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26th Sep 2021

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Irish and Dutch roll back corona restrictions

Ireland will end 14-day quarantines for British, EU, and US visitors from 19 July and reopen bar and restaurant interiors from 5 July, easing one of the strictest lockdown regimes in Europe, it said Friday. Restaurants will also reopen in the Netherlands on 5 June, as will museums, theatres, and cinemas. "This is actually the end of the lockdown," Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said at the weekend.

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Activists: 'More deaths' expected on Polish-Belarus border

The European Commission has demanded Warsaw "ensure that people at the border are given the necessary care and assistance". But activists say without any help, more stranded people along the Polish-Belarus border will likely die as temperatures plummet.

Yemen's refugees in 'appalling conditions', says UN agency

Yemen hosts around 130,000 refugees and 12,000 asylum seekers. In a country wrecked by six years of war, many find themselves in dire conditions and unable to leave, says Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN refugee agency's representative in Yemen.

VW emissions software was illegal, top EU lawyer says

Volkswagen used software to alter emissions illegally, according to the European advocate-general on Thursday. The German carmaker installed devices that could detect when the car would be subjected to testing - which would then distort parameters to show lower emissions.

Opinion

Sexism and the selection of the European Parliament president

Looking at the historical record, a clear picture emerges: the president of the European Parliament is an above-middle aged white man, most likely German — and with an overwhelming likelyhood to be conservative or socialist.

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