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Hundreds of migrants call for freedom at camp on Gran Canaria

GRAN CANARIA, Spain (Reuters) - A group of migrants being held at a dockside camp on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria chanted "freedom" on Tuesday as they tried to force open a police fence and the coast guard brought in more people rescued from boats on the Atlantic sea.


German health minister warns against 'party holidays'

BERLIN/PALMA DE MALLORCA (Reuters) - Germany's health minister on Saturday criticised "party holidays" and defended a decision to declare nearly all of Spain, including the tourist island of Mallorca, a coronavirus risk region following a spike in cases there.


Spain's Canary Islands curb smoking amid COVID-19 worries

MADRID (Reuters) - The Canary Islands became Spain's second region to all but ban smoking in the streets on Thursday as part of measures to stop a resurgence of coronavirus infections, and other regions considered a similar ban.


Around 40 migrants drown in shipwreck off Mauritanian coast

DAKAR (Reuters) - A boat carrying around 40 migrants and refugees has sunk off the coast of Mauritania, leaving only one survivor, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday.


Spain's Canary Islands roll out insurance policy to cover costs of virus-affected tourists

MADRID, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The regional government of Spain's Canary Islands confirmed on Wednesday that it has signed an insurance policy to become the first of the country's 17 autonomous communities to guarantee that tourists will have all of the possible expenses resulting from a coronavirus-related incident covered.