World Health Day: COVID-19 teaches us about the need for unity ǀ View

Could World Health Day 2020 mark a milestone in global health history? Perhaps, but not in the way that one might immediately imagine. When the World Health Organisation chose to celebrate the vital role that nurses and midwives play in…

Turkey’s approach to COVID-19 deserves more attention and less fake news ǀ View

A controversy recently broke out on social media over the New York Times, CNN and the BBC featuring photos of Turkey in their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outlets published photographs of well-known Turkish landmarks in a manner that…

Sweden marks three years since Stockholm terror attack

Sweden has marked the third anniversary of the 2017 Stockholm terror attack. On 7 April, a truck was hijacked and deliberately driven into pedestrians on a busy shopping street in the centre of the city, before crashing into an Åhléns…

EU will raise more than €15 billion to fight coronavirus

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says that the European Union will secure more than €15 billion to help fight the deadly coronavirus. “It is in our interest to ensure that the fight is successful worldwide,” von der Leyen…

WhatsApp put limit on forwarding to slow coronavirus misinformation

WhatsApp has imposed a limit on forwarding messages in a bid to curb the spread of disinformation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The double-arrow icon alerts users as to whether a message has been forwarded more than five times. From today,…

What happens to a coronavirus patient in intensive care?

Some patients with coronavirus are taken to intensive care units (ICU) to be given some extra help to combat the disease, with Boris Johnson becoming the most high-profile figure to do just that. He was initially admitted to hospital on…

Coronavirus: How will the UK government function in Johnson’s absence?

Senior ministers arrived at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday morning to hold their first cabinet meeting without UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spent spent last night in intensive care suffering from coronavirus. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was due to…

Irish PM Varadkar: EU response to coronavirus has been ‘poor’ so far

Europe’s response to the coronavirus crisis has been “poor” and uncoordinated, and now is the time for “solidarity”, says Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar. “This is a symmetric recession – it’s affecting everyone, if ever there was a time for…

The EU needs to stop funding Viktor Orbán’s emergency rule ǀ View

On Sunday 5 April, Prime Minister Orbán signed an emergency government decree in the style of a true statesman, seated in front of the flag, pausing briefly before his pen hit the page. A video complete with English subtitles was…

Cardinal Pell is free, cleared of child sex abuse in Melbourne

Cardinal George Pell welcomed Tuesday’s ruling from Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes, denying that his trial had been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pope Francis’ former finance minister Pell…