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Belgian king: 'deepest regret' for misdeeds in Congo

The king of Belgium, Philippe, has sent a letter to Congo's president Félix Tshisekedi, conveying his "deepest regret" for the "acts of violence" committed during the reign of king Leopold II and during the colonial period, on the occasion of Tuesday's 60th anniversary of Congolese independence. He also writes of wounds of the past and of the present by "acts of discrimination", referring to Black Lives Matter protests in Brussels.

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Coronavirus

EU targets vaccinating 70% of adults by summer

The European Commission has announced targets to accelerate the roll-out of vaccination, and the intention of "a common approach" on possible vaccine certificates. Both topics will be discussed by EU leaders on Thursday.

EU Parliament pressing for inquiry into Frontex

MEPs are drumming up support for an inquiry into the EU's controversial border and coast guard agency, Frontex. So far, the Greens, the left-wing GUE, and Renew Europe are on board - amid expectations the centre-left S&D will also join.

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