European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech during a debate on the social and economic consequences for the EU of the Russian war in Ukraine, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU leader calls for Russian oil ban in new set of sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top official on Wednesday called on the 27-nation bloc to ban oil imports from Russia in a sixth package of sanctions targeting Moscow for…

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President Joe Biden talk to the press about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at the U.S. Mission in Brussels on March 25, 2022, in Brussels. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US, EU announce new partnership to undercut Russian energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and European Union on Friday announced a new partnership to reduce the continent’s reliance on Russian energy, a step top officials characterized as the…

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A photograph taken on March 7, 2022 shows EU flags and Ukrainian flags flying near the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo by Frederick FLORIN / AFP)

European Union dashes Ukraine’s hopes of quick membership

VERSAILLES, France, March 10 (Reuters) – European Union leaders on Thursday condemned the “unspeakable suffering” Russia was inflicting on Ukraine but at a summit in France they refused Kyiv’s appeal…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai / Photo from Facebook Page Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

Thailand will not rush to condemn Russia over Ukraine, says Foreign Minister Don

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said today (Tuesday) that Thailand may need to fine-tune its policy on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but it will not rush to condemn Russia, like…

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Thailand to attend Indo-Pacific Forum in Paris

Thailand will join 57 other countries from the Indo-Pacific region to discuss a range of issues related to defence and security, digital connectivity and transnational issues, such as climate change…

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ASEAN and EU leaders plan to meet in Brussels in December

To mark the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-EU relations, their leaders are planning a summit in Brussels in December, according to an informed diplomatic source, who asked not to be identified….

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An instructor trains members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

NATO outlines ‘deterrence’ plan as tensions with Russia soar

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tensions soared Monday between Russia and the West, with NATO outlining a series of potential troop and ship deployments and Ireland warning that upcoming Russian war games…

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European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson gives a news conference following the EU High-level Forum on providing protection to Afghans at risk, at the European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, October 7, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

EU plans law requiring tech firms to do more to combat child abuse

FRANKFURT, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The European Union plans to legislate in the coming months to require technology companies to do more to tackle child sexual abuse, beefing up current…

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP)

EU official: Omicron to be dominant variant by mid-January

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that omicron is expected to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the 27-nation bloc by mid-January, amid concerns that a…

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Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats reacts after he was elected new German Chancellor in the German Parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. The election and swearing-in of the new Chancellor and the swearing-in of the federal ministers of the new federal government will take place in the Bundestag on Wednesday. (Photo/Stefanie Loos)

Scholz succeeds Merkel as German chancellor, opening new era

Olaf Scholz became Germany’s ninth post-World War II chancellor Wednesday, opening a new era for the European Union’s most populous nation and largest economy after Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure. Scholz’s…

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A picture taken on November 10, 2021 shows Poland’s servicemen behind a barbed wire fence on the Belarusian-Polish border as they watch migrants camping on the Belarusian side in the Grodno region. Hundreds of desperate migrants are trapped in freezing temperatures on the border and the presence of troops from both sides has raised fears of a confrontation.

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash

Countries bordering Belarus expressed concern on Thursday that a crisis over growing numbers of migrants trying to break through its frontiers into the European Union could escalate into a military…

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Raphael Glucksmann, leader of the opposition Parti Socialiste and Place Publique (Socialist Party and Public Place) list for the European elections, attends a rally in Lyon, France May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

‘You are not alone’: EU Parliament delegation tells Taiwan on first official visit

TAIPEI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s first official delegation to Taiwan said on Thursday the diplomatically isolated island is not alone and called for bolder actions to strengthen…

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Nearly 90 countries join pact to slash planet-warming methane emissions

GLASGOW, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Nearly 90 countries have joined a U.S.- and EU-led effort to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels,…

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EU court fines Poland 1 mn euros daily in judiciary row

The EU’s top court on Wednesday ordered Poland to pay one million euros a day for not suspending a controversial “disciplinary chamber” at the heart of a bitter feud between…

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A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build ‘metaverse’

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. plans to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse…

