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WTO postpones major meeting after new variant outbreak
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | )   time to read: +2 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization (WTO) became the first major diplomatic casualty of the new coronavirus variant on Friday when it postponed its first ministerial meeting in four years due to the deteriorating health situation. FILE PHOTO: A sign of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) is pictured at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November 25, 2021. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseMinisters from WTO members were due to have gathered next week for a meeting widely seen as a test of the WTO’s relevance. The World Health Organisation has classified the B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa as a “variant of concern”, saying it may spread more quickly than other forms of the virus. India, South Africa and other developing countries are calling for a waiver of intellectual property (IP) rights for vaccines and other COVID-19 treatments.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Joe Biden, Ngozi Okonjo, Iweala, , Santiago Wills, Organizations: World Trade Organization, Ministerial, REUTERS, WTO, World Health, Colombian WTO Locations: GENEVA, Geneva, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, The Geneva, Brussels, India, Colombian
The World Health Organization on Friday classified a new variant first identified in southern Africa as a "variant of concern." As the world continues to learn more about the new variant, which WHO named "omicron," epidemiologists say countries around the world should be on the alert. WHO said the number of cases of the variant appeared to be rising in almost all provinces in South Africa. Still, he stressed that as it stands, it is the "uncertainty" surrounding the new variant that is most worrying, with the variant having mutations "that we haven’t seen before." People lineup to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo's airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Nov. 26, 2021.
Persons: Michael Osterholm, Osterholm, Dursun, Deepti, “ It's, , Gurdasani, We’ve, Danny Altmann, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, Jerome Delay, ” Fauci, , “ We've Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, NBC News, University of Minnesota, Anadolu Agency, Getty, NBC, Queen Mary University of London, Namibia —, Imperial College London, CNN Locations: Africa, South Africa, Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, Malawi, Brussels, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Japan, Singapore, U.S, Johannesburg
Uber has been ordered to stop offering its main ride-hailing service in the Belgian capital of Brussels from Friday evening. The Brussels Appeal Court ruled on Wednesday that a 2015 ban on private individuals offering taxi services also applies to professional drivers. "From this Friday, you won't be able to get an Uber ride in the EU capital," Uber wrote on Twitter Wednesday. Uber has been urging people to sign a petition to save the 2,000 professional drivers who use Uber in the city. It reportedly told two of the company's units to pay 150,000 euros each as it backed a complaint by Taxis Verts, a Brussels taxi firm.
Persons: Uber, We're, Niklas Oestberg, Rudi Vervoort, Taxis Organizations: Brussels Appeal, Twitter, European, European Union, Bloomberg Locations: Belgian, Brussels, Europe, London
Belgium seeks to curb social life to fight fourth COVID wave
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
A shopper, wearing a protective face masks, looks at a poster for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre installed inside a supermarket in Brussels, Belgium, August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Bart BiesemansBRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Belgium brought in new restrictions on Friday such as the closure of nightclubs and an earlier end for bars and restaurants to reduce social contact and curb a rapidly spreading fourth wave of COVID-19 infections. "If we did not have such a high rate of vaccination today, we would be in an absolutely drastic situation." The fatality rate though is just below the EU average, with 75% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Marine Strauss @StraussMarine and Philip Blenkinsop Editing by John ChalmersOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Bart Biesemans BRUSSELS, Alexander De Croo, Marine Strauss, StraussMarine, Philip Blenkinsop, John Chalmers Organizations: REUTERS, Belgian, European Union, NATO, European Centre for Disease Prevention, COVID, Marine, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Europe, Austria, Slovakia, Belgian
Advice on how to protect yourself against the coronavirus can be seen on a poster standing in the market square in Brügge, Belgium. In the background, the town hall with the Belfry, an 80-metre-high tower, one of the city's landmarks. Belgium has confirmed a case of the new, heavily mutated variant of the virus that causes Covid-19, according to one of the country's leading virologists. Marc Van Ranst, who works with the Rega Institute, said a sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529 variant in a traveler who returned from Egypt on Nov. 11. The variant was first detected in a small number of samples in South Africa, according to the World Health Organization.
