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EU sanctions on Belarus let most potash exports go on

Recent EU sanctions on Belarusian exports of potash, a fertiliser component, will affect only about 15 percent of sales, the Belarusian opposition has noted, while urging the EU to close loopholes designed to help European farmers absorb the shock. "Only full comprehensive sanctions will cause [Belarus president Aleksander] Lukashenko to change behaviour. Semi-sanctions or half-measures only will harm," Franak Viačorka, an aide to opposition-leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told The Guardian newspaper.

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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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