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Yazidi women awarded EU Parliament’s Sakharov Prize

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The European Parliament held a short ceremony today to award this year’s Sakharov human rights prize to Yazidi rights activists Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar. The two young women were among were among...

St. Ambrose, the non-whisperer (December 7)

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Vigorous persecutor of pagans is a fine job, but this 4th cent. bishop of Milan, Saint Ambrose, is also the first man in recorded history who used to read to himself in silence, in...

Unesco accepts Belgian beer as world heritage

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Belgian beer culture in all of its aspects has been approved by the United Nations' heritage body UNESCO for inclusion on the list of world intangible heritage. UNESCO accepted Belgium's application, recognising that brewing...

Unchecked attacks on media in the Western Balkans: HRW

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Journalists across the Western Balkans face a hostile environment that impedes their ability to do critical reporting, Human Rights Watch said today. More than a year after Human Rights Watch documented impediments to media freedom in Bosnia and...

Is Facebook a media or technology company?

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Germany's justice minister, Heiko Maas, says Facebook is not a technology platform, but rather a media company according to Reuters. Maas favors making social media organisations criminally liable for failing to remove hate speech. The German authorities...

French women urged to stop work to protest against salary disparity

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PARIS (AP) — An equal rights group is urging women across France to stop work at 4:34 p.m. (0340 GMT) on Monday to protest gender inequalities in the workplace. According to the feminist group Les...

Wildlife populations down by almost 60 % since 1970: WWF

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Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 % since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday. An index compiled with data from the...

Inside Russia’s shrinking middle class

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Paying for Putin's military adventures, the Russian middle class is increasingly struggling to make ends meet, or even to survive socially and economically. Putin made the choice to pursue the path of state capitalism, thereby...

French police protest agains work conditions after petrol bomb attack

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French police unions are complaining about being sent into gang-ridden "no-go zones" after four police officers were wounded when unidentified assailants hurled gasoline bombs at a surveillance van south of Paris. Two officers in the...

Erdogan to appeal against German decision to drop case against comedian

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A Gerpman lawyer for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will challenge a decision by German prosecutors to drop an investigation of a TV comic who wrote a crude poem about the president. Erdogan's...

Poland wants to completely ban abortion

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Poland's lawmakers started debating draft legislation on Thursday that would forbid abortion under any circumstances, tightening already restrictive rules that allow it only in cases of rape, incest or if the mother or baby have serious health...

Euthanasia becomes normal practice Belgium, including people not terminally ill

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In the decade after Belgium legalized doctor-assisted death, the number of patients using it to end their lives rose nearly eight-fold, according to records of the national euthanasia control committee. Most patients choosing this way to...

The elderly drive better than the very young, study finds

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Older drivers are not necessarily more dangerous, a Swansea University study published on Wednesday suggests. The results are significant as Europe is faced with a surging elderly population that is seeking autonomy. Although the future...

British Muslim makes a fortune from a “second wife” matchmaking site

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Azad Chaiwala, 33, from Birmingham has set up a site that promises to find Muslim men a second wife, or a third and a fourth for that matter. Marriage, but not before the law His told...

Russian team banned from 2018 Winter Games for doping

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Russia, already suspended from next month's Rio Paralympics, has been banned from the 2018 winter Paralympics in South Korea as well, the Russian Paralympic Committee announced on August 29. "The decision taken by the IPC, upheld...

A majority of French opposed to “burkini” on their beaches

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A majority of French opposed to "burkini" on their beaches A majority of French are opposing the presence of "burkini" on their beaches, according to an Ifop poll for the Le Figaro newspaper. A survey by...

Belgian jazz legend Toots Thielemans dies at 94

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Toots Thielemans, the Belgian jazz harmonica and guitar player who worked with many of the postwar greats, died aged 94, his agency said. Thielemans, who also made a mark on pop culture with solos on...

Ex-soccer player in UK dies after police use Taser on him

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Britain's independent police watchdog opened an investigation Monday into the death of a former Premier League soccer player who was shot with a stun gun by police. Dalian Atkinson, 48, went into cardiac arrest on...

Man mortally shot by Belgian police in Ghent

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Belgian media reports say police have shot an armed man who refused to hand over a gun he was carrying in the city of Ghent, with the country still on high alert in the...

