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epa04814126 People wait to make transactions from an ATM machine in central Athens, Greece, 22 June 2015. Eurozone finance ministers are holding crisis talks on Greece bailout aid, but there was little hope of a breakthrough despite Athens handing over a new proposal at the last minute. According to Greek media, the new proposal includes the abolition of the preferential VAT treatment for Greek islands, an increase in taxes on corporate profits above 500 million euros (568 million dollars) and the phasing-out of early retirement.  EPA/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS Public opinion in OECD countries firmly against tax avoidance
epa07194668 European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete speaks during a press conference with European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic (not seen), on the long term strategic vision for 'A Clean Planet for All' in Brussels, Belgium, 28 November 2018. The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ European industries urge EU leaders to boost climate action
epa04717035 Customs officials go through illegally imported fake uniforms of Manchester United F.C., Real Madrid C.F. and other famous overseas football clubs at the customs office in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, 23 April 2015. The counterfeit goods were imported from China by a Korean sportswear manufacturer.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT OECD reports global surge in counterfeit products
epa07419586 A Commerzbank office building is seen behind the illuminated euro symbol in Frankfurt, Germany, late 05 February 2019.  EPA-EFE/MAURITZ ANTIN European regulator could block Deutsche-Commerzbank merger
epa07446379 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini during a press conference after a EU / China High-Level strategic Dialogue at Foreign minister level in Brussels, Belgium, 18 March 2019. Reports state that Wang is expected to discuss ways to promote multilateralism and finalise the agenda for next month?s China-EU summit.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET China launches verbal attack on EU over Huawei controversy
epa07433370 Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (L) and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) chat during a news conference for the presentation of the initiatives and celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Italian Renaissance era artist, inventor, scientist and engineer Leonardo da Vinci, in Rome, Italy, 13 March 2019. Universal genius Leonardo Da Vinci died on 02 May 1519 at the manor house Clos Luce in Amboise, then Kingdom of France, at the age of 67 years.  EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO Italy’s planned dealings with China triggers deeper discussion about Sino-European relations
epa07431592 A grab from a handout video made available by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit shows John Bercow, Speaker of the British Parliament, addressing Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Ian Blackford after British Prime Minister Theresa May reacted to him during a debate at the House of Commons parliament in London, Britain, 12 March 2019. British parliament will vote on British Prime Minister May's amended Brexit deal later in the day. Theresa May wants parliament to back her 'improved' withdrawalk agreement she has negotiated with the EU over the so-called 'backstop'. The United Kingdom is officially due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, two years after triggering Article 50 in consequence to a referendum.  EPA-EFE/UK PARLIAMENTARY RECORDING UNIT / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: UK PARLIAMENTARY RECORDING UNIT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES UK speaker Bercow blocks May’s third ‘meaningful vote’ for Brexit deal
epa04975884 Carlos Moedas, from Portugal, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, speaks at a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 13 October 2015. The European Commission announced the adoption of a plan that will see 16 billion euros invested in research and innovation over 2016-2017.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET EU Commission earmarks € 2 billion for new European Innovation Council
epa06023876 European Commissioner for Agriculture and rural development, Phil Hogan at the start of the European Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers Council in Luxembourg, 12 June 2017. Ministers will have an exchange of views on the state of play of the proposal on organic production and labelling of organic products.  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND EU agriculture commissioner says UK customs plan violates WTO rules
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Kassandra

