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EU leaders supported the recommendation on Croatia’s entry into the euro area on Friday. This is the second-last step in the decision-making process. The last step will be the adoption of three legislative proposals on Croatia’s entry, which will take place at a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council on 12 July, and from 1 January next year the euro will be the official currency in Croatia.

Croatia will be the 20th member of the euro area. It will be the first enlargement of the euro area since 2015 when Lithuania joined.

Together with Slovenia, Croatia is the country that spent the least time in the euro waiting room, the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, the minimum two years, while Lithuania, for example, spent 11 years and Latvia nine years in the ERM II.

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It has a year since Khamenei had Raisi selected as the regime president. Iran’s society has not been quelled and, on the contrary, the number of protests has increased since Raisi became the regime’s president.

People from all walks of life are protesting every day, including retirees, pensioners, and teachers. They are chanting “Death to Raisi!” specifically targeting the very top of the regime’s echelons.

This warning failed to have the impact that Khamenei desired, being to quiet the society. In fact, protests, demonstrations, rallies, and uprisings have become a daily matter across Iran. During the past 45 days alone Iran has seen two series of major protests in dozens of cities as people are protesting skyrocketing prices and following the crumbling of the 10-story Metropol tower in the city of Abadan that left dozens killed.

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EU leaders are expected to again condemn Turkey’s fresh escalation against Greece, according to the upcoming EU summit’s draft conclusions seen by EURACTIV.

“The European Council expressed deep concern about repeated recent actions and statements by Turkey. Turkey must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all EU Member States,” the draft conclusions read.

Tensions between the two countries have escalated again. Athens says Turkey violates its airspace daily and has noticed an increase in migration flows both from sea and land.

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The Al-Arabiya channel quoted journalist and activist Haitham Abu Khalil as saying that Sudanese authorities have extradited over 21 Egyptians handing them over to Cairo’s security services, including a man, his wife and children.

Last March, Sudanese authorities extradited Wadah Hisham Al-Oden to the security authorities and he has since disappeared.

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Rights advocates fear Joe Biden’s decision to visit Saudi Arabia will endanger dissidents abroad and be seen by the authorities there as giving the green light to restrict civil liberties domestically.

The US president will meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sometimes known as MBS, in an abrupt reversal of his pledges to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its poor human rights record. Biden repeatedly promised that “human rights will be the centre of our foreign policy”.

Biden’s visit was confirmed a day after a Saudi court upheld Abdullah al-Howaiti’s death sentence for alleged crimes committed as a child, despite a royal decree ending such executions.

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Residents of the Aglandjia area of Nicosia on Thursday accused authorities of apathy to their plight — rockslides — and warned of possible casualties in the future unless the government changes its tune.

According to the mayor, the Ministry of the Interior has green-lit €500,000 for clearing debris from landslides, but only on state-owned land in the area. The ministry did not approve any funds for clearing debris on private-owned land.

A 2017 study found that restoration works — both on state and private lands — would cost €1.82 million.

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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke by phone on Wednesday with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to thank him for Ankara’s efforts to protect Israeli tourists from attempts by Iran to harm them.

Lapid and Cavusoglu met in Jerusalem in late May, amid the two erstwhile regional allies work to gradually improve ties.

Israeli authorities have issued warnings to roughly 1,000 Israelis who were in Turkey, asking them to leave immediately.

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