarity'
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EU Parliament debates anti-CAA motion, puts off vote till March; S&D Group says poll on resolution after SC's ruling on law will give 'more clarity'

A joint motion, tabled by Members of the European Parliament against India's Citizenship Amendment Act, with an expected vote on the motion on Thursday postponed until March.

Six groups from European Parliament move resolution against CAA, abrogation of Article 370: A look at their ideological leanings
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Six groups from European Parliament move resolution against CAA, abrogation of Article 370: A look at their ideological leanings

The European Parliament is set to debate and vote on a resolution tabled by some of its members against India's Citizenship Amendment Act, which it says marks a dangerous shift in the country's citizenship regime.

European Parliament to debate, vote on anti-CAA resolution, Kashmir; claims 'dangerous shift' in India's citizenship regime
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European Parliament to debate, vote on anti-CAA resolution, Kashmir; claims 'dangerous shift' in India's citizenship regime

The European Parliament is set to debate and vote on a resolution tabled by some of its members against India's Citizenship Amendment Act, which it says marks a dangerous shift in the country's citizenship regime.

EU Parliament shouldn’t question law adopted through democratic means, say Indian govt sources as bloc readies to debate anti-CAA resolutions on 29 Jan
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EU Parliament shouldn’t question law adopted through democratic means, say Indian govt sources as bloc readies to debate anti-CAA resolutions on 29 Jan

The European Union (EU) Parliament should not take any action questioning the rights and authority of democratically elected legislatures, government sources said on Sunday, ahead of a debate on a batch of resolutions against India's new citizenship law by the powerful bloc of 28 nations

Boris Johnson signals end to Brexit deadlock, unveils legislative plan to pull Britain out of the EU on 31 January
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Boris Johnson signals end to Brexit deadlock, unveils legislative plan to pull Britain out of the EU on 31 January

Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalled an end to Britain’s era of Brexit deadlock Thursday, announcing a packed legislative program intended to take the UK out of the European Union on 31 January

Finland's Social Democratic Party names Sanna Marin for PM's post; 34-year-old set to be country's youngest prime minister
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Finland's Social Democratic Party names Sanna Marin for PM's post; 34-year-old set to be country's youngest prime minister

Finland's ruling Social Democratic Party council voted 32-29 late on Sunday to name Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman

Reddit claims UK-US trade document leak linked to Russia, bans 61 accounts suspected of 'vote manipulation' ahead of general elections
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Reddit claims UK-US trade document leak linked to Russia, bans 61 accounts suspected of 'vote manipulation' ahead of general elections

The prospect of Russian interference in Britain's election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British government documents on Brexit trade talks just days before the general UK vote