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epa07733685 French President Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting with Special Envoy of the UNHCR for the Central Mediterranean situation Vincent Cochetel, International Organization for Migration Director-General Antonio Vitorino, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 22 July 2019.  EPA-EFE/PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL  MAXPPP OUT Macron says some EU countries have agreed to a new migrant mechanism
epa05363637 An International Organisation for Migration (IOM) employee watches a migrant boat as it comes ashore at Lhoknga Beach, Aceh, Indonesia, 14 June 2016.  About 40 migrants from Sri Lanka drifted into Aceh waters after engine failure. According to the Indonesia immigration, the migrants were heading to Australia when their wooden boat developed an engine problem. The Indonesian government decided to send a mechanic to fix their boat and supplied them with food and fuel so they could leave the Indonesian territory. The migrants refuse to leave Indonesian waters and are demanding around 7 metric tons of fuel for their onward journey to Australia.  EPA/HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK EASO and IOM establish formal cooperation framework
epa06882357 A view of the logo of Poste Italiane postal service at a local branch in Siena, Italy, 05 July 2018.  EPA-EFE/MATTIA SEDDA Commission to provide €171.7 million to Poste Italiane
epa07670012 A photograph released on 24 June 2019 of Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as he attends the Conservative Party leadership hustings in Birmingham, Britain, 22 June 2019. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is calling for Johnson to take part in a TV debates during the campaign to become the country's next Prime Minister.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Johnson faces cabinet walk outs and Irish border controls
epa06335289 Mario Draghi, President of European Central Bank (ECB) during the 27th Frankfurt European Banking Congress 2017 in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 17 November 2017. The Frankfurt European Banking Congress (EBC) started in 1991 on the initiative of the International Bankers Forum (IBF). From 1992 to 2008, the congress was hosted annually by Germany's leading banks based in Frankfurt am Main, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank, as well as by the Deutsche Bundesbank, the City of Frankfurt am Main, and the IBF. From 2009 to 2015, the chairmen of Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank took turns in officially hosting the EBC. Since 2016, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank have been the co-hosting banks of the congress. Traditionally, the EBC takes place on Friday prior to the very last Friday in November at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.  EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI ECB to launch second bond-buying program in November
epa07731990 An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, 21 July 2019. Media reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claims to have seized Stena Impero at the Strait of Hormuz with 23 crew on board. Stena Bulk has issued a statement that 'UK registered vessel Stena Impero was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters. On 20 July Stena Bulk informed that Head of Marine Affairs at the Port of Bandar Abbas is in contact with the crew members, who are in 'good health' and that Head of Marine Affairs has confirmed to them that no instructions have been received so far as to what will happen to the ship.'  EPA-EFE/HASAN SHIRVANI Iran escalates tensions in the Persian Gulf after seizing UK tanker
epa07275165 (FILE) - A file photo dated 17 March 2015 mshowing a man walking past a Huawei logo at the world's biggest computer fair CeBIT CeBIT in Hanover, Germany (reissued 11 January 2019). Media reports on 11 January 2019 state security services in Poland have arrested two persons alleged of spying. It is alleged one of the two arrested is a Chinese national, named as Weijing W who works for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The Polish man identified by media is Piotr D, who used to work at Polish security services but left following allegations of corruption.  EPA-EFE/OLE SPATA  GERMANY OUT Brussels to further scrutinise China’s intelligence law on 5G
epa07271640 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Italy Matteo Salvini attends a press conference at the Italian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, 09 January 2019. Salvini came to Warsaw at the invitation of the Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski. The Italian politician also met with the leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski.  EPA-EFE/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT Italy objects to Franco-German insistence on “closest port” principle
epa07724528 A grab from a handout video made available by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit shows the four tellers announcing the result of the voting on the 'Benn Amendment' in the British House of Commons at Westminster, London, Britain, 18 July 2019. The Benn Amendment is aimed at preventing the next prime minister from suspending Parliament to pursue a no-deal Brexit.  EPA-EFE/UK PARLIAMENTARY RECORDING UNIT / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: UK PARLIAMENTARY RECORDING UNIT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES House of Commons rejects no deal
{1B40870A-478A-7C49-90F9-739AEF382405} Timmermans says EU Commission under von der Leyen will be tough on rule of law

