Europeans tighten virus curbs with France 'critical'

France, Belgium, and Poland on March 27 tightened curbs as coronavirus cases surged in Europe while the Philippines readied for a giant lockdown and Chile confined over 80 percent of its population.

France admitted the situation is "critical" and added three more departments to the 16 already under tight restrictions.

Shock: The Briton, who first became infected and recovered from COVID-19, passed away

Conor Ellis Reed, a 26-year-old Chinese language student, is considered the first Briton to be infected with the coronavirus in November 2019 while living and working as a teacher at a school in Wuhan, China, British media write.
Although he recovered from COVID-19, in November 2020, friends found his lifeless body in a room on the Bangor University campus in Wales.

Turkish, Hungarian defense chiefs discuss cooperation

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Hungarian counterpart Tibor Benko have met in Hungary's capital Budapest to discuss issues of defense and security along with military cooperation areas.

Speaking at a joint news conference Wednesday following ministerial and delegation-level talks, Akar said discussions were "constructive and productive".

Botticelli 'masterpiece' expected to top $80 mln at Sotheby’s sale

A portrait by Italian renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli is expected to sell for more than $80 million when it goes up for auction at Sotheby's in New York on Jan. 28.

"Young Man Holding a Roundel," believed to have been painted in the 1470s or 1480s, is considered one of Botticelli's finest portraits and is the highlight of Sotheby's Masters Week sale.