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A general view shows the Naval Group site, the port and the skyline of the shipbuilding town of Cherbourg-en-Contentin, France, September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

EU postpones trade talks with Australia amid submarine deal fallout

CANBERRA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Australia’s Minister for Trade Dan Tehan said on Friday talks with the European Union over a trade deal have been postponed, as a row over…

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EU lists rare nerve disorder as possible side-effect of AstraZeneca vaccine

(Reuters) – Europe’s medicines regulator has added an extremely rare nerve-damaging disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome, as a possible side–effect of AstraZeneca‘s COVID–19 vaccine, regular safety updates from the watchdog showed on Wednesday. The European Medicines Agency said a causal relationship between GBS…

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A man grieves alone by the tomb of a loved one who died of Covid-19 coronavirus at a cemetary in Bekasi on August 8, 2021, as Indonesia passed the grim milestone of over 100,000 Covid-19 deaths. (Photo by Rezas / AFP)

Asean collects US$1.2 billion in aid from dialogue partners

ASEAN has accumulated more than US$1.2 billion worth of combined assistance from 11 dialogue partners including the new dialogue partner, the UK. Almost all the countries have contributed special funds…

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A passenger arrives from a flight at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Travelers fully vaccinated against coronavirus from the United States and much of Europe were able to enter Britain without quarantining starting today, a move welcomed by Britain’s ailing travel industry. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK eases travel restrictions as industry lobbies for more

LONDON (AP) — Britain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and the European Union on Monday as travel industry leaders urged the government to further ease…

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Passers-by stand in front of the Brussels Town Hall and the rest of the historical Grand Place in Brussels lit with the rainbow colours to show solidarity to the LGTBQ+ community after the anti-gay vote in Hungary and the position of UEFA in Brussels, on June 23, 2021. (Photo by Aris Oikonomou / AFP)

EU launches legal action against Hungary, Poland over LGBTQ rights

Brussels (AFP) – The European Commission on Thursday launched legal action against the conservative governments of EU members Hungary and Poland in response to measures seen as discriminating against LGBTQ citizens. As…

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FILE – In this May 26, 2021, file photo, lawyers for AstraZeneca Clemence Van Muylder, right, and Hakim Boularbah, left, wait for the start of a hearing, European Commission vs AstraZeneca, at the main courthouse in Brussels. Coronavirus vaccine-maker AstraZeneca is claiming victory in a court tussle with the European Union over allegations that it was not producing shots fast enough. In a statement Friday, June 18 they said the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, had requested that the drug-maker deliver 120 million vaccine doses in total by the end of June 2021, but that a judge in Brussels ordered delivery of 80.2 million doses by 27 September 2021. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

AstraZeneca, EU both claim victory in tussle over deliveries

BRUSSELS (AP) — AstraZeneca and the European Union both claimed victory Friday in a court tussle over allegations that the coronavirus vaccine-maker was not producing shots for the 27-nation bloc…

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Rome’s Fiumicino airport. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

EU summit embraces Covid certificate to unlock travel

EU leaders on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of a bloc-wide Covid-19 pass that they hope will unlock a tourist surge this summer.  The 27 member states would like the EU…

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European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium REUTERS/Yves Herman

EU agrees to open doors to vaccinated foreigners

European Union countries agreed on Wednesday to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, a move that could open the bloc’s door to all…

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AstraZeneca vaccine benefits increase with age: EMA

The EU’s drug watchdog said Friday that a review of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine found its benefits increase with age and still outweigh the risks for adults despite links to blood…

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Health workers from the Glasgow Royal Infirmary take part in a minutes silence on the first anniversary of the first national Covid-19 lockdown in Glasgow on March 23, 2021. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

EU to tighten export rules to stop one-way flow of vaccines

The European Commission will tighten its export guidelines on Wednesday to prevent what it sees as an unfair one-way flow of vaccines, according to a draft seen by AFP. Brussels…

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People without face masks attend a protest against government restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in London, Saturday, March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Thousands protest Europe virus curbs as surges prompt fresh restrictions

Thousands of protesters angry at Covid-19 restrictions rallied in cities across Europe on Saturday as several nations reimposed partial lockdowns to fight new surges in infections. The coronavirus, which has…

