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Facebook plans to hire 10,000 people EU to build ‘Metaverse’

Facebook has planned to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to develop a so-called metaverse.A metaverse is an online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, often using VR headsets.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a leading voice on the concept.The announcement comes as Facebook deals with the fallout […]

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Large pro-EU protests across Poland amid fears the country could be leaving the bloc

Poles backing EU membership have taken part in protests across the country, amid fears it could leave the bloc. On Thursday Poland’s top court ruled that key articles of EU law were “incompatible” with the constitution. It sparked fears that Poland could exit the union, prompting calls for major demonstrations nationwide on Sunday. Organisers said […]

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Polish regions scrap anti-LGBT resolution after European Union threatened to pull funding

Three Polish regions voted to scrap resolutions that declared them free of “LGBT ideology”. It comes after the European Commission threatened to pull funding. The resolutions were first passed in 2019, with local authorities viewing campaigns for gay rights as an attack on “traditional”, Catholic values. Almost 100 other regions passed similar anti-LGBT resolutions that […]

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EU accuses Russia of cyber attacking democratic processes ahead of Germany elections

The European Commission has accused Russia of trying to interfere in European democratic processes just days before Sunday’s parliamentary election in Germany. In a statement on Friday, the European Commission said: “EU Member States have observed malicious cyber activities, collectively designated as Ghostwriter, and associated these with the Russian state.” “Such activities are unacceptable as […]

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EU pushes for USB-C chargers for all phones and small electronic devices to reduce wastage

Manufacturers will now be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission (EC). The aim is to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. All smartphones sold in the EU must have USB-C chargers, […]

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European Union excludes Covishield, Indian made AstraZeneca from ‘green pass’ list

India’s Covishield jab is not eligible for a European Union travel pass for vaccinated tourists, reports say. Covishield is the Indian-made version of AstraZeneca, which is eligible for the EU-wide pass or digital green certificate, set to launch on 1 July. While the latter has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the former […]

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Delta variant to account for 90% of EU Covid-19 cases in August: Bloc’s health agency

The Covid-19 Delta variant first identified in India would become a dominant strain, accounting for 90% of the new infections in the European Union in August, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned. The EU health agency echoed what the World Health Organization and the United States CDC earlier said. The […]

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European Union launch new space programme that’ll cover period until 2027

The European Union launched a new space programme that’ll cover the period to 2027 and will see the bloc’s 27 member states deepen investments in satellite-navigation, Earth observation, space situational awareness and secure communications, among other activities. It also establishes a new body called the EU Agency for the Space Programme. EUSPA will have oversight […]

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European Union bans Belarus planes from using its airspace

The European Union banned Belarusian planes from using its airspace and accessing its airports after the forced grounding of a Ryanair flight. European airlines are also being strongly encouraged to avoid flying over the ex-Soviet country. EU states are furious at Belarus for forcing a passenger flight to land in Minsk last month and then […]

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EU drug regulators approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds

The EU’s medicines agency (EMA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds – the first jab allowed for this age group in the bloc. Marco Cavaleri, the EMA’s head of vaccine strategy, said the 12-15 age group would require two doses with an interval of at least three weeks. He said trials showed […]

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European Union charges Apple for breaking competition rules on the App Store

Apple was charged with breaking EU competition rules over the way it runs its App Store. European Commission anti-trust regulator Margrethe Vestager tweeted that “consumers are losing out”. It relates to charges brought two years ago by music streaming app Spotify which claimed that Apple was stifling innovation in that industry. Apple faces a large […]

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European Union launch legal action against AstraZeneca for repeatedly delaying Covid-19 vaccine shipments

The European Union said Monday it had launched legal action against the British-Swedish drug company AstraZeneca after it repeatedly under-delivered on its shipments of Covid-19 vaccines to the bloc. The 27 nations in the European Union have rolled out a relatively sluggish vaccination program as the company’s deliveries to the union have fallen tens of […]