Kassandra

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 In an EPPO stalemate, the alternative for Kovesi to tackle corruption from within the EU’s center of power
Picture1 That’s Life!
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p24h_54980379 Cyprus, the island sinking in waste
p24-h_53710279 Garbage in paradise
p24-h_54782591 Wasting waste and wasting an opportunity
epa07506173 People wave flags of North Macedonia, Albania and the EU during the central electoral rally of the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia party (SDSM) for the Presidential election in front of the EU information center in Skopje, North Macedonia, 14 April 2019.  The coalition between the ruling SDSM and DUI will run in the upcoming Presidential election with Professor Stevo Pendarovski who is a candidate for the President of the Republic of North Macedonia for the second time. The first round of the election is scheduled for 21 April 2019.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Enlargement, going back to square one
epa05785791 European People's Party president Manfred Weber speaks during the second day of the 18th National Congress of the Party held at Caja Magica pavillion in Madrid, Spain, 11 February 2017. The congress runs from 10 to 12 February.  EPA/JUANJO MARTIN Did Weber unwittingly throw himself under the bus?
epa07589302 Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini (C), attends an election campaign rally in Lecce, southern Italy, 21 May 2019. Matteo Salvini is campaigning for his right-wing Lega (League) party in the upcoming European election.  EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO LONGO An election different than any other before
p24 One debate, many questions


EU National News

epa06024069 Northern League leader Matteo Salvini speaks during a press conference in Milan, Italy, 12 June 2017. Rightwing populist Northern League leader Matteo Salvini said after a strong centre right showing in Sunday's local elections that for the next general election in May 2018 'we will do our utmost to forge a coalition that is as compact as possible' with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) flopped in local polls across Italy as the old centre-left and centre-right blocs returned to the fore in major cities.  EPA/MATTEO BAZZI Salvini demands devolution for Lombardy and Veneto
epa07734584 Spanish acting Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez (L), and acting Vice Prime Minister, Carmen Calvo, during the second day of the investiture debate at the Parliament's Lower Chamber, in Madrid, Spain, 23 July 2019. Lawmakers are to decide whether to confirm Socialist Party's candidate Pedro Sanchez as Prime Minister in the first round of the investiture vote, in which an absolute majority is needed. In the most likely case of a failed result, Sanchez would require a simple majority in a second round of voting that will take place on the upcoming 25 July  EPA-EFE/Ballesteros Spanish Socialists closer to forming a coalition government
epa05002650 Picture provided by Rescue Navy that shows the rescue of the 15 Sub-Saharian migrants, in a boat 39 miles from Alhucemas (Morocco) from where they tried to reach the Spanish coast, on their arrival in Malaga's dock, Andalusia, Spain, 29 October 2015. The 15 migrants travelled in a boat that sank on 28 October 2015 and has left at leastthree people dead and 30 missing.  EPA/Rescue Navy / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Spain bolsters bilateral support to Morocco to stem migration
epaselect epa07721917 Outgoing German Defense Minister and newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (R) and designated German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during a inauguration ceremony with military honors at the Defense Ministry in Berlin, Germany, 17 July 2019. Outgoing German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was elected as European Commission President on 16 July. She will be succeeded by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.  EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN Germany to meet NATO’s 2% defence spending benchmark
epa07702135 Leader of conservative New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis gestures during the press conference, after the announcement of the first results of the Greek general elections, at the headquarter's party, in Athens, Greece, 07 July 2019. The result (100 pct of sample) of the first exit polls for the 2019 general elections in Greece were released after the closing of the polls at 19:00 on Sunday. They indicate a victory by a substantial margin for New Democracy, which is seen getting an absolute majority in parliament.  EPA-EFE/YANNIS KOLESIDIS The ‘new reality’ for Greece under the leadership of Kyriakos Mitsotakis