Euro Disney revenue down 10 % after terror attacks

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Euro Disney reported on Tuesday revenues of 327 million euros for the third quarter of the year (Q3), down from 360 million euros a year ago. The decrease was due to lower volumes, mainly driven by...

European Commission launches campaign to raise awareness for LGBT

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The EU Commission announced today the creation of  a 'List of actions to advance LGBTI equality' for 2016 -2019 to combat LGBTI discrimination, which includes communication and awareness-raising activities to improve the social acceptance of this...

Not so kosher: Brussels asks EU Court of Justice on ritual slaughter

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Brussels’ court of first instance has turned to the European Court of Justice in a case about the ritual slaughter of animals outside licensed slaughterhouses. Some European animal rights campaigners say that the Islamic halal and...

Burger King swallows French-Belgian fast-food chain Quick

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The fast-food chain Quick, French-owned but originally a Belgian venture, is in the process of transforming its restaurants into Burger King outlets. Burger King France, owned by French hotels and restaurants firm Group Bertrand, bought...

World’s tallest people are Dutch and Latvians, 100-year global study finds 

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Dutch men and Latvian women are the planet's tallest people but Iranian men and South Korean women have grown the fastest in the last century, according to the largest ever study of height around the...

Eating chocolate makes you clever and pontentially thinner

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You may have known that already, but here is an argument to convince the unbelievers, at home where they may matter and out where they can be annoying: eating chocolate makes you clever and...

Are Insects Conscious?

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MELBOURNE – Last summer, a cabbage white butterfly laid its eggs on an arugula I was growing. Before long, the plant was swarming with green caterpillars, well disguised against the green leaves. I had...

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid dies at 65 after heart attack

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Word class Iraqi-born architect Dame Zaha Hadid, has died, after a heart attack that found Hadid, while being hospitalized for bronchitis. Hadid was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects gold...

Archaeologist Miller’s labor revives Nemean Games’ ancient glory

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ATHENS – For Archeologist Stephen Miller the revival of the Nemean Games every four years at the ancient stadium he uncovered is an emotional event. “The people who were here tonight, the man who was...

Playboy goes off nudity

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Playboy’s Editor in Chief, Cory Jones, is taking the iconic sex magazine off nudity. From March 2016 onwards, Playboy will be provocative, but not explicit. As internet pornography rules, the magazine is no longer associated...
Christian Longardt, Editor in Chief of the 'Kieler Nachrichten' newspaper, sits amid posters which read 'Refugees Welcome - you are welcome' in Kiel, northern Germany, 04 September 2015. The newspaper printed 350,000 copies of the poster and plans to distribute them as a newspaper supplement in Schleswig-Holstein.

Welcome but how? The Refugee Phrasebook Project

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As thousands of refugees come to Europe, they are facing a new challenge: a language barrier. This is not “a problem.” It is, in fact, a collection of problems. Refugees have walked thousands of kilometers...

National Geographic goes for-profit under new, Murdoch ownership

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Rupert Murdoch, the famous entrepreneur and owner of 20th Century Fox, has bought National Geographic on September 9. National Geographic has been one of the biggest non-profit science journalism organizations since it has been founded by...

Berlin at peace with itself

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Berlin. On Thursday, the head of a 1,7 meters granite Lenin statute, without the body, will take a place in Berlin’s Spandau museum, a 16th century fortress. The head alone will stand next to...

A Sleep Deprived Society

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Intuitively, there is hardly anyone who would disagree. Scientists in the U.K have verified what teenagers have been arguing with their parents globally, for generations. Adolescents are not lazy, they just need more sleep in...

EU-supported films to compete at 72 Venice International Film Festival

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Five EU-supported films will be competing in the 72 Venice International Film Festival 2-9 Sept. The European Commission has invested around €260,000 through the Creative Europe MEDIA program. Each year, the EU supports roughly 2,000 film...

The 15 winners of the MTV VMA 2015

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The main event was hosted by none other than the controversial ex-teen hero, Miley Cyrus. Sporting an almost see-through dress, she managed to attract both criticism and praise at the same time from her...

TED Talk: A brief history of phone wiretapping – and how to avoid it

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New Europe brings you selected TED talks. This week, Christopher Soghoian on wiretapping.

French ecology minister urged consumers to stop eating Nutella

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Ségolène Royal, French ecology minister, this week called on consumers to stop eating Nutella because its production contributes to deforestation. She later apologized for her comments. Royal’s slams Nutella because its production uses a large...