Minister: Greece ready to deal with coronavirus cases

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias says Greece's health system is ready to cope with an outbreak of the coronavirus in Greece.

"We cannot exclude a coronavirus case in our country; howevwe, we are ready to cope with such a case and break the transmission chain," Kikilias told TV station Skai Sunday.

New Zealand Temporarily Bans Travellers from China to Enter the Country

New Zealand has temporarily banned the entry into its territory of all foreigners who have traveled or transited through mainland China, DPA reported.

The ban will take effect tomorrow and will be in place for 14 days in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Germany Wants to Remain a Close Partner and Friend of the UK

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said negotiations on Britain's future relations with the EU will not be easy and have vowed to help the EU succeed after Brexit, the Associated Press reported.

Britain's exit from the European Union tonight is "a difficult parting for all of us, the 27 EU Member States and Germany," Merkel said in a video message issued by her cabinet.

Putin congratulates Sakellaropoulou on being elected president

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter of congratulations to Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the top judge elected by Parliament earlier this month as Greece's new president.

In his letter to the former Council of State president, Putin stressed the "traditional" friendship between the two nations and heralded a deepening of dialogue and cooperation.

Albania Socialists Step Back From Media Laws Showdown

Albania Prime Minister Edi Rama speaking in parliament on 30 January. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA

The head of the Socialist parliamentary group, Taulant Balla, said the vote would be postponed while the Council of Venice, the advisory body to the Council of Europe, carried out an express evaluation.