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EU drug regulator gives green light for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as UK identifies new virus strain
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EU drug regulator gives green light for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as UK identifies new virus strain

The European Medicines Agency said the "historic" step paved the way for vaccinations to finally start within days across the 27-nation EU where cases of the disease are surging

Ursula von der Leyen sees 'clear, but very narrow path' in reaching post-Brexit trade deal
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Ursula von der Leyen sees 'clear, but very narrow path' in reaching post-Brexit trade deal

The EU chief said that the major sticking points have now been reduced to two — fair competition in the EU market and fishing rights for EU vessels in UK waters

For Boris Johnson, Republic Day visit to India carries hope of delivering on Brexit promises, trade deals
India

For Boris Johnson, Republic Day visit to India carries hope of delivering on Brexit promises, trade deals

The timing of the visit is crucial for India, as it seeks to boost trade after the coronavirus-induced economic slump

India, UK to forge 10-year roadmap to deepen Indo-Pacific cooperation, push talks on trade ties
India

India, UK to forge 10-year roadmap to deepen Indo-Pacific cooperation, push talks on trade ties

S Jaishankar held wide-ranging talks with UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab with focus on five key areas, including defence and security

'Responsible to go the extra mile': EU, UK agree to continue post-Brexit deal talks beyond Sunday deadline
World

'Responsible to go the extra mile': EU, UK agree to continue post-Brexit deal talks beyond Sunday deadline

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson played down hopes of a breakthrough, saying the "most likely" outcome was that the two sides wouldn't reach a deal and would trade on WTO terms

Tehran summons German envoy after EU member countries condemn execution of Iranian journalist
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Tehran summons German envoy after EU member countries condemn execution of Iranian journalist

The German foreign ministry on Saturday expressed its shock about the circumstances of Ruhollah Zam's sentencing and what it described as his "abduction from abroad" and forced return to Iran

Hopes for Brexit trade deal between Britain, EU dim; leaders on both sides give gloomy assessment of talks
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Hopes for Brexit trade deal between Britain, EU dim; leaders on both sides give gloomy assessment of talks

Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen have given their negotiators until Sunday before a decision is made on whether to keep talking or give up

Businesses plead for post-Brexit deal as trade talks remain stuck; EU, UK warn citizens to brace for upheaval
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Businesses plead for post-Brexit deal as trade talks remain stuck; EU, UK warn citizens to brace for upheaval

A no-deal split would bring overnight tariffs and other barriers that would hurt both sides, although most economists think the smaller British economy would take a greater hit because the UK does almost half of its trade with the EU

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

UK’s new points-based visa system opens; India’s skilled workers, students to be treated on par with EU citizens
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UK’s new points-based visa system opens; India’s skilled workers, students to be treated on par with EU citizens

The new visa system will come into force from 1 January at the end of the Brexit transition period, which will formally end free movement of people within the economic bloc for the UK as a non-member

England mulls fresh lockdown, Slovakia to test entire population as second wave of COVID-19 sweeps Europe
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England mulls fresh lockdown, Slovakia to test entire population as second wave of COVID-19 sweeps Europe

COVID-19-related hospitalisations have hit record numbers in at least 14 European countries this week, according to AFP data

Germany, France prepare for more curbs amid second coronavirus wave; EU looks at a 'different Christmas'
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Germany, France prepare for more curbs amid second coronavirus wave; EU looks at a 'different Christmas'

German officials have agreed to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres and other leisure facilities in a bid to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus infections

EU imposes sanctions on six Russian officials over poisoning of Opposition leader Alexei Navalny
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EU imposes sanctions on six Russian officials over poisoning of Opposition leader Alexei Navalny

In a statement, the EU said that the the "adopted restrictive measures consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for individuals, and an asset freeze for the entity"

EU to take legal action against UK over 'problematic provisions' in contentious Brexit bill
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EU to take legal action against UK over 'problematic provisions' in contentious Brexit bill

EU leaders fear that if the bill becomes law, it could lead to the re-imposition of a hard land border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, and erode stability in the region

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.

UK plan sanctions against Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, his govt over human rights abuse
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UK plan sanctions against Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, his govt over human rights abuse

Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term as the President of Belarus at a secret ceremony after an election that was widely believed to have been rigged

'Will continue to resist': Pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong arrested in Hong Kong over 'unlawful assembly'
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'Will continue to resist': Pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong arrested in Hong Kong over 'unlawful assembly'

The arrest of the territory's most high-profile dissident is the latest in a string of arrests of government critics comes after China imposed a sweeping new national security law in late June

'Seriously damaged trust': EU demands UK drop planned law overriding Brexit deal or face sanctions
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'Seriously damaged trust': EU demands UK drop planned law overriding Brexit deal or face sanctions

The British government announced this week that it plans to legislate to give itself the power to deviate from some of the provisions in the agreement about Northern Ireland trade.

UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal is reached by 15 October, says Boris Johnson; 8th round of negotiations tomorrow
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UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal is reached by 15 October, says Boris Johnson; 8th round of negotiations tomorrow

The key points are European boats’ access to UK fishing waters and a level playing field for competition so British firms can’t undercut the bloc’s environmental or workplace standards

Europol warns against 'greater risk' of match-fixing as global sport adapts to new normal
Sports

Europol warns against 'greater risk' of match-fixing as global sport adapts to new normal

The global annual criminal profits from betting-related match-fixing are estimated at $142 million, according to Europol's figures.