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Observers term polls free, fair
The Daily Star (Bangladesh) - 31 December 2008
The International Republican Institute (IRI), a Washington-based election monitoring body, yesterday said the results of the ninth parliamentary elections held on Monday are an accurate reflection of the will of Bangladeshi voters.
European Parliament Members Seek Dialogue Over Satellite Disruption
Epoch Times - 29 December 2008
Five European Parliament (EP) Members are inviting the chairman of France-based satellite company Eutelsat to their next plenary session amidst reports that the company caved to pressure from the Chinese communist regime.
Bangladesh's Caretaker Government Urges Record Turnout for Election
Voice of America - 28 December 2008
For most of its history since gaining independence 37 years ago, Bangladesh has been under authoritarian rule. The country is hoping nationwide parliamentary elections Monday will be the start of a return to democracy. The vote follows an extended state of emergency during which civilian caretakers put into power by the military hoped to end a national legacy of political corruption.
Kimberley process should extend to other resources to help DRC
DB Online - 2 December 2008
The Kimberley Process (KP) and its successful policies in stemming the flow of conflict diamonds should be extended to cover other mineral resources to halt the current violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says Member of the European Parliament, Dr. Charles Tannock, Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman in Brussels.
EU/Georgia : Jouyet confirms EU's position
Europolitics - 18 September 2008
The Georgian crisis and the situation in Serbia and Belarus were discussed with the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, during an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, on 15 September in Brussels.
EP seminar discusses energy security with Ukraine
Europolitics - 11 September 2008
Ukraine's role in energy security was the centrepiece of a round table organised on 10 September in the European Parliament. Hosted by former EP committee (ITRE) chair Giles Chichester, the seminar underscored the important role for security of supply played by Ukraine, a country through which most of the EU's gas passes.
Taiwan’s absence at WHO is unjust, EU diplomat says
The Taipei Times - 10 April 2008
A leading member of the European Parliament said on Tuesday that the exclusion of Taiwan from the WHO was the result of entirely unjustified and counterproductive heavy-handed tactics by China. Conservative Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Tannock made the remarks at the 60th anniversary of the WHO and World Health Day to urge member states to welcome Taiwan as a full member of the global organization.
Female Muslim medics 'disobey hygiene rules'
The Sunday Telegraph - 3 February 2008
Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion.