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Saudi court upholds travel ban for women's rights activist

A court in Saudi Arabia has denied an appeal by Loujain al-Hathloul, one of the kingdom's most prominent activists that would have allowed her to travel freely, weeks after her release from prison. "The international community should be outraged at this judgment," her sister Lina al-Hathloul said. "The confirmation of the sentence of my sister Loujain is yet another confirmation of the abuse of power of the Saudi authorities."

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Ukraine urges Borrell to visit Russia front line

Ukraine has invited EU foreign relations chief Josep Borrell to visit its front line with Russia, in what one EU diplomat said would be his "best revenge" for his recent humiliation in Moscow.

Polish court pushes out critical ombudsman

The controversial Constitutional Tribunal ruled that legislation, setting out that the ombudsman stays in office until lawmakers pick a new one, was unconstitutional.

Von der Leyen's summer plans undisclosed, after Ukraine snub

Ukraine's president invited EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to independence celebrations end of August. Citing a busy schedule, her subordinate said 'no' in an unsent letter. Asked what is on her agenda, the commission can't say.

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