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EU spent €11 billion on deportations since 2000: Report

  A study shows that European countries have spent some €11.3 billion ($12.8 billion) on deporting migrants over the past 15 years. The results of the study, carried out by the Migrants’ Files, a group of 20 journalists, statisticians, and other experts from 16 countries, was published on Wednesday. Its ...

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EU statement on Sheikh Salman’s sentence

In a statement released on Wednesday, the EU expressed hope for the reconsideration of a four-year jail sentence against Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, by an appeal court “in a fair and transparent manner, in full respect of Bahrain’s international obligations.” It ...

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Germany hosted 2006 World Cup thanks to RPG supply to Saudi Arabia

The German government sent Saudi Arabia a shipment of rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) to persuade the kingdom to support Germany’s bid to host 2006 World Cup, German media say. German newspaper Die Zeit reported on Thursday that then German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder authorized the shipment a week before the vote in ...

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Secrets of Scotland Yard’s crime museum to go on display

LONDON: Guns, gallstones, death masks and hangman’s ropes are going on display in an exhibition drawn from one of Britain’s most macabre, and least-seen, museums. For more than a century, the crime museum inside London police headquarters has been open only to Scotland Yard staff and invited guests. Established in ...

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“Britons not happy with current status”

The prime minister and the president met at Chequers this week in an effort to reach an understanding. Leaked reports of a closer political union between France and Germany have been reported by French newspaper Le Monde, sparking calls from British Eurosceptics that a reformed relationship with the EU could ...

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David Cameron starts push for EU reforms

David Cameron has said he is determined to reform Britain’s relationship with the EU as he seeks to kick-start talks with European leaders on his plans. At a summit in Latvia, he is making his case for change in the EU following the Conservatives’ election victory. The prime minister said ...

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Attack on Russian embassy in Syria ‘act of terror’, Moscow says

Moscow has condemned a mortar attack on the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus, calling it a “terrorist act”. “We treat the incident as terrorist act, aimed against the Russian embassy. We strongly condemn its perpetrators, organizers and instigators,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Tuesday. Russia reaffirms its ...

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