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Austria will no longer require shoppers to wear face masks and scrap a limit of four adults at a table in bars and restaurants, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday, outlining the next loosening of the country's coronavirus restrictions.
Quebec nurses and orderlies are pleading for time off this summer, ahead of a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in the fall, as Canada's hardest-hit province from the virus wrestles with a staffing crunch in its health sector.
Colombian rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) would be willing to participate in a global three-month ceasefire being discussed at the United Nations to contain the spread of coronavirus, the head of its negotiating team said.
Canada is closely monitoring the slumping airline industry and extended a ban on large cruise ships to Oct. 31 to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Friday.
Pakistan will allow outbound international flights to resume from Saturday, an aviation official said, after largely closing its airspace to commercial flights to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dozens of people, some armed with what appeared to be hunting rifles, clashed in broad daylight on Friday in a residential suburb outside the capital Kiev, and at least three people were wounded, according to officials.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party is planning to push through measures with its nationalist allies that affect how political groups may contest elections and could hamper new opposition parties taking part in any snap elections.
Norway and Denmark said on Friday they would allow tourists to travel between the two countries, though border crossings with Sweden, where the number of COVID-19 infections is higher, will remain restricted.
The prime minister of Bosnia's autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation Fadil Novalic has been quizzed by police about the import by a fruit processing firm of ventilators for COVID-19 patients that proved defective, his SDA party said.
European Union governments expressed "grave concern" on Friday over China's security law for Hong Kong, the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said following a video meeting of the bloc's 27 foreign ministers.
The United States and Britain plan to informally raise at the United Nations Security Council on Friday China's plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, diplomats said, a move likely to anger Beijing.
European Union foreign ministers agreed to toughen their strategy on China on Friday to counter Beijing's increasingly assertive diplomacy against a backdrop of concern about China's new security law for Hong Kong.