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India reaffirms united stand with EU against global security challenges

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) India and the European Union (EU) stands united in the face of global peace and security challenges, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said while addressing the Indian diaspora in Belgium. Today, in the midst of complex challenges to global peace and security, India and the European Union stand shoulder to shoulder, united by our shared values and prin...

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Italian Minister slams charity for rescuing migrants

Rome, June 22 (IANS/AKI) Italy's hard-right, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Savini on Thursday deplored attempts by German charity Lifeline to rescue 300-400 migrants in the Mediterranean, an operation allegedly taking place in Libyan waters. He also said that the government wants asylum seekers' claims to be assessed at reception centres in Libya and elsewhere in North Africa to ...

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Sushma leads yoga day celebrations at European Parliament

Brussels, June 21 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj led celebrations to mark International Yoga Day at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday, highlighting the importance of yoga for the modern world. India believes in the concept that the world is one family. We are also celebrating our shared humanity and acknowledging our shared destiny, she told the large...

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Italy won't take back asylum-seekers, says PM

Rome, June 20 (IANS/AKI) Italy will not receive back from other European Union countries migrants who registered there when they first arrived, populist Premier Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday after meeting EU Council President Donald Tusk here. I had a very useful meeting today with President Tusk and told him ahead of the (emergency) meeting (convened) in Brussels this Sunday that I a...

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Counter-tariffs against US on June 22: EU

Brussels, June 20 (IANS) The EU will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against the US exports on June 22 in response to American tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminium earlier this month, a top official said. American exports such as blue jeans, motorbikes and bourbon whiskey will be targeted, said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. However, she said the bloc did not want to ...

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Le Pen ordered to repay 300,000 euros to European Parliament

Brussels, June 19 (IANS) An EU court on Tuesday ruled that French far-right leader Marine Le Pen must repay the European Parliament 300,000 euros ($346,454) that had been unduly paid to her assistant. The money was paid between December 2010 and February 2016 when Le Pen was a Member of the European Parliament, according to a press release of the General Court of the EU. The Luxe...

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EU mission to observe Pakistan elections in July

Brussels, June 15 (IANS) An European Union electoral observation mission led by Michael Gahler, a German conservative in the European Parliament, plans to observe the July 25 national and provincial assemblies' elections in Pakistan, the EU's diplomatic service said on Friday. A group of nine EU election analysts will arrive in Pakistan on June 22 and stay in the country until the end of...

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EU's top diplomat hails Trump-Kim summit

Brussels, June 12 (IANS) The European Union's top diplomat on Tuesday hailed the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a crucial step towards a diplomatic solution to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Federica Mogherini, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, said the meeting between Trump and Kim demo...

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World Cup: Belgium coach plays down Hazard injury scare

Brussels, June 12 (IANS) Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has played down Eden Hazard's knock during their 4-1 win against Costa Rica in a pre-World Cup friendly, saying the Chelsea playmaker's World Cup was not in doubt. I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic. At the end he just came off because he had a little bit of a dead leg, a little bit of a ...

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Another suspect put under formal probe over 2015 Paris assaults

Paris, June 12 (IANS) A young man, extradited from Belgium to France earlier on Monday, was put under formal investigation on terror charges related to the 2015 Paris attacks, a week after a Belgian suspect has been indicted over the same assaults, local radio reported. Osama Krayem, Swedish of Syrian origin, has been indicted for involvement in terrorist murders, associating with terror...

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Has the time come for Belgium's golden generation?

Brussels, June 8 (IANS) After a disappointing quarter-final defeat to minnows Wales at Euro 2016, Belgium's golden generation now have another, possibly final chance to fulfil their potential at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With talent like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany on their roster, the 'Red Devils' advanced to Russia with the best squad they have ever h...

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Boris Johnson 'warns of Brexit meltdown'

London, June 8 (IANS) UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has reportedly warned there may be a Brexit meltdown and has also praised US President Donald Trump saying there is method in his madness, media reports said. In comments made at a private dinner this week, the British Foreign Secretary also referred to the Treasury as the heart of Remain, according to a report by Buzzfeed. ...

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NATO urges Taliban to lay down arms, engage in talks

Brussels, June 8 (IANS) NATO's Secretary General on Thursday called on the Taliban militant insurgent group to lay down their arms and engage in dialogue with the Afghan government coordinator as part of a ceasefire plan in the war-torn nation. Jens Stoltenberg was addressing the press in Brussels just hours after Afghan president Ashraf Ghani announced that a temporary ceasefire had bee...

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European Commission proposes $118 bn for innovation

Brussels, June 7 (IANS) The European Commission earmarked nearly 100 billion euros ($118 billion) on Thursday for research and innovation between 2021 and 2027. Horizon Europe, hailed by the Commission as its most ambitious research and innovation programme, was proposed to receive funding of 97.6 billion euros, Xinhua news agency reported. The programme will feature an European ...

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Belgium rout Salah-less Egypt 3-0 in pre-World Cup friendly

Brussels, June 7 (IANS) Belgium got goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Marouane Fellaini in a 3-0 friendly victory here over Egypt, whose super-star striker Mohamed Salah is out with an injury and trying to recover in time for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Belgium also was missing a key player, Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, who sustained a groin injury in the team's scoreless...

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Google faces $11bn fine in second EU anti-trust case

London, June 7 (IANS) The European Commission is geared up to fine Google in a second anti-trust case of abusing its dominance via Android mobile operating system, that could lead up to $11 billion in penalty, the media reported. According to a report in The Financial Times on Wednesday, EU's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is set to give the verdict within weeks. The...

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Protecting Europe's borders a priority, says EU Commission chief

Brussels, June 6 (IANS/AKI) Securing the European Union's external borders is the top priority for the bloc, EU Commission President Jean-Claude said on Wednesday, a day after the latest attempt to reform the bloc's asylum policy ended in deadlock. For me, protecting our external frontiers is the top priority compared to all other questions, Juncker told journalists at a joint press conf...

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Belgium to celebrate International Day of Yoga

Brussels, June 6 (IANS) India, Belgium and the European Union are jointly organising events in the Belgian capital and across the country to celebrate the 4th International Day of Yoga. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will attend a special yoga session on June 21 at the European Parliament, led by Indian spiritual guru Sri S...

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Euro is EU's future: Jean-Claude Juncker

Brussels, June 6 (IANS) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said the future of the euro is the future of the European Union (EU) as a whole, and one of the main challenges of the EU is to complete Economic and Monetary Union. The first is to make sure that our recovery benefits everyone. This means that we must address the root causes of social despair, which were exace...

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Sushma Swaraj to celebrate International Yoga Day in Brussels

Brussels, June 5 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will celebrate the International Day of Yoga at an event to be held in the European Parliament here on June 21 in the presence of EP President Antonio Tajani, it was announced on Tuesday. Shri Shri Ravishankar will lead a session on yoga at that event. One of the special reasons for her coming to be here on th...

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