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12th Dec 2019

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Flemish parliament evacuated after bomb alarm

The plenary debate in the Flemish parliament on the budget of the new government had to be stopped because of a bomb warning on Tuesday. Everyone had to evacuate the building immediately. According to Martine Goossens, secretary-general of the Flemish parliament, someone called in English to report a bomb. The services think it might be connected to the 40th anniversary of the Kurdish Institute, planned in the building at 4PM.

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Donald Trump wanted to buy Greenland, while the Faroe Islands have come under pressure to ditch China's Huawei for its 5G network. Both incidents reflect growing geopolitical interest for the North Atlantic countries sharing foreign and security policy with Denmark.

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Belgian socialist MEP Marie Arena is chairing the European Parliament's sub-committee on human rights. Her biggest challenge? Finding ways to reach objectives that cover an enormous spectrum of issues - from climate to child protection.

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As the EU launches its flagship Green Deal, the Greens call for shipping emissions to be included in carbon targets. Ships carrying goods to and from the UK emitted more CO2 than all the cars in Britain's 15-largest cities.

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