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    • EU removes Japan, 5 other countries from safe travel list, adds Uruguay

      EU removes Japan, 5 other countries from safe travel list, adds Uruguay

      The European Union on Thursday removed Japan and five other countries from its list of safe travel destinations, meaning visitors or people returning from those countries are likely to face tighter controls such as Covid-19 tests or quarantine, Reuters reported. Following a review, the governments of the EU's 27 member states agreed to drop Japan, along with Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei and Serbia, the European Council said on Thursday. Uruguay has been added to the list.

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    • Ruslan Trad: EU response to events in Afghanistan is inadequate

      Ruslan Trad: EU response to events in Afghanistan is inadequate

      It is absurd that with their initial reactions Brussels and European leaders signalled to the Taliban that they could feel like possible partners. We have no reason to believe that the Taliban can form any type of legitimate government. However, regional powers such as Russia, China and Iran are likely to lend legitimacy to the Taliban - they have already signalled such intentions, says Ruslan Trad, journalist and Middle East analyst, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travellers: diplomatic sources

      EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travellers: diplomatic sources

      The European Union plans to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the US because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country, EU diplomats said Monday, AP reported. A decision to remove the US from a safe list of countries for non-essential travel would reverse advice from June, when the 27-nation bloc recommended lifting restrictions on US travelers before the summer tourism season.

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    • EU reassures Bosnia to admit it one day

      EU reassures Bosnia to admit it one day

      The European Union tried on Tuesday to reassure Bosnians of its readiness to admit their country one day, after an unofficial EU diplomatic note raised doubts about Brussels' commitment, Reuters reported. That note, circulated among EU officials in April, proposed redrawing borders along ethnic lines in the Western Balkans in an attempt to unblock stalled reforms in the region. It caused anxiety in Bosnia, which aspires to join both the EU and NATO.

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    • EU launches training mission in Mozambique to help armed forces fighting Islamist groups

      EU launches training mission in Mozambique to help armed forces fighting Islamist groups

      The EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday announced the launch of a military mission to train Mozambican forces trying to stabilize the restive, gas-rich Cabo Delgado province. EU personnel should share expertise on counter-terrorism and civilian protection efforts. The mission is to "train selected Mozambican units to help armed forces in their efforts to bring back safety and security," top EU diplomat Josep Borrell said after the foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels.

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    • Rescue boat asks EU to find a port to disembark hundreds of migrants

      Rescue boat asks EU to find a port to disembark hundreds of migrants

      A charity group asked the European Union on Tuesday to find a port where it can dock to disembark hundreds of migrants it has rescued in the central Mediterranean over recent days, Reuters reported. Some 572 people, including 183 minors, are currently on board the Ocean Viking vessel, the SOS Mediterranee organisation said after it picked them up in six operations in Maltese and Libyan search and rescue areas.

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    • CO2 emissions from new cars decreased by 12%

      CO2 emissions from new cars decreased by 12%

      The average CO2 emissions of new cars registered in the EU, Iceland, Norway and the UK in 2020 have decreased by 12% compared to 2019, provisional monitoring data shows. This is by far the greatest annual decrease in emissions since CO2 standards started to apply in 2010. It coincides with the phase in of stricter CO2 emissions standards for cars as of 1 January, 2020.

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    • Sofia, Skopje have window of opportunity to work together

      Sofia, Skopje have window of opportunity to work together

      “I hope that the atmosphere of trust and mutual respect of national interests continues in the direction of finding a solution, because the European perspective for the Republic of North Macedonia and that for the Western Balkans are in the interest of Bulgaria, the region and the entire EU. But all of this must happen within the rules and in a process of dialogue through which we can clear up things between us first, so that we do not leave unresolved issues in the European family.”

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