Pentagon chief visits Brussels to reassure NATO over US plans

Washington will consult NATO allies on any future troop movements, US defence secretary tells Jens Stoltenberg. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has sought to reassure NATO allies that Washington will consult them on any future troop movements, after President Donald Trump surprised partners at the military alliance by announcing the withdrawal of thousands of personnel from Germany. The Pentagon chief

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'Sorry not enough': UK institutions apologise for role in slavery

The Church of England and the Bank of England say their ‘inexcusable’ links to slavery were ‘source of shame’. Two of the UK’s biggest institutions – the Church of England and the Bank of England – have apologised for their historic links to slavery with the church calling it “a source of shame”, prompting a reaction from the Caribbean countries. The

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EU's rights court faults France over Israel boycott convictions

European Court of Human Rights says French judges were wrong to convict activists who staged ‘boycott Israel’ protest. Europe’s top rights court has ruled that French judges were wrong to convict activists who staged a “boycott Israel” demonstration at a supermarket, saying the protest could not be considered an incitement to discrimination. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on

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Two more asylum seekers on Lesbos diagnosed with coronavirus

There are now four recorded infections on the island which hosts thousands of migrants in overcrowded camps. Two asylum seekers who have recently arrived on Greece’s island of Lesbos, home to the country’s largest migrant camp, have tested positive for coronavirus, migration ministry sources said on Friday. The cases, which double the island’s COVID-19 infection tally to four, were among 70

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As infections balloon, coronavirus squeezes Europe's armed forces

PARIS/BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Military forces across Europe have scaled back operations and imposed stricter rules on personnel to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus among staff who often live and work in close quarters, making them more vulnerable to infection. Preventing the virus’ proliferation among the military is important both for national security and because specialist army, navy

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As COVID-19 crackdowns grow in Europe, rights groups urge caution

Action to stop coronavirus which limits civil liberties is acceptable but only in short term, human rights experts warn. London, United Kingdom – As COVID-19 spreads, an increasing number of countries are declaring unprecedented border closures and restrictions on their citizens’ free movement, with European governments introducing measures unheard of in peacetime. Nearly 200,000 people have contracted the infection worldwide.

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Coronavirus map: How is European football being effected by COVID-19

European football is OBLITERATED by coronavirus: Italian leagues are suspended, fans are banned and the Champions League could be called off… But there’s no change (yet) in the Premier League Football across Europe has been decimated due to the impact of coronavirus Decisions are being made to cancel matches or play them behind closed doors The Premier League is continuing

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