France extends mandatory COVID tests for Chinese travellers

PARIS, Jan 28 (Reuters) – France has extended mandatory COVID tests for travellers from China until Feb. 15, a government decree published on Saturday showed.

Russia issue casts shadow over Olympics

Ukraine wants Russian athletes out of the Games but the IOC talks of them competing as neutrals, so something has to give in the row clouding the 2024 Olympics.

Sweden tells citizens to avoid crowds in Turkey after Koran burning

Sweden’s foreign ministry on Saturday warned Swedes in Turkey to avoid crowds and demonstrations following protests there over the burning of the Koran by a far-right politician in Stockholm last week.

Auckland mops up after deadly floods

Two people are confirmed dead while two others are missing after widespread flooding in New Zealand’s biggest city where a state of emergency remains in place.

Spanish police seize cocaine worth $114 million from cattle ship

Spanish police seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of 105 million euros ($114 million) after raiding a cattle ship off the Canary Islands earlier this week, a statement said on Saturday.

Meloni to sign major gas deal with Libya

TRIPOLI, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni flew to Tripoli on Saturday where she is expected to agree a major gas deal aimed at boosting energy supplies to Europe despite the insecurity and political chaos in the North African country.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister to meet new U.S. envoy

Jan 28 (Reuters) – Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov will hold a meeting with Lynne Tracy, the new U.S. ambassador to Moscow, early next week, the RIA news agency reported on Saturday.