The Spanish Queen has impeccable taste.
The British royals don't have a monopoly on fashion, so we've pulled together some of Queen Letizia of Spain's best looks. The Queen is a master at mingling the high and the low, favoring both top designers and fast fashion, like Zara and Massimo Dutti. Whether she opts for sleek pantsuit or a flirty, lace gown, Letizia knows how to style almost anything. Read on to see some of the Queen's greatest fashion moments.
Swathes of Western Europe wilted under intense heat Friday, with socially-distanced crowds seeking relief in fountains and pools as authorities warned of health and wildfire risks. From Britain to Italy, temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) or more made face masks almost unbearable for many, as more cities begin requiring them outdoors to prevent surges in COVID-19 cases. "Even in this stifling heat, it's better to put up with 38 degrees than catch the coronavirus," said Daniela Iannelli, a 55-year-old municipal employee in Rome.
Workers hauling more than 400 truckloads of fairground rides and equipment halted traffic for hours in Brussels on Friday, honking to protest a ban on a huge summer fair that has been barred from opening amid a spike in COVID-19 infections. Belgium, with one of the world's highest death rates per capita from the novel coronavirus, brought back curbs this week to avert another sweeping lockdown. Sebastien Dotremont, owner of a fair ride, said: "We just want to make our voices heard, we want people to know we are here because we are a forgotten sector, we're being put aside, so this is why we're protesting today."
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Xpeng Motors has raised an additional $300 million from investors including Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, people familiar with the matter said. As enthusiasm builds for EVs, shares of their makers such as Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> and Nio Inc <NIO.N> have surged in recent months and automakers are looking to the markets for funds. Six-year-old Xpeng, which is backed by Alibaba Group Holding <BABA.N>, said earlier in July it had raised around $500 million from investors including Aspex, Coatue, Hillhouse and Sequoia Capital China.
World stock markets were little changed Friday after almost unremitting bad news of rapidly-shrinking economic activity, highlighting the "devastating impact" coronavirus has had on the global economy, analysts said. A tweet from US President Donald Trump suggesting delaying November's elections also jolted investors, helping send the euro soaring to a two-year peak at $1.1909 in early Asian deals. Markets in Europe were digesting massive double-digit falls in economic output as well as a swathe of mostly grim corporate earnings which only further highlighted the damage done by the virus.
The European Commission said on Friday it had signed a contract for SAP and Deutsche Telekom to build a software platform that would enable national coronavirus contact tracing apps to 'talk' to each other. Such a 'roaming' function would be an add-on to the apps, which now only work within national borders, with the goal of making it safer to revive travel and tourism. Commission spokesman Johannes Bahrke confirmed that a deal had been signed with SAP, and said the German business software company would set up the gateway together with Deutsche Telekom.
People who had visited Italy accounted for more than a quarter of the first reported cases of the new coronavirus outside China, according to a new study that found most initial infections were linked to just three countries. Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used publicly-available data to trace the early spread of COVID-19 to dozens of affected countries in the 11 weeks before the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. "Our findings suggest that travel from just a few countries with substantial SARS-CoV-2 transmission may have seeded additional outbreaks around the world before the characterisation of COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020," said the CDC's Fatimah Dawood, who co-led the research.
Afghans flocked to mosques Friday to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha as a three-day ceasefire between Taliban and government forces began, with many hoping it will lead to peace talks and the end of nearly two decades of conflict. The halt in fighting is slated to last for the duration of Eid al-Adha and is only the third official truce in nearly 19 years of war. "We want a permanent ceasefire from the Taliban as they are the ones who paved the way for other terrorist groups to operate in Afghanistan," Mohammad Tahir, a taxi driver, told AFP after praying at a Kabul mosque.
A study of more than 17,000 people's mental health before and after confinement in the United Kingdom concludes that women and young people seem to be the most affected by pandemic-related anxiety and stress. Researchers at the City University of London and Manchester University surveyed 17,452 people in the UK to evaluate their mental health both before and after lockdown. The questions were developed using established diagnostic criteria for evaluating the general mental health of a population.
