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epa02383044 The first new look UK passport was issued in London, Britain, 08 October, 2010. The new passport, which was unveiled in August, contains a number of enhanced security features to keep it from being replicated.  EPA/ANDY RAIN EU says passport stamps, questions at the border are ‘increasingly likely’ under no-deal Brexit scenario
epa06124441 Brazilian striker Neymar Jr. poses for photographs after a press conference at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, 04 August 2017. Neymar Jr is presented as new player of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after completing a record-breaking 222-million-euro move from Spanish side FC Barcelona.  EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON EU imposes €12.5 million fine on Nike for football merchandise sales restrictions
p18- Running for something bigger than you: Running for charity
epa07364100 FYR of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses the nation during the ceremony of raising the NATO flag alongside the Macedonian flag in front of the government building in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 12 February 2019. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's government is due to change the name of the country after the ratification of the 'Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession 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: Important issues progressing while public attention fades
epa07453560 (L-R) Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel  during a round table at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 21 March 2019. European Union leaders gather for a two-day summit to discuss, among others, Brexit and British PM request to extend Article 50.  EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET Tusk offers to extend Brexit to 22 May
epa07453230 French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to media as he arrives at the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, 21 March 2019. European Union leaders gather for a two-day summit to discuss, among others, Brexit and British PM request to extend Article 50.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ Macron says hard Brexit guaranteed if May fails to ratify withdrawal deal
epa07451819 British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement inside number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 20 March 2019. According to reports, British Prime Minister Theresa May has requested an extension of Article 50 until 30 June 2019.  EPA-EFE/CHRIS J. RATCLIFFE / POOL May turns against parliament, appeals directly to British public
epa07450950 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and President of the European Council Donald Tusk (R) at the start of EU Tripartite Social Summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 20 March 2019. The main theme of the summit is 'For a stronger, united and forward-looking Europe'.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EU’s Tusk says short conditional extension of Brexit is possible
epa06272822 The controversial herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, pictured in a garden in Hoechenschwand, Germany, 18 October 2017. Roundup is manufactured by the Monsanto company in St. Louis, USA. Germany's chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer intends to acquire Monsanto Corporation.  EPA-EFE/STEFFEN SCHMIDT Bayer to pay millions in litigation costs for Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller
epa07451484 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban scatches his cheek as he attends a press conference at the end of the European People's Party (EPP) Political Assembly at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 20 March 2019. The Fidesz party of Orban has been temporary suspended by EPP.  EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ EPP votes in a landslide to suspend Fidesz

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NE24-1 Political tides and the European Election parking lots
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?


EU National News

epa07259469 Secretary of State for Employment Yolanda Valdeolivas (L) and Secretary of State for Social Security Octavio Granados present the country's unemployment figures in Madrid, Spain, 03 January 2019. According to new data published by the Ministry of Employment, the number of unemployed dropped to 210,484 people in 2018, returning to lower figures as registered back in 2008. A total of 3,202,297 unemployed have been registered, the lowest in a decade with a total of 22.3 million new contracts signed during the year, a 3.7 percent more than in 2017.  EPA-EFE/MARISCAL Spain’s growth rate outpaces Eurozone trend
epa07451959 Thierry Baudet of political party Forum voor Democratie (Forum for Democracy) during the election night of the Provincial Council elections and the water board elections in Zeist, the Netherlands, on 20 March 2019.  EPA-EFE/BART MAAT Anti-EU Dutch party triumphs in local elections
epa07451440 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L), next to Cypriot President Nikos Anastsyyadis (2-L), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3-L) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a meeting gets underway in Jerusalem, 20 March 2019. Heads of the three Eastern Mediterranean countries met with Pompeo for talks touching on energy and security, especially Israel's large gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.  EPA-EFE/JIM HOLLANDER US, Israel, Cyprus, Greece reaffirm regional energy cooperation
epa06719536 The new US Ambassador to Germany, Richard Allen Grenell (C) stands in front of the Guard of Honour after his diplomatic accreditation ceremony at Bellevue  , Germany, 08 May 2018. The position of US Ambassador to Germany was left vacant for more than one year.  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA German leftists call for US ambassador’s expulsion
epa05138417 (FILE) A file photo dated 04 September 2013 showing a mechanic of the British aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce working on a plane engine in the factory in Dahlewitz, Germany. Airbus on 01 February 2016 said it had won a 2.7 billion USD order from Norwegian for Trent 1000 engines and TotalCare long-term service support for 19 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The order also includes TotalCare for Trent 1000 engines that will power 11 previously-announced leased Boeing 787s yet to enter service.  EPA/PATRICK PLEUL Despite Brexit UK unemployment drops to its lowest level since 1975

