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EU digital affairs commissioner Neelie Kroes Monday criticised Hungary's tax on non-state media. Kroes says the so-called advertising tax "disproportionately affects" media that do not promote the ruling party, Fidesz. "It is hard to see that the goal is anything other than to drive them out of Hungary," she said.
Almost 2,000 Palestinian children in Gaza have been injured since the start of the Israeli offensive, according to figures published on Sunday by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 999 Palestinians have died, including at least 760 civilians, of whom 226 are children and 117 are women.
US president Barack Obama on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to impose an "immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities," according to a statement from the White House. Obama said the two sides need to respect the Egyptian-brokered November 2012 ceasefire agreement.
The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed police to the MH17 crash-site, PM Mark Rutte said Thursday. The police will accompany a 23-strong investigator team to secure scene. The Dutch are also said to be drafting a UN Security Council resolution on allowing armed police or troops to secure the crash-site.
Around 800 migrants have died this year in their attempts to cross Mediterranean by boat, prompting the UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday to urge EU governments to increase rescue operations and improve asylum hosting management, reports AFP. "Europeans need to take urgent action," he said.