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Ashton: End violence against homosexuals

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has reaffirmed EU’s commitment “to the entitlement of all persons to enjoy the full range of human rights without discrimination.”

In a statement on behalf of the EU to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Ms. Ashton said: “Around the world, gender identity and sexual orientation continue to be used wrongly as the pretext for serious human rights violations. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons continue to be subjected to persecution, discrimination and gross ill-treatment, often involving extreme forms of violence.”
 

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Pope calls for an end to violence in Libya

Pope Benedict XVI has made a fresh call for an end to violence in Libya. The Pope said that he continues "to follow with great apprehension the dramatic armed conflict in Libya, which has caused a great number of victims and suffering above all among the civil population.”
 

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Turco: Italy's immigration law doesn't conform to EU’s standards

Democratic Party has accused the Italian Government of seeking European Union’s help only when it is convenient.
 
Italy has of late been urging the EU to act fast and help in managing the massive influx of immigrants from North Africa.
 

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EU concerned at Danish move to introduce border controls

Commission ready to “use the tools at its disposal to guarantee the respect of EU law"

Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, has said that she is concerned by the announcement of the Danish government to establish a permanent and visible customs control at all Danish borders.

“The Commission's preliminary assessment raises real concerns that, if implemented as announced, the measures foreseen could be in breach of the obligations assumed by Denmark under EU and international law,” Ms. Malmström said.
 

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La Russa: EU should help Italy handle migrant inflow crisis

Italy’s Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa has asked the EU to help Italy deal with the migrant inflow crisis.

He said Italy had proved to be capable of handling the crisis well, but help from the EU was necessary.
 

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