May 16, 2022
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Spot the difference: the invincible business of counterfeit goods

Iwas standing in front of an imposing townhouse in the swish 16th arrondissement of Paris. Its classical lines, marble staircases and delicately wrought iron balustrades belied the fierce sense of purpose inside. The Musée de la Contrefaçon is an unusual kind of museum – it specialises in

EU balance of power knocked by war in Ukraine

Freshly re-elected Emmanuel Macron chose 9 May to come to dinner in Berlin. An auspicious date in EU circles. Nicknamed “Europe Day”, it commemorates the signing of the post World War Two Schuman declaration promoting peace between European nations. A very different vision of Europe to that of Vladimir Putin, the French president noted. Together, […]

Thai army boycotts e-commerce giant Lazada over video

Thailand’s army has boycotted online retailer Lazada over an advert that the government is probing for allegedly insulting the country’s royal family. The move will see 245,000 members of the Thai military banned from using the e-commerce giant’s websites for official purposes. Thailand has strict laws over defaming, insulting or threatening senior

Russia ‘can use any weapon’: Zelensky prepares for nuclear attack

In a chilling message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urged leaders to stock up on antiradiation medicine and build air-raid shelters. The warning followed claims from Austrian leader Karl Nehammer that Putin believes he is winning the war in Ukraine. Chancellor Nehammer, who met the despot in Moscow last week, said he thinks the Russian president […]

Shanghai records first official Covid deaths since lockdown imposed

Three Covid-19 fatalities have been reported in Shanghai, the first to be officially counted since the beginning of the city’s lockdown. The three people reported on Monday included two women aged 89 and 91, and a 91-year-old man, who also had underlying health conditions, and were reportedly unvaccinated. Shanghai municipal authorities said the three were […]
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Volunteers to drive ambulance cars as service continues to face pressure

Volunteers will drive ambulance cars for some patients in need as part of a pilot scheme due to launch next month. It comes as new figures last week showed ambulance response times and A&E performance in England have dropped to their lowest levels on record while the backlog of patients waiting for care has continued to grow. […]