Serbia

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    Video caption: 'World's oldest' alligator Muja celebrates 85th birthday at Belgrade Zoo

    From surviving World War Two to becoming a hit on TikTok, Belgrade Zoo star Muja has been through a lot.

  2. French enjoy first evening out in months: Latest across Europe

    Parisians enjoy an evening out for the first time in over six months
    Image caption: Parisians enjoy an evening out for the first time in over six months

    French police had to intervene in some cities last night as the curfew was extended to 21:00 and people enjoyed their first evening sitting outside cafes and restaurants. In Rennes police had to move in to disperse people and this was the scene in the centre of Bordeaux (below) as crowds of young people stayed out beyond 23:00.

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    Serbia has received the green light to start full production of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. The Russian manufacturer has approved samples produced by Belgrade’s Torlak Institute. It will deliver the materials required for full production over the next two weeks.

    EU leaders are expected to back a plan tomorrow to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter from outside the European Union. They’re also due to update a “safe list” of travellers coming from low-risk countries – and will have to decide whether the UK is one of them. On the subject of Britons,Spanish foreign minister Arancha González Laya has told the BBC her country will wait and see what the EU decides but “we would feel very confident to let in people who have been vaccinated”.

    Meanwhile, Spanish travellers from the mainland are to be allowed to travel to the Balearic islands such as Majorca from Sunday if they’ve had one vaccination. Until now they’ve had to present a negative PCR test.

    Good news for children completing their final year of school in Denmark. Traditional parties will be allowed to take place with family and friends, but with restrictions. Primary school children will be allowed to throw sweets and secondary school students will be allowed to invite friends when they throw their hats in the air after final exams. Big parties are banned.

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    Balkan women have been sharing their own stories of sexual assault after Serbian actress Milena Radovic went public with her allegations of abuse.

  4. Cash for jabs and Danish cinemas reopen – Latest across Europe

    A medical volunteer directs people to receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the hall three of the Belgrade Fair, in Belgrade, Serbia, April 13, 2021
    Image caption: Serbia's well organised vaccination programme is expected to extend to shopping centres

    Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, has offered anyone who gets vaccinated by the end of May 3,000 dinars in cash (£22; €25) in an attempt to boost take-up fast. Serbia has bought in doses of Western vaccines as well as Chinese and Russian drugs and even though 1.5 million of Serbia's population of 7 million have had two doses, recently the numbers have been falling.

    Denmark is moving closer to normality this morning, with primary school children back full-time and gyms and sport centres open to anyone carrying a corona passport showing they’re virus free. Theatres and cinemas can admit up to 2,000 people.

    Two leading members of Slovakia’s ruling For The People party have resigned their posts in parliament after they were caught visiting a cafe in defiance of a 21:00 Covid curfew. Deputy parliament speaker Juraj Seliga and colleague Jana Zitnanska were meeting Bratislava’s regional governor, who hasn’t resigned.

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn wants to release the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone who wants it, whatever their age. He says he’ll talk to health ministers across Germany today. Although the seven-day incidence has fallen in Germany, case numbers in the past 24 hours are back up over 20,000.

    Greece’s health minister say authorities hope to vaccinate all adults with at least one dose by early July. Yesterday alone over 100,000 vaccinations were carried out in Greece.

    The pandemic has cost Air France-KLM €1.5bn in losses in the first three months of 2021, with turnover halved and passengers down by three quarters to 4.8 million. It hopes ng loss. It expects to run half of its capacity in the current quarter.

  5. Latest on the pandemic in Europe

    Cologne doctor gives jab to a patient at home, 28 Mar 21
    • Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged German regions to stick to lockdown measures agreed with her government. Areas with more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people are supposed to impose curfews. But a strict five-day lockdown over Easter, which Merkel wanted, will not now happen. The national rate is now 134 per 100,000 people
    • The eastern city of Weimar is launching a three-day trial project aimed at unlocking the economy, with the help of increased testing. Shops and museums will be open for anyone who has tested negative in the past 48 hours. Saarland and the cities of Rostock and Tübingen are also easing Covid rules, defying the federal government
    • Serbia has been inoculating citizens of neighbouring countries, amid a surplus of vaccines and a reluctance among many Serbs to be injected. Queues were reported on the borders with North Macedonia and Bosnia, and migrants also got the jab at a camp near Belgrade
    • In France, the number of Covid patients in intensive care has risen to 4,872, close to a November peak, though last April the figure was about 7,000. Paris doctors have warned they may soon have to choose between emergency patients, as bed space runs out. Paris and 18 other regions are under partial lockdown
    • In those 19 French regions any school class with one pupil testing positive will close immediately, whereas the threshold before today was three positive tests
    • French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has been accused of frivolity for tweeting a video clip entitled Another Window on Zoom, inspired by the 1979 Pink Floyd hit Another Brick in the Wall
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    Video caption: Mabel Stobart was the first woman to achieve the rank of Major in any national army.
  7. Serbia at the top of vaccine roll-out in Europe

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    Video caption: Serbia records the second fastest COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Europe

    Serbia records the second fastest COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Europe

  8. Catalans venture out to eat again

    Barcelona cafe, 23 Nov 20
    Image caption: Most of Barcelona's cafes and restaurants have reopened

    Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region is easing restrictions, with bars, cafes, restaurants and gyms reopening, having been closed for five weeks.

    But night life is still banned because of a curfew from 10pm, which also applies throughout Spain.

    Catalonia's eating places can only accept 30% of their normal clientele indoors. Cinemas and concert halls are also reopening, but they can only operate half-full.

    Spanish airports now require visitors arriving from “high-risk” countries – including the UK – to present a negative test certificate no more than 72 hours old. If they don't have one they can be fined, and must take an antigen test, which delivers results in about one hour.

    Elsewhere in Europe:

    • In Serbia, the rules are being tightened because of rising infections. All shops and catering outlets now have to close by 6pm. Face masks must be worn indoors and in crowded outdoor areas
    • Neighbouring Croatia is closing nightclubs and banning the sale of alcohol after 10pm
    • Leaders in the 16 German federal states favour extending the current “lockdown light” until 20 December, because they remain worried about the infection rate. Currently eating places and hotels are shut, and social contacts are severely restricted for households.
  9. What's the latest across Europe?

    Patriarch Irinej
    Image caption: Patriarch Irinej was head of Serbia's Orthodox Church for 10 years

    The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, has died in hospital, weeks after leading a large public funeral for Montenegro's most senior cleric, who also died of Covid-19. The patriarch was 90. Thousands of mourners attended the 2 November funeral without masks or practising social distancing. You can read more on that here.

    There's concern in Greece too, where the head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, has been admitted to hospital with mild Covid symptoms. Ieronymos, 80, has backed the government's strict Covid rules. But a 62-year-old Greek bishop who insisted on maintaining communion ceremonies despite the pandemic was buried this week.

    The EU may conditionally authorise the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in the second half of December, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, as long as it gets the go-ahead from the EU medicines agency.

    Germany's daily infection rate has hit a new record 23,648 cases in 24 hours. The transmission or reproduction rate is estimated at just below one, so for every 100 people infected, another 99 people are catching the virus.

    Amazon in France has agreed to postpone its Black Friday promotion by a week to early December, under a proposal by Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire. Non-essential shops are pushing to reopen at the end of next week.

    Bars and restaurants in Sweden will tonight have to stop serving alcohol from 22:00 (21:00 GMT). And Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences is now calling for a rethink on the decision not to recommend wearing face masks - it says they should be worn in public indoors.