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Thailand persecutes the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light. Why?

Poland has recently provided a safe haven to a family of asylum-seekers from Thailand, persecuted on religious grounds in their country of origin, which in their testimony appears to be very different from the...

Why diversifying trade is the only answer to wartime food security

The argument is often made about food, as well as about dozens of other “strategic goods”, that we must be self-sufficient in the face of threats to peace around the world. The argument itself is...

World NGO Day 2024, EU Launches €50M Initiative to Protect Civil Society

Brussels, 27th February 2024 – On the occasion of World NGO Day, the European External Action Service (EEAS), spearheaded by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, has reaffirmed its unwavering support for civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide....

Pakistan’s Struggle with Religious Freedom: The Case of the Ahmadiyya Community

In recent years, Pakistan has grappled with numerous challenges concerning religious freedom, particularly regarding the Ahmadiyya community. This issue has once again come to the forefront following a recent decision by the Pakistan Supreme Court defending the right to free expression of religious beliefs.

Empowering Responses to Religious Hatred: A Call to Action next March 8th

In a world where hostility towards religious minorities persists, the need for empowering responses to religious hatred has never been more urgent. The duty of States to prevent and respond to acts of violence...

Christine Lagarde Addresses European Parliament on ECB Annual Report and Euro Area Resilience

In a pivotal speech delivered at the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg on 26th February 2024, Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), expressed gratitude to the Parliament for its collaborative...

Evaluating the EU’s Position and Challenges Ahead for the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference

As the World Trade Organization (WTO) gears up for its 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13), the European Union (EU)'s stance and proposals have emerged as pivotal talking points. The EU's vision, while ambitious, also opens...

We all want an Afghanistan at peace, UN chief says in Doha

Speaking to journalists during a two-day meeting with regional and national special envoys for Afghanistan, António Guterres said that there was consensus among delegates over what needs to happen, although the Taliban are...

Challenge: Targeted Genome Editor Delivery (TARGETED)

Recent advancements in the genome editing technology field have enabled scientists to manipulate genomic sequences rapidly and efficiently. Despite revolutionary progress in this area, several challenges remain. Existing gene editing technologies like CRISPR-cas9,...

UK urged to end ‘national threat’ of violence against women and girls

Concluding a 10-day visit to the country, Special Rapporteur Reem Alsalem noted that a woman is killed by a man every three days in the UK, and one in four women there will...

Experts Call for New Economic Modelling to Meet Energy Transition Ambition

The ambition of policymakers navigating the energy transition has surpassed the capacity of economic modelling for the first time, a new keynote paper argues. Renewable energy from windfarms. Image Credit: Karsten Würth/Unsplash In a featured comment...

World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks in Donetsk, Afghan quake costs, ‘forever chemicals’ dumped in US, benefits of multilingual education

Briefing journalists in New York, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric cited the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, which said the damage had occurred after a water filtering station was hit.The city had a pre-war population...

Transparent political advertising: Press conference after final plenary vote | News

The new regulation on the transparency and targeting of political advertising aims to get Europe up to speed with the radically changed environment of political advertising, which is now cross-border and increasingly online....

Removing Spyware from an iPhone: Tips and Tricks

In the digital age, ensuring the security of our devices has become paramount, especially for iPhone users. iPhones are renowned for their robust security features, yet they are not impervious to spyware attacks....

EU Greens Nicolae Ștefănuță’s Bitter-Sweet Victory in Pollution Battle

In a landmark move, the European Union has taken a significant step towards addressing the pressing issue of air pollution. Late this evening, a consensus was reached between the Parliament and the Council on...

Christian ARTworks, The “Blue Church” of Saint Elisabeth in Slovakia

This month, our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents the church of Saint Elisabeth, the 20th century “blue church” in the Archdiocese of Bratislava, in Slovakia. Originally planned as a small chapel adjacent to the royal Catholic...

EIB Provides €115 Million Backing for Major ETZ Hospital Renewal Project in Netherlands

BRUSSELS - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed off on €100 million in financing to support a comprehensive modernization program by the Elisabeth-TweeSteden (ETZ) hospital group in Tilburg, Netherlands. An additional €15 million...

Humanitarian leaders unite in urgent plea for Gaza

Heads of UN humanitarian entities and NGOs implored world leaders to help prevent further deterioration in Gaza where tens of thousands of Palestinians have died.

Myanmar: Mandatory conscription shows junta’s ‘desperation’, rights expert says

Describing the move as a further sign of the junta’s “weakness and desperation”, Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews called for stronger international action to protect vulnerable populations across the country.“While wounded and increasingly desperate,...

European Union and Sweden Discuss Ukraine Support, Defence, and Climate Change

President von der Leyen welcomed Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson in Brussels, emphasizing support for Ukraine, defense cooperation, and climate action.

There is an architecture and there is a craftsmanship of interfaith dialogue

ROME - "There is an architecture and there is a craftsmanship of interfaith dialogue" that is, the major themes underlying the relationship between religions and their connection to daily living, as reported by the...

Modern bird brains reveal evolutionary history of flight, dating back to the dinosaurs

Evolutionary biologists report they have combined PET scans of modern pigeons along with studies of dinosaur fossils to help answer an enduring question in biology: How did the brains of birds evolve to...

Ursula von der Leyen Nominated as EPP Lead Candidate for European Commission Presidency

In a decisive move within the European People's Party (EPP), the submission period for lead candidate nominations for the Presidency of the European Commission closed today at 12 pm CET. EPP President Manfred Weber...

World News in Brief: Papua New Guinea violence, Ukraine’s displaced, $2.6 billion DR Congo appeal

Authorities are urged to engage with provincial and local leaders in a dialogue to achieve durable peace and respect for human rights in the remote Highlands region.The appeal follows the latest outbreak of...

Statement by the Conference of Presidents on the death of Alexei Navalny

The EU Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (President and political groups’ leaders) made the following statement on the death of Alexei Navalny.
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