Persons: Marc Van Ranst, Tulio de Oliveira Organizations: Rega Institute, European Union, World Health Organization, South African Department of Health Locations: Brügge, Belgium, Egypt, Brussels, South Africa, Israel, Hong Kong
EU countries agree to suspend travel to southern Africa
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Passengers wearing protective face masks walk at Fiumicino Airport on the day EU governments agreed a "safe list" of 14 countries for which they will allow non-essential travel starting from July, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rome, Italy, June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo MangiapaneBRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - European Union states have agreed to suspend travel from southern Africa after the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, the presidency of the EU said on Friday. A committee of health experts from all 27 EU states "agreed on the need to activate the emergency break & impose temporary restriction on all travel into EU from southern Africa", the Slovenian presidency of the EU said on Twitter. Restrictions will apply to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, European Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer said on Twitter. The new coronavirus variant, first detected in South Africa, has caused global alarm as researchers seek to find out if it is vaccine-resistant.
Persons: Guglielmo Mangiapane BRUSSELS, Eric Mamer, Francesco Guarascio, Gabriela Baczynska, Philip Blenkinsop, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Fiumicino, REUTERS, Union, Twitter, European, Thomson Locations: Rome, Italy, Africa, EU, Slovenian, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
A smartphone with Meta logo and a 3D printed Facebook logo is placed on a laptop keyboard in this illustration taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationBRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) has offered remedies in a bid to secure EU antitrust approval for its acquisition of U.S. customer service startup Kustomer, a European Commission filing showed. The EU competition enforcer, which did not provide details of the remedies in line with its policy, extended its decision deadline to Jan. 28. The Commission has previously said the deal may hurt competition and reinforce the U.S. social media company's power in online advertising. Facebook has won unconditional clearance from regulators in the UK and Australia for the deal.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Jan, Foo Yun Chee, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, EU, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS, Australia
MediaTek chips are seen on a development board at the MediaTek booth during the 2015 Computex exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi ChuangTAIPEI, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Taiwan is looking at cooperating with three Eastern European countries on semiconductors, a minister said on Thursday, a move likely to find favour in Brussels which has been courting Taiwanese semiconductor firms to manufacture in the bloc. Taiwan will set up working groups with the three countries to work out how to cooperate on chips, while Taiwan will also give scholarships for technical training, he added. The European Commission has proposed legislation to boost chip production, and has angled for Taiwan's involvement. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Jacqueline WongOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Chuang, Kung, hsin, Ben Blanchard, Jacqueline Wong Organizations: REUTERS, Eastern, . Tech, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, Kung Ming, Development Council, EU, European Commission, Thomson Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, Chuang TAIPEI, Brussels, U.S ., Arizona, Europe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Czech, China
So ahead of this year's competition, get to know the last decade of National Dog Show champs, who represent the cutest, furriest and best-behaved pups in the US. 2019: Thor the BulldogThe dark horse of the National Dog Show, this tubby young gun has a superheroic spirit. 2018: Whiskey the WhippetThe inquisitive yet mellow Whiskey won 23 Best-in-Show titles before scoring big at the 2018 National Dog Show. Gia politely declined to spring around the stage at the National Dog Show so she wouldn't hurt slower dogs' feelings. Jewel arrived at the National Dog Show with the confidence of a champion.
