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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 »

Why Palmyra Is So Important

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International attention on its invaluable antiquities, now at risk with the Syrian city overrun by ISIS, may do more harm than good. The Atlantic ADAM CHANDLER After Islamic State forces apparently wrested control of the Syrian city of Palmyra—their second large territorial gain this week—the big news didn’t seem to be thereported entrapment of two-thirds of the city’s 200,000 residents. ... Read More »

Sydney Writers Festival: Author Atul Gawande speaks about his book Being Mortal

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Atul Gawande is thinking about death. Which is a funny thing, really, because he’s the type of doctor who gives you the feeling he would definitely save your life. The Sydney Morning Herald - Amy Corderoy, Health Editor, Sydney Morning Herald The 49-year old surgeon and New Yorker staff writer has spent much of his adult life thinking about how we can ... Read More »