Pompeo reacts after US closes Chinese consulate in Houston | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in a press conference with Denmark’s Foreign Minister during a visit to Copenhagen that President Donald Trump will continue to take actions over China that “protect the American people,” their national security and economy. The United States has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston and accused it of ramping up spying operations, dramatically escalating diplomatic tensions between the feuding superpowers. SOUNDBITE

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EU summit: arrivals of the leaders of the “frugal” countries and those of Italy and Spain | AFP

Arrival of the leaders of the “frugal” countries (Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland) as well as Italy and Spain, two states heavily affected by the pandemic.

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Pompeo says to visit Britain after Huawei ban decision | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he will visit Britain and Denmark next week, days after London pleased Washington with a ban on Chinese telecom giant Huawei. SOUNDBITE

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Artificial hearts | AFP Animé

The Carmat company, which is developing a total artificial heart, announced on Monday the first implantation of its prosthesis in Denmark, the third country to enter the PIVOT study, along with the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan. Artificial heart in videographic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Middle schools reopen in Denmark | AFP

Schoolchildren aged 12-15 return to class at Norrebro Park school in Copenhagen for the first time in nine weeks, as Danish authorities lift more health restrictions. Younger children became the first in Europe to return to class after Denmark reopened primary schools in mid-April. Places of worship and restaurants will also be allowed to reopen, under social distancing regulations, in the country of 5.8 million which has recorded 11,000 coronavirus infections and 547 deaths. IMAGES

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Shopping centres reopen in Copenhagen as Denmark eases coronavirus measures | AFP

Shopping centres in Copenhagen reopen after months-long closures aimed at stemming the spread of the new coronavirus in Denmark. Since the start of the epidemic, Denmark has recorded over 10,000 cases. IMAGES of a shopping centre in Copenhagen

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Children return to class as Norway reopens schools | AFP

Pupils arrive at Levre skole primary school in Baerum, in the Norwegian capital Oslo, as schools reopen after six weeks of closure due to the coronavirus. Along with Austria, Denmark and Germany, Norway is among the first countries to start easing restrictions, which were announced on March 12. Norway has reported 7,505 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 193 deaths, while the curve of hospitalised cases has dropped significantly in recent weeks. IMAGES of pupils returning to school

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Europe takes cautious steps to ease coronavirus lockdowns | AFP

Hairdressing salons reopening in Denmark, nurseries in Norway, small shops in some parts of Germany… The first, still timid, signs of deconfinement are appearing in Europe. And even in Italy, the country that has suffered the most from COVID-19, bookshops are gradually reopening their doors.

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Danish schools reopen after month-long closure over coronavirus | AFP

Denmark begins reopening schools after a month-long closure over the novel coronavirus, becoming the first country in Europe to do so.

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Danish schools reopen after month-long closure over coronavirus | AFP

Schools in Denmark reopen after a month-long closure over the novel coronavirus, becoming the first country in Europe to do so. However classes are only resuming in about half of Denmark’s municipalities and in about 35 percent of Copenhagen’s schools, as other have requested more time to adjust to health protocols still in place. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: German police officers control cars at border with Austria | AFP

German police officers control cars at a crossing at the border between Germany and Austria, as Germany on Monday introduced border controls with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in a bid to stem the novel coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES at the Austrian border

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In Denmark, the world’s first ski slope on a waste incinerator opens | AFP

“Copenhill”, the world’s first ski slope on a waste incinerator, is inaugurated facing the sea in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, one of the flattest countries in the world.

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Trump: Danish leader’s words nasty, inappropriate

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has canceled his trip to Denmark after a “nasty” and “inappropriate” comment by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who earlier called Trump’s idea to buy Greenland “absurd.” (Aug. 21)

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Trump says Danish PM’s snub on Greenland “was nasty” | AFP

“I thought that the PM’s statement … was nasty” says US President Donald Trump as he hits back at Denmark’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, in a row over his desire to buy Greenland. SOUNDBITE

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Danish PM ‘surprised’ by Trump canceling trip

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen told journalists it was with “regret and surprise” that she learned of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she rejected suggestions of selling Greenland to the U.S. (Aug. 21)

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Here’s the latest for Monday August 19th: Attacks strike sites in Afghanistan as country marks its Independence Day; Rep. Justin calls for Trump’s impeachment; Denmark’s PM says Greenland not for sale; Doggy Con hits Atlanta.

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Reactions after Trump interest in buying Greenland | AFP

The owner of a hotel in eastern Greenland gives his reaction to reports that US President Donald Trump has suggested buying the island of Greenland, with Denmark saying it is ‘not for sale.’ Trump has expressed interest in the self-governing part of Denmark — which is mostly covered in ice, — asking advisors if it is possible for the US to acquire the territory, The Wall Street Journal said Thursday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

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French restaurant crowned world’s best | AFP

France’s Mirazur restaurant, whose Argentine chef boasts three Michelin stars, was crowned Tuesday the world’s best by an influential trade list, beating contenders from Denmark and Spain.​

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Denmark Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen casts his vote in general election | AFP

Danish Prime Minister and head of the ruling Liberal Party, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, casts her vote in Copenhagen in a general election where climate concerns top the agenda. The opposition Social Democrats are tipped to return to power after adopting the right wing’s long-standing restrictive stance on immigration. IMAGES

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Social Democrats leader casts her vote in Danish general election | AFP

The leader of Denmark’s opposition centre-left Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen, casts her vote in Copenhagen in a general election where climate concerns top the agenda. The Social Democrats are tipped to return to power after adopting the right wing’s long-standing restrictive stance on immigration. IMAGES

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Polls open in Danish elections | AFP

Polls open in Denmark’s general election with the opposition Social Democrats predicted to return to power after adopting the right wing’s long-standing restrictive stance on immigration. IMAGES

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Ministers pose for family photo as Arctic Council meeting begis

The foreign ministers of the US, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland Norway and Canada arrive and pose for a group photo as the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in the Finnish city of Rovaniemi opens. IMAGES of the family photo