Featured: Video #CROATIA: #Update ‘ Closes seven of its eight border crossings to #Serbia as huge surge of #refugees turned away from #Hungary ‘

#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: Croatia has closed seven of its eight border crossings with Serbia overwhelmed by a huge surge of refugees turned away by Hungary. PM said Croatia will not accept or accommodate asylum seekers any longer.

Some of the refugees appear to be stuck on the border between Croatia and Hungary. Reuters reported on Thursday that a convoy of more than 10 buses which was heading towards the Croatian city of Osijek was turned towards the Hungarian border. Refugees were offloaded at the Croatian border village Beremend, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene. Hundreds of migrants were also witnessed on Friday at a petrol station by a road in the Croatian border town of Beli Manastir.

Scuffles between refugees erupted on Friday at the Croatian Beli Monastir train station as the people were boarding the trains bound for Zagreb. Some were injured and received first aid.

Some were injured and received first aid.

Dozens of refugees staged a silent sit-in protest at the Serbian-Hungarian border near the town of Horgos on Friday. They held placards which read: “We don’t have houses anymore. We will live here,” and “This is shame for Europe.”

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The site was a scene of violence on Tuesday, when police used water cannon and teargas to push back refugees attempting to enter Hungary.

 

Milanovic said on Friday he has called a session of Croatia’s National Security Council. Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic told N1 Television that “it’s a matter of time” before Croatia closes all borders.

Columns of asylum seekers were expected to turn to Slovenia, however the Interior Ministry said on Friday that Slovenia does not intend to open a corridor for the refugees heading to Western Europe to pass through.

“At the moment we have no basis on which we could form a corridor,” Interior Ministry state secretary Bostjan Sefic told reporters.

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‘ SIX CONSULATE’S RECEIVED PACKETS OF YELLOW POWDER BUT TEST FREE OF BIOLOGICAL AGENTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 27 – Hungary’s consulate in Istanbul received packets of an unidentified yellow powder on Monday, Reuters reported, citing the city governor’s office.

Similar envelopes sent to five Western consulates in Turkey’s largest city last week prompted security alerts.

Sixteen people from three of the missions of the US, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium were hospitalized as a precaution.

The package at the Hungarian consulate is believed to have been sent at the same time as the others but was not opened until Monday morning.

The yellow powder sent to a number of consulates in Istanbul showed no initial signs of a biological threat, Turkey’s health ministry said Monday.

“There was no sign of anthrax, plague, tularaemia, ricin or botulinum toxin or any other biological warfare substance,” the ministry said, as cited by Reuters.

Further tests are being carried out for other possible substances after the consulates of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium and Hungary received suspicious packages containing powder.

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BRUSSELS: ‘ Gas Supplies for Poland and Slovakia Dip As EU Imposes Sanctions ‘

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – BRUSSELS – September 12 – Poland and Slovakia have said gas supplies from Russia are down, as the EU impose’s new sanctions.

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A Polish diplomat told EUobserver on Thursday (11 September) that volumes fell by 20 percent on Monday and were down by 45 percent by Thursday.

The same day Slovak PM Robert Fico said supplies to his country had dipped by eight to 11 percent.

Both countries are trying to find out what is going on amid denials by Russian supplier Gazprom that its shipments are any lower than normal.

The Polish diplomat said the enquiries are being made by Polish gas distribution firms. But Fico told press he has tasked officials to contact Moscow.

Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary are involved in shipping “reverse-flow” gas to Ukraine after Russia cut off Ukraine gas in a price dispute.

But a Hungarian diplomat told this website its Russia gas deliveries are normal for now.

We did not see a drop in supplies. But we are filling up our storage tanks so that we are prepared for any scenario that may come”, the source noted.

The Polish diplomat added: “On the Polish side, there is no risk to national consumers at this stage. We have generous reserves. But the supply reductions could be a burden on reverse-flow and I have heard talk that this is being scaled down”.

Gazprom’s reductions come the same week the EU adopted a new round of economic sanctions against Russia following its invasion of east Ukraine.

Some EU states had wanted to wait and see if a ceasefire deal with Russia holds before implementing the new measures.

But EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy announced on Thursday that they will enter into life the following morning.

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The most vulnerable to gas cuts is Finland and according to report by EUobserver

“A Russian gas export embargo during the winter of 2014/15 lasting for more than 6 months would cause supply shortfalls in many European countries, in particular, in central and eastern Europe, including Germany,” according to a study published Wednesday (3 September) by the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne. 

