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EU accuse Apple of abusing market position for contactless smartphone payments

The European Commission has accused Apple of abusing its market position for contactless smartphone payments. In a preliminary finding, it said the US company may have broken competition law by preventing rivals from accessing its “tap and go” technology. Apple denies the charge and has promised to engage with the Commission. If the charges are […]

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At least 59 percent of adults in Europe are overweight or obese: WHO

About 59 percent of adults in Europe are overweight or obese, according to the 2022 Regional Obesity Report presented by the World Health Organization (WHO). The data gathered in the WHO European region and presented on Tuesday said the problem affects more men than women, with 63 percent of men carrying excessive weight compared with […]

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Top EU lawmakers warn Elon Musk against relaxing Twitter’s content moderation

European Union’s top lawmakers have issued a warning to Elon Musk over his takeover of Twitter. Twitter agreed to Elon Musk’s offer to buy it for $44 billion on Monday. The billionaire has publicly stated his interest in buying the social media platform is rooted in his idea of “free speech.” Musk has previously described […]

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Prime Ministers of Poland, Slovenia and Czech Republic meet Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv

Ukraine has praised the courage of three European leaders who made a long, hazardous journey by rail from Poland to Kyiv in a show of support as the city came under further Russian attack. The prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday evening as a curfew […]

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President Putin sent troops into Ukraine to block NATO membership, now more counties are eager to join NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his troops into Ukraine to display his might and most importantly stop Ukraine from taking NATO membership. However, Russia’s assault on it’s neighbor has made more countries think about aligning with NATO. Nearby Finland and Sweden are rethinking their long-standing positions of military neutrality, with a majority of voters now […]

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Second round of talks between Russia and Ukraine scheduled for Wednesday: REPORT

The second round of talks between Russia and Ukraine are scheduled for Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS has reported. The talks follow the first round on Monday, which lasted 5 hours but resulted in no agreements to end fighting. TASS reported Ukrainian media outlet, Glavkom, disclosed the terms proposed by the two countries during the […]

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European Union imposes blanket flight ban on Russian planes

The European Union imposed a blanket flight ban on Russian planes, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced. “We are shutting down EU airspace for Russian-owned, Russian-registered or Russian-controlled aircraft,” she said. All such planes, including the private jets of oligarchs, will now be unable to land in, take off […]

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EU, US and allies cut some Russian banks off from Swift payment system

The EU, US and their allies have agreed to cut off a number of Russian banks from the main international payment system, Swift. The assets of Russia’s central bank will also be frozen, limiting Russia’s ability to access its overseas reserves. The intention is to “further isolate Russia from the international financial system”, a joint […]

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Facebook and Instagram could shutdown across Europe over European users’ data on US servers

If Meta is not given the option to transfer, store and process data from its European users on US-based servers, Facebook and Instagram may be shut down across Europe, the social media giants’ owner reportedly warned in its annual report. The key issue for Meta is transatlantic data transfers, regulated via the so-called Privacy Shield […]

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More than 100,000 dead fish spilled off the coast of France

France’s fisheries minister has called for an investigation after a spillage of more than 100,000 dead fish off the country’s Atlantic coast. Video footage filmed by environmental activists shows a mass of corpses floating on the sea surface. An industry statement said the Margiris, the world’s second-largest super trawler, had reported a “fishing incident” after […]

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Commercial whaling in Iceland could be banned within two years

Commercial whaling in Iceland could be banned within two years, after a government minister said there was little justification for the practice. The northern European country, an island in the North Atlantic, is one of few places to allow whale hunting. But demand for the mammals’ meat has decreased dramatically since Japan resumed commercial whaling […]

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12 migrants found frozen to death, sparking row between Turkey and Greece

Twelve migrants were found dead in a small Turkish town near the border with Greece, officials said on Wednesday, a week after a rare winter storm blanketed both countries in snow. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the dozen migrants froze to death in Ipsala, a border town often used by migrants seeking to enter […]