p24-h_54931879 Italy triggers a strategic discussion on Sino-European relations
p24 Kefalogiannis: The audio recording and the emails of the absent Accredited Parliamentary Assistants
epa07399389 Candidate for European Chief Prosecutor,  Laura Codruta Kovesi, Romanian, former chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (DNA) speaks at a hearing during a Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and Budgetary Control committees at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 26 Ferbruary 2019. The hearing of the candidates shortlisted by the selection panel is taking place on 26 February 2019. Romania's Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who removed Codruta Kovesi from her position last year, accused her of signing 'secret' deals with the national intelligence agency in a anti-democratic manner, informing the European Commision. Kovesi, who was proposed for the post of European Chief Prosecutor, denied the official misconduct and bribery allegations. After Romanian administration decided to block Kovesi application, the European Commission reacted by stating that prosecutors running for the position of European Chief Prosecutor shall be treated fairly. Kovesi said she was informed about the allegations formed by the Special Investigative Section for Prosecutors, and she filed two appeals as a reaction. Romania in the last years struggled to combat corruption, and the DNA was one of the main institutions in the fight against it under Kovesi command.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EPPO heading for crash
epa06674343 Jean-Claude Juncker (R), President of the European Commission, speaks with Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament Manfred Weber (L), at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 17 April 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER Weber vs Juncker: What was wrong with the old change?
p3h_55021402 China and the Western world, a game for the big boys
p24 Research and Innovation: Return of The Clones
epa05667781 An interior view of the Europa building's atrium in Brussels, Belgium, 09 December 2016. Located at the heart of the European district, the Europa building combines a new part, a lantern-shaped structure designed by the consortium of Samyn and Partners (Belgium), Studio Valle Progettazioni (Italy) and Buro Happold (UK), and a renovated section listed Art Deco complex designed by architect Michel Polak in 1922. The building is scheduled to host it's first European head of governments summit in January 2017.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Jean-François Bohnert takes the lead for Chief European Public Prosecutor as Kovesi stumbles in Council
20151103PHT01062_original OLAF confirms MEP Kefalogiannis still under investigation as New Democracy confirms him as European Parliament candidate
romania-plans-fill-financial-void-absorbing-eu-funds IMG Why is Romania still an EU member state?
p1-h_54987523 Kovesi: Romanian EPPO favourite, under fire


EU National News

epa06328369 (FILE) - Employees walk between Golf model cars during the quality check in the production line in the Volkswagen (VW) parent plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, 09 March 2017. The German Federal Statistics agency Destatis on 14 November 2017 said increased exports and higher investments brought an increase of 0.8 per cent in gross domestic product, while economists had expected a lower figure of 0.6 per cent. The inflation rate, as measured by the consumer price index, was up 1.8 per cent in both September and August 2017 said Destatis. The prices of food rose 4.3 per cent, while prices for goods rose 1.9 per cent year-on-year in October. Economists expect growth in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, to continue its upward trend in future.  EPA-EFE/CARSTEN KOALL Economists halve Germany’s 2019 growth projections
epa04961733 Anti-migration protesters attend a rally at the border town Tornio between Sweden and Finland, 03 October 2015. Several protests, both pro- and anti-migration, were organized in cities of Sweden. Opponents and supporters of refugees staged demonstrations across several cities in Finland, bringing tensions over migration policy to a head after the country saw its asylum applications skyrocket this year. Several hundred people in the northern border town of Tornio called for the border to be closed as another group of similar size conducted a counter-rally. Located on the border with Sweden, Tornio has been the main entry point for refugees and migrants to the Nordic country in recent weeks.  EPA/ROBERT NYHOLM SWEDEN OUT Finns are becoming more positive towards migration
scv_1552994832901586816954 Buildings evacuated in Brussels’ European quarter over bomb scare
epa06117224 German servicemen line up during the official opening ceremony of the joint multinational military exercise 'Noble Partner 2017' at the military base of Vaziani, outside Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 July 2017. The Noble Partner 2017 is larger-scale with engagement of NATO members and partner countries: Georgia, USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia, and Ukraine, reports Georgia's Ministry of Defense.  EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE Germany to miss NATO spending target
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World News

epa07438528 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses media in Wellington, New Zealand, 15 March 2019. Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.  EPA-EFE/BORIS JANCIC   NO ARCHIVES Deadly terror attack against two mosques in New Zealand
epa07384934 Protestors gather in front of the Istanbul Courthouse to support journalists of daily newspaper Cumhuriyet after the court had upheld sentences against them, in Istanbul, Turkey, 21 February 2019. 17 current and former Cumhuriyet journalists, cartoonists and executives were convicted on terrorism-related charges in 2018, because of allegedly aiding and abetting terror groups without being a member. The trial was widely criticized as a political assault against one of Turkey's last bastions of critical media.  EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA Turkey denies accreditation to foreign journalists ahead of March elections
epa06240698 Oil rigs sit in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Fields off the Dalton Highway in Deadhorse, Alaska, USA, 04 September 2017 (issued 02 October 2017). Low oil prices have idled many of the North Slope's rigs. Stretching 414 miles (666 kilometers) north from central Alaska to Prudhoe Bay, the Dalton Highway is one of America's northernmost roads and arguably its most remote. Built as a supply road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the Dalton was opened to public use in 1981. Largely gravel and littered with potholes, a round-trip drive takes four days. Though it still offers few facilities and no radio, cell service, or internet the Haul Road, as it is often called, rewards its rare visitors with spectacular Arctic scenery.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO AGDC inks Alaska LNG deal with BP and ExxonMobil
p23a-h_54566496 New Russian law bans ‘disrespect’ of the government
IMG_0866 Shell, Total offer solutions to developing challenging Caspian reserves

