EU Launches Legal Case Against Britain Over Northern Ireland

BRUSSELS—The European Union launched legal action on Monday against Britain for unilaterally changing trading arrangements for Northern Ireland that Brussels says breach the Brexit divorce deal agreed with London last year. The bloc has sent a letter of formal notice to kick-start an “infringement procedure”, which could lead to fines being imposed by the EU’s… Continue reading EU Launches Legal Case Against Britain Over Northern Ireland

EU May Exclude China-Made Vaccines as Vietnam Looks Elsewhere

The European Union is expected to exclude Chinese-made vaccines from its “vaccine passport” certification program because they aren’t approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At the same time, Vietnam is reportedly buying large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines from Western countries and Russia, although not from China. On March 12, Euronews reported that the EU is… Continue reading EU May Exclude China-Made Vaccines as Vietnam Looks Elsewhere

German COVID-19 Cases Are Growing Exponentially Again: RKI

BERLIN—Coronavirus infections are rising exponentially in Germany, an expert at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said on Tuesday, adding that the risk of AstraZeneca’s vaccine was relatively low. The number of cases per 100,000 reported on Tuesday was 83.7, up from 68 a week ago, and RKI has said that metric could… Continue reading German COVID-19 Cases Are Growing Exponentially Again: RKI

European Union Medical Authority: ‘No Indication’ AstraZeneca Vaccines Are Cause of Blood Clots

There is no sign that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is linked to blood clots, the European Union’s medicinal watchdog said on Tuesday. “At present, there is no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions. They have not come up in the clinical trials and they’re not listed as known or suspected side events with this vaccine,” European Medicines… Continue reading European Union Medical Authority: ‘No Indication’ AstraZeneca Vaccines Are Cause of Blood Clots

Italy Opens Manslaughter Probe as Teacher Dies Hours After Getting AstraZeneca Vaccine

Italian officials have begun a manslaughter investigation following the death of a 57-year-old music teacher hours after receiving AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to local media reports. Officials have so far said there is no evidence of a direct link between the man’s death and his shot. Prosecutors in the northern Italian region of Piedmont announced they opened… Continue reading Italy Opens Manslaughter Probe as Teacher Dies Hours After Getting AstraZeneca Vaccine

Russian Junior Player Dies After Being Struck in the Head by Puck

MOSCOW—A Russian junior ice hockey player died on Tuesday after being struck in the head by a puck during a game last week, Russia’s Junior Hockey League (MHL) said. Timur Faizutdinov, a defenseman for Dinamo St Petersburg in the MHL, was hit by a puck cleared during a playoff game against Loko Yaroslavl last Friday.… Continue reading Russian Junior Player Dies After Being Struck in the Head by Puck

Quaking in Their Beds, Sleepless Icelanders Await Volcanic Eruption

COPENHAGEN—Icelanders are yearning for some undisturbed shut-eye after tremors from tens of thousands of earthquakes have rattled their sleep for weeks in what scientists call an unprecedented seismic event, which might well end in a spectacular volcanic eruption. “At the moment we’re feeling it constantly. It’s like you’re walking over a fragile suspension bridge,” Rannveig… Continue reading Quaking in Their Beds, Sleepless Icelanders Await Volcanic Eruption

Britain, Norway in Post-Brexit Fisheries Deal With EU

OSLO/COPENHAGEN—Norway, Britain, and the European Union have reached a trilateral deal on catch limits for jointly managed North Sea fish stocks following the UK’s exit from the EU, the three parties said on Tuesday. The new trilateral deal, covering common North Sea fishing quotas for cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring, and saithe, is the first… Continue reading Britain, Norway in Post-Brexit Fisheries Deal With EU

Russia Gives Twitter a Month to Delete Banned Content or Get Blocked

The Russian government is threatening to block Twitter in the country unless the social media platform removes banned content within a month. The ultimatum comes after Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal executive authority overseeing online and media content, began slowing down the speed of Twitter last week in retaliation for an alleged failure to remove content related… Continue reading Russia Gives Twitter a Month to Delete Banned Content or Get Blocked

2 Dead, 2 Injured as Car Drives Hits Pedestrians in Germany

BERLIN—A car drove into a group of people at a pedestrian crossing in the eastern German city of Leipzig on Tuesday, killing two and leaving another two seriously injured, police said. They described it as an accident. It wasn’t clear what led to the car, driven by a 50-year-old German man, hitting people crossing a… Continue reading 2 Dead, 2 Injured as Car Drives Hits Pedestrians in Germany