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MH17 armed mission 'unrealistic' - Netherlands

47 minutes ago

The Netherlands has scrapped plans to send an international armed mission to secure the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, fearing a deployment risked being dragged into the conflict in east Ukraine.

Zimbabwe situation in pictures

2014-07-25 13:14

A year after Zimbabwe held its elections, thousands continue to live under dire situations as the country's unemployment crisis persists.

EU mulls ban on buying Russian bank stocks

2014-07-24 11:45

Ambassadors of European Union countries will discuss a European Commission proposal to ban purchases of new shares or bonds issued by Russian banks.

EU gas flows lower on Gazprom opposition

2014-07-23 17:30

Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan says reverse gas flows from the European Union to Ukraine have fallen because of opposition from Russia's Gazprom.

EU to discuss possible new Russia sanctions

2014-07-22 16:00

European Union governments will discuss a specific list of possible new targets for Russia sanctions.

Jet crash could be turning point for Ukraine crisis

2014-07-18 12:48

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine could be a turning point for the Ukraine crisis, if it convinces reluctant Europeans to get behind tougher sanctions long sought by the US.

US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

2014-07-16 09:22

The US is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action.

Portugal hopes for fresh start at troubled bank

2014-07-15 09:45

Portugal’s troubled Espirito Santo clan has been forced to sell a chunk of the bank it founded and accept independent managers.

EU pressing for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

2014-07-14 15:47

The European Union says it was in touch with 'parties in the region' to press for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Bottled water better in Italy

2014-07-10 18:30

The Italian government has failed to improve the quality of its drinking water, leaving people exposed to health risks from high levels of arsenic and fluoride.

Ukraine tightens grip on rebels amid truce pressure

2014-07-09 15:59

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was to face renewed European pressure to talk to pro-Russian rebels on a truce as Kiev tightened its grip around rebel stronghold Donetsk.

Europe may start growing GM crops drastically

2014-07-07 11:43

While the US and other countries have embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. But new EU rules could now lead to the widespread cultivation of GM foods.

Insect farms: A new industry in SA

2014-07-03 11:00

Work on the world's largest fly farm has begun in Cape Town after the European firm behind the project won funding from investors, propelling the use of insects as livestock feed.

Palestinians say Israeli extremists killed teen

2014-07-03 06:07

Palestinians have accused Israeli extremists of abducting and killing an Arab teenager and burning his body, sparking hours of clashes in east Jerusalem.

Ukraine leader vows to 'attack' rebels

2014-07-01 09:56

Ukraine's Western-backed president has decided to resume a military offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the country's restive east after opting not to prolong a shaky truce.

Run on Bulgaria bank causes panic

2014-06-30 12:11

Dozens of depositors have withdrawn savings from Bulgaria's third biggest bank despite assurances from the government and the European Union.

Italy: 30 bodies found in migrant boat

2014-06-30 08:01

About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat which was stopped between Sicily and the North African coast, Italian news agencies report, citing the navy and coastguard.

Cameron loses EU landslide

2014-06-27 19:32

EU leaders have chosen Juncker to become the bloc's new chief executive despite British opposition.

Pesticides kill bees, then brids what next?

2014-06-24 13:50

Neurotoxic pesticides blamed for the world's bee collapse are also harming butterflies, fish and birds, says a scientific review that called for tighter regulation to curb their use.

Putin, Ukraine leader back talks to end eastern revolt

2014-06-23 10:05

Ukraine's new Western-backed leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin have both called for dialogue to end a pro-Moscow uprising.

Russia cuts gas to Ukraine

2014-06-16 19:03

Russia has cut off gas to Ukraine in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe.

EU probes Apple, Starbucks over tax rulings

2014-06-11 14:00

The European Commission has opened three in-depth investigations into tax decisions affecting Apple, Starbucks and Fiat Finance and Trade.

Illegal fishing needs to stop says EU

2014-06-10 14:04

The European Commission has delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the EU.

After failed peace talks, Israel divided

2014-06-10 10:07

The collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has laid bare deep divisions in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition that John Kerry's determined but ill-fated diplomacy had allowed to be papered over.

Kosovo snap vote tests EU efforts in Balkans

2014-06-09 11:24

Former rebel leader Hashim Thaci has claimed a third term as prime minister of Kosovo after official preliminary results gave him the lead in a snap parliamentary election.

 

EU set to up the ante on Russia sanctions

2014-07-25 15:15

European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary agreement to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

EU adds more to Ukraine, Russia sanctions list

2014-07-24 21:17

European Union governments have agreed to add 15 people and 18 companies to the bloc's sanctions list for undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity, diplomats say.

