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by Lukas Heiwolt
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis tapped a top epidemiologist as health minister on Monday after the previous minister quit amid a spike in COVID-19 infections that has led to the country's total cases doubling within just three weeks.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Europe's largest city, Istanbul, is running out of time to impose a lockdown and stop a surge in coronavirus cases as around two million people are still going out into the streets every day, its mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Thursday.
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish secondary school teachers went on strike on Tuesday in the latest dispute over pay to test the minority government and put pressure on the country's still-fragile finances.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia did not hold a grudge against the European Union and was ready to improve relations, but he offered little prospect that mutual sanctions would be eased soon.
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's President Alpha Conde has appointed a close confidante as minister of mines and an economist as finance minister in a big government reshuffle aimed at kickstarting an economy recovering from an Ebola epidemic.
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of kilometres from home, Dubliner Mark Govern watched on in Sydney as Ireland's referendum on gay marriage dominated discussion. Three weeks ago, he made a big decision.
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's main opposition Socialists chose the mayor of Lisbon, Antonio Costa, on Sunday as its candidate to be prime minister in next year's election, hoping to breathe new life into the party's drive to regain power.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman appointed former Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok to the central bank on Wednesday, tapping an ally who supports moving the country closer to adopting the euro.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Tuesday to craft measures to bolster the economy to cushion the impact of an increase in the national sales tax.