Catholic Church continues to confront LGBT people in Visegrád Four

Catholic Church continues to confront LGBT people in Visegrád Four

The rhetoric of the Catholic Church members against the LGBT community is becoming increasingly aggressive in four eastern EU countries, with priests comparing the LGBT movement to the plague and calling it an “ideology” with totalitarian features. In the past weeks, LGBT issues have moved to the top of the agenda in Poland, which faces a parliamentary election on 13 October, and quickly spread to the other Visegrád countries – Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Family policy and traditional values have always been a crucial topic for the Polish…

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Iranian tanker in center of confrontation with West leaves Gibraltar

Iranian tanker in center of confrontation with West leaves Gibraltar

The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a US request to detain the vessel further. British Royal Marines seized the tanker in Gibraltar in July on suspicion it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European Union sanctions. That triggered a series of events that have heightened tensions on international oil shipping routes through the Gulf. The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left…

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The U.S. agency believes that July 2019 is the hottest month in the history of the planet.

The U.S. agency believes that July 2019 is the hottest month in the history of the planet.

July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday (15 August), confirming earlier observations by the European Union. “Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows,” the agency said. According to the NOAA, the average global temperature in July was 0.95 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius, making…

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Hong Kong Airport reopens after nightly clashes, massive protests

Hong Kong Airport reopens after nightly clashes, massive protests

Hong Kong’s airport resumed operations on Wednesday (14 August), rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city. Ten weeks of increasingly violent clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters, angered by a perceived erosion of freedoms, have plunged the Asian financial hub into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. About 30 protesters remained at the airport early on Wednesday while workers scrubbed it clean of…

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French NGOs saved 81 migrants from Sudan off the coast of Libya

French NGOs saved 81 migrants from Sudan off the coast of Libya

The Ocean Viking ship operated by French charities SOS Mediterranean and MSF (Doctors without Borders) have picked up 81 mostly Sudanese migrants from a blue rubber dinghy off the coast of Libya. The migrants were rescued on Sunday, after that left Libya the day before. Their rescue was the third in three days by the Ocean Viking, AFP and France24 report. The ship run jointly by SOS Mediterranean and Doctors without Borders has been patrolling about 50 nautical miles from Libya’s capital Tripoli for vessels carrying migrants trying to reach…

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Between Hungary and Finland broke out a media war

Between Hungary and Finland broke out a media war

In July, a spat broke out between Hungary and Finland, which took over the EU’s rotating Council presidency Romania and with its program quickly became a new enemy for Budapest. One of the key priorities of presidency is strengthening the rule of law and a part of this effort is also launching the Article 7 procedure against Hungary, because of concerns about political interference in the judiciary and oppression of the press. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs have launched a series of verbal attacks against…

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IPCC claims climate crisis reduces land’s ability to support humanity

IPCC claims climate crisis reduces land’s ability to support humanity

The climate crisis is damaging the ability of the land to sustain humanity, with cascading risks becoming increasingly severe as global temperatures rise, according to a landmark UN report compiled by some of the world’s top scientists. EURACTIV’s media partner, The Guardian, reports. Global heating is increasing droughts, soil erosion and wildfires while diminishing crop yields in the tropics and thawing permafrost near the poles, says the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Further heating will lead to unprecedented climate conditions at lower latitudes, with potential growth in…

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NGO to rescue migrants challenged European states

NGO to rescue migrants challenged European states

A Spanish charity that saved 121 migrants in the Mediterranean last week vowed Monday (5 August) to continue sea rescue operations, the latest NGO to defy moves by European nations to shut down a route exploited by trafficking gangs. Proactiva Open Arms founder Oscar Camps called on EU members to take in the 121 people his ship rescued last week off the coast of Libya, including two babies and another 30 minors, who need “medical and psychiatric assistance.” “We will continue until the European Union changes its migration policy,” Camps…

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Macron negotiates ceasefire in Libya with Egyptian leader

Macron negotiates ceasefire in Libya with Egyptian leader

France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about the situation in Libya calling for a ceasefire “very soon” between the warring sides, the French presidency said on Sunday (4 August). “Stability and durable peace go together with respect for individual dignity and the rule of law, and the search for stability cannot be dissociated from the question of human rights,” Macron said during a joint press conference with Sisi, which was dominated by Egypt’s domestic power abuses. France in recent years has become the biggest supplier…

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President-elect von der Leyen discussed her plans with Orban in Brussels

President-elect von der Leyen discussed her plans with Orban in Brussels

The President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen met with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Brussels where the two discussed her plans for climate protection, economic, migration policy, and the role of the EU in the world. “We have made a good decision so far,” Orban told Hungary’s public broadcaster after the meeting and described von der Leyen as a politician “who has the same thoughts about the future” regarding “children and families, security, and a common European force and the development of the military industry.” Hungary…

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