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ANZAC: One hundred years after Gallipoli

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

anzac ceremony anzac beachHuge crowds have attended Anzac Day commemorations around the World, on the centenary of the ill-fated landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 25.4.15.

Ahead of the event at Anzac Cove, these began in New Zealand, then at the National War Memorial in Canberra, where an Aboriginal man, Able Seaman Alan Paterson from the Australian Navy, played the didgeridoo to open the Dawn Service. … Read More »

Emergency summit on migrant boat deaths in the Mediterranean …

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Migration  EU boatpeopleAn emergency European summit this week, 23.4.15 at Brussels, agreed to step up sea patrols and move on other measures in response to the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean.

The European Union Heads of Government had been jolted into action by the latest, severe tragedy, the capsize of an overloaded boat last Sunday leading to some 800 deaths. … Read More »

Copenhagen Shootings: latest in the chain of terror attacks …

  • February 15th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

MURDERS IN COPENHAGEN

Denmark flag 2015The city of Copenhagen had an anxious night after gun attacks on the main synagogue, and earlier on at a free speech meeting in a café.

Two civilians were killed, one at each location, and five police officers injured.

The gunman was found and confronted by police, dying in the encounter.

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Plagues on Two Fronts: Ebola and Iraq

  • September 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Execution IS un ebolaUrgent international gatherings this week in Geneva and Paris took on, respectively, the Ebola crisis in West Africa and threats posed by the ‘Islamic state’ movement in Syria and Iraq.   … Read More »

New bid to free journalists held in Cairo

  • September 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

IFJ CairoThere has been no easing of the campaign in support of the Al-Jazeera English journalists imprisoned in Cairo.

Supporters say this is in response to a sense of injustice; the group are seen as scapegoats for trouble between the Egyptian government now in power and the Arabic language service of their news organisation; legal representatives decried the weak quality of evidence, or absence of evidence on the political charges brought against them.

In the latest intervention, the International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate Arab Federation of Journalists have obtained access to the Prime Minister in Cairo this week. … Read More »

New EU-Australia deal on aid; Australians re-visit the battlefields …

  • April 27th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Villers BrettoneuxAustralia and the European Union have made a new arrangement for sharing their development aid commitments, described as further strengthening the level of cooperation.

The agreement was signed in Brussels, 15.4.14, by the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Later the Minister would attend the Anzac day commemoration at Villers Bretonneux (picture). … Read More »

Diplomat recalls Australian links in campaign against chemical and biological weapons …

  • March 10th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Barbulesco NThe new Romanian Ambassador in Canberra, Nineta Barbulescu, can claim some special knowledge of Australia through her earlier work as a specialist in non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (i.e. nuclear, chemical and biological weapons). … Read More »

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