World News

epa07450732 Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Ankara mayor Mansur Yavas greets his supporters during a local election rally in Ankara, Turkey, 20 March 2019. Local elections in Turkey's capital and the country's overall 81 provinces are scheduled for 31 March.  EPA-EFE/STR Turkey braces for regional elections amid growing polarisation
p13a Echoing Soviet-era justice, court sends Chechen rights activist to penal colony
epa07303935 A view of Mount Hermon as seen from Ben Tal overlooking in the Golan Heights, 20 January 2019. A rocket has been fired from Syria toward the Mount Hermon Resort, in reaction to an Israeli air strike near Damascus, Israel's army report that the rocket was intercepted by its  ?Iron dome? aerial defense systems.  EPA-EFE/ATEF SAFADI Trump to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights
epa07452516 A woman walks on a street at a business district in Beijing, China, 21 March 2019.  EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY US tariffs on Chinese products to remain in place for the time being
epa07381053 United States Senator Kamala Harris addresses the audience at the Politics and Eggs meeting held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on the campus of St Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA 19 February 2019. Harris is campaigning for the Democratic nomination for United States President.  EPA-EFE/CJ GUNTHER Five US Democratic presidential candidates vow to return to Iran nuclear deal

Leaders' Perspectives

 

 

 

Why hasn’t Iran instructed the Houthis to implement the Stockholm Agreement?

By: Khaled al-Yemany

Trump’s counter-intelligence strategy

By: Kent Harrington

epaselect epa07049628 A young boy smiles under the EU flag during a rally supporting the upcoming referendum to endorse a name deal to end a long running dispute between Macedonia and Greece, in city of Prilep, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 26 September 2018. The referendum is scheduled for 30 September 2018.  EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Showing Europe’s true colours

By: Romano Prodi
Stefano Micossi

The Chinese cybersecurity threat is more than Huawei network equipment

By: John Strand

Intelligent design or design by chance?

By: Martin Weightman

Italy’s risky Silk Road

By: Paola Subacchi

The global threat of white terror

By: Bjørn Ihler

The high costs of the new Cold War

By: Minxin Pei

The Fed should buy recession insurance

By: J. Bradford DeLong

Georgia is an investor’s graveyard masquerading as a business utopia

By: Seth Edward Char

No choice and no exit for the UK

By: Robert Skidelsky

What Europe’s populist right is getting right

By: Mitchell A. Orenstein

THE ENLARGEMENT MONITOR

epa07364100 FYR of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses the nation during the ceremony of raising the NATO flag alongside the Macedonian flag in front of the government building in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 12 February 2019. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's government is due to change the name of the country after the ratification of the 'Protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty for the Accession 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: Important issues progressing while public attention fades
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
p13a Echoing Soviet-era justice, court sends Chechen rights activist to penal colony
epa05396168 8.84 Euro in coins on a table in Dresden, Germany, 28 June 2016. The compulsory minimum wage is being raised to 8.84 Euros starting 2017. This was declared by the minimum wage commission of the employers and employees on 28 June 2016 in Berlin. The legal compulsory minimum wage of 8.50 Euro is effective since 2015.  EPA/ARNO BURGI The Sharing Economy
p2-h_55070961-(1) A ‘new day’ in Persian
NE24-1 Political tides and the European Election parking lots

Political tides and the European Election parking lots NE24-1

Major socio-political changes are neither planned nor premeditated. They are usually triggered by unforeseen circumstantial mistakes, and when these occur

By Basil A. Coronakis

Energy

epa05012340 Old exhaust pipes lie in a junk yard in Peine,†Germany, 05 November 2015.  German prosecutors, who are already conducting a full-scale inquiry into the Volkswagen Dieselgate case, say they are studying whether the German carmaker's admission that carbon dioxide data is false also merits an inquiry. A preliminary study was under way to establish if Volkswagen's actions could have broken German law. That is the first step in German justice procedures before a full-scale inquiry is launched. The Dieselgate scandal widened this week when the group also admitted to CO2 emissions irregularities affecting up to 800,000 VW cars, which could cost Europe's biggest carmaker another 2 billion euros.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE Addressing Europe’s Clean Mobility Gap
epa07451440 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L), next to Cypriot President Nikos Anastsyyadis (2-L), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3-L) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a meeting gets underway in Jerusalem, 20 March 2019. Heads of the three Eastern Mediterranean countries met with Pompeo for talks touching on energy and security, especially Israel's large gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.  EPA-EFE/JIM HOLLANDER US, Israel, Cyprus, Greece reaffirm regional energy cooperation
WEB Gazprom begins full-scale development of Yamal’s Kharasaveyskoye field
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

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

unnamed - 2019-03-22T131740.362 EU urged to consider asylum claims of Chinese religious group members
epaselect epa06748575 An attendee experiences a sample of meditative state in the AZoth Pyramid by P.E.A.C.E. Inc!  at the Maker Faire Bay Area at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California, USA, 18 May 2018 (issued 19 May 2018). The fair is part science, part country fair, gathering tech enthusiasts, crafters, educatiors, engineers, and commerical exhibitors. It was launched in the Bay Area in 2006, with its sister flagship in New York, which now has 'Mini Maker Faires' around the world.  EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO Intelligent design or design by chance?
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
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