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THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07421913 Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister Sia Anagnostopulu (L) and North Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov (R) as they are signing the agreement to open a new border crossing between Greece and North Macedonia in Skopje, North Macedonia, 08 March 2019. Alternate Foreign Minister of Greece, Sia Anagnostopulu arrived for a two-days working visit to North Macedonia. She will meet top officials in the country.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Coming to terms
epa07412921 The Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik (L), and the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn (R) attend a joint news conference at the end of their meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 04 March 2019.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU tells Bosnia to be ‘realistic’ about future membership
epa06575740 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during the Delphi Economic Forum, Delphi, central Greece, 02 March 2018.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Delphi Economic Forum: Intense focus on Southeastern Europe
epa07366857 Journalists and cameramen next to Greece's border stone and the new country name North Macedonia sign board, at the border crossing Bogorodica between North Macedonia and Greece on 13 February 2019. FYR of Macedonia Government is due change the name of country after ratification of the Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of Republic of North Macedonia whereby Greece will approve the accession of its northern neighbor to NATO under its new name, as provided by the Prespes Agreement signed by Athens and Skopje.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: Nationality tussles highlight Prespes Agreement flaws
epa07374650 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) and North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (R) attend a discussion session during the 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany, 16 February 2019. From 15 to 17 February, politicians, various experts and guests from all over the world will discuss global security issues in their annual meeting.  EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK Name Dispute: A time for kudos, awards and arrests
epa07366602 A man passes between Greece's border stone and the new country name North Macedonia sign board, at the border crossing Bogorodica between North Macedonia and Greece on 13 February 2019. FYR of Macedonia Government is due change the name of country after ratification of the Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession of Republic of North Macedonia whereby Greece will approve the accession of its northern neighbor to NATO under its new name, as provided by the Prespes Agreement signed by Athens and Skopje.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Name Dispute: North Macedonia’s name change takes hold
epa04961733 Anti-migration protesters attend a rally at the border town Tornio between Sweden and Finland, 03 October 2015. Several protests, both pro- and anti-migration, were organized in cities of Sweden. Opponents and supporters of refugees staged demonstrations across several cities in Finland, bringing tensions over migration policy to a head after the country saw its asylum applications skyrocket this year. Several hundred people in the northern border town of Tornio called for the border to be closed as another group of similar size conducted a counter-rally. Located on the border with Sweden, Tornio has been the main entry point for refugees and migrants to the Nordic country in recent weeks.  EPA/ROBERT NYHOLM SWEDEN OUT Finns are becoming more positive towards migration
scv_1552994832901586816954 Buildings evacuated in Brussels’ European quarter over bomb scare
epa04717035 Customs officials go through illegally imported fake uniforms of Manchester United F.C., Real Madrid C.F. and other famous overseas football clubs at the customs office in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, 23 April 2015. The counterfeit goods were imported from China by a Korean sportswear manufacturer.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT OECD reports global surge in counterfeit products
epa06117224 German servicemen line up during the official opening ceremony of the joint multinational military exercise 'Noble Partner 2017' at the military base of Vaziani, outside Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 July 2017. The Noble Partner 2017 is larger-scale with engagement of NATO members and partner countries: Georgia, USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia, and Ukraine, reports Georgia's Ministry of Defense.  EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE Germany to miss NATO spending target

Italy’s planned dealings with China triggers deeper discussion about Sino-European relations epa07433370 Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (L) and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) chat during a news conference for the presentation of the initiatives and celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Italian Renaissance era artist, inventor, scientist and engineer Leonardo da Vinci, in Rome, Italy, 13 March 2019. Universal genius Leonardo Da Vinci died on 02 May 1519 at the manor house Clos Luce in Amboise, then Kingdom of France, at the age of 67 years.  EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

On 15 March, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed that his government is considering putting pen-top-paper a bilateral agreement with

