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EU leaders agree first-ever Belarus economic sanctions

EU leaders on Thursday agreed the bloc's first-ever economic sanctions on Belarus in the 27-year rule of dictator-president Aleksander Lukashenko, with restrictions on bank loans and key exports - oil products, potash, and tobacco. Lukashenko, the same day, held show trials of relatives of opposition leaders-in-exile, in what was dubbed "revenge". Latvia also said Lukashenko was letting greater numbers of Syrian refugees cross the border into neighbouring EU countries.

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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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