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Old Soviet prison camp now place of leisure, fun

Rummu - Published only a few days ago via YouTube, a breathtaking five-minute video captures the striking images of a former forced labor camp in a state of decay and its transformation into a recreational beach.

Russia responds to U.S. and E.U. sanctions with 'food fight'

The U.S. and the 28-nation European Union upped the ante on Russia this past week, tightening sanctions that target the country's arms, energy and banking sectors. Russia is fighting back, and in essence, it's a food-fight.

Israel kills at least 20 in attack on Gaza Strip

Jerusalem - Israel bombed suspected Hamas militant sites across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing at least 20 Palestinians but prompting a barrage of missile firings at its own population centers.

EU condemns Hamas rockets, Israeli killing of civilians

Gaza - As Israel escalates its bombing campaign against Islamic militants in Gaza, the number of innocent Palestinian civilians killed continues to rise, drawing sharp rebuke from the European Union.

Ukrainian rebels agree to three-way ceasefire talks

Berlin - Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday to hold talks with pro-Moscow rebels to try to reach an agreement on a new ceasefire to replace the one that expired earlier in the week, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

Op-Ed: Trade in Services — The Age of Deregulation free lunch arrives

Sydney - Information released by Wikileaks indicates that a tide of deregulation in conjunction with global outsourcing of foreign financial, IT and legal workers could create global financial superpowers, unaccountable to law.

EU regulation change causes massive shift in material production

As of April 2015, all vinyl manufacture needs to be compliant with REACH. REACH’s regulation change will aim to identify potentially hazardous chemicals and restrict their use throughout the EU.

Nick Clegg urged to resign in open letter from Lib Dem colleagues

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister has been urged to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats by members of his own party, with a dozen of his own MPs openly criticising him.

Russia could bail on space station as tensions with U.S. worsen

Moscow - The Russian Federation is threatening to stop participating in the International Space Station project after 2020 in what appears to be a further deterioration of East-West relations.

EU court: Google must respect 'right to be forgotten'

Luxemburg - Europe's highest court has ruled that Internet giant Google can be forced to delete links to certain contested content about individuals on the Web.

Cameron optimistic on EU referendum

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is confident a referendum on the UK's membership in the EU can be conducted in 2017.

Review: A chat with Brook Zimmatore on Cyber security efforts in the EU Special

In spite of the economic woes that plagues the Eurozone, much of the attention has been placed on the exercise the Cyber Europe 2014.

Op-Ed: The new EU truck regulations: Will they make a difference?

On April 15 the majority of people at an EU conference voted in favour of introducing new measures to make Europe's trucks safer and more fuel efficient. Will the proposed measures actually make trucks any safer or less thirsty however?

Deadly Ukraine gunfight imperils Geneva deal to relax tensions

Slavyansk - A fatal gunfight involving pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine has imperiled last week's multi-nation accord aimed at reducing tensions in the troubled region.

Sweden's six-hour workday experiment

Gothenburg - In hopes that it will cut down on sick leave, boost efficiency, and ultimately save Sweden money, municipal staff in Gothenburg will experiment with six-hour full-pay workdays.

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.

Op-Ed: To understand the Crimea crisis, just change the nation states

What if: the Ukraine was Texas, Crimea was Louisiana, Europe was Mexico, the United States was South America, and Russia was the United States? Would you meddle? Would you understand?

European Parliament condemns 'illegal' US drone strikes

European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last week to condemn US unmanned aerial drone strikes as violations of international law and of the sovereignty of targeted nations.

Landslide vote in European Union condemning U.S. drone use

Strasbourg - European Union Members of Parliament condemned the use of drones in targeted killings in a vote of 534 to 49. The vote proposing a ban referred to the drone strikes as “unlawful.”

European Union approves stricter anti-smoking laws

Wednesday, parliament in the European Union voted for tougher anti-smoking laws, aimed at making it harder to want to smoke at all.

Op-Ed: Journalists in Ukraine risk their lives while the West watches Special

Kiev - A young journalist died of a gunshot wound and over 180 were injured as they struggled to bring news about Ukraine's protests. As Ukraneians resist Russia's domination and seek to join the European Union, what is the West doing?

UN makes appeal for three-year plan for the Sahel

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 20 million people in the Sahel region are at risk of hunger and will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, around 8.7 million more than in 2013.

Romania's parliament exempts itself from anti-corruption laws

Faced with a host of investigations and indictments for corruption, the Romanian parliament this week voted to exempt themselves and several other government officials from anti-corruption laws.

Violence erupts as Ukraine’s government cozies up to Russia

Kiev - In the largest street action since the 2004 Orange Revolution, demonstrators in Kiev took to the streets to protest the closer ties to Russia being advocated by the government.

Op-Ed: Should Ukraine choose the EU?

Kiev - Ukraine's surprise decision to back out of an accord with the EU has angered many at home and abroad. A closer look at the region's complex dynamics, however, show that the Ukrainian choice between East and West is far from clear-cut.

Will Tymoshenko sink EU-Ukraine deal?

Kiev - Seven days until the opening of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit and European leaders are still mired in an impasse over the fate of Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Moving piece written about Typhoon Haiyan goes viral

On November 13, a moving Facebook note about Typhoon Haiyan and the current situation in the Philippines was posted. It is currently going viral and is entitled, 'I Need To Tell You.'

EU labels gays as a social group, granting asylum for protection

The European Court of Justice has concluded that gays constitute a "particular social group," qualifying gay Africans for asylum in EU Member States. Prior to the ruling, homosexuality in Africa was a criminal offence, from fines to 14 years in prison.

India launches spacecraft to Mars

In an attempt to become the fourth country to reach the Red Planet, India has successfully launched a spaceship to Mars. The spaceship left at 9:08 GMT Tuesday.

EU moves to curtail overfishing

The European Parliament has agreed to fund a project that aims to curtail overfishing. At the same time the body rejected a proposal designed to fund the construction of new fishing boats.
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Strikes across Europe against unemployment, austerity measures
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Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
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Protests across Europe against unemployment, austerity measures
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Ukranian riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with anti-government protesters near Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014
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Strikes across Europe against unemployment, austerity measures
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Grishay, and her three children. The ex-porn star is seeking E.U. asylum
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Crowds toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the Ukrainian capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in the latest mass protests against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia
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President Barack Obama following the US-EU Summit in Washington, November 2011
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One of twelve winning designs from the 'New symbol for Europe' competition. Design by Rachel Graham
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