Persons: Claire, Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser, David Frei, Hickory, Thor, tubby, Eduardo Paris, Newton, Susan DePew, Purina ProClub, Chewbacca, Gia, James G, Charlie, Charlie can't, Larry Cornelius, Nathan, He's, Jewel, Willow Smith, Lisa Miller, Per Miller, Miller, Eira, Steele, Torie Steele, Clooney, Julianne Moore, Carrot, Prince Harry, George, Amal, Rosemary Organizations: CNN, Kennel, Westminster Kennel, Pinnacle Tennessee, Volunteer State, Somerset, Skye, Fox, Purina, Sky, Westminster Locations: Claire, Chelsea, Peru, Brazilian, Georgia, Newton, Brussels, Gia, Florida
The bloc first began an ambitious – but tortuous – process of ultimately creating a single EU securities market in 2015. read more"Those two for me are key to setting up the whole CMU (capital markets union) effort and when that's in place you will see a real push to further it. The initial plans for a capital markets union were set out in 2015 by McGuinness' then British predecessor Jonathan Hill to much fanfare, promising the building blocs would be in place by 2019. The EU capital market is still little more than a quarter as deep as that of the United States, relative to GDP, with Britain's twice as deep as the bloc, according to New Financial figures. A single EU point of access for information on listed companies to mirror the 'Edgar' filings system on Wall Street, is also proposed.
Persons: Wall, Edgar, Mairead McGuinness, McGuinness, Jonathan Hill, William Wright ,, Wright, Britain's, Sander Schol, Schol, Huw Jones, Susan Fenton Organizations: REUTERS, Staff, European, EU, CMU, New, European Commission, London Stock Exchange, Financial, Thomson Locations: Frankfurt, Germany, EU, British, London, United States, Brussels, COVID, Amsterdam, New York
Workers set up a scaffold as a Spanish flag flutters at the Colon square in Madrid, Spain, November 2, 2021. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterA European political source said Brussels was watching the provisions to ensure they did not make Spain's labour market, whose 14.6% unemployment rate in September was EU's highest, too rigid. "The (new) reform aims to avoid company agreements having primacy in wages setting," Joaquin Perez Rey, deputy labour minister, told Reuters. Spain has the highest share of temporary workers in Europe, which at 20% is double the EU average. Some labour market analysts say the plans are insufficient to cure Spain's aversion to permanently contracting workers.
Persons: Sergio Perez, Spain’s, Mariano Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez's, Unidas Podemos, Joaquin Perez Rey, Sordo, Rosa Santos, Perez Rey, CEOE's Santos, Ignacio Conde, Ruiz, Belén Carreño, Mark John, Aislinn Laing, Toby Chopra Organizations: Colon, REUTERS, European Commission, Spain's, International Monetary Fund, Reuters, Employers, Madrid's Complutense University ., Thomson Locations: Spanish, Madrid, Spain, MADRID, Brussels, Europe, Balearic
Julien Warnand/Pool via REUTERSBRUSSELS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - EU countries on Thursday agreed on a common position on new rules to curb the power of U.S. tech giants and force them to do more to police their platforms for illegal content. However, they will have to iron out the final details with EU lawmakers, who have proposed tougher rules and higher fines. The Digital Services Act (DSA) forces the tech giants to do more to tackle illegal content on their platforms, with fines of up to 6% of global turnover for non-compliance. The common position adopted by EU countries follows the main points proposed by Vestager, with some tweaks, with the European Commission as the main enforcer of the new rules despite an initial French proposal to give national watchdogs more power. The changes agreed by the EU countries include a new obligation on tech companies that enhances the right of end users to unsubscribe from core platform services and shortens the deadlines and improves the criteria for designating gatekeepers.
Persons: Julien Warnand, Margrethe Vestager, Foo Yun Chee, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Digital Markets, Digital Services, Apple, Google, Facebook, EU, European Commission, Slovenian, Economic Development, Technology, Amazon, DSA, Thomson Locations: Strasbourg, France, REUTERS BRUSSELS, gatekeepers, Luxembourg
European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in this file picture taken October 28, 2015. The EU project to create a capital markets union (CMU) suffered a blow when Britain and its large financial sector left the bloc. "It's important that we develop our own capital markets," EU financial services chief Mairead McGuinness said. The tape of securities prices and single point of information will create a "decisive moment" for CMU when implemented, she said. German investment funds association BVI said the proposed European Single Access Point for company information would help asset managers meet increasing reporting obligations in a more cost-effective way.
