KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian protesters blockaded the main government building on Monday, trying to bring down President Viktor Yanukovich with a general strike after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against his decision to abandon an EU integration pact.
The European Parliament rejected a report on Tuesday that recommended nations in the European Union declare abortion as a human right.
According to the European Union, the Palestinian Authority has misspent, squandered, or lost to corruption over $2 billion in aid between 2008 and 2012, Israel Hayom reports.
Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a letter to the secretary general of the Council of Europe asking him to change the council’s resolution against circumcision, Israel Hayom reports.
A group of prominent former world leaders are calling for the European Union to re-evaluate a recent directive that pulled financing from Israeli enterprises.
The European Union stopped short of agreeing immediate cuts in financial or military assistance to Cairo on Wednesday, as the bloc’s foreign ministers held emergency talks to find ways to help bring an end to violence in Egypt.
European Union governments could decide to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah on Monday, in a major policy reversal fuelled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement’s activities in Europe.
Britain has sought to persuade its EU peers since May to put the Shi’ite Muslim group’s military wing on the bloc’s terrorism list, citing evidence that it was behind a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.
Until now, the EU has resisted pressure from Washington and Israel to blacklist Hezbollah, arguing that it could fuel instability in Lebanon, where the group is part of the government, and add to tensions in the Middle East.
Europe’s courts are thwarting efforts by countries to impose sanctions against Iran’s elite and businesses and deter their alleged support for a nuclear weapons program, according to Reuters.
Britain and France said on Tuesday they did not have to wait until August 1 to arm rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, contradicting European Union officials, but both countries stressed they had no plans to do so yet.
Britain said on Tuesday it had asked the European Union to put Hezbollah’s military arm on its list of terrorist organizations, urging Europe to respond robustly to evidence of the Islamist group’s involvement in an attack that killed five Israelis.