Europe

Hundreds call for Hagia Sophia to be converted into mosque in Istanbul rally

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Hundreds of people demanded that the historic Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum be converted into a mosque during a rally in Istanbul on May 24. Hurriyet - ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency People gathered outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, in the historical Sultanahmet district, with some carrying signs that read: “Hagia Sophia needs to be reopened as a mosque,” and “Let our lives be ... Read More »

Pascal Lamy urges PM to make positive case for EU

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David Cameron is being urged to make a positive case for Europe if he wants to successfully renegotiate the UK’s terms of membership with fellow EU leaders. BBC - By Mark MardellPresenter, The World This Weekend Pascal Lamy, one of Europe’s most senior politicians, told the BBC other leaders wanted to help Mr Cameron win a referendum but he has to ... Read More »

EU agrees 1.8bn-euro loan to cash-strapped Ukraine

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BBC – The EU has agreed a €1.8bn (£1.3bn; $2bn) loan to Ukraine – described as a landmark deal for a non-EU member. The agreement was signed at an EU summit in Riga, Latvia, between the leaders of the 28-member bloc and six post-Soviet nations. The loan aims to help cash-strapped Ukraine implement economic reforms, as fighting with pro-Russian rebels in ... Read More »

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

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Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum have declared. DUBLIN – The Associated Press – Hurriyet Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared on May 23 after the world’s first national vote on ... Read More »

Amnesty discusses racism surge in Germany, criticizes government

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DW - Amnesty International has criticized the German government for lacking a clear policy to combat racism at its annual meeting in Dresden. The rights group is currently documenting racially motivated attacks in Germany. Some 500 Amnesty International (AI) members are currently in Dresden to discuss the issue of racism in Germany. The rights group’s German section demanded Saturday that ... Read More »

France to ban food waste in supermarkets

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Paris: In a rare show of unity France’s parliament has voted unanimously to ban food waste in big supermarkets, notably by outlawing the destruction of unsold food products. “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods,” Socialist member of parliament Guillaume Garot, who sponsored the bill, said on Thursday. Under the new legislation, supermarkets will ... Read More »

UK’s Cameron to hold first talks with EU leaders on reform demands

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Newly re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron will have his first talks with other European Union leaders on May 22 on reforms he is seeking to the EU before holding a referendum by 2017 on Britain’s membership of the bloc. Hurriyet - RIGA – Reuters Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet ... Read More »

Argentinian Falklands veterans take ‘torture’ case to international arena

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Veterans of the 1982 conflict recount their ordeal and the anti-Semitic abuse they faced in a press conference, including instances of beatings and sexual violence The Telegraph – By James Badcock, Madrid – Comments Argentinian Falklands War veterans who accuse military officers of torture during the 1982 conflict will take their case to an international appeal court after Argentina’s highest court ruled ... Read More »