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French conservative leader praises European Union for providing ‘porn without borders’

Improved access to porn movies across Europe’s many borders is one of the merits of the European Union, conservative party chief Joseph Daul said Tuesday. The French member of the European Parliament has headed its biggest group since 2007, the European People’s Party (EPP). Asked by a local French newspaper…

Study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared in Europe

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects. The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU…

Unknown assailants kill judge who placed Ukraine protesters under house arrest

A judge who placed several anti-government protesters under house arrest has been killed by two unknown assailants in central Ukraine, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. The ex-Soviet country has been hit by large-scale protests since November, when President Viktor Yanukovych balked at signing a deal deepening ties with the…

‘March of a Million’ protestors pull down Lenin statues in Kiev

The almost seven-decade life of Russian revolution leader Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Kiev ended in spectacular fashion, with a half backwards somersault and dive head-first into the ground. As hundreds of thousands protested against the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and its rejection of a pact with the European…

Protesters continue to pressure Ukraine to sign European Union deal

Ukraine said Wednesday it still wanted to reach a historic deal on closer ties with the European Union, as mass protests over a move to scrap the pact went into a fourth day. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s announcement failed to appease protesters who blockaded the government building during Wednesday’s cabinet…

European Union powers to work together on new drones

Several EU nations including France and Germany agreed Tuesday to join forces to develop new-generation drones, in a bid to close a gaping deficiency in the bloc’s defence industry. EU defence ministers meeting in Brussels approved a series of projects to develop Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) pilotless aircraft from…

Asylum requests for European Union increase by 50 percent

There were more than 100,000 asylum requests across the European Union in the three months to June, most of them from Russians, Syrians and Kosovars, a 50-percent year-on-year rise, EU data showed Tuesday. The Eurostat statistics agency reported 16,845 requests for asylum from Russians in the second quarter, with a…

European Union backs push for airline pollution agreement

The EU on Tuesday urged nations to accept a compromise on plans to curb airline carbon emissions at a key UN conference, though resistance to striking an overall deal remains fierce. “We believe a solution is now in sight,” said the spokeswoman for EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. Kallas was…

European Union broadens access to pet passports for competition

Ferret, dog and cat owners got a boost from the European Union on Monday when it said it was broadening its pet passport scheme for animals that are taking part in competitions or sporting events. The current limit of five pets that a person is allowed to bring across EU…

Japan blocks U.S. wheat after Monsanto GMO strain found growing wild

Japan has suspended imports of some US wheat after genetically engineered crops were found on an Oregon farm, a government official said Friday. Tokyo’s move came as the European Union told its member states to test imports from the area, saying any genetically modified wheat would not be sold to…

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