EU tacks on to Biden call for full probe into coronavirus origins Jun 11, 2021 0 43 12345 dpaBrussels The European Union’s top officials have thrown their weight behind US-led calls for deeper investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus, in a move that may well irk Beijing.“It is of utmost importance that we learn about the origins of the coronavirus,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters on Thursday ahead of G7 summit talks in Britain.Asked whether the bloc would support US President Joe Biden’s calls for further probing, European Council President Charles Michel said full transparency was needed. “The world has the right to know exactly what happened,” he said.After a research trip earlier this year to China’s Wuhan province - where Covid-19 was first detected in December 2019 - World Health Organization (WHO) experts said the virus could have jumped from animals to humans, but that much more research was needed. All hypotheses remained open, they stressed.A number of countries expressed concern that the 17 international experts faced access restrictions, but participants denied this.An alternative thesis pushed by the former US administration led by Donald Trump - that the virus escaped from a laboratory and spread - was described as “extremely unlikely” in the WHO report.Beijing vehemently denies the lab leak theory, pointing to the WHO conclusions.Last month, Biden ordered US intelligence agencies to redouble their investigations. Part of the intelligence community suspected that animal-human contact was to blame, but a smaller part thought that a lab leak could be the cause, he said at the time.More research was needed, Biden said, adding that he would work with like-minded partners to continue to “press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES US pledges 500 mn doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine to poorer nations Jun 11, 2021 0 499 British health secretary defends decision on coronavirus lockdown Jun 11, 2021 0 38 Jail sentence for man who slapped French president Jun 11, 2021 0 41 Partial solar eclipse delights British skygazers as crescent sun seen dpa London Skygazers across Britain were treated to a rare celestial show on Thursday morning as observers witnessed a crescent sun during a partial solar eclipse. Despite cloudy skies, astronomy enthusiasts were able .. G7 summit to discuss Russia’s overstepping of norms Falmouth, England How to deal with Russia will be one of the main foreign policy issues to be discussed by the Group of Major Industrialised Nations (G7) at its summit in England, sources said on Thursday. The focus will be .. Amnesty urges international community to take action on Uighurs Beijing The human rights organisation Amnesty International on Thursday called on the international community to do more to halt the persecution of the Muslim minority Uighurs in China. “The Chinese authorities have .. 350,000 people in Ethiopia face acute risk of starvation: UN New York (dpa) - Several United Nations agencies have sounded an alarm about hundreds of thousands of people in the embattled Tigray region of Ethiopia who are being acutely threatened by starvation. More than 350,000 .. ‘Humanitarian calamity’ if UN’s Syria aid resolution lapses: HRW New York Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Thursday that millions of Syrians are at risk of being without supplies as an important UN resolution on aid deliveries expires next month. “In July, the UN Security Council ..