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End Rab’s impunity

End Rab’s impunity

The European Parliament (EP) in a resolution today called on the Bangladeshi authorities to put an end to Rab's impunity. The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) also said human rights violations by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), an emergency force created 10 years ago comprising both military and police officers, should stop. The MEPs also...

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels have signed a truce deal to end almost five months of fighting. The two sides, meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk, agreed to stop firing at 15:00 GMT. President Petro Poroshenko said he would do "everything possible" to end the bloodshed. The rebels said the truce had not changed...

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

World leaders are due to meet Ukraine's president before the Nato summit gets under way in Wales. President Petro Poroshenko will update US and EU leaders after discussions with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. France has ramped up the pressure on Putin by axing its contract to deliver two navy assault ships to Russia. The two-day Nato...

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider fresh sanctions against Russia following accusations that its troops are fighting inside Ukraine. Russia denies that its regular forces are backing a rebel offensive in eastern Ukraine. But ahead of the summit, EU officials said a clear message must be sent to Russia to de-escalate the...

US, EU widen sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

US, EU widen sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

US President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against Russia. They include banning people in the US from banking with three Russian banks. The EU earlier expanded its sanctions, targeting the oil sector, defence equipment and sensitive technologies. But Australia's priority is to get access to the crash site of the downed MH17 flight...

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growing backing...

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has vowed to hold "a victory parade" in Crimea, restoring the country's territorial integrity. Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "Believe me, there will be a victory parade - there will be for sure - in Ukraine's Sevastopol." Russia annexed the peninsula in March after a controversial referendum. In eastern...

EU set for election 'Super Sunday'

EU set for election 'Super Sunday'

European elections reach their culmination on "Super Sunday" when the remaining 20 of the EU's 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left. Germany, France, Spain and Poland are among the major EU member states...

7 soldiers killed in Ukraine ambush

7 soldiers killed in Ukraine ambush

Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say. A unit was attacked near the town of Kramatorsk by about 30 heavily-armed rebels, the defence ministry said. One rebel is also said to have died. Correspondents say this is the most serious loss of life for the government...

Labour Rights, Safety

EU sees progress in Dhaka's efforts

Acknowledging significant progress in areas of occupational safety and health and labour rights in RMG sector, the European Union has expressed its readiness to assist Bangladesh in the implementation of the programmes. “We've seen significant progress … but more must be done,” said John Clancy, spokesperson of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, in a statement on Thursday on the occasion of one year of Rana Plaza tragedy. He said the tragedy revealed serious shortcomings in the occupational safety and labour...

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