Persons: Francois Lenoir, Mairead McGuinness, Markus Ferber, BVI, Banks, Rainer Riess, Huw Jones, Timothy Heritage, Susan Fenton Organizations: EU, REUTERS, London, New York, CMU, European, Exchanges, of European Securities Exchanges, Association for Financial Markets, Cboe, Industry, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, London, New York, Britain, EU, Europe
Professor Gottfried Kremsner injects a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from German biotechnology company CureVac to a volunteer at the start of a clinical test series at his tropical institute of the university clinic in Tuebingen, Germany, June 22, 2020. Recommendations issued by the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC) are not binding on EU governments but are used to make health policy decisions. "Booster doses should be considered for all adult individuals prioritising persons above 40 years of age," Ammon said in a recorded statement, noting that boosters should be administered at least six months after completing the primary vaccine schedule. It advised giving boosters to all adults with priority "for those aged 40 years and over". The European Commission is expected to take the advice on boosters into consideration when proposing changes to the use of COVID-19 certificates later this week, officials said.
Persons: Gottfried Kremsner, Kai Pfaffenbach, Andrea Ammon, Ammon, Francesco Guarascio, Philippa Fletcher, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, European Centre, Disease, European Medicines Agency, European, EU, Thomson Locations: Tuebingen, Germany, BRUSSELS, Israel, Europe, Austria, Italy
BRUSSELS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants will have to provide more data on their targeted political ads or risk fines up to 4% of their global turnover under draft EU rules seen by Reuters, part of the bloc's crackdown on misinformation during elections. "The (EU's) internal market is not currently equipped to provide political advertising to a high standard of transparency to ensure a fair and open democratic process in all member states," the 39-page draft document said. Organic content such as politicians posting something on Twitter or Facebook without any payment will be exempted from the rules. European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova, who will present the draft rules on Thursday, last month said in a tweet that trying to influence elections cannot be a race between dirty methods. The Commission will have to iron out details with EU lawmakers and EU countries before it can adopt the legislation in 2023.
Persons: Vera Jourova, Foo Yun, Mark Potter Organizations: Reuters, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS
BRUSSELS — In what could be an ill omen for the resumption of talks next week on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday that he had failed to convince Iran to replace key equipment needed to monitor its nuclear program. The agency is charged by the United Nations with monitoring nuclear activity among member states. The agency’s director-general, Rafael M. Grossi, told a quarterly meeting of its board of governors in Geneva that two days of talks in Tehran had not produced an agreement to reinstall surveillance cameras at a centrifuge-parts workshop in Karaj, Iran. The workshop was the target of apparent sabotage in June, an attack that Iran blames on Israel. After what he called intense negotiations, Mr. Grossi told reporters: “We could not agree yesterday, in spite of my best efforts.’’ He vowed to continue trying, saying, “We must reach an agreement.’’
Persons: Iran’s, Rafael M, Grossi, ’ ’, , Organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency, United Locations: BRUSSELS, Iran, United Nations, Geneva, Tehran, Karaj, Israel
Uber to halt app in Brussels from Friday after court ruling
  + stars: | 2021-11-24 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
A screen displays the company logo for Uber Technologies Inc. on the day of it's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidCompanies Uber Technologies Inc See all The company and law firm names shown above are generated automatically based on the text of the article. We welcome feedback, which you can provide using the feedback tab on the right of the page. AMSTERDAM, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc. (UBER.N) said it would halt operations in Brussels from Nov. 26 after a court ruled that a 2015 ban on private individuals offering taxi services also applies to professional drivers. Uber said the decision by the Brussels Appeals Court on Wednesday will affect around 2,000 drivers, and it urged the Belgian government to quickly change taxi service laws.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Uber Organizations: Uber Technologies, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Technologies, Technologies Inc Locations: New York, U.S, AMSTERDAM, Brussels, Belgian
BRUSSELS—The gangsters plotting to assassinate a judge thought they were leaving nothing to chance. But cops hundreds of miles away were on to them thanks to a stakeout with a modern twist. Using supposedly impregnable encrypted phones, the Serbian hit men discussed earlier this year how wind direction and distance could affect the sniper’s bullet and planned their getaway. Unbeknown to them, their messages were also flashing up on the computer screens of a secret police team in Belgium that had hacked into the messenger service, called Sky ECC. The Belgians warned police in Serbia, who whisked the judge to safety.