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Prime Minister Jean Castex, 55-years-old, reacts as he is vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Hopital d Instruction des Armees Begin, in Saint-Mande, on the outskirts of Paris, on March 19, 2021.(Photo by THOMAS COEX / POOL / AFP)

Europe resumes AstraZeneca jabs, US to hit 100 million vaccines

Several European countries resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations Friday after an all-clear from EU regulators, as US President Joe Biden was set to meet his goal of having 100 million Americans inoculated…

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Why has the EU not approved Russia’s Sputnik jab?

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is still waiting for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to start the countdown to its launch across the 27-nation bloc. With Moscow and Brussels trading barbs…

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This picture taken on February 13, 2019 shows a worker trimming leaves on a newly created dwarf palm oil tree at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) research station in Bukit Lawiang in southern Johor state. – Test tubes holding plants line shelves in a Malaysian laboratory, the heart of a breeding programme for dwarf palm oil trees which scientists hope will cut costs and limit environmental damage from the controversial industry. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysia files WTO complaint over EU palm oil restrictions

Malaysia has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over European Union rules affecting the consumption of palm oil-based biofuels, according to a document published Tuesday. In the complaint, dated…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 31, 2019 An anti-Brexit demonstrator whirls an EU and Union Flag during a demonstration against the British government’s move to suspend parliament in the final weeks before Brexit outside Downing Street in London on August 31, 2019. – Despite the prestige of Oxford and Cambridge and other top universities, Britain will be less attractive after Brexit, EU students warn, with fees set to soar and legal tangles still not ironed out. (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP)

EU, Britain attempt breakthrough in Brexit talks

The EU and Britain’s chief Brexit negotiators will make a last-ditch bid to break months of deadlock on Sunday, as trade talks limp back to Brussels, surviving on borrowed time….

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EU to allow in visitors from Thailand

Thailand is among 14 countries whose citizens are deemed “safe” to be let into EU from 1 July, despite the pandemic, according to BBC. It said the US, Brazil and…

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Asean must learn Europe’s COVID-19 lessons

A lot of people, among them many scientists, said the COVID-19 outbreak may have something to do with the weather. Europe is colder than many parts of the world, goes…

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Anti-Brexit protesters holding a banner and flags demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Brexit day: United Kingdom casts off from the European Union

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday for an uncertain Brexit future, its most significant geopolitical move since the loss of empire and a blow…

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EU agrees Brexit delay to January 31, eyes formal approval on Tuesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to delay Brexit until Jan.31, said the bloc’s chairman, Donald Tusk. “The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s…

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EU backs Brexit delay as Johnson eyes election

European Union members backed a plan to postpone Brexit on Wednesday but have yet to agree on how much longer to give London to resolve its political crisis.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

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UK’s worst-case no-deal Brexit plan warns of food shortages, public disorder

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit warn of severe disruption to cross-Channel routes, affecting the supply of medicines and certain types of fresh foods, and…

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A man wearing a mask of Boris Johnson protests outside Downing Street, Central London on Wednesday. Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September – and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.

British PM Johnson sparks outrage after forcing suspension of parliament

LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sparked fury among pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit by forcing the suspension of parliament weeks before Britain’s EU departure…

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Polish Ambassador positive about EU’s future with or without the UK

In an exclusive interview with Nattha Komolvadhin on July 5th, H.E. Mr. Waldemar Dubaniowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Thailand, remained positive about the future of the European…

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EU lifts ”yellow card” on Thailand for successful tackling of IUU fishing

The European Union formally announced today the lifting of the “yellow card” imposed on Thailand since 2015 in recognition of the substantive progress made by Thailand in tackling the illegal,…

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EU delegation to Thailand issues clarification on poll observers

The European Union on Sunday offered a clarification over a media report that it has asked to send an army of observers to monitor the upcoming general election expected in…

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EC to consult Foreign Ministry on EU request to monitor February election 

The Election Commission will have to consult relevant agencies, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before it can decide whether or not to allow the European Union to send observers…

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