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UK seeks to lift restrictions on genetically altered foods

British lawmakers could soon relax restrictions on genetically altered foods, with new legislation proposing to allow for more “gene editing” on certain crops while insisting they will not constitute “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs), which are subject to heavy regulation.  The new ‘Genetic Technology’ bill was introduced in parliament on Wednesday, …

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EU threatens Russia with fresh SWIFT restrictions

More Russian banks will be disconnected from the global banking communications system SWIFT, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrel, warned on Monday. “In the banking sector, there will be more Russian banks that will leave SWIFT,” AFP quotes Borrell as having said during a …

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Russia retaliates against visa restrictions

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree on retaliatory visa measures against ‘unfriendly states.’ According to the document, the move stemmed from “the need to implement urgent measures in response to the unfriendly actions of the European Union, of several foreign states, and of citizens.” In line with …

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Moscow to hit ‘unfriendly states’ with visa restrictions

Russia will introduce new visa restrictions for citizens of “unfriendly states” as part of its response to the international sanctions imposed on Moscow amid its ongoing offensive in Ukraine. Addressing the ruling United Russia party members on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that a presidential decree “on retaliatory …

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US imposes visa restrictions against China

The US is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese officials in order to punish Beijing for alleged repression, intimidation and harassment of human rights activists and dissidents, both in China and around the world, the State Department said on Monday. As examples, Secretary of State Antony Blinken cited “genocide” of Uighurs …

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Fauci reveals future of Covid restrictions

White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Financial Times on Tuesday that the US is exiting the “full-blown pandemic phase” of Covid-19, and that restrictions will soon be relaxed.  Fauci has been criticized before for flip-flopping on Covid rules, but his latest statement comes amid a government-wide …

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Canada province vows to end Covid restrictions ‘very soon’

Canada’s Saskatchewan province will soon lift all of its Covid-19 measures, the regional government said, arguing that residents are tired of intrusions into their lives and a perpetual state of panic triggered by the pandemic. “Covid is not ending, but government restrictions on your rights and freedoms – those will …

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First EU country lifts all Covid-19 restrictions

Denmark has become the first EU member state to lift all coronavirus curbs on Tuesday despite surging Omicron cases. The government believes its massive vaccination drive alone would allow it to cope with the more contagious, yet milder variant of the virus. Starting from February 1, the Scandinavian country has …

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WATCH: Thousands protest Covid restrictions in Europe

Thousands of people took part in a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in Prague, the Czech Republic on Sunday, claiming that the current restrictions are a “road to hell.” The demonstrators protested against the government’s Covid-19 policies, which include a ban on the unvaccinated from eating in restaurants, in Prague’s Wenceslas …

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European country removes ‘last’ Covid-19 restrictions

Denmark has announced that it will remove almost all Covid-19 restrictions as it no longer considers the virus to be a “socially critical disease,” nearly two years after the start of the global pandemic. “Tonight we can shrug our shoulders and find the smile again. We have incredibly good news, …

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