Voters across the European Union are going to the polls to select the 705 MEPs to serve in the European Parliament for the next five years. While citizens from the UK and the Netherlands cast their votes this Thursday, most countries will vote on Sunday We asked people from different countries what they think the EU has done for them. Most saw the European freedom of movement policies as the most beneficial, others were happy about the single currency. “The EU has given me the chance to work in my field in France, doing what I always wanted and what I love. It gave me the chance to meet new people, try new things,” said Orestis, a doctor from Greece. “Life got a bit easier. The huge differences between European countries disappeared. We became more similar to each other,” said a photographer we met at on streets of Budapest. Find out more from the Europeans we spoke to by clicking on the above video player. … [Read more...] about Watch: Europeans share what they think of the EU — do you agree?
MELBOURNE/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of young activists in Australia and New Zealand launched a global protest on Friday demanding that politicians and business leaders move swiftly to curb greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. Coordinators expect more than a million young people to join protests in at least 110 countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg's demand for urgent action to slow global warming. "I'm worried about all the weather disasters. Everytime we have huge a bushfire here another animal might go extinct," said Nina Pasqualini, a 13-year-old at a rally in Melbourne, led by the group Extinction Rebellion. "The government isn't doing as much as it should. It's just scary for younger generations," she said, holding up a placard seeking to stop a proposed new coal mine in Australia. Global warming due to heat-trapping greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels has brought more droughts and heatwaves, melting of glaciers, rising sea … [Read more...] about Children step up global calls to fight climate change
CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met the deputy head of Sudan's transitional military council who is visiting Saudi Arabia, Saudi Press Agency said early on Friday. The meeting between Prince Mohammed and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who goes by the nickname Hemedti, was held in the city of Jeddah, where they discussed cooperation between the two countries, SPA added. (Reporting by Mohamed El-Sherif; Editing by Sandra Maler) … [Read more...] about Saudi Crown Prince meets Sudan’s military council deputy heed
By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda (Reuters) - Chile's 12,000 square kilometre (4,633 square mile) Southern Patagonia Ice Field split in two and is likely to continue to fracture amid climate change, according to a team of Chilean scientists who were in the region in March. Gino Casassa, chief of the Snow and Glacier Division of Chile's DGA water authority, told Reuters increasing temperatures along the Andes Mountains in southern Chile and Argentina have meant less snow and ice to replenish the region's abundant glaciers. "What occurred is a fracture as the ice has retreated, Casassa said. The chunk of ice that split off from the main glacier was estimated at 208 square kilometres (80.3 square miles), a relatively small part of the ice field. But Casassa said it may be a sign of things to come. The ice field, he said, is now "split in two, and we'll likely discover further divisions to the south," he said. Two icebergs broke off the Grey Glacier in southern Chile's Torres del Paine … [Read more...] about Chile’s Southern Patagonia Ice Field ruptured by climate change
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the request had been made by U.S. Central Command but added that it was not clear whether the Pentagon would approve the request. The Pentagon regularly receives, and declines, requests from combatant commands throughout the world for additional resources. One of the officials said the requested troops would be defensive in nature. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien) … [Read more...] about Pentagon considering request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East