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    Video caption: COP 26: The teenagers suing 33 countries

    To ensure the promises of COP26 are kept, young campaigners are putting their faith in international courts.

  2. Reid’s Palace, Madeira

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    Video caption: Monica and Giles work at a historic hotel situated on the island of perpetual springtime.

    Monica and Giles travel to Madeira, famous for its year-round springlike weather, to work in one of Europe's leading hotels: Reid’s Palace.

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    Video caption: Afghanistan: Inside Operation Soccer Balls

    The mission to rescue the national Afghan girls' football team from the Taliban.

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    Video caption: The fan has even studied Portuguese to be able to speak to his hero.
  5. Latest pandemic news in Europe

    Berlin anti-vaxxers confronting police, 1 Aug 21
    Image caption: Berlin saw anti-vaxxer street protests on Sunday

    The Delta variant is continuing to push infection rates up in much of Europe, though in most countries the burden on hospitals is below last year's crisis levels.

    • The Berlin authorities have banned three demonstrations planned for today by opponents of vaccination and Covid restrictions. Several thousand protested in Berlin on Sunday, defying a ban, and about 600 were detained during scuffles with police
    • The German health minister says the rate of people receiving a first jab has dropped to February’s rate. But 52% of the population is now fully vaccinated. Infections have been growing for four weeks, though the official rate is relatively low – about 1,800 new cases daily
    • In France, the number of Covid patients in hospital has risen above 7,500 again. President Emmanuel Macron – on holiday on the French Riviera - took to Instagram and TikTok on Monday to urge more citizens to get the jab. Those fully vaccinated account for 53% of the population, Ouest-France reports
    • Portugal's bars and clubs are staying open late into the night for the first time since March last year. But customers can only enjoy the revelry sitting down - dancing will be allowed in October if the vaccination campaign continues successfully.
  6. French overseas virus hotspots - and other Europe news

    A Montpellier cinema checks customers for their vaccine status, 29 Jul 21
    Image caption: A Montpellier cinema checks customers for their vaccine status

    France is seeing some setbacks in its battle with Covid, but the picture is brighter in some other countries.

    • France is reimposing lockdown rules in two overseas territories – Martinique in the Caribbean and La Reunion in the Indian Ocean – where infection rates are much higher that in mainland France. Martinique’s rate is 995 per 100,000 of the population, and La Reunion, a Beta (South African) variant hotspot, has a rate of 350. The mainland rate is 189, Le Figaro reports
    • The UK government’s worries about the Beta variant mean that visitors from France, even those fully vaccinated, have to quarantine for 10 days. Studies suggest Beta may be more resistant to vaccines. About 52% of people in France are now fully vaccinated, but vaccination rates in the French Caribbean are much lower. The number of Covid patients in intensive care has risen above 1,000 again in France
    • Portugal will start easing its Covid rules in phases from Sunday, citing progress in vaccinations. Shops and restaurants will be able to stay open until 2am and working from home will no longer be compulsory. The authorities aim to have 57% of the population fully vaccinated by Sunday
    • Germany's federal authorities have asked the regions to give back tens of thousands of unused vaccine doses, so that they can be sent to other countries and not wasted. The surplus has built up because of lower demand, now that so many people have had the jab
    • The Czech government says it will give civil servants who get vaccinated an extra two days of holiday. “I have not found other ways of motivating people to get vaccinated,” said PM Andrej Babis. The anti-vaxxer movement is strong in the Czech Republic
    Chart showing countries with highest Covid cases in Europe