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Covid, cocaine take Europe to 'breaking point': Europol

Den Haag - The coronavirus pandemic could fuel organised crime for years to come in Europe, a continent already at "breaking point" from an unprecedented flood of cocaine, the EU's policing agency warned Monday.

France says Turkey 'deliberately' snubbed EU Commission chief

Paris - France's Europe Minister Clement Beaune said Sunday that Turkey had set a "trap" for European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen by forcing her to sit off to the side on a visit to Ankara, in a photo-op faux pas quickly dubbed 'sofagate'.

Irish PM warns of 'spiral back' as N.Ireland wracked by week of riots

Belfast - Irish prime minister Micheal Martin warned against a "spiral back" into sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland on Saturday, as a week-long streak of riots raised fears for the future of a fragile peace in the British province.

Turkey blames EU for 'sofagate' scandal

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday blamed the European Union for seating arrangements that left European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen without a chair during a meeting with the Turkish president.

Turkey's chair snub riles EU chief as she defends women's rights

Apo - The European Commission hit out Wednesday after its chief Ursula von der Leyen was left without a chair as Turkey's president sat down for talks with her male counterpart.

'Sofagate': Brussels angry over von der Leyen Turkey chair snub

Apo - The European Commission hit out Wednesday at a diplomatic snub that left its head Ursula von der Leyen without a chair as male counterparts sat down at a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Australia blames EU supply issues for slow vaccine rollout

Sydney - Australia's prime minister on Wednesday blamed restricted vaccine supply from Europe for his country's halting coronavirus inoculation efforts, as he faced growing public frustration over the sluggish rollout.

EU chiefs press Erdogan on rights while stressing better ties

Ankara - The European Union's top two officials on Tuesday expressed deep worries about human rights in Turkey while voicing hope for stronger ties in their first meeting in a year with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

EU chiefs in rare Turkey visit to revamp relations

Ankara - The European Union's top two officials will pay a rare visit on Tuesday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at testing his avowed commitment to improve uneasy ties.

Russia hails 'successful' start to talks to save Iran nuclear deal

Vienna - Russia said talks aimed at salvaging an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme got off to a "successful" start on Tuesday, with the US expected to join indirectly for the first time since President Joe Biden's arrival in the White House.

EU heads seek 'new chapter' with Erdogan on Turkey visit

Apo - The EU's top two officials head to Turkey on Tuesday to lay out to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the bloc's conditions for improved ties after a dip in tensions.

EU's Michel vows support to Libya's interim government

Tripoli - European Council President Charles Michel offered support to Libya Sunday on a visit to Tripoli, as the North African nation seeks to end a decade of chaos following a NATO-backed 2011 revolt.

US, Iran to start indirect talks to salvage nuclear deal

Apo - The United States and Iran will open indirect talks next week in Vienna as the European Union spearheads efforts to bring President Joe Biden's administration back into a nuclear accord.

World powers, Iran to discuss US return to nuclear deal

Apo - World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference Friday to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, in a development welcomed by Washington.

World powers, Iran to hold virtual nuclear talks Friday

Apo - World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, the EU announced Thursday, in a development welcomed by Washington.

'2nd-class citizens': migrant camp plans angers Lesbos islanders

On the Greek island of Lesbos, the notorious camp of Moria still casts a long shadow, more than six months after it went up in flames.

EU takes Poland to court over law 'undermining' judges

Apo - The European Commission said on Wednesday it is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice over a reform it says undermines judicial independence.

Netflix, 'Lupin' and EU rules spark a TV revolution

Apo - "Lupin", a French reboot set in postcard Paris, has made Omar Sy a global star and fulfilled a long-lost dream for Europeans: the confidence to take on Hollywood.

Donors face $10 bn aid appeal at Syria conference

Apo - International donors on Tuesday pushed to meet a United Nations goal of $10 billion in aid for Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries, as demands for assistance rise after a decade of conflict.

'We are suffocating': Migrants in Lesbos camp appeal for help

On a windswept hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, thousands of asylum seekers huddling in tents on the island of Lesbos are glad to see the end of winter.

EU says Turkey should 'urgently' resume accepting migrants from Greece

The European Union said on Monday that Turkey must "urgently" resume accepting migrants from Greece, where thousands are being held in camps, days before EU chiefs are to visit Ankara.

Vaccine row escalates as France accuses UK of 'blackmail'

Paris - A row over Covid-19 vaccine access escalated Friday, with France accusing Britain of "blackmail" in its dealings with the EU, and Russia and China of misusing vaccines to boost their foreign policy clout.

Germany to list France as Covid-19 high-risk zone

Berlin - Germany will classify France as a high-risk zone for Covid-19, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, in a move that could see Berlin tighten border controls and require mandatory quarantine to enter the country.

UK denounces China sanctions over Xinjiang as Western rift widens

London - Britain accused China of "gross human rights violations" against the Muslim Uyghur minority Friday after Beijing slapped sanctions on UK lawmakers and lobby groups, widening a rift with Western powers over alleged abuses in Xinjiang.

EU eyes cooperation with Turkey if 'de-escalation sustained'

Apo - European Union leaders are ready to boost cooperation with Turkey if a "current de-escalation is sustained", they said in a video summit on Thursday following a spike in tensions.

Blinken offers shared vision to US allies in U-turn on Trump

Apo - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday vowed a new approach to work closer with allies, promising Washington would not force them to take sides against China.

China accuses EU of 'hypocrisy' over Uyghur row

Bejing - Beijing accused the EU of "hypocrisy" on Wednesday after the two sides summoned each other's envoys in an escalating row over the treatment of China's Muslim Uyghurs.

Biden looks to 'revitalise' ties at EU video summit

Apo - President Joe Biden will join the European Union summit by video link on Thursday, as the new US leader looks to "revitalise" ties that frayed under predecessor Donald Trump.

Merkel backs EU chief's AstraZeneca export ban threat

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday voiced support for EU chief Ursula von der Leyen's threat to block AstraZeneca vaccines produced in the bloc from being exported, ahead of a crunch EU summit on the escalating row.

West riles China with sanctions over Uighur crackdown

Apo - The EU, US, Britain and Canada on Monday imposed sanctions against Chinese officials over the crackdown on the Uighurs, and Beijing responded by hitting Europeans with immediate tit-for-tat measures.
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