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EU parliament SUSPENDS Brexit deal vote after accusing UK of violating Northern Ireland protocol – reports

The European Parliament has scrubbed plans for its vote on the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU in protest against Boris Johnson’s unilateral decision to change parts of the Northern Ireland agreement, RTE reports. Leaders of Europe’s political groups met on Thursday to agree on a date for the final vote to ratify…

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Investigation to be launched into Lebanese currency crash that saw pound dive against US dollar – president

The president of Lebanon has asked the country’s central bank to investigate the Lebanese pound’s record crash against the US dollar, which sparked fiery protests and deepened the country’s existing crises. “President [Michel] Aoun called on the governor of the central bank of Lebanon to refer the results of the investigation to the public prosecutor,”…

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France backs AstraZeneca Covid jab for older recipients, but only 24% of available doses have been administered

The French health authorities have granted permission for the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to be given to people aged 65 to 75. However, a much lower number of doses of the jab than projected have been administered so far. On Tuesday, a French health ministry official said that only 24 percent of Covid-19 vaccines delivered to…

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Virus reduces fitness of former Covid-19 patients aged 45 to level of 80-year-olds, Israeli researchers discover

One of Israel’s top medical centers has published a worrying study about the long-term effects of the coronavirus, revealing that 45-year-old former patients performed during physical tests as if they were aged 80. Some 30 people aged 45, on average, took part in the survey carried out by the Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva,…