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The EU’s new ‘carpet bomb’ copyright law under pressure

The European Union's proposed Copyright Directive will be heading to a vote in the European parliament on 20 June, as pressure mounts from tech giants and data rights groups to fight its supposedly blanket terms.

EU reissues ultimatum on hate speech

The European Union gave the ultimatum to social media companies last year, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, to remove hate speech from their platforms.

EU still doesn’t know how to deal with Catalonia

Catalonia's independence referendum has shown that 90 per cent of voters backs secession from Spain, but Madrid has vowed to ignore the result after Spain's constitutional court declared the poll unlawful.

Greek PM Tsipras calls for European alternative for IMF

Alexis Tsipras said that many EU leaders recognize the need for Europe to create its own institutions to deal with problems, instead of relying to outside help such as the IMF.

IMF chief tells bankers to not dismiss cryptocurrency

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has a message for the world's central bankers: Don't be luddites.

Dutch journalists set free after a week in captivity

Two Dutch journalists have been freed unharmed after being held captive for almost a week by leftist rebels in Colombia.

Media in BRICS nations vow deeper cooperation

BRICS comprises five major developing countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
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Julian Assange still a wanted man, but not in Sweden anymore

British police are prepared to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on charges of skipping his bail if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

White House bars CNN, NY Times, Politico from press briefing

Several major media outlets have been frozen out of a briefing from White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Writer Abbad Yahya afraid to go home amid uproar over novel

The Palestinian writer is accused of including "sexual terms" in a provocative work that takes aim at taboo issues such as fanaticism, religious extremism and homosexuality.

Brave Romanians continue their resistance against corruption

A Romanian court has ruled that the speaker of the Senate, accused of making false statements in a property fraud case, can go on trial.

Zimbabwe’s dictator Mugabe remains untouchable

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court dismissed a case against President Robert Mugabe lodged by an activist who accused the ageing leader of violating the southern African country's supreme law during protests last year.

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