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Assange release request Australia MPs Australian MPs call for Assange’s release from UK prison

MPs who are part of a pro-Assange parliamentary group have called for his release from the Belmarsh prison in the UK over concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 in prisons

Greece Students Struggle Front Students’ Struggle Front in Greece demands direct rent allowance for students

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Greece, the Students Struggle Front (MAS) has asked the government to provide a direct housing allowance of 800 euros (USD 868.63) to all student families who pay rent for the months of March and April

UK Transport workers-COVID Unions demand enhanced safety measures for transport workers in London

Trade unions including Unite the Union, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), among others, have raised concerns about the rising number of deaths of transport workers due to COVID-19. 14 transport workers have died in London alone as of April 8

Health workers demo-Greece Health workers across Greece mark Day of Panhellenic Action for Health

Health workers under the banner of the Federation of Greek Hospital Doctors’ Associations (OENGE) demanded state support, including adequate funds, staff and resources, for the fight against COVID-19 in the country

Mandatory online classes not accessible for millions in Italy: Communist Youth

The Italian government has issued a school decree calling for mandatory online classes for students during the national lockdown due to COVID-19 emergency

Lithuanian socialist leader Algirdas Palecki released from jail, to serve house arrest

Socialist leader Algirdas Paleckis has been incarcerated since October 2018 for allegedly “intending to kidnap prosecutors” and being a Russian spy. Critics believe that the former diplomat has been targeted by the right-wing Lithuanian government for his socialist ideology

Polish government’s decision to hold presidential polls draws severe criticism

The Polish government led by the Law and Justice Party has decided to hold the presidential elections on May 10 despite close to 4,000 COVID-19 infections being recorded in the country. The opposition has demanded it be postponed

Covid-19 Luxembourg Progressive forces in Luxembourg demand pro-worker policies to fight COVID-19

The Communist Party of Luxembourg has called for a moratorium on repayment of loans during the crisis period and the freezing of the housing rents by law

EU-Iran trade One year after launch, EU countries and Iran close first deal under INSTEX payment mechanism

The deal was for the supply of medical equipment to Iran. INSTEX was devised in 2018 by Germany, France and the UK as a special purpose vehicle to bypass the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US

COVID-19 forces US foreign policy on backfoot

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha looks at US-China and US-Russia relations during the pandemic and falling oil prices

Cuban doctors in French overseas territories Cuban doctors invited to join fight against COVID-19 in Caribbean islands

Cuban doctors will aid the fight against COVID-19 in the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, and Guiana, which are administered by France

Orban power grab Hungary Under garb of fighting COVID-19, Orban takes absolute control in Hungary

The law passed by the Hungarian parliament on March 30 gives extraordinary powers to the government led by Viktor Orban to rule by decree without the mandate of the parliament. Orban has a notorious track record of abuse of power and authoritarianism

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