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Where do Easter Eggs & Chocolate Bunnies come from?

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Where do Easter eggs come from? Why do the children eat chocolate rabbits? And what about that game looking for hare’s eggs in the garden? We take a look at the symbolism behind Easter and its traditions and we find some common values and eternal cycles of respect for reproduction and human life. As Easter approaches, let us take a look at the symbolism... 

US to send thousands of troops in Poland to counter Russia

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The Pentagon may deploy more ground troops in Poland, although the number may be much smaller than what the eastern European NATO member wants to see. Washington is seeking to reassure allies amid fears of a Russian aggression. Warsaw and Washington may announce the deployment of additional American troops in Poland next week, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz... 

UK invaded by killer shrimps, zebra mussels & giant Asian hornets

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Alien wildlife species, such as killer shrimps and zebra mussels, are invading Britain at a rate never seen before, the UK parliament’s green watchdog warns. Meanwhile, giant Asian hornets that have caused six deaths in France are on their way to the UK. MPs from the Environmental Audit Committee urged the British government to introduce new laws to tackle... 

Sweden passes law that will prosecute people for criticizing immigration

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A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. The Constitutional Committee’s report has been voted for in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices. Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén, member of the... 

Russian Communist Party urges Putin to boycott US goods

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Russian Communists are planning a mass campaign promoting a voluntary boycott of all American goods as proof that Russians cannot be intimidated by sanctions. The head of the Communist Party’s legal department, Vladimir Solovyov said that his comrades intend to set an example in the campaign, at least in its first stages. He also promised that the politicians... 

Troops sent to east Ukraine withdraw, others defect and join Russians

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Defected Ukrainian soldiers socializing with Russian civilians in east of Ukraine. Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war. According to Interfax,... 

Italy’s debt rises at 2.1 trillion euros

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Italy’s enormous public debt continues to grow at an unrelenting pace. The Bank of Italy announced on Monday that the country’s debt hit a record 2.1072 trillion euros in February, over 17 billion euros up compared to January. Within the 18-nation eurozone, only Greece had accumulated a higher overall debt mountain. Italy’s 2014 budget has... 

Millions of kids in Spain at risk of social exclusion due to poverty

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Financial problems in Spain increase the number of children living below the poverty line. The charity Save the Children has warned of growing poverty among children in Spain, saying the situation needs to be addressed urgently. The charity launched a petition on Tuesday urging the Spanish government to do more for deprived children in the crisis-hit country. According... 

France bans all GMO corn, including Monsanto

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France’s lower house of parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting genetically modified (GM) maize from being grown, citing environmental concerns. The law can be applied to any GM strain that is adopted at EU level. The law follows a decree last month, which halted the planting of Monsanto’s insect-resistant maize MON810, which will be allowed for cultivation... 

Russian Foreign Ministry concerned over US hunt for its citizens

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued an official warning to all citizens who travel abroad, saying they might be detained and extradited to the US for a biased trial on inflated charges. “Without any reasons the US administration is refusing to recognize the reunification between Russia and Crimea that fully meets the international legal standards and... 

Viktor Orban reelected as Prime Minister of Hungary

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has retained his two-thirds majority at the parliament following last week’s elections. With over 99 percent of the votes counted, the National Election Office said on Saturday that Orban’s ruling Fidesz party had won 133 seats in the 199-seat legislature. Fidesz, a right-wing populist party, and its small ally, the... 

More than 4000 migrants storm Europe in just 2 days

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Many boats have left North Africa and have been heading to the Italian island of Lampedusa – such as these migrants who arrived earlier this year in February. More than 4,000 migrants have arrived on Europe’s shores by boat in the past two days, with the Italian government calling the crisis ‘increasingly glaring’. The emergency comes days after... 

Ukraine launches massive crackdown on east Russian separatists

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Ukrainian security forces have launched a crackdown on separatist protesters in the eastern town of Slavyansk, where pro-Russian protesters have seized government buildings. “An anti-terrorist operation has begun in Slavyansk. It is being directed by the anti-terrorist center of the state security service. Forces from all the security units of the country... 

Sweden begins social experiment cutting work to 6 hours

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​The local government of Gothenburg, Sweden, is to begin a yearlong experiment to see if cutting the working week to 30 hours will be more efficient. It is hoped working less hours will cut down on sick leave, and save money. Under the plan, the employees will remain on the same pay. “We think it’s time to give this a real shot in Sweden,”... 

Strange Ghostly Cloud Engulfs Beach in Spain

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A huge cloud was filmed engulfing the main beach in Alicante, causing concern among locals and holidaymakers and prompting debate as to its cause. The huge white mass is seen rolling across the sands of Albufereta beach, obscuring everything in its path – despite an otherwise cloudless sky. Some speculated that the cloud was smoke from a fire, while others... 
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