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U.S. considers Russia responsible for attack on aid convoy in Syria

U.S. government has stated on September 20 that it holds Russia responsible for an attack on a humanitarian aid convoy in Syria, where about 20 civilians have been killed.

Supermarkets in France required donating unsold food to charities

Large grocery stores in France will be required to donate unsold food to charities and food banks, according to a law passed by the French parliament last week.

Merkel recognises weaknesses of German migration policy

Angela Merkel, the federal Chancellor of Germany, has on September 19 assumed responsibility for her party’s comparatively poor results in the parliamentary election of Berlin region supposing that her migrant policy has influenced the vote.

Large fire at Greek migrant centre

In a large fire in a migrant camp on Lesbos island, Greece, on September 19, about 4 000 migrants have been evacuated.

Researcher: voter activity fractures Putin’s Russian democracy theatre

Results of elections to Russian State Duma are a signal to the west and Russia itself that there will be no transformation and democratization in Russia, comments researcher of Centre for East European Policy Studies Maris Cepuritis.

Kaspersky Lab discovers a virus that poses as Pokemon Go app

Kaspersky Lab has found a Trojan virus in the Guide for Pokemon Go app on the official Google Play store. This Trojan virus infects the Android device and takes control over the device once it receives user access rights.

Russia’s no- web-porn policy kept in force

The Russian media and communications regulator has this month upheld the ban on popular pornographic websites.

EU seeks to make YouTube pay more for playing music

EU’s European Commission has this week announced a draft directive aimed at amending copyright laws in Europe to force such video sites as YouTube to pay more to musicians and record labels.

EU extends sanctions against Russian private and legal persons

On Thursday, 15 September, the European Union decided to extend sanctions imposed against 146 private and 37 legal persons in Russia for taking part in the annexation of Crimea and causing the armed conflict in Ukraine for six more months.

EP supports simplified return of third-country nationals

On Thursday, 15 September, the European Parliament approved the proposal of the European Commission on a standard European travel document to speed up the deportation of people who arrive or stay in the European Union illegally back to their home countries.

Bulgaria seeks 160 million from EU to stregthen external border

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov has criticised the European Union for lack of solidarity in the protection the bloc’s external border and pledged to ask for 160 million euros for the policing of Bulgarian-Turkish border.

Bayer and Monsanto agree to create world’s largest seeds and pesticides firm

German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer has reached a deal on buying U.S. genetically modified seeds multinational Monsanto, which would result into the globally largest seeds and pesticides firm.

Juncker proposes establishing headquarters for Europe’s army

The European Union should create a headquarters to help coordinate the formation a single military force, announced President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, 14 September.

ANO Secretary-General: Turmoil in world is caused by leaders not nations

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed regret that many leaders of countries put more effort in clinging to power and not the improvement of the lives of people.

2011 British intervention in Libya – ill-conceived, evaluate British MPs

The intervention of the UK in Libya in 2011 pushed for by former British PM David Cameron, was based on erroneous intelligence and stimulated the political and economic troubles in Libya, a British parliamentary committee found in a report announced on September 13.

Samsung unveils plans to limit battery of faulty Note 7

South Korean Electronics firm Samsung has this week, after a recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones announced plans to release an update that would limit the capacity of their battery to 60% of charging.

Diplomat suggests excluding Hungary from EU

The Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn has this week suggested Hungary’s European Union membership should be halted for a time or even for ever judging that Hungary has been acting contrary to EU’s core values.