Organizations: Sky ECC Locations: BRUSSELS, Serbian, Belgium, Serbia
The planned purchase of 75% of VOO would give Orange control over the cable network in Belgium's French speaking Wallonia region and part of the Brussels area. The exclusive talks with VOO's parent company Nethys are a blow to Orange Belgium's local rival Telenet (TNET.BR), which acknowledged it had not been selected to enter into talks. "A potential acquisition of VOO by Orange Belgium could reshape the Belgian telco landscape making the former mobile-only operator a worthy adversary for the two leaders in the fixed and convergent market," KBC Securities said in a note to clients. The potential Belgian deal comes after Orange's seizing of a controlling stake in Telekom Romania Communications, Romania's second-biggest broadband operator, last year. Orange Belgium said in a statement it would finance the potential deal by increasing its debt, with the support of its French parent company.
Persons: Francois Lenoir PARIS, Telenet, Romania's, Sudip Kar, Gupta, Mathieu Rosemain, Benoit Van Overstraeten, Alexander Smith Organizations: Belgian, REUTERS, VOO SA, dealmaking, KKR, Telecom Italia, Register Orange Belgium, KBC Securities, Telekom Romania Communications, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Orange, Wallonia, VOO, Orange Belgium, Belgian
Gatekeepers are companies with at least 8 billion euros ($9 billion) in European turnover and an 80 billion euro market capitalisation. The rules need to be thrashed out with the European Parliament and EU countries before they can be adopted. One step closer to a free, fair and competitive Tech market where all players stand a chance to make it," Vestager tweeted. "We do not want bigger companies getting bigger and bigger without getting any better and at the expense of consumers and the European economy," lawmaker Andreas Schwab said. ($1 = 0.8898 euros)Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Foo Yun Chee Editing by Mark PotterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, China's, Vestager's, Andreas Schwab, CCIA, Kayvan Hazemi, Jebelli, Foo Yun, Mark Potter Organizations: Apple, Google, Facebook, Digital Markets, European, European Commission, gatekeepers, Tech, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS
Lockdown and vaccine mandates divide Austrians as cases soar. While Austria may be the first European country to respond with a lockdown, it may not be the last. Credit... Ash Adams for The New York Times Who should get Covid-19 vaccine boosters? endorsed Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine boosters for all adults, but did not require that people have boosters to be considered fully vaccinated. Dr. Gottlieb said he did not think the C.D.C.
Persons: Lisa Leutner, Scott Gottlieb, Maria Cruz, Ash Adams, Johnson, Gottlieb, , “ You’re, , they’ve Organizations: Associated Press VIENNA, Party, The New York Times, Food and Drug Administration, Moderna, Pfizer, Disease Control, CBS, rubella Locations: Europe, Vienna, Austria, Brussels, Dutch, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Germany, Austrian, Alaska, Connecticut, New Mexico
More than 50,000 people staged a protest against the measures taken to stem the Covid-19 pandemic in Vienna, Austria, 20 November 2021. Read more: Austria re-imposes a full Covid lockdown and makes vaccination mandatoryProtesters gather in front of the Gare du Nord in Brussels on Nov.21. Police estimate 35,000 people gathered to protest against the Covid pass, which they consider to be divisive. For now, tighter Covid measures are due to last until at least Dec. 4. Thousands of people stage a protest against Covid-19 measures in Zagreb, Croatia on 20 November 2021.