The Lunt family from Bath, in western England, had planned to visit Spain this summer, but like so many British holidaymakers have had their plans upended by the coronavirus pandemic. The family were worried they might test positive for the virus on arrival in Spain and have to spend their holiday in self-isolation. - Quarantine spat - The hastily-imposed new regulations, announced Saturday, followed a spike in virus cases in mainland Spain but drew criticism from the travel sector and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez who insisted his country was safe for travellers.
The World Tourism Organization's recently-published report on the status of world travel restrictions shows that movement between countries is still very restricted: the borders of 115 countries remain closed to international tourism. Of the 115 countries which are no longer accepting international tourists, 88 of them have been closed for more than 12 weeks. Among the countries refusing entry to foreign travelers are the United States, Canada, and all Central and South American countries with the exception of Mexico, Equator and French Guyana.
Police in Zimbabwe on Friday arrested internationally-aclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election. Dangarembga, 61, was bundled into a police truck as she demonstrated in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale alongside another protester, an AFP photographer saw. Opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume, head of a small party called Transform Zimbabwe, had called for demonstrations against alleged state corruption and the country's slumping economy The protests were timed to coincide with the second anniversary of Mnangagwa's election, which the opposition says was a fraud.
The United States' most valuable company was forced to shut down more than 70 stores again in the third quarter in response to surging COVID-19 cases, but consumers were unfazed with the company topping analysts' estimates for iPhone sales by $4 billion. JPM analyst Samik Chatterjee said the performance spoke volumes about the importance of Apple products to consumers, and showed them willing to circumvent the traditional practice of buying from the physical channel when required. The company posted its biggest profit ever on the back of a 48% rise in online store sales.
New European research has found that people who laugh more during stressful times appear to show less symptoms of stress. Carried out by researchers at the University of Basel, the new study looked at 41 students (of whom 33 were women) with an average age of 21. The participants were followed for a period of 14 days, during which time they were asked to answer questions eight times a day on a mobile phone which asked them about the frequency and intensity of laughter, their reason for laughing, and any stressful events or physical and psychological stress symptoms that they experienced throughout the day, such as "I had a headache" or "I felt restless."
On the streets of Tripoli, Lebanon's second biggest city and one of its poorest, there are no signs of festivities for Eid al-Adha this year, no decorations or twinkling lights. The Muslim holiday usually spells large family gatherings replete with mutton cuts, sweets and gifts. Look around you, does this look like a market at Eid to you?
Luxembourg, which has been added to Britain's coronavirus quarantine list, is being unfairly held up as the sick man of Europe and its large number of COVID-19 cases reflects its unrivalled level of testing, a government source said on Friday. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says Luxembourg had 240.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the last 14 days, much higher than any other country in the European Economic Area. Luxembourg was added to the quarantine list late on Thursday.
Slovakia reported on Friday its first coronavirus death since the middle of May, bringing its toll to 29, one of the lowest in Europe. The caseload is well below neighbours in Europe, many of which are now seeing an uptick in infections of the COVID-19 disease that the virus causes.
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News on Friday that federal troops would remain in Portland until he was assured that the Oregon governor's plan to handle daily protests was working, and said sending in the National Guard was still an option if the state did not handle the situation. Wolf said President Donald Trump had "continued to talk about" the option of sending the National Guard to the city.
There has likely been a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive for COVID-19 and in the overall incidence of infections in recent weeks, Britain's Office for National Statistics said on Friday. "Modelling of the rate of new infections over time suggests that there is now some evidence that the incidence of new infections has increased in recent weeks," the ONS said. The survey, which looks at estimated infections in the community, did not provide enough evidence to say whether COVID-19 infection rates differ by region, the ONS said.
As scientists and pharmaceutical companies work at breakneck speed to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, public health officials and senior U.S. lawmakers are sounding alarms about the Trump administration's lack of planning for its nationwide distribution. The federal government traditionally plays a principal role in funding and overseeing the manufacturing and distribution of new vaccines, which often draw on scarce ingredients and need to be made, stored and transported carefully. Right now, it is unclear who in Washington is in charge of oversight, much less any critical details, some state health officials and members of Congress told Reuters.
People in England will be required to wear face masks or other face coverings in cinemas, places of worship, museums and art galleries from Aug. 8, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. "We will also extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where you're likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship," Johnson said.