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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s commissioner for jobs and social rights, Nicolas Schmit, has warned of a potential social crisis after the coronavirus pandemic. Although there has been no dramatic increase in unemployment figures so far, the prospects for young people, in particular, are not rosy, Schmit pointed out in an interview with dpa. He noted that a policy was needed to ensure that the people do not slide into a new social crisis after...

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Leicester City beat Southampton 2-0 on Saturday to go second in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL). James Maddison and Harvey Barnes scored the goals to lift Leicester City to within one point of Manchester United, who play at third-placed Liverpool on Sunday. Brighton and West Brom both picked up vital wins in their fight for survival Saturday while Chelsea and West Ham moved up the table with wins in the day’s other matches....

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Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that Scotland would soon return to the European Union Sturgeon made this known on her twitter page when she wrote, “Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on,” She stressed that Scotland had voted against Brexit in 2016 and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union took place against the will of the Scottish people. Sturgeon also called for holding a second referendum on Scottish...

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Sweden said it would lift a temporary ban for passenger flights from Britain as of Jan. 1, but requires a negative coronavirus test for entry. The move was announced on Wednesday by Mikael Damberg, the Home Affairs Minister, after a cabinet meeting. The requirement for a test and the flight ban applied from Dec. 21 was introduced due to the new, apparently more transmissible variant of the coronavirus that appeared in Britain. Only test results...

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Germany reported 13,755 more COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours on Sunday, bringing the national tally to 1,640,858, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The nationwide death toll rose by 356 to 29,778, the data showed. Germany reported its first case of the new COVID-19 variant on Thursday in a woman, who flew in from Britain, local health authorities said. The patient arrived via Frankfurt airport on Dec. 20 and tested...

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Britain and the European Union (EU) have reached a deal on their post-Brexit trade relations, British media reported on Thursday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm it at a press conference later, the reports said. Johnson is quoted by British media as saying that “the deal is “done.” “All of our key red lines about returning sovereignty have been achieved,” the BBC quoted an important government source as saying. Meanwhile, European Commission...

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Germany has again surpassed its record of daily coronavirus infections, with the country’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control reporting 11,287 new cases on Thursday. The previous record for cases recorded in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began was 7,830 on Saturday. Germany is currently reporting more daily coronavirus cases than at the start of the pandemic in March, although testing has been ramped up significantly since then. There were likely many more...

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A sensational first half hat-trick from Ollie Watkins helped Aston Villa to a stunning 7-2 victory over Liverpool in the English Premier League (EPL) on Sunday. It was a result which not only ended the champions’ 100 per cent start to the season, but also was a severe humbling. Liverpool started badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from Adrian —- deputising for Alisson in goal for the visitors — gifted Watkins the opener...

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French President Emmanuel Macron, in a September 22 UN General Assembly (UNGA) speech, made continued French military involvement contingent upon Mali’s restoration of civilian rule. He was blunt: “They (the junta) must put Mali on the irreversible path of returning to civilian power and organize rapid elections.” And, “France […] can only remain engaged on this condition.” As he has in the past, Macron was also clear that France has a low tolerance level for popular demonstrations against...

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Polls closed in Italy late on Sunday in the first of two days of voting on a constitutional referendum over the slimming down of parliament. Voting is also on in local elections expected to favour the right-wing national opposition bloc. Voting continues on Monday, with polls opening at 7 am (0500 GMT) and closing at 3 pm. Results are expected later the same day. Some 51.6 million people are eligible to vote in the referendum...

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