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` Lithuania Last Baltic Nation Joins the Euro ‘

#AceBreakingNewsEUROPEAN UNION – Press Release – June 04 – Lithuania, the last Baltic nation outside the currency union, has been finally given green light to join the euro area, after its bid was turned down 8 years ago. The country could adopt a single currency on January 1, 2015.

The European Commission and the European Central Bank acceptedLithuania’s application on Wednesday.

“Lithuania’s readiness to adopt the euro reflects its long-standing support for prudent fiscal policies and economic reforms.

That reform momentum, driven in part by Lithuania’s EU accession ten years ago, has led to a striking increase in Lithuanians’ prosperity: the country’s per capita GDP has risen from just 35% of the EU28 average in 1995 to a projected 78% in 2015,” Olli Rehn, the European Commission Vice-President responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, said in the statement.

The ECB looked at eight European Union countries – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Croatia. Only Lithuania met all the criteria to join.

The ECB looked at eight European Union countries – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Croatia. Only Lithuania met all the criteria to join.

The Council will make a final decision on the matter in the second half of July, after EU officials and state heads meet at the European Council from June 26-27.

Then the council will also agree on a set conversation rate for Lithuania’s currency the litas to the euro.

In order for a country to adopt the euro, it needs to tie its currency to the euro for a two-year period, as well as keep debt below 60 percent of GDP and inflation within 1.5 percentage points of the three lowest rates among the euro zone.

The European Commission said Lithuania’s key stumbling block of inflation has been overcome.

Europa: PRESS RELEASE: 04/06/14 

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` Pope Francis `Denounces Human Trafficking ‘ as `Crime against Humanity ‘ making Slavery as a Priority ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 10 – Pope Francis has denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity after meeting with four women who were forced into prostitution.

Francis attended a Vatican conference Thursday of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations, who pledged greater cooperation to encourage victims of trafficking and slavery to come forward (AP)

Francis told the conference that trafficking is “an open wound on the body of contemporary society.” He met privately with four freed sex slaves from his native Argentina, Chile, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Francis has made combating human trafficking and slavery a priority of his papacy.

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` Hungarians are Voting in the Parliamentary Elections with Prime Minister `Viktor Orban tipped to Win ‘

#AceWorldNews – HUNGARY – (ALJ) – April 06 – Hungarians are voting in parliamentary elections, with incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orban projected to win.

Orban was predicted to triumph in Sunday’s elections after four years in office, with polls indicating that the only questions were whether Orban can retain his two-thirds parliamentary majority and if the far-right Jobbik might beat the centre-left opposition alliance into second place.

“I know we are favourites,” Orban said at a final rally on Saturday, urging supporters to come out and vote.

“In 2002 we were also ahead in the polls … but still lost the elections.”

Voting stations opened at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) and were due to close at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT), with exit polls expected soon afterwards.

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` US Military are Planning large scale ` War Games ‘ in ` Poland ‘ comes three days after visit by Biden ‘

#AceWorldNews – The United States military are planning large scale war games in Poland, which would involve troops from several eastern European states, the American ambassador to the country, Stephen Mull, said.

Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) will be participating in drills, together with the Americans, Mull told Radio ZET.

Lask airbase in central Poland has been selected as the venue for the military exercise, the ambassador said, refraining from saying when it was scheduled for.

Mull’s announcement comes just three days after US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the Polish capital of Warsaw.

Biden’s trip was aimed at reassuring that America remains a “steadfast ally” to Poland and the Baltic States after they expressed anxiety over the events in the Crimea, which signed a treaty of accession to the Russian Federation on Tuesday.

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” EU-Ukraine Association Agreement maybe signed as soon `New Stable Government’ is formed in the country”

#AceWorldNews says that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement may be signed as soon as a new stable government is formed in the country, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in Budapest on Monday at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) said, uniting four Central European States – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

“After setting Yulia Tymoshenko free Ukraine has fulfilled all the terms of signing the Association Agreement,” he said. “The treaty waits for signing and, as soon as Ukraine forms a stable government, it can be signed.”

Sikorski commented on the fact that Verkhovna Rada speaker and Ukraine’s interim president Oleksandr Turchynov confirmed the country’s intention to resume the European course, maintaining at the same time good relations with Russia.

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