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Brazil natives urge EU to halt trade deal

The leader of Brazil's 900,000 or so indigenous people, Sonia Guajajara, has urged the EU not to sign a trade deal with South American states in light of killings of activists in her home country. "[Signing] this deal would be turning a blind eye to what is happening in Brazil. It would be institutionalising genocide," she told the Reuters news agency, after illegal loggers killed another tribesman at the weekend.

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Commission chief under fire for Croatia campaign video

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen recorded a video in support of Croatia's ruling party, which the EU executive said was in her "personal capacity" - and admits it was a "mistake" that this was not made clear.

Parliament vaping booths 'too confidential' to discuss

The European Parliament is refusing to disclose documents on an internal debate on whether to set up e-cigarette smoking booths at its premises in Strasbourg and Brussels, posing questions on how it handles transparency on relatively minor issues.

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