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9th Aug 2020

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Turkey poised to convert Istanbul museum into mosque

A Turkish state council recommendation due Thursday (2 July) on whether Hagia Sophia, a museum in Istanbul, can be turned back into a mosque, could further strain Western relations, after Greece and the US urged Turkey not to go ahead. Turkish pro-government media say first new prayers could be held on 15 July. The originally Christian, then Muslim, temple was deconsecrated in 1934 as a symbol of Turkey's then secularism.

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EU wary of violence in Belarus election

EU states have voiced fear of violence during Belarus elections on Sunday, as president Aleksander Lukashenko seeks to maintain his third decade in power.

Opinion

Worrying rows over future EU chemicals policy

It is of utmost concern to the environmental health community that forces within the EU Commission are actively trying to push back against a European Green Deal that is supposed to put people's health at its core.

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An open letter to the EPP on end of Hungary's press freedom

I hate to break it to you, but excuses have run out. You have to look at the images of sobbing journalists in Index's newsroom, and shoulder part of the blame. Your silence, your continued procrastination led to this.

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