UK Organization to Audit COVID-19 Deaths for Any Misattribution

The COVID-19 Assembly, an organization in the United Kingdom, recently announced that it is gathering a team of experts to investigate all of the COVID-19 deaths in the country to ascertain if any may have been wrongly attributed. With over 126,000 deaths in the United Kingdom and over a year into the pandemic, there is… Continue reading UK Organization to Audit COVID-19 Deaths for Any Misattribution

EU to Expand Organic Farming

BRUSSELS—The European Commission on Thursday said it would expand financial and policy support to help achieve a goal for a quarter of Europe’s farmland to be organic by 2030. Organic farmland, which restricts chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms, has expanded by more than 60 percent over the last decade in the European… Continue reading EU to Expand Organic Farming

Officials Find 29 Million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine in Italian Facility

Officials in Italy claimed to have found approximately 29 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses at a facility, while the company appeared to confirm the finding and said they were destined for the European Union and for donations to other countries. Italian security forces inspected a Catalent factory near Rome at the behest of the European Commission,… Continue reading Officials Find 29 Million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine in Italian Facility

UK to ‘Think Carefully’ About Domestic Vaccine Certificates: Johnson

The UK government will have to “think carefully” about whether to introduce CCP virus vaccine certificates for domestic use, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday. “We’re looking at the issues that are raised by vaccination certification” but “no decisions have been taken at all,” Johnson said during a visit to a nursery in… Continue reading UK to ‘Think Carefully’ About Domestic Vaccine Certificates: Johnson

NatWest’s Ulster Bank Fined Record 38 Million Euros for Mortgage Overcharging

DUBLIN—Ireland’s central bank on Thursday fined NatWest’s Irish business, Ulster Bank, a record 37.8 million euros for overcharging mortgage customers, some of whom lost their homes after being denied their right to a cheaper “tracker” mortgage. The penalty was almost twice the largest fine previously laid down by the regulator on any institution, a 21… Continue reading NatWest’s Ulster Bank Fined Record 38 Million Euros for Mortgage Overcharging

Google Signs Deals With Italian Publishers for Content on News Showcase

MILAN—Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it had sealed agreements with various Italian publishers to offer access to some of their content on the U.S. tech giant’s Showcase news platform. Google News Showcase is a global vehicle to pay news publishers for their content online and a new service that would allow partnering publishers to… Continue reading Google Signs Deals With Italian Publishers for Content on News Showcase

US, Europe, NATO Close Ranks to Counter ‘Aggressive’ China

BRUSSELS—The United States and European countries are closing ranks to respond to what the U.S. calls “aggressive and coercive” behavior by China, days after the United States and its allies launched coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials accused of rights abuses in the far-western Xinjiang region. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that he wants… Continue reading US, Europe, NATO Close Ranks to Counter ‘Aggressive’ China

EU to Extend Vaccine Export Curbs to Cover Britain, Backloading: Source

BRUSSELS—The European Commission on Wednesday will extend EU powers to potentially block COVID-19 vaccine exports to Britain and other areas with much higher vaccination rates, and to cover instances of companies backloading contracted supplies, EU officials said. The regulation is aimed at making vaccine trade reciprocal and proportional so that other vaccine-making countries sell to… Continue reading EU to Extend Vaccine Export Curbs to Cover Britain, Backloading: Source

Two-Time Olympic Snowboarder Julie Pomagalski Dies in Avalanche

Two-time Olympic snowboarder Julie Pomagalski of France died in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. She was 40. The French Ski Federation announced Pomagalski’s death on Wednesday. The organization said she died Tuesday. Media reports said police in Uri, Switzerland, were uncertain of why the avalanche occurred. “Suddenly there was an avalanche for reasons that… Continue reading Two-Time Olympic Snowboarder Julie Pomagalski Dies in Avalanche