World News

epa04986232 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 August 2015 shows Chinese yuan banknotes in Beijing, China, 12 August 2015. According to media reports on 21 October 2015, People's Bank of China (PBC or PBOC), the central bank of China, launched a yuan-denominated bond auction in London, Britain. The move, said to be made for the first time outside of China, intends to internationalize China's currency facilitating cross-border trade and investment in the offshore market. The note, worth five billion yuan (about 690 million euro or 786 million US dollar), has an interest rate of 3.15 percent and its falls are due in 2016. The central bank's announcement was made as Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Britain on a four-day official visit.  EPA/WU HONG China goes from global creditor to credit balance
epa04879689 A Chinese convenience store vendor shows her earnings in 100 Chinese Yuan, or Renminbi, bills in Beijing, China, 11 August 2015. The yuan has sunk to the lowest trading price in a decade after China's central bank devalued the currency on 11 August to aid a slowing economy. The People's Bank of China set the daily mid-point yuan trading price a record 1.9 per cent weaker at 6.2298 to the US dollar.  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA China faces slowest growth in a generation
epa07588398 A Thai employee checks a Huawei smartphone at a Huawei store in Bangkok, Thailand, 21 May 2019. The US based multinational technology company Google halted business with Huawei after the US President signed an executive order declaring the Chinese giant telecommunication company, Huawei on a trade blacklist over national security concerns and issuing restrictions that will hamper the Chinese giant smartphone's efforts to do business with US companies causing Huawei will lose access to updates for the Android operating system.  EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT Washington to ease restrictions on Huawei’s US suppliers
epa06617336 Cambridge Analytica's sign at their offices in London, Britain, 21 March 2018. Britain's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has applied for a warrant to search the offices of 'Cambridge Analytica', which is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members for its own campaigns during the US presidential elections in 2016 and Brexit referendum.  EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN Facebook faces $5bn fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal
epa07557568 Israeli Air Force F35 fighter jet flies during Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, on the coast of Tel Aviv, Israel, 09 May 2019. The state of Israel celebrates the 71st anniversary of its independence and the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.  EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN Washington to impose sanctions against Turkey

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

The case for a fiscal Fed

By: Benjamin J. Cohen

A reform opportunity for the IMF

By: José Antonio Ocampo

Are central banks losing their big bet?

By: Mohamed A. El-Erian

The ‘new reality’ for Greece under the leadership of Kyriakos Mitsotakis

By: Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou

Technical issues should not cause political crises

By: Egemen Bağış

The age of cynical voters

By: Slawomir Sierakowski

epa07182205 A Filipino girl takes part in a rally against violence against women and children at a park in Manila, Philippines, 22 November 2018. Child advocates and students staged a demonstration to urge the public to fight for women and children's safety and protection.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

No excuse for violence against children

By: Zoleka Mandela
Etienne Krug
Howard Taylor

Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation and a threat to Europe

By: Michael Sieveking

Asia’s scary movie

By: Richard N. Haass

How honest are we?

