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After EU, Saudi Arabia raises red flag over cancerous fungicide presence in Basmati rice

Following reports of European countries testing premium variety basmati rice imported from India with traces of cancer causing fungicide tricyclazole, Saudi Arabia has also asked exporters to cut use of fungicide. Significantly, Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of basmati from the country, with 70% of the $2 billion (Rs 12,000 crore) consignment headed for it. Reports suggest that the ... Read More »

Merkel urges EU ‘common stance’ in refugee crisis


BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday urged an EU “common stance” on the migrant crisis and on protecting the bloc’s frontiers, as eastern members move to shut internal borders. On the eve of an EU summit, Merkel said: “The main thing now is to have a common stance on how to secure the external borders, and here the EU-Turkey plan ... Read More »

Stop demolition of Palestinian housing, EU tells Israel 


BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. “In the past weeks there have been a number of developments in Area C of the West Bank, which risk undermining the viability of a ... Read More »

EU plans new border guard to stem migration


BRUSSELS/STRASBOURG: The European Union will nearly treble its spending on frontier defense provided by a new European Border and Coast Guard under proposals unveiled on Tuesday to tackle a migration crisis that threatens Europe’s security and passport-free travel area. If approved by governments, the new body will replace the EU’s Frontex agency and have expanded powers, including keeping a 1,500-strong ... Read More »

Ruling threatens Facebook data transfers


LUXEMBOURG: Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens’ personal information to the US after the EU’s top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal. The landmark verdict stemmed from a David-and-Goliath case lodged by Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy campaigner, who challenged Irish authorities ... Read More »

Thousands arrive in Athens as migrant influx rattles EU


ATHENS: Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens on Wednesday, piling further pressure on increasingly divided European nations as they struggle to cope with the unprecedented influx. Fresh protests also erupted in Hungary, a key transit point for the huge numbers of people trekking up from Greece through the Balkans in search of a new life in northern Europe. ... Read More »

EU approves naval force to tackle migrant crisis


BRUSSELS: European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to set up a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling people from lawless Libya to Europe. The EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the decision taken at a meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Brussels would “disrupt the European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini talks with journalists ... Read More »

Erdogan raps EU for leaving migrants ‘to their deaths’

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused EU states of leaving migrants “to their deaths” after a succession of deadly disasters that have cost hundreds of lives. His comments came as European governments, under mounting pressure to act decisively on the growing Mediterranean migrant crisis, were to hold an emergency summit on the issue Thursday.   President Recep ... Read More »

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