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Economists plead clemency for 76-year old Catalan independista

Some 53 economists, including 33 Nobel laureates, have urged the Spanish government not to impose a harsh fine on Andreu Mas-Colell, a 76-year old economist and former Ctalan finance minister, accused on misusing state funds to help the independence movement. "We are deeply worried by the news and the situation of Prof. Andreu Mas-Colell, one of Spain's best-known and respected economists," they said. Mas-Colell risks being made penniless and homeless.

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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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