By: Peter Singer

The exploitation time bomb

By: Jayati Ghosh

EU-Morocco relations to prosper after kick-start of largest Mediterranean port

By: Eli Hadzhieva

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07695660 Greek leader of main opposition New Democracy party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses supporters during the party's main pre-election rally at Thisio square in Athens, Greece, 04 July 2019. General elections in Greece are scheduled on 07 July 2019.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU The Name Dispute after the July 7 Greek elections
epa07696762 Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev (R) during the plenary session at the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, Poland 05 July 2019. The summit gathered officials from countries taking part in the Berlin Process, an initiative that supports the integration of the six Western Balkan nations with the European Union.  EPA-EFE/JAKUB KACZMARCZYK POLAND OUT Western Balkan nations strengthen cooperation at Poland summit
epa07609919 European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) and EU commissioner for enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn (R) gives a press conference on EU enlargement Package 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2019. As enlargement discussions freeze, aspirants twist in the wind
epa07506173 People wave flags of North Macedonia, Albania and the EU during the central electoral rally of the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia party (SDSM) for the Presidential election in front of the EU information center in Skopje, North Macedonia, 14 April 2019.  The coalition between the ruling SDSM and DUI will run in the upcoming Presidential election with Professor Stevo Pendarovski who is a candidate for the President of the Republic of North Macedonia for the second time. The first round of the election is scheduled for 21 April 2019.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Enlargement, going back to square one
epaselect epa07622002 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (R) react after a joint press conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, 03 June 2019. Stoltenberg is on a two-day official visit to North Macedonia, which is expected to become the next country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI Zaev hints at early elections
epa07607385 Kosovo's police special unit secure the area near the village of Cabra, northern Kosovo, 28 May 2019. Two police officers were wounded as local Serbs resisted the major anti-smuggling operation, where dozens people were arrested in Serb dominated northern part of the country.  EPA-EFE/STRINGER Kosovo-Serbia relations again disrupted
epa07609923 European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) and EU commissioner for enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn (R) give a press conference on EU enlargement Package 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, 29 May 2019. EU enlargement Package annualy assess relations with Western Balkans and Turkey.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET EU Commission recommends opening accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia
web Borissov, Tsipras launch IGB pipeline in Bulgaria
epa07468431 (FILE) - Police officers of European Border and Coast Guard stand on duty, during the official launch of the European Border and Coast Guard, in Kapitan Andreevo Check Point, on the borders of Bulgaria with Turkey, 06 October 2016 (reissued 28 March 2019). To protect Europe's external borders, the EU's Frontex border patrol force is to be expanded to up to 10,000 troops by 2027, according to announcements by participants in the negotiations between EU states and the European Parliament on 28 March 2019.  EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU Albania and European border agency begin first joint operations
epa07549945 Stevo Pendarovski (L), the candidate of the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) celebrates with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (R) after declaring election victory in Skopje, North Macedonia, 05 May 2019. More than 1.8 million voters were eligible to choose between two candidates for a President of North Macedonia in the second round of elections.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI North Macedonia’s presidential election results calm West’s worries

Timmermans says EU Commission under von der Leyen will be tough on rule of law {1B40870A-478A-7C49-90F9-739AEF382405}

European Commission First Vice-president Frans Timmermans said during a press conference following an EU affairs meeting in Brussels that he

By Irene Kostaki Journalist, New Europe

Energy

epa07731990 An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, 21 July 2019. Media reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claims to have seized Stena Impero at the Strait of Hormuz with 23 crew on board. Stena Bulk has issued a statement that 'UK registered vessel Stena Impero was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters. On 20 July Stena Bulk informed that Head of Marine Affairs at the Port of Bandar Abbas is in contact with the crew members, who are in 'good health' and that Head of Marine Affairs has confirmed to them that no instructions have been received so far as to what will happen to the ship.'  EPA-EFE/HASAN SHIRVANI Iran escalates tensions in the Persian Gulf after seizing UK tanker
UNIDO Italy’s ENI and UN sign sustainable development deal
epa01267824 Electricity pylons stand in Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 February 2009. Gold Fields, South Africa's second-biggest gold producer, could cut up to 6,900 jobs, or 13% of its 53,000 workforce, and possibly defer a R5,4 billion (€470 million) project in order to meet a 10% cut in power use imposed by the country's power utility Eskom, the company announced 25 February. South Africa is experiencing a crippling energy crisis due to its inability to supply enough electricity to satisfy its daily domestic and commercial requirements.  EPA/JON HRUSA Kazakhstan begins to export electricity to Uzbekistan
1 Kazatomprom hails Trump’s decision not to restrict uranium imports
epa07660387 The Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz at Dilovasi port in city of Kocaeli, Turkey, 20 June 2019. Turkey's second drilling ship will operate off the Karpas Peninsula to the northeast of the island of Cyprus. Yavuz will be determined by geology and geophysics studies of the vessel and it will take place at a depth of approximately 1,000 meters on the seabed and some 3,000 meters of drilling will be made, Bilgin said, adding that the ship will move to its second location once the first drill is completed.  EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN Turkey rebuffs calls to back off Cyprus gas hunt
8 Russia’s Tatneft, KazMunayGaz ink MoU to develop oil and gas cooperation
epa07708599 General view of the new Safe Confinement covering the 4th block of Chernobyl Nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, 10 July 2019. A solemn event connected with transfer of the new safe confinement from Novarka to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant for exploitation took place in Chernobyl. French company Novarka has ended work on the installation of an arch for the new safe confinement over the Generating Unit No. 4 of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO Chernobyl new safe confinement concluded
epa04724978 A picture made available on 29 April 2015 shows the converter station 'SylWin alpha' of the Dutch electricity provider Tennet and wind turbines protrude from the North Sea in the offshore wind farm 'DanTysk' operated jointly by the Swedish energy company Vattenfall and the city of Munich, Germany, power utility, some 70 km West of the island of Sylt, Germany, 27 April 2015. On 30 April 2015 the wind farm at the German-Danish border will be officially brought into service.  EPA/CHRISTIAN†CHARISIUS Vattenfall to build offshore wind farms in Dutch North Sea
DSC00667 CPC pipeline modernisation to boost transfer of Kazakh oil via Russia
EU-Kazakhstan EU and Kazakhstan advance new Central Asian strategy

