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BANGKOK, Jan 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Converting large areas of land for farming to boost food supplies increases planet-heating emissions and places a greater burden on poorer nations already bearing the brunt of climate change, researchers warned on Tuesday.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's executive has warned this month that national plans so far for spending a record 1.8 trillion euros from the bloc's joint coffers to revive economies mauled by the COVID-19 pandemic were too poor to fly, sources told Reuters.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to extend coronavirus restrictions until Feb. 15 and make medical masks obligatory on public transport and in shops, according to a draft resolution by the federal government seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's health minister watched a demonstration on Tuesday of a prototype automated COVID-19 testing machine that uses a robotic arm to take a sample from a person's nose and can deliver the results in about 80 minutes.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan on Tuesday cancelled a major festival during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday as the island reported four locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, the biggest daily rise in local infections in nearly 11 months.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to extend a lockdown to restrict coronavirus infections until Feb. 15, mass-selling Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing a draft resolution of the federal government.
SEOUL (Reuters) - Medical experts say the South Korea governent is not taking the steps necessary to achieve its goal of reaching herd immunity to the coronavirus through mass vaccinations by November.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to agree with regional leaders on Tuesday stricter requirements for working from home among other measures as they try to rein in the coronavirus, leading politicians said.
PARIS (Reuters) - French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday the coronavirus was still circulating at a "worrying" level in France, but stopped short of recommending a third national lockdown.
(Reuters) - Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has urged her fellow tennis players to "accept and adapt" to health regulations in Melbourne ahead of next month's Australian Open amid widespread criticism about hotel quarantine.