Category Archives: EU

First gay right parade passes peacefully in Latvia

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Participants walk through the streets of Riga, during the Europride 2015 parade on June 20, 2015

Fears that staging a gay pride parade in Latvian capital Riga would lead to unrest proved wide off the mark Saturday with police saying just three anti-gay protesters had been arrested for minor public order offenses such as attempts at throwing eggs. Gay rights groups from across Europe and beyond gathered in the central Vermanes park waving flags before completing a short lap of downtown Riga and returning for a party expected to last into the night.

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‘Refugees welcome here,’ say Berlin demonstrators

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A Greek national flag flies in front of the Reichstag building, seat of the German federal parliament, during a Blockupy demonstration in Berlin on June 20, 2015

Some 1,800 people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday to express their solidarity with migrants seeking refuge in Europe and against austerity measures in debt-ridden Greece, local police told AFP. In Rome too, scores of protesters braved the rain and gathered under the slogan “Stop the massacre now” to express solidarity with migrants risking their lives to sail across the Mediterranean Europe on rickety, overcrowded boats.

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Reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly barred from Kinshasa

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Reggae artist Tiken Jah Fakoly had been due to take part in the Jazz Kif festival in Kinshasa on Sunday

Outspoken reggae artist Tiken Jah Fakoly, who comes from Ivory Coast, was turned away at Kinshasa airport from entering Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was due to perform, officials said Saturday. The authorities on Friday evening forbade the singer and several of his musicians from entering Kinshasa after they flew in from Brussels, because they did not appear to have valid visas, an airport official said. The interior ministry’s media office confirmed Tiken Jah Fakoly had been turned away, but declined to make any further comment.

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Europe, IMF await new Greek concessions

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A protester holds a sign reading "All we are saying is give Greece a chance" during a Blockupy demonstration in Berlin on June 20, 2015

Negotiations are expected to resume this weekend between Greece and its EU-IMF creditors seeking a deal on bailout funding for Athens, ahead of a crucial summit of eurozone leaders to avert a Greek default and likely euro exit. European Union heads have called on Greece’s leftist government to present new reform and budget proposals, with Greek minister of state Alekos Flambouraris saying Saturday Athens could propose re-worked measures. Speaking to television channel Mega, Flambouraris said several concessions were being examined, including stepped-up prohibition of early retirement schemes — something Athens has already accepted in principle — and lowering thresholds on …read more

Army of history buffs re-enact Waterloo

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Re-enactors take part in the first part of a re-enactement of the Battle of Waterloo to mark the 200th anniversary, on June 19, 2015

They have come from all over Europe, an army of people who have given up their day jobs to fight the Battle of Waterloo once more, two centuries after the original. Here in the bivouac, I am “Corporal La Gaule”, Grenadier Corporal of the 8th line of the infantry regiment,” says Romain Vadam, from Lille, northern France. The re-enactors playing Napoleon’s army have come from France, Italy, Russia and elsewhere across the continent to Waterloo, these days a drab dormitory town twenty kilometres (14 miles) south of Brussels.

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Mali’s Tuareg rebels prepare to sign landmark peace deal

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Malian Tuareg leaders attend a signing ceremony for a peace agreement in Algiers on May 14, 2015

Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance prepared Saturday to sign a landmark deal to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency. The document was signed in May by the government and loyalist militias but the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), a coalition of rebel groups, had been holding out until amendments were agreed two weeks ago. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, former head of the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius welcomed the CMA’s commitment to the accord and urged Mali to ensure the deal …read more

Nigeria LNG exports reach $85 bn in 15 years

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Nigeria's Liquefied Natural Gas company has generated $85 bn exports since its inception 15 years ago, it says

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (NLNG), a joint venture between the government and foreign oil majors, has generated some 85 billion dollars from exports since its inception 15 years ago, the company announced late Friday. Between 1999 when we came on stream and now, we have realised some 85 billion dollars from exports of liquefied natural gas to buyers in Europe, America and Asia,” chief executive Babs Omotowa told reporters in Lagos.

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