February 21, 2020 – Moscow, Russia, Europe - Moscow is using facial recognition technology to monitor the Russians ordered to remain home in quarantine as a precaution upon their return from China, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Friday.
February 21, 2020 – Paris, France, Europe - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is jailed in Britain fighting extradition to the United States for espionage and computer hacking, may seek asylum in France, his lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti said. Dupond-Moretti told Europe 1 radio that Assange's legal team would be in contact with French President Emmanuel Macron to make the case for Assange to get asylum in France. Assange has said that his youngest child and the child's mother are French.
February 21, 2020 – Spain, Europe - Airbus workers in southern Spain protest against the plans of the aircraft maker to cut more than 2,300 jobs in different countries. The plan foresees the reduction of 2,362 positions until the end of 2021, of which 829 would be in Germany, 357 in Britain, 630 in Spain, 404 in France and 141 in other countries, according to a statement.
February 21, 2020 – Madrid, Spain, Europe - Spain's consumer protection minister Alberto Garzon unveiled plans on Friday for a crackdown on advertising by gambling companies and casinos to address growing addiction.
February 20, 2020 – Germany, Europe - A gunman shot nine people dead in two shisha bars in an overnight rampage through a German city before, police believe, returning home and killing himself.
February 20, 2020 – Spain, Europe - Barcelona captain Lionel Messi says he wants Neymar to return to the club to turn them into an all-conquering force again, adding that he does not believe his side are good enough at the moment to win the Champions League.
February 20, 2020 – Spain, Europe - Spanish police raided an extensive counterfeit tobacco and illegal drugs operation located underground near the city of Malaga, arresting twenty people including its mastermind, a British national, the interior ministry said on Thursday.
February 20, 2020 – London, United Kingdom, Europe - German biopharmaceutical firm Immatics said on Thursday it plans to collaborate with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop immunotherapies targeting multiple cancer indications, with a focus on solid tumours.
February 20, 2020 – Dublin, Ireland, Europe - Ireland's parliament meets for the first time since an inconclusive Feb. 8 election with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar obliged to put forward his name for re-election amid slow moving government formation talks. He will assume the role in a caretaker capacity if, as is almost certain, no party leader secures a majority to replace him. It took Varadkar's predecessor Enda Kenny four such votes and 70 days to form an administration after the last election in 2016. Fianna Fail, the party that marginally won the most seats, said on Wednesday it would step up efforts to break the deadlock but lawmakers from all sides expect talks to take a number of weeks.
February 20, 2020 – Lisbon, Portugal, Europe - Angolan ex-first daughter Isabel dos Santos said on Thursday she still owed Portuguese banks 180 million euros, after the country's prosecutors ordered the seizure of her bank accounts last week.