Turkey bans flights from UK amid new virus strain

Turkey late on Dec. 20 joined other European countries in banning flights from the U.K. and other countries due to concerns over a new fast-moving coronavirus strain. 

"It has been reported that the rate of transmission has increased in the U.K. with the mutation of the coronavirus," Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter.

Rebuilding a strong foundation

It would certainly be convenient for Greece to sign some kind of "insurance contract" with a major power that would clearly stipulate its armed support in the event that we come under a military attack. There is no such thing, however, and it's high time we came to terms with that.

Epstein-linked modeling agent charged with rape of minors

A modeling agent associated with disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein has been charged in France with sexual harassment and the rape of minors over 15 years old.

Jean-Luc Brunel was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation on Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was preparing to take a flight to Senegal.

EU leaders in quarantine after Macron tests positive for COVID-19

Several heads of state and leaders met French President Emmanuel Macron in the last 10 days leading up to his positive COVID-19 test results announced on Dec. 17.

Macron on Wednesday met Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa at the Elysee Palace. Costa's office announced Dec. 17 that he entered quarantine as a precaution and will continue working remotely.

After Macron Tested Positive for Covid-19, Several European Leaders in Self-Isolation

French President Macron was tested for Covid-19 after symptoms first appeared. He would go into isolation for seven days, the Elysee Palace said, without providing further details on the nature of the president's symptoms.

The office of Macron's wife Brigitte Macron told dpa that she was considered a close contact but hasn't shown any symptoms so far.