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G7 nations seek to counter China’s Silk Road projects with ambitious infrastructure plan
The Group of Seven (G7) countries have announced plans for a major infrastructure project for developing nations in a bid to rival China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as “One Belt, One Road.”
What's the G-7?
Together, these seven wealthy nations form the foundation of the modern global economy and the cooperative rules-based system on which it is built.
Covid-19 outbreak at UK hotel hosting German G7 delegation security & US media after 13 staff test positive – report
A hotel in England hosting security for Germany’s G7 delegates was shut down after 13 staff members tested positive for Covid, Sky News reported. The UK PM’s office said German leader Angela Merkel will still attend the event.
G7 summit: What is it and why is it in Cornwall?
World leaders including US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected in a Cornish resort next week.
Spying on allies ‘unacceptable,’ Norway tells US as Oslo reportedly summons top American embassy official
Norwegian defense officials have met with American embassy staff to express their concerns after the US was accused of spying on NATO ally politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and officials in Norway.
US Used Danish Cables To Spy On Angela Merkel, Others: Demark State Media
Denmark, a close ally of the United States, hosts several key landing stations for subsea internet cables to and from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland and Britain.
Macron and Merkel demand explanations over US-Denmark spy claim
"This is not acceptable between allies, even less so between European allies and partners," Macron said
Germany To Vaccinate Children Over 12 From June 7
Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that vaccination would not be compulsory and would have no bearing on whether children can attend school or go on holiday.
EU imposes new economic sanctions on Belarus over ‘hijacked’ flight
EU leaders triggered new economic sanctions against Belarus and punitive measures against its national airline as a dissident taken from a “hijacked” Ryanair flight was paraded on the country’s television news apparently confessing to cr...
The Problem Is Facebook
Facebook’s “Supreme Court” might have upheld Donald Trump’s suspension, but that doesn’t make it a real court.
There Are New Safety Concerns About Russia's COVID Vaccine, Which Is Already Being Distributed Worldwide
“This creates a lot of concern for us in the global vaccine community,” one expert said.
China's economy grows 18.3% in post-Covid comeback
China's economy grew a record 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter last year.
US climate envoys ends China trip with little to show
Beijing remains tight-lipped about chances of Xi Jinping joining Joe Biden’s climate summit next week.
EU drops plans to punish China over Hong Kong electoral reform
European Union withdraws draft text from agenda for Foreign Affairs Council meeting after failing to gain support from all 27 member states.
Angela Merkel Urges German States To Get Tough With Covid Curbs
"We have to take the appropriate measures very seriously. Some states are doing it, others are not yet doing it," Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Calls for Merkel to face vote of no confidence after embarrassing U-turn on Covid-19 Easter lockdown
German politicians have called for Chancellor Angela Merkel to face a vote of no confidence after she admitted her “mistake” and pulled the plug on harsh Covid-19 restrictions planned for the Easter holiday.
Angela Merkel cancels Germany’s five day Covid lockdown, saying: ‘It was mistake’
Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled a five-day lockdown in Germany over Easter, branding the plan a “mistake” and apologising to Germans.
As Pandemic Worsens, Why AstraZeneca Vaccine Is In Spotlight
As immunization programs gather pace around the world, another vaccine ran into trouble on Wednesday when Hong Kong and Macau suspended the Pfizer-BioNTech jab over what authorities said were packaging problems.
As mask bribery scandal spreads in Merkel’s conservative bloc, another German politician resigns – reports
A Bavarian lawmaker has quit his party offices amid a probe into allegations he took bribes to arrange procurement contracts for face masks. He is the fourth politician connected to Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign this month.
European Union Threatens To Ban AstraZeneca Vaccine Exports
The warning comes as the European Union struggles to speed up its inoculation campaign, just as many member states face a third coronavirus wave and renewed curbs on public life.
Germany Ready To Order Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine If... : Angela Merkel
While Angela Merkel would prefer that orders were placed in bulk by the bloc, "if such an European order did not come about... then we must go the German way".
Angela Merkel Says She Will Take AstraZeneca Vaccine Amid Clot Scare
Angela Merkel's firm endorsement of the vaccine came after its use was suspended for several days this week by major European countries over fears that it may cause blood clots.
"I Will Have AstraZeneca": Italian PM Amid Safety Concerns Of Vaccines
Italy's medicines regulator suspended the use of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines on Monday following fears of a link to blood clots - despite the country's deteriorating health situation.
Coronavirus: EU urged to adopt 'vaccine passports'
Greece and Austria are urging other EU states to adopt coronavirus vaccination "passports" which could help revive Europe's stricken tourist industry.
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