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Air pollution still leads to around 400,000 premature deaths

The European Environment Agency said on Wednesday that 399,000 EU citizens died prematurely in 2014 because of too high levels of particulate matter (PM2.5). That is lower than the 436,000 figure in 2013. Premature deaths linked to the ozone also went down from 16,000 to 13,600, but nitrogen dioxide-related premature deaths increased from 68,000 to 75,000 in the EU. The figures for the three pollutants may include double counting.

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EU ends silence on Hong Kong protests

The EU, in league with Canada, has spoken out on the Hong Kong protests after months of silence in what one expert called "a clear expression of support for the protesters".

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Selmayr did not keep formal records of lobby meetings

The German former secretary-general of the European Commission held some 21 meetings which were registered in the lobby register. But no documents appeared to exist summarising what was said.

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