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Iran Criticizes EU for Sanctioning Iranian Commanders Over Syria Crackdown

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran is accusing the European Union of trying to smear the country by imposing sanctions on three Iranian officials whom the EU says are helping Syria to suppress a pro-democracy uprising. The 27-nation EU imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on three commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Thursday, saying it suspects them […]

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Thousands March Across Europe in Gay Pride Events

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian police on Saturday detained up to 14 activists taking part in an unauthorized gay rights demonstration in the country’s second largest city, Saint Petersburg. Russian authorities regularly ban gay rights activists from assembling. The demonstration coincided with gay pride events in other parts of Europe. Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday in the […]

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Russia Detains Gay Activists; Thousands March in Paris

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian police have detained as many as 14 activists taking part in an unauthorized gay rights demonstration coinciding with gay pride events in other parts of the world. The activists were arrested Saturday in Saint Petersburg. Russian authorities regularly ban gay rights activists from assembling. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people marched through Paris Saturday […]

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Croatia Likely to Join EU in 2013

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union leaders are set to welcome Croatia as the 28th member of the bloc, offering new hope for other Balkan nations working to join the EU. Officials said in Brussels Friday they had approved Zagreb’s membership, concluding six years of tough negotiations. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he hoped everything would be […]

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Chinese Premier Begins Europe Tour

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Hungary Friday to start of a five-day tour of Europe that will also see him in Britain and Germany. Mr. Wen’s visit is likely to focus on economic issues. His trip coincides with sharp economic problems in Greece that have European leaders worried about the financial stability of the […]

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Croatia Likely to Join EU in 2013

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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European Union leaders are set to welcome Croatia as the 28th member of the bloc. Officials say the group has agreed to complete negotiations with Zagreb on its accession to the EU. Negotiations should be finished by the end of this month. Croatia is on schedule to join the EU by July 2013. Croatia started […]

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EU Imposes New Sanctions on Syria

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has expanded its financial and travel sanctions against Syria and moved to condemn its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. The EU on Friday announced it froze the assets and banned European travel of seven more individuals and four companies, bringing its overall list to 34, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among others, […]

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EU Commissioner: Serbia Needs progress on Kosovo Before Accession

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele says Serbia must make more progress in normalizing relations with Kosovo, but that recognizing its independence is not a condition for Serbia’s EU membership. Fuele met with Serbia’s Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic Thursday in Brussles to discuss Belgrade’s bid to start negotiations for Serbia’s accession to the 27-nation bloc. […]

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Greek Crisis Overshadows EU Summit

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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European Union leaders meet Thursday and Friday in Brussels for a summit that will largely focus on Greece’s financial meltdown. The leaders are expected to discuss ways to help Greece avoid debt default and regain financial stability. EU leaders are looking for economic reform from Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s government, which won a crucial […]

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Russia to Lift Ban on EU Produce, Bans Meat

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it will ban some German meat and dairy imports, citing concern about E. coli, even as the European Union and Russia struck a deal on conditions for lifting a ban on EU vegetables. Russian regulators said Wednesday the ban on meat and milk products from about 300 German companies is being implemented because […]

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