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Swiss gov't urges rejection of ban on full-face coverings

Associated Press

Switzerland's executive branch on Tuesday urged voters to reject in an upcoming referendum a proposal that would ban full face-coverings like Muslim niqabs and burqas and ski masks worn by some protesters.

European Commissioner in charge of Health Stella Kyriakides addresses European lawmakers during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU commission urges member states to speed up vaccination

- Associated Press

The European Union is urging member states to speed up the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that at least 80% of the most vulnerable people to the virus - those over age 80 - are vaccinated by March.

FILE. In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo passengers arrive to embark on the last Eurostar train at Gare du Nord Station in Paris. The chief of France's state rail the SNCF, which owns 55% of Eurostar, has sounded the alarm for the future of the train service that connects the UK with continental Europe. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)

Concerns grow over Eurostar rail service linking UK, EU

- Associated Press

The head of France’s state rail company has sounded the alarm over the future of the Eurostar train service, which connects the U.K. with continental Europe and has been hurt badly by the halt to travel during the pandemic as well as Brexit.

An Indian boy awaits customers as he sells face masks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: Vaccine shortages plaguing parts of California

- Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Vaccine scarcity is continuing to plague California even as other indicators seem to show a slowing in the holiday-driven surge that led the state to be the first to top 3 million confirmed coronavirus infections.

EU insists virus shots will remain voluntary

Associated Press

The European Union sought Monday to ease concerns that citizens might be obliged to get shots against the coronavirus before they’re allowed to travel, as debate swirls over the use of vaccination certificates to help reopen tourism across the 27-nation bloc.

Gwendal Poullennec, head of Le Guide Michelin, poses outside the Eiffel Tower with the 2021 edition Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 in Paris. Michelin will later announce the 2021 winners in a broadcast from the Eiffel Tower. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Michelin France stars awarded in virtual ceremony

- Associated Press

France's Michelin Guide, which has long served as a bible for foodies, is adapting its awards ceremony in Paris for the year that was like no other - 2020. It is handing out its stars for the shuttered industry at a virtual ceremony to a virtual public.