After 50 years of operation, Europe's oldest nuclear power plant not ready to retire

After 50 years of operation, Europe's oldest nuclear power plant not ready to retire

Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately. IMAGES of Beznau nuclear power plant ...
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Coronavirus: Versailles surbub of Paris mostly empty on day 14 of lockdown

Coronavirus: Versailles surbub of Paris mostly empty on day 14 of lockdown

From the usually packed Palace of Versailles to the often bustling streets downtown, the Paris suburb of Versailles sits empty on the 14th day of the lockdown in France, as the fight to halt the spread of the Covid-19 continues.
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Coronavirus: Tulip festival closure sees flowers for health worker

Coronavirus: Tulip festival closure sees flowers for health worker

The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington state, US, has been shut down this year - another victim of the coronavirus pandemic. But the tulips continue to bloom, and growers say that people are purchasing the flowers online for paramed...
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Coronavirus: police close down shops in Soweto, South Africa

Coronavirus: police close down shops in Soweto, South Africa

South African police patrol the streets of Soweto on the 4th day of the nationwide lockdown. Ensuring that informal businesses and smaller shops remain closed is proving to be a challenge in the country's poorer areas.
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Demand explodes for New York food banks as unemployment rises

Demand explodes for New York food banks as unemployment rises

New York food banks have become inundated with newcomers, deprived of income since the near-total halt of business in the United States' economic capital. "We’re seeing a lot of poverty," notices Geraldine Firmin from City Harvest, a major New Yor...
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Coronavirus: Zimbabwe police patrol empty streets as lockdown begins

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe police patrol empty streets as lockdown begins

Police patrol the streets of Zimbabwean capital Harare as the country enters a 21-day "total" lockdown that will curtail movement, shut most shops and banks, and suspend flights in and out of Zimbabwe.
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Coronavirus: Moscow outer ring road still busy on first day of lockdown

Coronavirus: Moscow outer ring road still busy on first day of lockdown

A few cars still drive on Moscow's circular ring road following the adoption of strict isolation rules decreed by Mayor Sergei Sobyanin in a bid to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The new restrictions apply to all the city's residents, regar...
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Coronavirus: Fitness coach beats balcony blues with free workouts in Germany

Coronavirus: Fitness coach beats balcony blues with free workouts in Germany

Every morning, Mexican fitness coach Pato Cervantes offers a free workout session for a neighbourhood in Hamburg, in northern Germany. He gets people to exercise who are confined to their houses because of the novel coronavirus.
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Wuhan residents get tested for coronavirus

Wuhan residents get tested for coronavirus

Residents in Wuhan get tested for the coronavirus at a neighbourhood-level testing point. The ground-zero city is cautiously reopening, with loosened travel restrictions, after a two-month quarantine.
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Coronavirus: New Yorkers applaud medical workers

Coronavirus: New Yorkers applaud medical workers

Manhattan residents clap and cheer from their windows in gratitude for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. New York state has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the US.
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Lebanese applaud coronavirus-battling health workers from balconies

Lebanese applaud coronavirus-battling health workers from balconies

Cheering erupts from balconies and windows in Beirut as residents stand in solidarity with healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus: streets disinfected in Myanmar’s Yangon

Coronavirus: streets disinfected in Myanmar’s Yangon

The streets of Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon were disinfected on Sunday as worries mount over the coronavirus pandemic. According to the John Hopkins University tracker, the under-developed Southeast Asian nation had 10 confirmed cases as of...
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Vote counting starts in Mali amid coronavirus and security fears

Vote counting starts in Mali amid coronavirus and security fears

Vote counting starts in Mali barely a day after the country recorded its first coronavirus death and with the leading opposition figure kidnapped and believed to be in the hands of jihadists.
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COVID-19: Police checkpoints limit access to Florida Keys amid lockdown

COVID-19: Police checkpoints limit access to Florida Keys amid lockdown

Monroe County Sheriff deputies man a checkpoint on US 1 leading into the Florida Keys as officials decided to restrict the access and only allow property owners and people who work in the Keys amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Coronavirus: India turns trains and stadiums into quarantine centres

Coronavirus: India turns trains and stadiums into quarantine centres

India's city of Guwahati is turning its trains into isolation wards for positive COVID-19 cases and an indoor stadium into a quarantine centre for suspected cases as it prepares for the coronavirus pandemic. India has so far recorded 873 cases.
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Coronavirus: the Champs-Elysées empty on the 13th day of lockdown in Paris

Coronavirus: the Champs-Elysées empty on the 13th day of lockdown in Paris

The Champs-Elysées is almost deserted on the 13th day of lockdown in France, a rare phenomenon that the few passers-by on the Place de la Concorde do not hesitate to immortalise in photos.
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Coronavirus: transfer of a patient in France from the Grand Est region to a hospital in Nouvelle Aqu

Coronavirus: transfer of a patient in France from the Grand Est region to a hospital in Nouvelle Aqu

An ambulance leaves Bordeaux train station with a patient arriving in a medicalized train from Nancy and Mulhouse. The patient is transferred to a hospital in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.
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Coronavirus: Piazza di Spagna in Rome almost deserted as death toll surpasses 10,000

Coronavirus: Piazza di Spagna in Rome almost deserted as death toll surpasses 10,000

Images from a deserted Piazza di Spagna as Italy's death toll tops 10,000 despite a 16-day lockdown. Its toll from the past three days alone reached 2,520 -- higher than the total number of deaths in the United States and France. Italy now looks c...
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Coronavirus: a military helicopter transfers two patients from France to Germany

Coronavirus: a military helicopter transfers two patients from France to Germany

Two coronavirus patients board a military helicopter in Metz to be evacuated to Essen, Germany.
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Belarus is now only soccer league to keep playing

Belarus is now only soccer league to keep playing

As the rest of European football is put on hold to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, the Belarus championship ploughs on. Avid fans brush off any fears of contagion to cheer on home side Mozyr as they upset the country's top team BATE Bori...
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Coronavirus: in Madrid, the big ice rink transformed into a morgue

Coronavirus: in Madrid, the big ice rink transformed into a morgue

Madrid's large ice rink, the Palacio de Hielo, has been converted into a morgue where the bodies of victims of the novel coronavirus recovered from hospitals and nursing homes are stored. This makeshift morgue was set up to help the municipal fun...
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Coronavirus: Stranded cruise passengers transfer to another vessel in Panama

Coronavirus: Stranded cruise passengers transfer to another vessel in Panama

Passengers stranded aboard the Dutch 'Zaandam' cruise ship are being evacuated on to the 'Rotterdam'. Four elderly passengers aboard the Zaandam have already died with the vessel unable to dock at any ports in South America after dozens of people...
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Spain ice rink converted into morgue for COVID-19 victims

Spain ice rink converted into morgue for COVID-19 victims

Images of workers and vehicles, including a hearse, entering and leaving the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping centre in Madrid where an ice rink has been converted into a temporary morgue as Spain struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
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Place de l'Opéra in Paris deserted on 13th day of coronavirus lockdown

Place de l'Opéra in Paris deserted on 13th day of coronavirus lockdown

The usually congested Paris place de l'Opera wakes up empty on this 13th day of lockdown as the French capital continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
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In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Some Singaporeans wonder if there is a need for a hefty fine while ...
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