Remains of what may be Europe's biggest dinosaur were discovered in man's back garden in Portugal. Paleontologists discovered fragments of the dinosaur's spine and ribs, indicating that the massive reptile stood roughly 12 meters (39 feet) tall and was 25 meters (82 feet) long. Paleontologists from Spain and Portugal uncovered the dinosaur and believe it was a sauropod. Sauropods were the largest dinosaurs and largest terrestrial creatures… read-more
Italian government announced a state of emergency on July 4 in response to Italy's extended heatwave and drought conditions. State of emergency will be in effect until at least the end of the year and will provide the government with additional resources and authority to deal with the hot and dry weather. Most of Italy has been engulfed by record-breaking heat, with temperatures consistently above 40 degrees Celsius.
A glacial ice shelf broke in northern Italy on July 3 amid warmer-than-normal temperatures, leaving at least six people dead and more than a handful missing. Additionally, there were at least eight injuries, one of which was severe. Authorities warned that the area was at risk for more landslides. In order to find the missing, injured, and dead, rescuers used cutting-edge global positioning systems, hound dog teams, and helicopters.
WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Henri Kluge called for an "urgent action" against the Monkeypox outbreak, stating that cases have tripled in over past two weeks. He urged the governments to "scale up efforts to prevent Monkeypox from establishing itself". Reportedly, 31 countries have detected the Monkeypox virus so far. Meanwhile, Europe remains at the centre, sharing the highest risk.
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As European Union considers banning Russian energy, President Vladimir Putin might have to rely more on China and India. EU leaders decided to seek a partial embargo on Russian crude oil shipments by sea, which could cost Putin up to $10 billion in lost export earnings per year. However, with China and India already buying enormous quantities of Russian oil, there is limit to how much they can reasonably buy.
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Belgium is the first European country to impose a 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients. This follows the discovery of the first monkeypox case in Switzerland on May 21. Currently, 14 countries, including four in Belgium, have reported recurrent outbreaks of the virus. All of the incidents were traced back to a festival in Antwerp, Belgium's port city.
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Ukraine is a wake-up call for Europe to look at what has been happening across Asia, said EAM S Jaishankar during a session at the Raisina Dialogue. "Things have been happening in Asia for the last 10 years. Europe may not have looked at it... it could be a wake-up call for Europe to also look at Asia," he said while referring to the Ukrainian crisis.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that he would run for a second term in the forthcoming presidential elections which will take place in April. Macron described the government's reforms and challenges faced by the country. "All of this has allowed us to be credible and to convince our main neighbors to start building a powerful Europe," Macron said. However, he said, he'll try to make France a great ecological nation.
Bali is reopened to all international travelers from February with mandatory three-day quarantine. However, the Indonesian government is planning to remove the quarantine and to begin visa-on-arrival process for international tourists. However, international travelers will need to show a negative PCR test besides being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Luhut Binsar Panjaitan the Maritime and Investment Affairs minister said, from March 14,… read-more
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Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, on December 24, alerted India over fourth surge of COVID-19, globally. Addressing a press conference, Bhushan said, "The world is witnessing the fourth surge and the overall positivity is 6.1 percent. Therefore, we have to be on guard and can't afford to be slacken". Countries like the US, Europe and South Africa, witnesses a rise in COVID-19 cases, leading to curbs and precautions.