Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg has been fined for breaching the COVID-19 restrictions that have been implemented by her own government.   The PM planned a meal with 13 other people for her 60th birthday celebrations in February, despite public gatherings in Norway being limited to 10 people.  Police concluded the dinner organised for theContinue Reading

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab and “very rare cases” of blood clots. In a statement, EMA said that EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) has concluded today that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare sideContinue Reading

In his first overseas trip since taking office in February, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi urged the Libyan government to ensure that the country’s ceasefire is maintained ahead of elections scheduled for later this year.  “There’s a desire for a future, to restart quickly,” Draghi said. He added that ItalyContinue Reading

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, Hungary has announced the relaxation of COVID-19 restriction measures.   Hungary will start easing lockdown restrictions on Wednesday after inoculating more than a quarter of its population with at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said  In a video posted on Facebook, Orban said theContinue Reading

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday gave final approval to legislation allowing him to hold office for two additional six-year terms.  The law was uploaded to the official Internet-portal of legal information on Monday. TASS reports that a number of provisions of the law was developed on the basis of amendmentsContinue Reading

he G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, have expressed concerns at the humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia.    The G7 issued the following statement: “ We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,Continue Reading

UN experts have called for ending the police brutality and impunity in Belarus. UN human rights experts called on Belarus to end the continued pattern of excessive use of force, arrests, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment against protesters and the repression of journalists and media personnel.   On 25 March 2021, 176 people reportedlyContinue Reading

The European Council has extended the mandate of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) military operation in the Mediterranean – EUNAVFOR MED IRINI – until 31 March 2023. The decision was taken in the wake of the Strategic Review of the operation carried out by the Political andContinue Reading

Denmark has extended its suspension of AstraZeneca vaccines for three weeks. In a statement, Denmark’s health authority noted that the EMA could not “definitively rule out” a link between the vaccine and blood clotting. “We have started several studies and talked to experts in the affected areas, so we areContinue Reading

The European Commission has announced €500,000 in emergency funding to respond to the consequences of the massive fires in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh on 22 March. The fire affecting one of the largest refugee camps in the world has caused several deaths and injuries. Commissioner for Crisis Management,Continue Reading