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Palestinian security forces assault journalists at West Bank protest

Palestinian security forces assault journalists at West Bank protest Security officials keep watch during a protest in Ramallah on June 14, 2018. Journalists covering unrest in the West Bank say Palestinian Authority forces attacked and harassed them. (AFP/Abbas Momani) New York, June 15, 2018--The Palestinian Authority should investigate claims that its security forces assaulted and harassed ...
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3rd Vintage Film Awards Winners Annouced

3RD VINTAGE FILM AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED Statuettes for films that stand the test of time BRUSSELS, BE, June 15, 2018 – Closing this year’s awards season, the 3rd Vintage Film Awards ceremony was held at the Brussels Press Club tonight (Friday, June 15th), honouring the films from 1997, 1987, 1977 and 1967. Many winners were modern classics that were ignored by the major awards committees up...
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S&Ds call on Tusk to make sure the reform of Dublin is set for decision on the agenda of the June summit

 S&Ds call on Tusk to make sure the reform of Dublin is set for decision on the agenda of the June summit After the Aquarius-case this week and before the background of the dispute in the German Conservative parties, S&D president Udo Bullmann calls on Donald Tusk to take all necessary actions to allow for a breakthrough on the migration issue at the June Council. S&D Group presi...
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CPJ announces 2018 International Press Freedom Award winners

CPJ announces 2018 International Press Freedom Award winners New York, June 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor journalists from Sudan, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam with its 2018 International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have faced legal action, physical attacks, threats, and arrests in retaliation for their work. CPJ is also honoring Philippine journalist Maria...
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RED II set the first European-wide sustainability criteria for solid biomass

 RED II set the first European-wide sustainability criteria for solid biomass Understanding the key role played by solid bioenergy, EU negotiations on RED II opted for a constructive approach towards sustainability in the last round of trilogue negotiations. However, the compromise found fall short on creating a level playing for sustainability criteria. For the first time, European-wide susta...
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Free Nabeel Rajab! The S&Ds demand an immediate release of prominent human rights defender in Bahrain

Free Nabeel Rajab! The S&Ds demand an immediate release of prominent human rights defender in Bahrain Today, on the request of the S&D Group, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the immediate release of Nabeel Rajab and all political prisoners. The prominent human rights defender, sentenced to five years in prison for peacefully expressing his views, is just one of ...
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10 years after Russian invasion, we remain committed to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia

10 years after Russian invasion, we remain committed to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia 10 years on from the August 2008 invasion of Georgia by Russia, the Russian Federation continues its illegal occupation of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, undermining international law and violating human rights. The S&D Group unequivocally supports the sovereignty an...
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Closer EU-NATO cooperation is imperative for European citizens’ security

Closer EU-NATO cooperation is imperative for European citizens’ security Strengthening EU-NATO cooperation is imperative for the security of European citizens in light of Europe’s deteriorated security environment. A stronger EU security and defence also means a stronger NATO. Neither organisation alone has the full range of tools to tackle new security challenges which are increasingly more hybr...
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AnimalhealthEurope welcomes new rules on animal medicines

AnimalhealthEurope welcomes new rules on animal medicines Brussels, 13 June 2018; AnimalhealthEurope welcomes the outcomes agreed by the negotiators for the new rules on animal medicines which should help to deliver greater access to a wide range of animal medicines to improve animal health management and animal welfare in Europe. Echoing a comment from the association’s President Wijnand de B...
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Historic agreement! Welcome Northern Macedonia!

Historic agreement! Welcome Northern Macedonia! The S&D Group welcomes the agreement reached today by the Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev on the long lasting name issue. We expect that this will clear the way for the opening of accession talks with the Republic of Northern Macedonia at the 28-29 June EU summit and enable the relations between both neighbours to thrive. S&D Group presi...
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