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France contemplates local lockdowns as virus figures soar

France recorded almost 10,000 new Covid-19 infections today, its highest ever single-day total, a day before a cabinet meeting that might consider imposing fresh,...

Charlie Hebdo artist seized by gunmen recalls sheer terror during 2015 attack

The Charlie Hebdo caricaturist who was forced at gunpoint to open the satirical newspaper’s door to two al Qaida extremists has described the moments...

China’s top diplomat dismisses European human rights concerns

China’s foreign minister has defended detention camps in Xinjiang and Hong Kong’s new security law on his first European tour since the coronavirus pandemic...

Facebook to pay 106 million euros in back taxes to France

Facebook’s French subsidiary has agreed to pay 106 million euros (£94 million) in back taxes and penalties following persistent government efforts to get online...

UK confirms anyone travelling to France has to self-isolate after they return

The UK has confirmed that anyone travelling to France, Malta and the Netherlands will have to self-isolate for two-weeks when they return. The government...

Macron urges reform as Lebanese officials seek to shift blame over blast

Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation into the massive blast that tore through Beirut have sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives...

Coronavirus infections rise in France as Spain cracks down on nightlife

France’s coronavirus infection has rate crept higher as health authorities warn the country is going backwards in its battle against the pandemic. Elsewhere in Europe,...

France says ‘merci’ to virus heroes on poignant Bastille Day

Medics in white coats replaced uniformed soldiers as stars of France’s Bastille Day ceremonies as the usual grandiose military parade was recalibrated to honour...

Macron removes French interior minister after police protests

French President Emmanuel Macron has removed his interior minister as part of a government shake-up on Monday following protests against police brutality. The reshuffle is...

French prime minister Edouard Philippe resigns

French prime minister Edouard Philippe has resigned, with a government reshuffle expected in the coming days. The official statement did not say whether whether Mr...

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India’s coronavirus cases surge by another 96,000 infections

India’s coronavirus cases have jumped by another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours, showing little signs of slowing down. The health ministry raised the...

Scots physicists lead £10m project taking quantum technology ‘to another level’

A team of physicists based in Scotland are to lead a £10 million project to take the development of faster, thumbnail-sized quantum technology “to...

Shoebox-sized Covid-19 test kit could make ‘huge difference’ in winter fight

A portable Covid-19 test which aims to diagnose the disease in 90 minutes could make a “huge difference” in hospitals ahead of the winter...

Trump ‘suggested Covid-19 might stop him shaking hands with disgusting people’

A former adviser to US vice president Mike Pence has said Donald Trump once suggested that Covid-19 might be a good thing because it...

BBC defends same-sex Strictly Come Dancing pairing following complaints

The BBC has defended introducing a same-sex pairing on Strictly Come Dancing after receiving complaints about the move. Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Nicola Adams will...
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