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    • UN: Europe Is Highest Suicide Rate Region in the World
      Last update: 16:10 19.05.2017
      16:10 19.05.2017

      Europe Is Highest Suicide Rate Region in the World - UN

      Europe is the region with the highest number of suicides in the world, according to World Health Organization (WHO). The group's annual world health report shows that Europe's highest suicide rate is in Lithuania, with 32.7 suicides per 100,000. The revelations come during Mental Health Awareness Month.

    • Palestinian protesters stand facing the Israeli settlement of Qadumim (Kedumim) during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on December 30, 2016
      Last update: 16:03 19.05.2017
      16:03 19.05.2017

      MEPs Slam Israel Over 'Illegal' Settlements, Condemn Violence

      The European Parliament has said Israel's decision in February to legalize thousands of settler homes on Palestinian land served to "undermine the two-state solution." It also condemned "acts of terrorism against Israelis, and incitement to violence."

    • The European Union flag fly amongst European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France.
      Last update: 15:43 19.05.2017
      15:43 19.05.2017

      Council of Europe Adopts New Guidelines for Support of Terror Attack Victims

      The Council of Europe reiterates the need for governments to have an appropriate legal and administrative framework in place to enable victims to benefit from these measures, without discrimination and irrespective of whether the perpetrator of the terrorist act has been identified, according to official statement.

    • Supporters of Albania's main opposition take part in a protest demanding a caretaker cabinet to take the country to the June 18 parliamentary election, on Saturday, May 13, 2017
      Last update: 15:43 19.05.2017
      15:43 19.05.2017

      EU Officials Welcome Albania's Political Forces Deal on Holding Elections

      Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner on European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, welcomed in a statement on Friday the agreement between the Albanian ruling and opposition parties to hold a general election.

    • Vkontakte social network service
      Last update: 15:40 19.05.2017
      15:40 19.05.2017

      German Criticism of Kiev's Ban on Russia Media Signals End of Blind Eye Policy – Lawmaker

      According to a lawmaker from German Die Linke party, German government’s criticism of Kiev’s new anti-Russia targeted sanctions on media outlets and social networks is an indicator that German officials have begun to drift away from silently ignoring Kiev's behavior to acknowledging the corruption perpetuating within the government.

    • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London (File)
      Last update: 15:22 19.05.2017
      15:22 19.05.2017

      The Plight of Assange: Rape Investigation Ends, Espionage Charges May Still Fly

      After a marathon seven year legal stalemate, Swedish prosecutors have dumped their investigation into allegations of sexual assault against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. While a cause for celebration for the Australian computer programmer, who has spent five years confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, his ordeal is far from over.

    • Pristina
      Last update: 14:44 19.05.2017
      14:44 19.05.2017

      Kosovo – Creation of the West That 'Will Now Form the Kosovan Parliament'

      Ahead of the snap parliamentary elections scheduled for June 11 in the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, Sputnik Serbia talked to Kosovan political scientist Nexhmedin Spahiu, who explained that Kosovo is the "creation of the west", and it will be the west who will now form the country's parliament.

    • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's launches her election manifesto in Halifax, May 18, 2017.
      Last update: 14:34 19.05.2017
      14:34 19.05.2017

      Britain Has a Real Choice on June 8 - and the Anti-Democratic Democrats Hate It

      by Neil Clark

      For the first time in a quarter of a century, the British electorate has an opportunity to make a clean break with the banker-friendly neoliberal policies which have dominated politics since the era of Margaret Thatcher and which have led to a major redistribution of wealth away from the majority to the super-rich.

    • People hold European Union and Polish flags during the annual EU parade in Warsaw, Poland May 6, 2017
      Last update: 14:29 19.05.2017
      14:29 19.05.2017

      Brussels Reproaches Poland for 'Dictatorial Habits', Refusing 'Real Refugees'

      The European Commission's latest harsh rhetoric against Poland indicates that the country is, in fact, under a cloud in the EU, Warsaw-based political analyst Marcin Domagalа told Sputnik.

    • Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen fighters
      Last update: 14:19 19.05.2017
      14:19 19.05.2017

      Six Items on Sweden's Defense Ministry's Wish List

      As a result of dramatic cuts in Sweden's military budget that started the early 1990s, the Swedish Defense Ministry sees itself as being in dire need of materiel and new equipment. Swedish researchers expect the peak to be reached a few years into the 2020s.

    • Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski holds a joint press conference after a tripartite meeting at the Ankara Palace on August 25, 2016
      Last update: 13:36 19.05.2017
      13:36 19.05.2017

      Warsaw Calls EU Threats to Sanction Poland Over Judiciary Reforms 'Speculation'

      Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski called on Friday EU threats to introduce sanctions against Warsaw over controversial reforms of the country's justice system, which violate the judiciary independence, a "speculation."

    • Ukrainian coal miners jokingly block a colleague from the next shift from getting off a bus at a coal mine outside Donetsk, Ukraine
      Last update: 13:29 19.05.2017
      13:29 19.05.2017

      Ukraine to Extend State of Emergency in Energy Sector Until September – Minister

      The Ukrainian government will have to prolong its temporary energy emergency measures, initially introduced due to power shortages resulting from the conflict in the Donbass region, until September in order to economize anthracite coal, Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk said Friday.

    • Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and Member of the European Parliament, attends the election of the new President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, January 17, 2017.
      Last update: 13:28 19.05.2017
      13:28 19.05.2017

      Le Pen's Plan Implied Eurozone's Dismantling, Not Removing Euro in France - National Front

      FN's Vice President Florian Philippot said that Marine Le Pen's intent has always been to dismantle the eurozone rather than simply canceling the euro as France's national currency.

    • Julian Assange takes part in news conference via video link from Ecuadoran Embassy in London
      Last update: 12:52 19.05.2017
      12:52 19.05.2017

      UK Met Police Obliged to Arrest Assange if He Leaves Ecuador Embassy in London

      The UK Metropolitan Police is obliged to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves office due to a warrant of Westminster Magistrates' Court, according to official statement.

    • French President Emmanuel Macron (3rdR) chairs his first cabinet meeting as President with his newly named ministers, from the left, Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, Foreign and European Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, Justice Minister Francois Bayrou, and Health and Solidarity Minister Agnes Buzyn, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 18, 2017
      Last update: 12:41 19.05.2017
      12:41 19.05.2017

      Over 60% of French Satisfied With President Macron's New Government

      69 percent of French citizens approve of the appointment of Edouard Philippe as prime minister and the composition of the new government under President Emmanuel Macron, according to the poll.

    • A worker arranges European flags alongside French national flags on the railings outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris (File)
      Last update: 12:19 19.05.2017
      12:19 19.05.2017

      Under New Administration, France to 'Think Less of Itself, More of the EU's Interests'

      France’s new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has set a new tone for the country's foreign policy: this week the country's Foreign Ministry has been renamed the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. French geopolitical analyst Emmanuel Dupuy told Sputnik that it is signaling that European affairs will now prevail in France's foreign policy.

    • An image showing passengers boarding the Hyperloop transportation system.
      Last update: 12:13 19.05.2017
      12:13 19.05.2017

      Wet Dreams: Norway Fantasizes About Overseas Hyperloop to Denmark

      High-tech projects seem to be spreading like an avalanche nowadays. The Norwegian Green Party believes an ultra-fast rail transportation system known as a Hyperloop will be the next big thing, and believes that Norway should be in the driver's seat.

    • US soldiers
      Last update: 11:27 19.05.2017
      11:27 19.05.2017

      Swedes Soothed by US Troops Arriving in Sweden to Ward Off ‘Russian Threat’

      Sweden has lately been reinforcing its historic fear of Russia with unfounded speculations and fear-mongering. In a recent meeting with the US Secretary of Defense, where Sweden was promised US support in the event of Russian "aggression," Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist once again went over Sweden's anti-Russian narrative.

    • Protesters hold banners during a demonstration in Brussels (File)
      Last update: 11:19 19.05.2017
      11:19 19.05.2017

      Almost 9,000 People Expected to Attend Anti-Trump March in Brussels on May 24

      Over 8,700 people plan to rally against US President Donald Trump's administration and policies on May 24 in the Belgian capital during his visit to the NATO leaders’ summit, as of Friday.

    • May 27, 2016. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Athens.
      Last update: 04:15 19.05.2017
      04:15 19.05.2017

      Greek Prime Minister Says Expects Lenders to Cut Debt in Deal on Bailout Reforms

      Tsipras said he expected Greece’s creditors to keep their end of the bargain and approve debt relief.