Sri Lanka leads the world in Mangrove conservation

Sri Lanka leads the world in Mangrove conservation

Sri Lankan Prime Minister names mangrove conservation essential in the fight against climate change, promising to protect all of Sri Lanka’s mangrove forests.   Last Tuesday saw National Mangrove Day and the opening of the world’s first mangrove museum in Sri Lanka as part of a push to raise the...

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Turkey-EU migrant deal under threat

Turkey-EU migrant deal under threat

Turkey may have to rescind its migrant deal with the EU if it cannot secure visa-free travel, according to Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.  Ankara’s migration deal with Europe has today been called into question after the Turkish government accused the EU of delaying the payment of the €3 billion...

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EU releases €1.4 billion for Turkey to care for Syrian refugees

The European Commission has released €1.4 billion to help Turkey to care for its population of Syrian Refugees, specifically financing health and education. Delivering on its commitment to “speed up the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey”, the newly released funds now bring the Commission’s total up to...

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Afghanistan’s pistachio wars

Afghanistan’s pistachio wars

When one is asked about Afghanistan’s few marketable exports, the country’s opium poppy fields will be the first thing to come to mind. However, with the beginning of picking season already upon us, its another of Afghanistan’s precious natural commodities which are creating chaos. Looters are descending on Afghanistan’s pistachio...

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St Helena Airport creates turbulence for UK Government

St Helena Airport creates turbulence for UK Government

Following his defeat in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned on the Island of St. Helena. His island home, Longwood House, was reputedly so damp and windswept that the British government were accused of trying to hasten his death.   Once again, St Helena’s windy climate has led to complaints about...

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3 in 4 Europeans blame EU for high unemployment

3 in 4 Europeans blame EU for high unemployment

Despite the EU unemployment rate being 8.6%, its lowest rate since 2009, the majority of Europeans want the EU to do more to address the issue, according to a Eurobarometer survey.    77% of the 28,000 European’s surveyed said that they want more EU action to reduce the unemployment rate,...

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New measures taken in the Indian fight against Polio

New measures taken in the Indian fight against Polio

After new strain of Polio discovered, India pushes a vaccination drive for hundreds of thousands of children, to stop threat of new contractions.   Although India was declared Polio free in 2014, India is taking proactive measures to make sure that the disease does not make a return and hundreds...

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Defence Secretary announces UK military training deal in Tunisia

Defence Secretary announces UK military training deal in Tunisia

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, has announced that the UK military will be supporting with vital counter-IED training in Tunisia.   By extending the UK’s role in delivering advanced training to the Tunisian army, Britain is offering “support against the threat posed by extremists”, Fallon has said, “with Tunisia a...

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European leaders react to Brexit: “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”

European leaders react to Brexit: “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”

Leading European figures have already responded to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, admitting they are deeply saddened by the result.   A crisis meeting was held in Brussels between the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Martin Schulz, the...

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