The G7 summit was originally scheduled for 10-12 June but was postponed to an unspecified date at the end of the month due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Berlin pubs, fitness studios and other sports clubs, as well as convention centers and fairgrounds, are next in line for reopening on 2 June, the city authority said Friday.
PARIS (Sputnik) - The Louvre, one of France's most famous museums, which closed on 13 March due to the coronavirus pandemic, is planning to reopen on 6 July, the museum said in a press release on Friday.
Western media and opposition activists predicted a massive spike in coronavirus infections in Belarus earlier this month after thousands of soldiers and spectators gathered in Minsk to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Instead, the number of cases has stabilized, and fatality rates remain incredibly low.
The idea of travel bubbles, or travel corridors, is gaining traction with governments around the world as a way to restart international travel while limiting the risk of spreading the virus.
The billionaire also described the coronavirus as a threat to "the survival of our civilization", which "moves very fast and in unpredictable ways".
Police protection has been assigned to two other officials in Italy as emotions run raw in the wake of the exhausting lockdown as Italian regions struggle with the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.
All tourists seeking to enter the exclusion zone would have to wear protective masks and gloves, while people exhibiting symptoms of an acute viral respiratory infection would be denied entry.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - German flag carrier Lufthansa reserves the right to file for bankruptcy if negotiations with the government over a multi-billion coronavirus-related emergency assistance package fail to result in a consensus, Focus outlet reported on Friday, citing the airline's steering committee.
So far, Boris Johnson’s government has been eager to allow China’s tech giant Huawei to participate in Britain’s 5G rollout despite warnings from its Five Eyes intelligence partners. But following concerns over China’s alleged role in the coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street has become increasingly cautious over its ties with Beijing.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The mayor of the northern Greek town of Grevena has said that he will no longer accept any more transfers of migrants and asylum seekers from camps on the Aegean islands.
In what has been described as a marathon with no single solution, the Danish economy is expeted to shrink by over $15 billion in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Fresh Finnish simulations of how viruses can move with air currents have prompted recommendations to continue distance work wherever possible. Cramped conditions and long-term indoor stays both include a risk of infection, the researchers have concluded.
The French government's decision to ban anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for use in COVID-19 cases goes against French people's interests and rights to get an inexpensive and effective medicine to treat coronavirus, suggests Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the leader of Debout la France party.
The COVID-19 crisis has effectively stopped most international air traffic; Norwegian Air and SAS, Scandinavia's largest airlines, have been forced into bailout measures that include debt restructuring, layoffs and loans.
ROME (Sputnik) - The number of active cases of the coronavirus in Italy has decreased to 47,986 with the toll of those infected having fallen by 2,980 over the past 24 hours, Italy's Civil Protection Department said on Thursday.
Speaking to a group of German diplomats on 25 May, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell reiterated a call for the 27-nation bloc to work towards adopting a more independent stance towards China, forecasting the arrival of “an Asian century”, with the COVID-19 pandemic increasing the "pressure to choose sides".
Earlier in the day, Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida announced the decision to close the plant as part of the company's restructuring plan.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 159,000 excess deaths coinciding with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been reported in 24 European countries since early March, Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, said on Thursday.
A glass bead, an axe, an arrowhead and some bones were found under a house during renovation, leaving archaeologists baffled.