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Energy

epa07448345 (FILE) - Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev attends the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 14 April 2017 (reissued 19 March 2019). According to reports, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on 19 March 2019 he was resigning from his office. Nazarbayev was in office for 29 years.  EPA-EFE/IGOR KOVALENKO Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev resigns as president but retains powerful position
epa07194668 European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete speaks during a press conference with European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic (not seen), on the long term strategic vision for 'A Clean Planet for All' in Brussels, Belgium, 28 November 2018. The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ European industries urge EU leaders to boost climate action
epa06284389 The view on the President Lech Kaczynski's LNG terminal area in Swinoujscie, north west Poland, 23 October 2017. Annually, the terminal can receive five billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas, which is one third of the Polish economy needs.  EPA-EFE/MARCIN BIELECKI POLAND OUT Polish LNG terminal regasification capacity increase cleared by the EU
epa07182604 European commissioner in charge of jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen (L) and EU Commissioner in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Polish Elzbieta Bienkowska give a news conference on  Investment Plan for Europe in Brussels, Belgium, 22 November 2018. Commission presents an assessment of the situation in the single market and calls on Member States to renew their political commitment to the Single Market.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Clean vehicle roadmap reaches EU Council Presidency
epa01561159 General view of Europe's biggest wind energy park in the northern region of Viana do Castelo, 26 November 2008. Portuguese Economy Minister Manuel Pinho inaugurated what was described as Europe's biggest wind energy park in the northern region of Viana do Castelo. The Alto Minho I park began generating energy already a year ago, gradually increasing its production to the full amount. The 120 turbines divided between five sub-stations will produce 530 gigawatts annually or one per cent of Portugal's energy.  EPA/ESTELA SILVA Wind power may cover almost 40% of Portugal’s electricity by 2030
epa07241952 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (R) during the 5th Israel-Greece-Cyprus Summit in Beersheba, in the Negev Desert, Israel, 20 December 2018. According to reports, the meeting is expected to focus on cooperation projects between the countries.  EPA-EFE/JIM HOLLANDER Greece-Cyprus-Israel EastMed gas pipeline reaches Washington
nsp2-welding-operations-on-board-offshore-installation-barge-c10-paul-langrock-201811-large-cmyk MEPs oppose Nord Stream-2 in European Parliament resolution
p16cb Parliament and Council reach environment and climate funding deal
epaselect epa07203122 A view shows a power plant operating during a polluted day in Beijing, China, 02 December 2018.  According to a report by the UN, CO2 emissions have gone up for the first time in four years. The report comes just days ahead of the COP24 United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Poland from 02 to 14 December.  EPA-EFE/WU HONG EU urges China to peak its emissions before 2030
Margrethe Vestager E.ON’s proposed acquisition of Innogy raises EU competition concerns

Internet & ICT

p2-JOHN_STAPELS_6316_JS5_5365 Interview: BEREC Chair Jeremy Godfrey on Europe’s telecommunications future
epa07223429 Members of Parliament vote during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 11 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER European Parliament adopts Cybersecurity Act to counter Chinese IT threat
epa06721026 (FILE) - A visitor takes pictures at the stand of Vodafone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2018 (reissued 09 May 2018). According to media reports, Britain's Vodafone Group has confirmed on 09 May 2018 that it has agreed to a deal, valued at 19 billion euro (22.5 billion US dollar), to buy European assets by Liberty Global international cable company. The deal includes operations in Germany, Hungary, Russia and the Czech Republic, media added.  EPA-EFE/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ Major operators at Mobile World Congress explore 5G’s potential
Katim_DSC_9518_1000 DarkMatter Group debuts first ultra-secure smartphone
PAN_04819 Greek president opens Delphi Economic Forum warning about AI
epa04010521 A journalist tries out the new LG G Flex Android Smartphone featuring a curved, flexible body and screen during a media presentation at the consumer electronics show CES in Las Vegas, USA, 06 January 2014. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show runs from 07 to 10 January 2014 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.  EPA/BRITTA PEDERSEN China drives global adoption of new eSIM technology
epa04455523 A picture made available on 21 October 2014 shows Lee Sang-chul, vice chairman of LG Uplus Corp., giving a lecture on the 5G innovation at the 5G Global Summit at Bexco in Busan, South Korea, 20 October 2014.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT 5G connections to account for 15% of mobile industry by 2025
epa07331062 A general view of the Sydney headquarters of Chinese tech company Huawei at Chatswood in Sydney, Australia, 30 January 2019.  EPA-EFE/DAN HIMBRECHTS  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT British intel says Huawei risk for developing 5G networks may be ‘manageable’
epa07329098  EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel gives a press conference on the code of practice signed by online platforms to fight disinformation with the European Commissioner for Security Union, (not pictured) at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 29 January 2019. Online platforms, social networks, advertisers and advertising industry in September 2018 agreed on a self-regulatory Code of Practice to address the spread of online disinformation and fake news  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU puts pressure on Internet giants ahead of European elections
epa07274788 Social networking site Facebook is displayed on an electronic device at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam, 11 January 2019. Vietnam has accused Facebook of breaking a cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments, according to state media.  EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH Facebook to bolster its capabilities against disinformation

