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Calls for Huawei boycott get mixed response in Europe

PARIS: Europe is giving US-led calls for a boycott of Huawei 5G telecoms equipment a mixed reception, with some governments untroubled by spy suspicions against the Chinese giant, but others backing a ban. In the latest setback for the company, Huawei said Saturday it had fired an employee in Poland who was arrested there a day earlier on suspicion of spying for China. "His alleged actions have no relation to the company", Huawei said in a statement to AFP. Huawei had already seen the arrest of the daughter of the…

Afghanistan opens new trade route with aim of building link to Europe

HERAT (Afghanistan): Afghanistan on Thursday opened a new international trade route aimed at establishing direct access to Central Asian and Europe as it seeks to build up an economy wrecked by decades of war and reduce reliance on Pakistan. President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the route, known as the Lapis Lazuli corridor, at a ceremony in the western province of Herat. “For over 17 years Afghanistan was in isolation, today Afghanistan is connected with its neighbors and beyond,” Ghani said at the ceremony, which saw…

Over 1m tonnes of animal feed in Europe may contain banned GMOs: report

PARIS: Over one million tonnes of animal feed in Europe could be contaminated by banned genetically modified organisms contained in a vitamin-based additive, French newspaper Le Monde reported. Citing a memo from Dutch health authorities, Le Monde said that eight tonnes of a vitamin B2 additive produced by a genetically modified strain of the Bacillus subtilis bacteria had been sold in Poland, Italy and the Netherlands between April and June. The additive, also known as riboflavin (80%), is used in the feed of cattle,…

Europe support against US ‘rare victory’ for Iran: Rouhani

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that the divisions between the US and Europe over renewed sanctions on Iran were a "rare historical victory" for the Islamic republic. "If this time last year, we had stated that America would stand against the great nation of Iran... and Europe would stand with Iran and against America, the overwhelming majority of us... would have said that this was pure optimism," Rouhani told lawmakers in a televised address. "The political victory of the great nation of Iran over the…

Asia and Europe must join hands to combat Islamophobia: Fehmida Mirza

BRUSSELS: Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza Asia and Europe must join hands to address the issue of Islamophobia, to promote an open, fair, equitable and transparent trading system. According to a statement released from Brussels,  Fehmida Mirza, who represented Pakistan at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), focused on the importance of cooperation between Asian and European countries to confront mutual challenges and threats. The minister suggested that strong International cooperation…

Google to charge smartphone makers for Google Play in Europe

BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO:  Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Tuesday revamped how it distributes its mobile apps in the European Union, introducing a licensing fee for device makers to access its app marketplace in a response to regulators’ findings that it had broken antitrust law. The new arrangement opens doors for Google’s web search and browser rivals such as Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) but essentially leaves the U.S. tech giant’s lucrative mobile business intact, analysts said. The European Commission in July fined…

Afghans need asylum, all should not bear blame for few crimes in Europe: UN

GENEVA: European countries must not rush to repatriate Afghan refugees to their increasingly insecure homeland or blame their community for isolated crimes such as recent deadly attacks in Germany and in France, the top UN refugee official said on Monday. Two Afghans have been detained in Germany on suspicion of killing a 22-year-old German man, the public prosecutor’s office said on Sunday. French police detained a man who wounded several people in a knife attack in central Paris on Sunday, police and judicial sources…

Europe’s news agencies blast Google, Facebook for ‘plundering’ content

PARIS: Europe's biggest news agencies accused Google and Facebook of "plundering" news for free on Tuesday in a joint statement that called on the internet giants to share more of their revenues with the media. In a column signed by the CEOs of around 20 agencies including France's Agence France-Presse, Britain's Press Association and Germany's Deutsche Presse-Agentur they called on the European Parliament to update copyright law in the EU to help address a "grotesque imbalance". "The internet giants' plundering of the…

‘No grass’: Europe’s livestock sector stricken by drought

BRUSSELS: "Our cows have been living off hay cut in June, there isn't any grass," says Jean-Guillaume Hannequin, a farmer in eastern France, who like his counterparts across much of northern Europe is wondering how he will feed his animals this winter. Mediterranean countries long ago adapted their farming practices to little rain, but this year it is the north of Europe confronting a widespread drought that could see farmers having to send much of their herds to slaughter due to a lack of feed. In Sweden, where…