EU freezes assets over oil to Syria

2014-07-23 17:32

The EU has frozen the assets of two oil- trading firms accused of organising covert shipments of oil to Syria.

Italy arrests 5 over migrant 'massacre' at sea

2014-07-23 10:30

Italian police have arrested five migrants accused of the grisly murder of scores of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reports.

Iran complying with nuclear deal - UN watchdog

2014-07-21 12:39

Iran has diluted its entire stock of medium-enriched uranium as required under a November deal with world powers.

Flood-stricken Balkans to get €1.8bn boost

2014-07-17 09:01

A conference of international donors has pledged more than €1.8bn to help Bosnia and Serbia recover from devastating floods in May.

EU urges minimum wage

2014-07-15 12:45

Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he is working towards the introduction of a minimum social wage in each member state.

Bulgaria plans to join EU 'banking union'

2014-07-15 08:40

Bulgaria has announced that it would seek to join a new EU set of rules known as the 'banking union' after poor bank supervision led to its collapse.

Srebrenica victims remembered 19 years on

2014-07-11 20:46

Thousands of people have gathered in Srebrenica to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre of some 8 000 Muslim males by ethnic Serb forces, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

EU imposes sanctions on S Sudanese military leaders

2014-07-10 14:54

The EU has imposed a travel ban and asset freezes on two South Sudanese military leaders it says are violating ceasefire agreements put in place to stop fighting that has killed thousands.

Scientists criticise Europe’s $1bn brain project

2014-07-08 12:45

Dozens of neuro-scientists are protesting Europe's $1.6bn attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste money and harm neuroscience.

Final push in 'historic' Iran nuclear talks

2014-07-03 16:31

Iran nuclear talks have entered the decisive endgame with a final round of negotiations which could go right down to a 20 July deadline for a deal.

EU: Re-use, repair & recycle

2014-07-03 10:46

The EU wants to ban the dumping of all recyclable rubbish in landfill sites as part of a social and economic revolution to re-use, repair and recycle.

Ukraine fighting rages as ministers prepare meeting

2014-07-02 12:28

Ukrainian government forces have pressed on with a military drive as Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France prepared a meeting of foreign ministers to control the crisis.

Bulgaria's bank crisis eases

2014-06-30 16:01

Bulgaria's banking crisis has eased with fewer depositors queueing to withdraw savings after European Commission gave Sofia the green light.

EU approves $2.30bn Bulgaria credit line

2014-06-30 10:53

The European Commission has approved a Bulgarian request to extend a credit line of $2.30bn in support of banks that have come under speculative attack.

Russia 'threatened' by Ukraine/EU trade agreement

2014-06-28 06:45

Ukraine has signed an historic free-trade agreement with the EU that has been at the heart of months of violence and upheaval in the country, drawing an immediate threat of "grave consequences" from Russia.

Britain spurns EU olive branches

2014-06-24 22:27

European Union officials have offered Britain several olive branches to try to prevent a summit ending in isolation and defeat.

Ukraine rebels agree to ceasefire, Russia warned

2014-06-24 12:45

Ukraine's pro-Russian insurgents have agreed to a temporary ceasefire and talks with the new Western-backed president, as US President Barack Obama warned Russia it risks fresh sanctions.

ECB talks of extending EU banking union

2014-06-20 15:00

A European Central Bank policy maker has floated the idea of widening the ECB's new policing of big banks to other financial players.

EU mulls giving loans to Zim’s private sector

2014-06-13 10:43

The European Investment Bank is considering extending loans to Zimbabwe’s private sector, more than a decade after the EU slapped sanctions on President Robert Mugabe’s government.

EU should simplify budget rules - IMF

2014-06-10 16:15

The European Union should focus on cutting debt, says the International Monetary Fund, joining a debate on how to make austerity policies more growth-friendly.

Ukraine orders civilian corridors amid fighting

2014-06-10 11:31

Ukraine's new Western-backed president has ordered the creation of humanitarian corridors in the separatist east that could save civilians and advance his plan to end nearly two months of fighting.

US warns of 'tough choices' in Iran nuke talks

2014-06-10 08:49

Iran and the US will go into a second day of talks on Tehran's contested nuclear programme, with Washington warning of "tough choices" ahead of a July deadline for a deal.

G7 backs 2015 climate deal, building on US momentum

2014-06-06 14:44

The world's leading industrialised nations gave their backing to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the US at the start of the week galvanised flagging momentum.

 
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