Austria's right-wing government has announced that the country will not sign the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration that it says fails to regulate migration and affect national sovereignty. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian public broadcaster ÖRF that the country will not sign the pact...
Economic wealth of a country need not necessarily be an indicator of how well a country is doing to address inequalities in providing education to its young generation, says a new report. According to a UNICEF report that looked into the educational inequalities in 41 of the world’s richest countries,...
Majority of the voters in Ireland's referendum has voted to delete the clause in the constitution that criminalised blasphemy, results of exit polls show. While 69% approval the removal of the provision against the insult of religious figureheads or other things considered sacred, according to Irish Times Ipsos MRBI exit poll,...
The European Parliament has awarded the prestigious Sakharov prize to a Crimean dissident sentenced to 20 years in Russian prison. Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film-maker accused by Russia of terrorism was vociferous in his opposition of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea had held a 145-day hunger strike earlier this year. Press...
Norwegian capital Oslo has been appreciated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for leading way in sustainability by adopting a fossil-free, electrified, path. Measures such as recycling waste into heat and electricity, and allowing cyclists precedence over private cars have improved the air quality in the city. It has...
The European Parliament has passed a new legislation that will ban, by 2022, the use of human reserve antibiotics in animals. The law will also prohibit the use of unprescribed animal antimicrobials. The move comes at a time the World Health Organisation (WHO) cited the use of antibiotics in animal...
The European Parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic items, including straws, cotton swabs and disposable plastic plates and cutlery, by 2021. The decision, taken with a 571-53 majority on Wednesday, mandated producers to cover the costs of waste management and cleanup as well as raise awareness of the polluting...
By Sara Stefanini, Climate Home News EU countries have a “strong commercial reason” to maintain gas and electricity trade across the English Channel, UK energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry said on Tuesday. If Britain leaves without a withdrawal deal on 29 March, imports and exports of power and gas...
France's ban on women wearing a full-body veil or niqab infringed their freedom to practice their religion, a UN Committee of independent human rights experts has ruled. The ruling came on complaints by two French women, who had been prosecuted, convicted and fined in 2012 for wearing the niqab, based...
In first such a request to one of its member states, the European Union is expected to ask Italy to revise its draft budget on Wednesday. The draft budget, which has a deficit target of 2.4%, includes some radical proposals such as providing universal basic income for citizens, tax cuts...

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