EU adopts $155Mn to support Syrian refugees

The European Union (EU) has adopted a 130 million euros ($155 million) assistance package to support Syrian refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon, according to an official statement. The statement issued on Friday by the bloc’s office in Lebanon said the package aims to support Syrian refugees in key areas such as social

Canada becomes first to approve four vaccines

Canada announced its approval of the use of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, making it the fourth vaccine that can be administered in the country. “After a thorough, independent review of the evidence, the Department has determined that the vaccine meets Canada’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements,” Health Canada said in a

EU set to introduce ‘Digital Green Pass’

A common direction towards Europe’s safe opening The European Commission’s Vice President Margaritis Schinas said that it is set to introduce a Digital Green Pass that will enable the continent’s safe opening “while preserving the sacrifices done so far”. Addressing an online press conference following an informal meeting of European Union (EU) health ministers, Schinas

Chinese Strategy to Split Europe, US

The Chinese care more about their global strategy than the fight against Covid. They are using all tactics to win their goals in Europe. Estonia’s top foreign intelligence service believes that by using various topics, such as Iran, the climate or health care, China wants to find as much common ground with Europe as possible

Russia confirms world’s 1st case of bird flu in humans

Scientists have isolated the genetic material of this bird flu virus in seven workers of a poultry farm in south Russia, where an outbreak among fowls was reported in December, said Anna Popova…reports Asian Lite News The first case of human infection with the avian influenza A(H5N8) virus in the world reported in Russia, Russian

Georgia’s PM tenders resignation

Georgian Parliament on Tuesday suspended the MP status of Melia, allowing the prosecution to demand his arrest claiming the latter has not posted bail for his release in a case dating back to the June 2019 protests….reports Asian Lite News Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has tendered his resignation on Thursday. Gakharia decided to resign

Jens Spahn warns of fast spread of variants

Germany’s Minister of Health Jens Spahn informed that the more contagious variants of Covid-19 virus spreading rapidly. In particular, the variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom (UK) is “causing us concern,” Spahn said. “We must expect that variant to soon become the dominant one in our country as well”, Xinhua news agency

Israel, Cyprus ink deal for vaccinated visitors

The deal was announced by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who arrived in Israel for a one-day visit earlier in the day…reports Asian Lite News Israel and Cyprus have signed a deal to allow Israelis and Cypriots who have received Covid vaccine shots to travel between the two countries

Mario Draghi sworn in as Italy’s new PM

The Italian government formed by newly-appointed Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was also the former chief of the European Central Bank (ECB), was officially sworn in. Draghi formally accepted the mandate on Friday evening after meeting President Sergio Mattarella. The former ECB chief had received the task on February 3, following the collapse of the

Croatia to ease some Covid lockdown measures

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday announced further easing of lockdown measures in the country, allowing some catering businesses to partially reopen. Starting Monday, fitness centres will be allowed to work again, and foreign language schools for children will be reopened, as well as casinos and sports betting shops. Cafes, bars and restaurants will