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Global fight against #tobacco smuggling takes a leap forward #OLAF #WCO

Global fight against #tobacco smuggling takes a leap forward #OLAF #WCO

The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) are stepping up their joint efforts to fight fraud through improved information sharing. Customs administrations worldwide will now have access to non-personal data on tobacco smuggling within 24 hours of it being shared by their counterparts in the EU Member States.  The global fight against […]

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Ireland has mostly contained #Coronavirus outbreak: health chief

Ireland has mostly contained #Coronavirus outbreak: health chief

| April 17, 2020

Ireland has contained and effectively suppressed the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak in the population at large but not in nursing homes where its spread remains a concern, the country’s chief medical officer said on Thursday (16 April), writes Padraic Halpin. The assessment raised hopes that stay-at-home restrictions can be gradually eased from 5 […]

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#Coronavirus – UK urges citizens to stay at home over Easter, police ready to get tough

#Coronavirus – UK urges citizens to stay at home over Easter, police ready to get tough

| April 10, 2020

Britain urged its citizens to stay at home over the coming Easter holidays, amid fears that the pull of wanting to see family and friends over the Christian holy day could undermine efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, write William James and Michael Holden. Britain is enduring its third week of the most […]

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Show typical British resolve, Queen tells UK amid #Coronavirus outbreak

Show typical British resolve, Queen tells UK amid #Coronavirus outbreak

| April 6, 2020

Queen Elizabeth called on Britons to show the same resolve as their forebears and take on the challenge and disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak with good-humoured resolve when she made an extremely rare address to rally the nation on Sunday (5 April), writes Michael Holden. In what was her fifth special televised message to […]

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Preliminary study finds UK lockdown is slowing spread of #COVID-19

Preliminary study finds UK lockdown is slowing spread of #COVID-19

| April 2, 2020

Lockdown and social distancing measures introduced by the British government to slow the spread of COVID-19 may already be working, according to preliminary research findings, and could soon see Britain’s epidemic of infections declining, writes Kate Kelland. Scientists used an online survey to ask 1,300 people in Britain to list their contacts for the previous […]

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EU’s Joint Research Centre develops control to help prevent #Coronavirus test failures

EU’s Joint Research Centre develops control to help prevent #Coronavirus test failures

| April 1, 2020

European Commission scientists have designed new control material that laboratories can use to check the correct functioning of their coronavirus tests and to avoid false negatives, samples are being sent to labs across Europe and can be used for as many as 60 million tests. Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Mariya Gabriel, responsible for the […]

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Trump refused permission to build wall at Irish seaside golf course

Trump refused permission to build wall at Irish seaside golf course

| March 19, 2020

An Irish golf course and hotel owned by US President Donald Trump has been refused planning permission to build a sea wall to protect the course from coastal erosion, writes Graham Fahy. In a decision published on Wednesday, Ireland’s planning appeals board, Bord Pleanala, said it was not satisfied that the proposed development at Doonbeg […]

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