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EU: China 'stifled freedom' with Hong Kong newspaper closure

China's forced closure of the independent Apple newspaper in Hong Kong was used to "stifle freedom of the press" and was "counter to Hong Kong's aspirations as an international business hub", an EU spokesperson said Wednesday. However, a "spokesperson" communiqué is the lowest level in EU protocol terms. Hungary has vetoed any China statements in the name of the EU-27 (the highest level) or the EU foreign affairs chief.

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EU to announce new mandatory rules on child sexual content

The European Commission is set to propose new legislation requiring companies to detect, report and remove child sexual abuse content. The rules come amid other moves by the EU's police agency Europol to develop AI targeting encryption.

WHO warns mandatory vaccination 'absolute last resort'

Mandatory vaccination has become a hot topic in the EU, but the European branch of the World Health Organization has warned that it should be "an absolute last resort". Children, meanwhile, account for the highest infection-rates across the continent.

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