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Foreign Secretary hosts high level talks in London

Foreign Secretary hosts high level talks in London

EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL
LONDON, United Kingdom The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, returns from his visit to the British Overseas Territories that have been devastated by Hurricane Irma today (Thursday 14 September) and will host a meeting with international partners in London about continued co-ordination in response to the Hurricane. The Foreign Secretary will discuss the response to Hurricane Irma with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the French Political Director Nicolas de Rivière. This is Secretary Tillerson’s second visit to the UK since taking up his post, and follows his visit in May after the Manchester terror attack. The UK has already provided a strategic airlift to support French operations on St Barts and St Martin and worked closely with the US authorities to ensure people’s s
Netherlands to extend involvement in Mali, Iraq and Afghanistan missions

Netherlands to extend involvement in Mali, Iraq and Afghanistan missions

EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL
THE HAGUE, Netherlands Next year, the Netherlands will continue its active participation in the UN peace mission in Mali, the international anti-ISIS coalition and the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The cabinet has agreed to extend all 3 missions, as affirmed in letters which was sent to parliament on Monday. In the government’s view the international security situation demands that the Netherlands continue to shoulder its responsibility. Military and civilian contributions to missions focus on the arc of instability around Europe, which has a direct impact on our own security. The chief priorities are to counter terrorism and prevent irregular migration. The mandates for Dutch participation in MINUSMA in Mali, the anti-ISIS coalition and Resolute Support in Afgh

European Union injects EUR10 million into Liberia budget

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MONROVIA, Liberia Last week, the Government of Liberia received a grant of EUR 10 million (USD 11.2 million) from the European Union (EU). The EU disbursed the money directly into the treasury account of the Government to support the budget of the Republic of Liberia. This is the third payment under the EU's budget support programme after a first payment of EUR 29.2 million (USD 33 million) in 2015 and EUR 16 million (USD 18 million) in 2016. Disbursement of the third payment comes after the Government of Liberia made satisfactory progress in improving public financial management and toward specific targets relating to security and rule of law in line with the Agenda for Transformation, Liberia’s medium-term development strategy.  Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Head of the European

European Union to Fight Child Labour through better education and decent work

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KHARTOUM, Sudan In line with international conventions as the Minimum Age Convention and the Worst Forms of Child Labour both ratified by the Government of Sudan, the European Union funds several initiatives to protect children, to stop their exploitation and guarantee them a proper childhood and a resourceful future Each year on 12th June, the World Day against Child Labour calls on governments, employers, workers organizations and civil society to highlight the global extent of child labour and the actions and efforts needed to eradicate it. The European Union supports this appeal to ensure inclusive and equitable quality of education and to promote learning opportunities for all. The European Union calls for immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced lab

European Union supports combating Climate Change in Sudan

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KHARTOUM, Sudan, Delegation of the European Union to Sudan announced € 8.5 million for projects addressing climate change in Sudan On June 5, 2017, we celebrate the World Environment Day. The environment is essential in every aspect of life. The air, water, soil, food we need for survival, all depend on the environment. On this occasion, the Delegation of the European Union to Sudan announced € 8.5 million for projects addressing climate change in Sudan. The projects are financed by the EU Global Climate Change Alliance+ (GCCA+). The objective of these projects is to improve the ability of Sudanese communities to respond to the challenges posed by climate change. This will be achieved through the protection and better management of farmlands, forests and

Europe’s interest in Facebook facing a dark future

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EUROPE. Europe’s love affair with Facebook may be coming to an end. On Thursday, the European Union’s powerful antitrust chief fined the social network 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the internet messaging service, in 2014. The fine — one of the largest regulatory penalties against Facebook — comes days after Dutch and French privacy watchdogs ruled that the company had broken strict data protection rules. Other European countries, notably Germany, are clamping down on social media companies, including issuing potentially hefty penalties for failing to police hate speech and misinformation. The European Union’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, said that Facebook had told the

“I will defend Europe”; France’s youngest elected president Emmanuel Macron

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  The youngest ever, newly elected French president Mr. Emmanuel Macron on addressing the nation in front of thousands of supporters in the grand country yard of Louvre, promised to work and rebuild ties between Europe and its citizens. The known centrist, liberal and a left- right candidate at 39 years won a decisive victory in the presidential run of Sunday over socialist Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate by 65% to become the first French President who does not belong to a major political party despite working with the outgoing government he launched an independent political party “En Merche” a year ago. A former economy minister in the outgoing socialist government, investment banker and senior civil servant grew up in a bourgeois family in Amiens, also served as depu