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Swedish ex-ambassador Anna Lindstedt acquitted

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ex-ambassador Anna Lindstedt denied putting national security at risk A Stockholm court has acquitted the Swedish ex-ambassador to China, who had been accused of going beyond her remit to have talks with a foreign power. Anna Lindstedt had faced a possible jail term for brokering …

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Coronavirus: Serbia scraps curfew plan for Belgrade after protests

Media captionOpposition protesters storm Serbian parliament The Serbian government has scrapped a plan to impose a weekend coronavirus curfew in Belgrade after two nights of protests in the capital. Instead, PM Ana Brnabic announced more limited measures, including a ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people. President Aleksandar …

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Coronavirus: Catalonia makes masks mandatory in public

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities have already imposed a lockdown on Lleida, banning people from leaving or entering Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia has made face masks mandatory in public for all those aged over five after a surge in new cases of coronavirus. Anyone caught without a …

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Russian space official Safronov arrested for treason

Image copyright Ivan Safronov/Twitter Image caption Safronov’s arrest is not linked to his work for the space agency A spokesman for the head of the Russian space agency has been arrested for treason, the agency says. Roskosmos said in a statement (in Russian) that former journalist Ivan Safronov’s arrest was …

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Coronavirus: Gütersloh lockdown lifted after German court ruling

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities rolled out testing units to track the outbreak in Gütersloh A German court has ended a lockdown imposed to tackle a coronavirus outbreak at a meat packing facility. Officials in North Rhine-Westphalia brought back restrictions around Gütersloh in June after more than 1,500 …

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Siberian Arctic sees record average temperatures

Media captionThe BBC’s Steve Rosenberg travels to the forest to see how Russians tackled 2019’s wildfires Temperatures in the Siberian Arctic reached record averages in June, with some areas seeing rises of as much as 10C (18F), according to EU data. Scientists say the heat has helped fan wildfires in …

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Coronavirus: Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity

Image copyright AFP Image caption The study estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies A Spanish study has cast doubt on the prospect of herd immunity as a way of tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The study of more than 60,000 people estimates that around just …

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