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A member of the public walks past a shop selling face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic in Glasgow on September 2, 2020. The Scottish government imposed fresh restrictions on the city after a rise in cases of the novel coronavirus. - Scotland imposed fresh restrictions on the city of Glasgow on September 2 after a rise in coronavirus cases, as similar local-lockdown measures elsewhere in Britain came under criticism. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said people living in Glasgow and two surrounding areas should not visit other people's houses, after 66 new cases were recorded in the area on Tuesday. The measures will last two weeks. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP)
A member of the public walks past a shop […]

Do masks help boost Covid immunity?

Could the face mask have another benefit in the fight against Covid-19? Some researchers believe they could expose wearers to smaller doses of the disease which spark an immune response
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2020 Cemetery workers wearing protective gear bury an unclaimed COVID-19 coronavirus victim, at the Municipal cemetery No. 13 in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on Apri […]

Coronavirus and other deadly epidemics

The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic will soon pass the one million mark. It has proved deadlier than other modern viruses but the toll is still far behind the Spanish flu a century ago
A firefighter wearing protective gear disinfects outside a nursing home for elderly people where more than 60 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Burbaguena, near Teruel on August 04, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
A firefighter wearing protective gear di […]

Europe imposes fresh virus curbs as global cases top 30 million

Large parts of Europe have geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus as infections worldwide topped the 30-million mark
People wearing face masks walk down a shopping street in the Las Delicias neighbourhood of Zaragoza, northeast Spain, on August 10, 2020. Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP
People wearing face masks walk down a sh […]

Political ‘power games’ and decentralisation fuel Spain’s virus spread

The first EU nation to pass half a million coronavirus cases, Spain's switching of its pandemic management to its regions has politicised public health and hobbled its Covid-19 fight, experts say
(FILES) This file aerial photo taken on August 24, 2019 shows burnt areas of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. - An unusual coalition of 230 environmental organizations and Brazilian agribusiness companies sent President Jair Bolsonaro on September 15, 2020, a letter proposing to halt deforestation "quickly and permanently, especially in the Amazon region. (Photo by CARLOS FABAL / AFP)
(FILES) This file aerial photo taken on […]

World lost 100 million hectares of forest in two decades: UN

The world has lost nearly 100 million hectares of forests in two decades, marking a steady decline though at a slower pace than before, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, speaks during a session in the plenary hall of the European Parliament.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the E […]

EU executive proposes emissions cuts, climate bonds for green Europe

The European Commission has proposed targets for emissions cuts of "at least 55 per cent" by the year 2030. The proposal has received not only support but also criticism around the different European member states.
24.05.2018, China, Beijing: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
24.05.2018, China, Beijing: German Chanc […]

EU, China to hold talks on stalled investment deal

Chancellor Angela Merkel representing Germany, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, is to negotiate with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of high-level talks concerning an investment deal between Beijing and the European Union.
The aerial view shows parked airplanes at the airport Duesseldorf, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)
The aerial view shows parked airplanes a […]

Aviation, autos and other virus victims

What has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation, retail and automobile sectors? A recap of some major casualties amid layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans
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