Europe seems to be getting ready to scrap a refugee quota scheme, one of the bones of contention between the EU member states. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council said that he will tell EU leaders that mandatory quotas have been divisive and ineffective, and propose for its...
France will ban the use of mobile phones in primary, junior and middle schools of the country. Under the ban, promised under the Presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron, students could bring the phones to school, but won't be allowed to take them out anytime, including during the breaks. This will apply...
In order to support health, food and livelihood programmes in the Gaza Strip, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has released $2.2 million assistance. The occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Humanitarian Fund will also enable essential and life-saving child and maternal health interventions, including the provision of incubators and...
The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a project that aims to generate energy from nuclear fusion, has built half of it required infrastructure, marking a major milestone. This means that the project, located in France, is back on track after having faced many obstacles. Bernard Bigot, the director-general of the International...
About 128,000 children in the UK are homeless or living in temporary shelters, and the number is higher than that since the 2007-08 financial crisis. The data put out by housing charity Shelter estimates that about 140 families become homeless every day. The study also shows that many of these children...
Simon McMahon, Coventry University A man called out numbers against the murky darkness of the Libyan night: “400, 500, 600, 650.” These were bids in Libyan dinars during a slave auction. Video footage of these scenes, aired in mid-November by CNN, thrust concerns about the conditions facing migrants at Europe’s...
The European Union has put out a list of 17 countries considered to be tax havens and said it may blacklist 47 more countries unless they take measures to counter evasion. The blacklisted countries would lose access to EU funds and face sanctions from the union. Multinationals who do business with...
As the German government wants to deport many refugees back to their countries, many airline pilots across the country have refused to fly them, saying they don't want any part in the controversial action, according to media reports. There were 222 incidents of flights being stopped by pilots as they...
Cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are facing uniques challenges of growth and decline, says a World Bank report. It showed that 61 percent of the cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia were declining,  losing on average 11% of their population, between 2000 and 2010. The region carries the legacy...
Thabo Jaiyesimi/Shutterstock James Bentham, University of Kent A recent BMJ study showed that government cuts in England have caused extra deaths compared with trends before 2010. But how reliable are studies that link austerity with increased deaths? There is strong evidence that budget cuts affect health. In Greece, the recent economic crisis...

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