Baku and Yerevan have for decades been locked in a simmering conflict over the ethnically Armenian region of Azerbaijan, which broke away from Baku in a 1990s war that claimed the lives of some 30,000 people.
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About 4,000 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, believed to have been bought online as pets, were found dead in boxes in China, an animal welfare group said on Thursday. The grisly tragedy took place at a logistics hub in central China where the animals were stranded for nearly a week.
BRUSSELS (AFP) - Belgium will close all cafes and restaurants for four weeks on Monday (Oct 19) as it seeks to tackle a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. The move was announced by deputy prime minister Georges Gilkinet following a meeting of the Belgian government's crisis unit. The Brussels city region already imposed similar restrictions last week but Friday's announcement extends them nationwide. Gilkinet said the decision to close cafes and restaurants - deemed high-risk venues for spreading the virus - was taken to try to head off another full lockdown like the one Belgium enforced earlier in the year. He warned "the situation is serious from a health point of view", and we must "prevent our healthcare system from becoming saturated". "Our hospitals are clogged," he added. "The figures are as high as they were in March when we decided on a lockdown, that's what we absolutely want to avoid". The national lockdown helped bring cases down, but new infections - as well as serious cases involving hospital admissions - are rising again. Belgium, with a population of 11.5 million, has recorded 191,959 covid cases and 10,327 deaths as
LONDON - European Union (EU) member states are scheduled to agree this week on a joint approach to their border controls during the pandemic, in a last-ditch effort to avoid the re-imposition of border closures as coronavirus infections rise steeply across the continent. Under proposals discussed over the weekend between envoys from the EU's 27 member-states, European governments are inching towards an agreement to base their decisions on whether they keep their borders open on a colour-coded "traffic light" classification guidance provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content