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EU expels Venezuelan ambassador from bloc in sanctions rift

EU expels Venezuelan ambassador from bloc in sanctions rift

World
Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Member states of the European Union agreed on Thursday to expel the Venezuela ambassador from the intergovernmental body in retaliation for the South American nation declaring the bloc's delegation no longer welcome within its borders over newly imposed EU sanctions. The EU declared Claudia Salerno Caldera, Venezuela's ambassador, persona non grata, it said in a statement a day after Venezuela imposed the same label upon the bloc's Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa. Advertisement "The EU considers this declaration as wholly unwarranted and contrary to the EU's objective of developing relations and building partnerships in third countries," the statement said. Salerno Caldera tweeted shortly after her declaration was announced that she defended Venezuela with sobriety and respect "...
EU vaccine export row: Bloc backtracks on controls for NI

EU vaccine export row: Bloc backtracks on controls for NI

Health
ReutersThe EU has reversed its decision to temporarily override part of the Brexit deal amid an ongoing row over Covid vaccine supplies in the bloc.The move could have seen checks at the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland to prevent shipments entering the UK.The Brussels U-turn came hours after it was announced, following condemnation from London, Dublin and Belfast.However, the EU said it had "no choice" but to press on with introducing export controls on vaccines.The EU insists its controls are a temporary scheme, not an export ban. But the World Health Organization is among those criticising the move, saying it could have a knock-on effect around the world.The Brexit deal guarantees an open border between the EU and Northern Ireland, with no controls on exported products. However, A...
Ex-Catalan leader claims win for separatist bloc

Ex-Catalan leader claims win for separatist bloc

World
Disputed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has declared victory for the pro-independence bloc in the regional election.Mr Puigdemont's Together for Catalonia party claimed 34 seats, while the other two pro-independence parties won a combined 36.That total gives separatists two more seats than the 68 needed for an absolute majority - ensuring that they retain control of Catalonia's regional government.Despite this, unionist party Citizens topped the poll and won 37 seats.::'Families are torn apart' - Catalonia divided as voters go to the pollsImage:Turnout was predicted at 82%Catalonia went to the polls after its government was dissolved by Madrid who deemed its declaration of independence in October "illegal".Mr Puigdemont says Thursday's majority by separatist parties was a victory for the...