Europe

Irish coalition government survives no-confidence motion in parliament

Ireland’s coalition government comfortably won a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Tuesday despite losing its formal majority last week. Opposition party Sinn Fein tabled the motion after coalition deputy Joe McHugh last week withdrew his commitment to vote in line with government policy following a dispute over compensation for… Cyprus Mail …




France lets some farms asphyxiate poultry flocks to stop bird flu

France has authorised some farmers to kill their poultry by asphyxia to stop a rapid spread of bird flu that has made it difficult for veterinary services to cope with massive culling, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie said on Tuesday. The practice, allowed only because of a rebound in outbreaks… Cyprus Mail …



EU seeks access to US produced AstraZeneca vaccines

The European Union will urge the United States to permit the export of millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as it scrambles to bridge supply shortfalls, the Financial Times reported. The 27-nation EU also wants Washington to ensure the free flow of shipments of crucial vaccine ingredients needed in… Cyprus Mail …


UK’s Sunak says public finances won’t be fixed overnight

British finance minister Rishi Sunak said he would not try to fix the public finances overnight, days before he announces a budget plan that is expected to pile more borrowing on top of nearly 300 billion pounds ($418 billion) of COVID spending and tax cuts. “Look, this is not something… Cyprus Mail …


UK preparing staged exit from Covid lockdown, pubs to open in May

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a staged exit from COVID-19 lockdown that would see pubs and restaurants reopen in May, and hospitality and domestic holiday industries not fully reopening until July, the Daily Mail reported. Johnson, who will set out the path out of lockdown on Feb. 22,… Cyprus Mail …


Prince Harry launches lawsuit against UK paper, joining wife Meghan

Prince Harry is suing the publishers of a British newspaper for libel, joining his wife Meghan who is separately suing them over breach of copyright and data protection, British media reported on Monday. A spokesman for Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, declined to comment. Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail… Cyprus Mail …


Macron says images of police beating Black man shameful for France

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Dominique Vidalon President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that images showing Paris police beating up a Black music producer were shameful for France, and that government would have to find a way to restore public confidence in the force. Prosecutors are investigating the violent arrest of… Cyprus Mail …