‘Dangerous signal’: Europe gives itself power to block vaccine shipments to Australia

London: European leaders have given themselves sweeping powers to block crucial coronavirus vaccine shipments to Australia in a ploy condemned as unethical, dangerous and selfish. The new export restrictions, unveiled overnight Australian-time, grant the European Union final say on whether jabs produced on the continent by pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca can leave the territory. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt

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Afghan migrant: I thought France was humane until police beat me

PARIS (Reuters) – Murtaza Khademi left his home in Afghanistan and smuggled himself into France because he thought he would be safe, but this week he encountered a different side of Europe: a police operation in which, he says, he was beaten with a truncheon.FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks demonstrate to show their support for asylum seekers, and

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Germany's Merkel urges European border reform after terrorist attacks

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a virtual news conference with French president Emmanuel Macron, on the screen, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany November 10, 2020. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERSBERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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San Sebastian Unspools First WIP Europa

In its first year out, the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Works in Progress Europa showcase has selected five films that explore such timely themes as imprisonment, neo-colonialism, exploitation and morality. Running Sept. 22-24 – and taking place both on site and online, attracting a powerful lineup of companies, especially from Spain and France – WIP Europa presents European films in

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Fire guts Greek refugee camp, thousands flee amid COVID-19 worries

LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants roamed homeless around the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday after fleeing overnight fires that gutted their overcrowded camp, and authorities worried that some asylum seekers who tested positive for COVID-19 could spread the virus. A senior Greek official said the Moria camp, which hosts more than 12,000 people, was “probably totally destroyed”.

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