Internet & ICT

epa07275165 (FILE) - A file photo dated 17 March 2015 mshowing a man walking past a Huawei logo at the world's biggest computer fair CeBIT CeBIT in Hanover, Germany (reissued 11 January 2019). Media reports on 11 January 2019 state security services in Poland have arrested two persons alleged of spying. It is alleged one of the two arrested is a Chinese national, named as Weijing W who works for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The Polish man identified by media is Piotr D, who used to work at Polish security services but left following allegations of corruption.  EPA-EFE/OLE SPATA  GERMANY OUT Brussels to further scrutinise China’s intelligence law on 5G
epa07588398 A Thai employee checks a Huawei smartphone at a Huawei store in Bangkok, Thailand, 21 May 2019. The US based multinational technology company Google halted business with Huawei after the US President signed an executive order declaring the Chinese giant telecommunication company, Huawei on a trade blacklist over national security concerns and issuing restrictions that will hamper the Chinese giant smartphone's efforts to do business with US companies causing Huawei will lose access to updates for the Android operating system.  EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT Washington to ease restrictions on Huawei’s US suppliers
epa03299656 FILE - A file photo shows a Swedish Gripen aircraft fighter flying during the first day of the airshow of Sion, Switzerland, 16 September 2011. Saab, Swedish manufacturer of the Gripen, has been requested by Brazil's Air Force to renew its  six-months offer on a contract to sell 36 combat jets. The Gripen is one of the three shortlisted planes, with French Dassault's Rafale and US Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet. This is the 4th extension asked by the buyers, who are not yet decided which aircraft will be bought.  EPA/LAURENT GILLIERON Sweden joins the British Jet-fighter program
epa00879779 Kia Cee´d cars stand on the production line during an opening ceremony of production at Korean company Kia Motors Slovakia in Teplicka nad Vahom near Zilina, Slovakia, Thursday 07 December 2006. Kia Motors Slovakia plans to produce 300,000 Kia Cee´d cars in this plant per year.  EPA/Tomas Hudcovic Labour market shortages take their toll on Central Eastern European economies
p4-h_55277730 The EU, US, and 5G
p13 The 5G development debate
p11-Simon-Murphy Simon Murphy: The businessman who believes the best AI on the market is Authentic Intelligence!
youtube-plans-launch-paid-channels IMG YouTube bans white supremacist content, removes thousands of channels from platform
epa07590393 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (L) speak to the new media after giving a classified intelligence briefings on Iran to members Congress at the Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 21 May 2019. The administration of President Trump briefed Congress on intelligence that has prompted the US military build up against reported Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf region.  EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER US moves against intel-linked Chinese tech companies
huawei-microsoft-launch-smartphone-africa IMG Google cuts off Huawei