Persons: Austria's, Maria Theresien, JOE KLAMAR, Austria, Alexander Schallenberg, Thierry Monasse, EVERT ELZINGA, JEFFREY GROENEWEG, Stefano Montesi, Massimo Organizations: Party, AFP, Getty, Anadolu Agency, Gare du, Police, Italy's, Corbis, Workers, Covid Locations: Vienna, Austria, Europe, Brussels, Rome, Amsterdam, Gare, Belgium, Netherlands, Rotterdam, The Hague, Covid, Croatia's, Zagreb, Croatia
Here's what we're talking about:Chinese President Xi Jinping has become the country's most powerful leader since Mao. His aggressive style will reshape China and put it on a collision course with the rest of the world. BIG TROUBLES MAY LOOM IN CHINA: Xi Jinping's pursuit of greatness is now squarely in line with China's own ambitions. Read more about how Xi Jinping's rise to power and why experts say the US should be careful about how it responds. Every president since Lyndon B. Johnson has sought reelection, but Biden is likely to encounter further concerns about his age.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Mao, Alan Santos, Marianne Ayala, Xi, Insider's Linette Lopez, China's, Lopez, Biden, he's, Joe Biden's, he'll, Lyndon B, Johnson, Trump, Education John King Jr, Rogelio V, Solis, doesn't, John King Jr, King, Read, we've, Zoe Lofgren, " Lofgren, Peng Shuai, hasn't, Greg Martin 6, Thomas Bach, Shuai, Bach, Ron DeSantis, Johns Hopkins, haven't Organizations: iOS, Android, Communist Party, Japanese Defense Ministry, US, Chinese Defense Ministry, Washington Post, Democratic, Education, AP, Maryland, Trump, US House, CNN, IOC, Olympic, Women's Tennis Association, World, Pew Research Center, Disney, Gov, DART, NASA, Earth Locations: China, CHINA, Beijing, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South China, Wisconsin, Waukesha , Wisconsin, Zoe Lofgren of California, Europe, Vienna, Netherlands, Brussels, Orlando, Florida
Pedestrians walk at the city centre during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, as Austria's government imposed a general lockdown from Monday, in Salzburg, Austria, November 22, 2021. Austria told people to work from home if they can, and shut cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres and non-essential shops for 10 days. People may leave home for a limited number of reasons, such as going to workplaces, buying essentials or taking a walk. In cities across the Netherlands, riots broke out as police clashed with mobs of angry youths who set fires and threw rocks to protest at COVID-19 restrictions. But violence erupted last week in the French Caribbean region of Guadeloupe amid protests over COVID-19 restrictions such as the mandatory vaccines for health workers.
Persons: Lukas Barth, Angela Merkel, Merkel, It's, it's, Sascha Iamkovyi, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, navid, Jason Hovet, Jan Lopatka, Nick Macfie, Alison Williams, Mark Heinrich, Peter Graff Organizations: REUTERS, German CDU, Bloomberg, Austrian, Party, Police, Thomson Locations: Salzburg, Austria, Guadeloupe VIENNA, BERLIN, Europe, Germany, China, German, Vienna, Brussels, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Berlin, Bulgaria, Romania, COVID, Rotterdam, France, French Caribbean, Guadeloupe
A Russian troop buildup near Ukraine has raised concerns that it may move to invade. See all newslettersRussia is massing troops and military equipment near the border of Ukraine, stirring fears that it may move to launch an invasion. A number of battalion tactical groups not normally near Ukraine are in the area outside of the normal training cycle, he said. "This is significantly different," Edmonds said of the buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine. A Russian military invasion would be much more costly.
Persons: Ukraine's, Jeffrey Edmonds, Michael Kofman, Vladimir Putin, Edmonds, it's, Kofman, Kyrylo Budanov, Sergei Savostyanov, Putin, Jim Townsend, that's, State Anthony Blinken Organizations: US, Bloomberg, CIA, CNA, Research, New, NATO, Military Times, Washington Post, Pentagon, CNN, State Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Brussels, Russian, Gen, Ukraine's, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Crimean
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