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EU Visa Policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules

Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission‘s proposal to modernise the EU’s common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments. The agreed changes will make it easier ...

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Bosnia Plans Captured ISIS Fighters’ Return from Syria

Bosnia Plans Captured ISIS Fighters' Return from Syria

Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Mektic. Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA.  After the territory held by so-called Islamic State was reduced to little more than a square kilometre, fighters’ wives and children who surrendered and are living in refugee camps run by Kurdish forces or Syrian Defence Forces units ...

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Bosnian Plans Captured ISIS Fighters’ Return from Syria

Bosnian Plans Captured ISIS Fighters' Return from Syria

Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Mektic. Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA.  After the territory held by so-called Islamic State was reduced to little more than a square kilometre, fighters’ wives and children who surrendered and are living in refugee camps run by Kurdish forces or Syrian Defence Forces units ...

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JCB Extends Its Reach across Europe with JCC Payment Systems

JCB Extends Its Reach across Europe with JCC Payment Systems

JCB International, Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., and JCC, the largest face to face acquirer in Cyprus, today announced the signing of a joint licencing agreement enabling JCB cards to be used at all JCC POS systems, ATMs and online touch points across Cyprus and ...

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Microsoft, Moovit and TomTom form powerful MaaS partnership

Microsoft, Moovit and TomTom form powerful MaaS partnership

A new partnership between three major players in the mobility sector has created a powerful new information platform to support people travelling to and from work. Mapping, tracking and navigation specialist TomTom, MaaS provider Moovit, and Microsoft Azure Maps have together created a multi-modal journey planner. The platform combines Moovit’s public transport trip ...

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Europe confronts problem of returning Isis fighters

Europe confronts problem of returning Isis fighters

Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria. Four years later and with a baby born days ago, she has pleaded to be allowed back to the UK. Her case is emblematic of the security, political and legal difficulties facing a clutch of European ...

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Czech PM: Israel is our strategic partner in the Middle-East

Czech PM: Israel is our strategic partner in the Middle-East

Andrej Babiš and Benjamin Netanyahu, photo: ČTK / AP Photo / Ariel Schalit, Pool “I think there are many reasons. You mentioned history, which I think still resonates. For Czechs, this stance has been maintained since 1989. No matter who was in the government, this pro-Israeli foreign policy has been ...

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Brexit proof your holiday

Brexit proof your holiday

For those already making European holiday plans for summer 2019, or for those hesitantly waiting to see the results of ‘B’ day on 29 March there are still questions about what might happen to travel plans after this date. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has issued practical guidance ...

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Aelia’s sales jump 10% at Rome Airport during CNY

Aelia's sales jump 10% at Rome Airport during CNY

Lagardère Travel Retail/Aelia has seen seen sales jump 10% at its Avancorpo flagship store in Rome Fiumicino Airport over the course of its Chinese New Year campaign, whilst its WeChat digital in-store animation ‘dramatically boosted’ the average basket of Chinese passengers.   Lagardère (Aelia) has been able to target Chinese ...

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