Faith and Religious Freedom

epa07443310 People carry banners and shout slogans during a protest against terrorist attacks on mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, outside the Parliament building in Rabat, Morocco, 16 March 2019. On 15 March 2019, 49 people were killed by a gunman, believed to be Brenton Harrison Tarrant, and 20 more injured and in critical condition during the terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand during the Friday prayers. Tarrant was charged by one murder charge with more to follow as the investigation continues. Arabic banners read 'No to Islamophobia under any name'.  EPA-EFE/JALAL MORCHIDI After New Zealand massacre, Muslims in Europe fear for their safety
epa05029354 A photograph made available on 17 November 2015 shows students posing for a photo as they attend a class at the FVDL school, a project of the international Catholic organization Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), in Beirut, Lebanon, 16 November 2015. The school, named after the Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt who was murdered in the Syrian city of Homs in 2014, receives about 500 Iraqi and Syrian refugee children from the poor neighborhoods of Beirut.  EPA/NUNO VEIGA Pioneering hosting scheme offers support to migrants and refugees
epa07422375 A handout picture provided by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis' audience to the participants of the international conference 'Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Listening to the cry of the earth and of the poor' at the Vatican, 08 March 2019.  EPA-EFE/VATICAN MEDIA HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Pope Francis meets with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders in the Vatican
epaselect epa06676882 Yazidi girls and boys, who were allegedly used by Islamic State (IS) militants as slaves, wear traditional clothing as they visit the grave of Yazidi girl Zairo Khider, who committed suicide during her detention by IS during their control over the outskirts of Sinjar town in 2014, during a ceremony to celebrate the Yazidi New Year at Lalish temple in Shekhan town near Dohuk, northern Iraq, 17 April 2018 (Issued 18 April 2018). The Kurdish northern Iraq is home to the Yazidi religious minority who was attacked and expelled by jihadist terror militia 'Islamic State' (IS) in 2014. Hundreds of people were taken hostages then, including women allegedly used as sex slaves and as gifts between the fighters. According to reports, some 6400 Yazidis, mostly women and children, were enslaved by IS in 2014. Most of the freed girls and boys lost their families during the enslavement period.  EPA-EFE/GAILAN HAJI Religious persecution is increasingly becoming a global crisis
Church-of-Scientology-Brussels-Exterior-Dusk_CSE1935-0552_4_62_fr Scientologists mark third anniversary of Belgian court win
epa05899174 Lebanese Christians Maronite Bishop Boulos Matar (C-R) walks during the Palm Sunday mass procession in the streets surrounding the Cathedral of St. George Maronite and Mohamed al-Amine mosque in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, 09 April 2017. Palm Sunday for Roman Catholic devotees symbolically marks the biblical account of the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, signaling the start of the Holy Week before Easter.  EPA/Nabil Mounzer Christianity in the Middle East threatened with extinction
epaselect epa06208762 Two Rohingya children eat food at their makeshift tent at Tangkhali, Ukhiya, Bangladesh, 16 September 2017. According to UNHCR more than 400 thousand Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar from violence over the last few weeks, most trying to cross the border and reach Bangladesh. International organizations have reported claims of human rights violations and summary executions allegedly carried out by the Myanmar army.  EPA-EFE/ABIR ABDULLAH Suffering of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya continues to worsen
epa01403375 Ukrainian riot police officers take part in a training session agaist soccer hooliganism, anticipated at the final of EURO 2012 at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, 03 July 2008. The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) president Michel Platini have one-day visit to Ukraine today to monitor the state of preparations in Ukraine for the organisation of EURO 2012 soccer championship.  EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO European football plagued by rising number of racist incidents and anti-Semitism
epa04336797 (FILES) File picture dated 24 May 2013 of Muslim men of the Uighur ethnic group leaving the Id Kah Mosque after Friday prayers in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China. The imam of one of China's most important mosques has been killed because of his opposition to recent violence by members of his ethnic Uighur community in the far western region of Xinjiang, US-based Radio Free Asia reported 31 July 2014. Jume Tahir, imam of the ancient Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, was found in a pool of blood outside the compound early Wednesday.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG Governments use death penalty to crackdown on religious minorities
epa07078119 The banks are partly submerged in floodwater next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, 09 January 2018. Heavy rains have contributed to the Seine river's rising level, causing minor flooding in low-lying areas of Paris.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT Decathlon under fire for introducing and then withdrawing Islamic sports attire plans for French market
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