Italy is introducing a mandatory Covid vaccination certificate from 6 August, the latest country in Europe to announce such a scheme. The move will allow those aged 12 and over who have received at least one jab to access a range of venues, including indoor restaurants, cinemas and gyms. However, after disagreements within the governing […]

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen have failed to reach agreement on UK demands to reshape post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister and president of the European Commission spoke earlier about the UK’s suggested changes to the Northern Ireland protocol. Ms von der Leyen said that the EU will “not renegotiate” the […]

Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema has said its leader and other members were arrested before a planned conference to demand constitutional reforms. Freeman Mbowe and 10 Chadema members were rounded up overnight in the northwestern port city of Mwanza, the party said on Twitter early on Wednesday. While the other Chadema members were taken to […]

The United States and Germany have reached a deal that will allow the completion of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions, a senior US official said Wednesday. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told Congress that the two governments would shortly announce details of […]

The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) has declared a state of emergency amid a surge in wildfires that have forced hundreds of people from their homes and could worsen in the coming days. According to a provincial wildfire tracker, 299 blazes were actively burning across BC including 18 that were sparked during the previous […]

Torrential rain has caused severe flooding in parts of central China, forcing people from their homes and leaving stations and roads submerged. More than 10,000 people in Henan province have been evacuated to shelters following the record rainfall. At least 12 people have died in the city of Zhengzhou since the flooding began, authorities there […]

Pedro Castillo has been declared president-elect of Peru, weeks after winning the popular vote in a tightly-contested run-off election.The country’s election authority announced its verdict after reviewing claims of electoral fraud by his right-wing rival, Keiko Fujimori.Mr Castillo, a 51-year-old former school teacher and union leader, secured just over 50% of the votes.He will now […]

The UK, US and EU have accused China of carrying out a major cyber-attack earlier this year.The attack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting at least 30,000 organisations globally.Western security services believe it signals a shift from a targeted espionage campaign to a smash-and-grab raid, leading to concerns Chinese cyber-behaviour is escalating.The Chinese Ministry of State […]

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been released from hospital four days after being admitted with serious intestine problems. Mr Bolsonaro, 66, had been suffering persistent hiccups for 10 days. There have been concerns about the far-right leader’s health since he was stabbed in the intestines while campaigning in 2018. Mr Bolsonaro was seriously wounded in […]

Esraa Abdel Fattah, one of the most prominent faces of the 2011 revolution in Egypt, has been released from jail. The 43-year-old activist and journalist had spent almost two years in detention after being arrested in October 2019. She had been charged with “spreading false news” and collaborating with a terrorist group. Her lawyer confirmed […]


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