February 28, 2020 – Vatican City, Europe - The Vatican joined forces with tech giants Microsoft and IBM on Friday to promote the ethical development of artificial intelligence (AI) and call for regulation of intrusive technologies such as facial recognition.
February 28, 2020 – London, United Kingdom, Europe - Supply disruptions caused by the coronavirus is expected to lead to 3.26 billion pounds ($4.24 billion) in missed sales for retailers in Europe in the six weeks to April 20, with China still struggling to resume full production, a study showed on Friday.
February 28, 2020 – Berlin, Germany, Europe - The coronavirus outbreak has wiped up to 70 million euros ($76 million) off Deutsche Post's operating profit this month, the German post and logistics group said on Friday.
February 28, 2020 – Moscow, Russia, Europe - Russia's national team gymnasts will not be taking part in a World Cup event in the United States next month because of growing cases of coronavirus internationally, all-around world champion Nikita Nagornyy said on Friday.
February 28, 2020 – London, United Kingdom, Europe - Angolan state oil company Sonangol will begin in April to sell its stakes in several private firms, chair Sebastiao Gaspar Martin said, as part of a government bid to privatise key state assets including parts of Sonangol itself by 2022.
February 28, 2020 – London, United Kingdom, Europe - Two luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi were in lockdown on Friday to isolate guests including scores of professional cyclists after two Italian members of the tour the riders were participating in were suspected of contracting the coronavirus.
February 28, 2020 – Moscow, Russia, Europe - Russia on Friday said it was sending two warships armed with cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast and blamed Ankara for the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib region the previous day.
February 28, 2020 – Spain, Europe - Amadeus IT Group SA's daily bookings by travel agents have declined by 10-15% due to cancellations in the wake of the coronavirus "health shock," the president and chief executive of the Spanish travel technology firm said on Friday. Passenger bookings in its airline IT business declined 7-10% in the first three weeks of February, compared with the same period last year, the company said.
February 28, 2020 – Italy, Europe - Submarines, ships and aircrafts from nine allied nations gather in the Mediterranean for the start of NATO anti-submarine exercises and in particular to train against the use by Russia of submarines.
February 28, 2020 – Moscow, Russia, Europe - The outbreak of a new coronavirus in China's Hubei province has struck the heart of the country's fertiliser sector, prompting a wave of orders for a small plant in southern Russia. The Lermontov plant in the mountainous North Caucasus region can produce about 5,000 tonnes a month of crop nutrient monoammonium phosphate among other products. It has doubled its planned deliveries this quarter and has orders for more than twice its current output.