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UN official: Yemen could be 'first country to run out of water'

2 hours 22 min ago

Since the political crisis erupted in Yemen in 2011, the country has begun to move towards democracy. Many challenges remain in the country, wracked by civil unrest and widespread water and food insecurity, says Bishow Parajuli, the UN World Food Programme's representative in Yemen.

Over half of Yemenis may need humanitarian aid, UN says

2 hours 29 min ago

About 14.7 million people in Yemen may be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, as outbreaks of violence continue, according to the United Nations.

Some 13.1 million people in the country are in need of access to clean water, while about 10.5 million people are deemed food insecure and 1.3 million children are either malnourished or severely malnourished, according to the UN.

France launches EU’s first digital infrastructure 'project bond'

2 hours 31 min ago

A plan to provide superfast broadband to French rural areas will receive EU funding in the form of 'project bonds', EurActiv France reports.

It is the first project bond-funded venture in France and the first used for digital infrastructure in the EU.

The French project will upgrade ADSL and fibre-optic in sparsely populated rural areas, where setting up high-speed networks is not profitable for private operators.

EU sanctions to exclude Russia from capital markets

2 hours 43 min ago

The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy, in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis, under proposals considered by EU governments yesterday (24 July).

Ambassadors of the 28-nation bloc discussed options to curb Russian access to capital markets, arms and energy technology in response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists on 17 July.

German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

2 hours 52 min ago

The German aid organisation Brot für die Welt warns that a planned EU-US free trade agreement known as TTIP will undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU gives out €7.75 million for SME innovation studies

2 hours 58 min ago

EU funding worth €7.75 million will be given to 155 small and medium-sized enterprises from 21 countries, including Israel and Turkey, for innovation studies, it was announced yesterday (24 July).

High cholesterol causes breast cancer, study shows

24 July, 2014 - 16:40

British researchers have discovered a relationship between high cholesterol levels in women, and breast cancer. EurActiv France reports.

Scientists find beef production harmful to the environment

24 July, 2014 - 16:35

Production of beef is nearly ten times more damaging to the environment than any other form of meat production, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

American scientists measured the environment inputs required for beef production and concluded that beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy.

The researchers developed a uniform methodology that they were able to apply to all five livestock categories and to four measures of environmental performance.

Bundesbank boss urges Britain to stay in EU

24 July, 2014 - 16:24

The head of the Bundesbank appealed to Britain on Wednesday (23 July) to stay in the European Union, saying membership of the bloc had given the country an economic lift and posed little threat to London.

In a speech to business people and bankers in central London, Jens Weidmann broke the central bank's traditional silence on political questions, saying the European Union would benefit if Britain "continues to make its voice heard".

Analyst: Agriculture remains an obstacle to EU-Mercosur pact

24 July, 2014 - 16:15

A Free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the South American regional organisation is under preparation, but agricultural issues still remain as one of the major obstacles, Kinga Brudzińska told EurActiv Poland in an exclusive interview.

MEPs, make Juncker keep his promises

24 July, 2014 - 12:03

Jean-Claude Juncker was elected European Commission president on the basis of a social, even hopeful ten-point plan for Europe. Now, MEPs bear the responsibility to hold him into account on these promises, writes Bernadette Ségol.

Scotland’s future as a strong and vibrant EU member state

24 July, 2014 - 12:02

Scottish citizens head to the polls on 18 September to vote on independence in a referendum. An independent Scotland will play a constructive role in addressing some of the central challenges facing the EU, writes Fiona Hyslop.

ECB website hacked, data stolen

24 July, 2014 - 12:00

The European Central Bank (ECB) said on Thursday its website had been hacked and some email addresses and other contact information stolen but insisted no market-sensitive data were affected.

The theft came to light after the central bank received an anonymous email on Monday night demanding money in exchange for the addresses.

While most of the data was encrypted, parts of the database included email addresses, some street addresses and phone numbers that were not encrypted. The database also contains data on downloads from the ECB website in encrypted form.

Ryanair ordered to repay €10m in French state aid

24 July, 2014 - 11:59

Two low-cost airlines must repay almost €10 million of French state aid, after the EU Commission decided that it gave them an unfair competitive advantage. EurActiv France reports.

Ryanair has been given its marching orders. On 23 July, the European Commission told the Irish airline to return almost €10 million in French state aid which was granted to improve services in three regional airports.

CIA ran secret torture jail in Poland, rules European Court of Human Rights

24 July, 2014 - 10:54

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday (24 July) that the CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, a judgment that adds to pressure on the United States and its allies to reveal the truth about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.

The United States has acknowledged the existence of its "extraordinary rendition" scheme in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks but has never revealed which of its allies hosted the secret detention facilities.

Jobs and social security needed as income inequality widens, UNDP warns

24 July, 2014 - 10:34

More investment in jobs and social security, and the introduction of laws that offer vulnerable people greater protection, are required to halt the slowing of human development caused by income inequality, fluctuations in food prices, natural disasters and conflict.

The universal provision of basic social services and targeted support for disadvantaged groups, such as women, people with disabilities, older people and minority groups, is a key plank of the flagship report of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

'Novel foods' regulation returns to the EU's agenda

24 July, 2014 - 10:32

The European Commission and Parliament are renewing their attempt to update the EU's regulation on novel foods, which was rejected three years ago over ethical and safety concerns related to animal cloning for food production.

The EU regulation on novel foods, which dates back to 1997, is up for a review again, after a last-chance conciliation in March 2011 failed to reach agreement on the use of cloned animals' offspring for food production.

Bulgarian government resigns without nominating a Commissioner

24 July, 2014 - 09:05

As expected, the minority Bulgarian government resigned yesterday (23 July), following months of political agony. The only surprise appears to be that the cabinet failed at its last session to nominate a Commissioner, leaving this task to the caretaker cabinet.

Czech coalition nominates Regional Funds minister for Commissioner

24 July, 2014 - 07:59

After tough negotiations, the Czech coalition agreed to nominate Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová for EU Commissioner, apparently taking into account the request by elected Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that more women should be included in the next EU executive. EurActiv Czech Republic reports.

German Gaza protests turn violent, raising anti-Semitism fears

24 July, 2014 - 07:59

Violence, hate speech, self-immolation: the Middle East conflict has reached Germany, with observers worrying that riots during recent Gaza demonstrations are an expression of deeply rooted anti-Semitism. EurActiv Germany reports.