Faith and Religious Freedom

epa00970814 The 1,000-year-old Akhtamar Church, one of the finest surviving monuments of ancient Armenian culture during the opening ceremony at Akdamar Island  in Van Lake, eastern of Turkey on Thursday 29 March 2007. Turkey completed a $1.5 million restoration of the sandstone building, and invited Armenian officials to a ceremony there on 29 March to mark what Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called a "positive" message. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 during a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU Armenian minority scores rare win in Turkey’s top court over election of new patriarch
epa06692668 A participant is wearing a kippa during the 'Berlin wears kippa' near the Jewish community center, in Berlin, Germany, 25 April 2018. Some 2,000 people, may of them wearing a kippa or yarmulke, attended the event that was held in solidarity with the Jewish community. The show of solidarity was organized following an attack on a non-Jewish man wearing a kippa a week ago in Berlin.  EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER Europe attempts to step up its fight against antisemitism
epa02521111 Southern Sudanese women queue to cast their vote for the referendum on the independence of South Sudan at a polling station in Juba, Southern Sudan, 09 January 2011. Southern Sudanese went to the polls in a historic referendum that is widely expected to see them vote to split from the north. The week-long vote is the centerpiece of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the Christian and Animist south - a conflict which claimed the lives of more than 2 million southerners and displaced 4 million more. An emotional Salva Kiir, president of Southern Sudan, choked back tears as he cast his ballot and dedicated the vote to independence leader John Garang - who died in a 2005 helicopter crash - and all those who perished in the war. Just under 4 million Southern Sudanese are registered to put a thumbprint on the ballot - either under a picture of two hands clasping for unity, or one held up as if waving goodbye for secession. Few doubt that jubilant and expectant Southern Sudanese will vote for independence, but at least 60 per cent of registered voters must turn out for the referendum to be valid. The vote, which many had doubted would take place on time, has raised fears of a return to conflict between north and south.  EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA South Sudan’s churches urge acceptance of sexual violence victims
epa07154777 US bassist Stanley Clarke performs during his concert at the Granada International Jazz Festival, in Granada, Spain, 09 November 2018, (issued on 10 November 2018).  EPA-EFE/Miguel Ángel Molina INTERVIEW with bass legend, Stanley Clarke
h_55336982 Environmental consciousness on the rise in conflict-ridden Kashmir
epaselect epa07166871 Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest against a disputed repatriation programme at the Unchiprang refugee camp near Teknaf, Bangladesh, 15 November 2018. According to the news reports  Bangladesh authorities are ready to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar.  EPA-EFE/K M ASAD Rohingyas found stranded on Thai island
epa07664485 US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback delivers remarks on the release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA, 21 June 2019. The report gives a status of religious freedoms in countries around the world outside the United States.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS Top religious liberty violators not invited to US’ religious freedom summit
epa06316264 A close-up image showing the app of the micro blogging service Twitter on an iPhone in Kaarst, Germany, 08 November 2017. Twitter Inc. announced that it was rolling out the 280-character limit to all languages where 'cramming' characters was an issue. The length is twice as long as Twitter's current 140-character limit.  EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH Twitter bans those who give offensive labels to religious groups
epa03728833 (09/18) Craftsmen of the Uighur ethnic group work on bronze wares in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, 24 May 2013. Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority group in China, make up about 40 per cent of the 21.8 million people in Xinjiang, a vast, ethnically divided region that borders Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. Other ethnic minorities living in the region include the Han Chinese, Kyrgyz, Mongolian and Tajiks people. In the restive region of Kashgar, at the western end of Xinjiang where the North and South Silk road meets, Uighurs comprise of more than 90 per cent of the 3.9 million population. Most practice a moderate form of Islam and religion is a major part of most ordinary Uighurs' lives. Tensions have been high between the Uighurs and the dominant Han Chinese as Uighurs complain of cultural and religious repression and claim that Han Chinese migrants enjoy the main benefits of development in the oil-rich but economically backward region.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG PLEASE REFER TO ADVISORY NOTICE  (epa03728823) FOR FULL FEATURE TEXT Nearly two dozen countries urge China to close Uyghur detention camps
epa06672811 A smart phone is seen displaying a the social media app Twitter in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 14 April 2018.  EPA-EFE/GLENN HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT France to fine Facebook for hate speech if not deleted within a single day
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