An extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers from the European Union – called because of a major intensification of fighting in Ukraine – ended with a small extension of the EU’s sanctions on Russia.Crucially, the new Greek government, which a day after taking office distanced itself from an EU statement that explicitly accused Russia of aiding separatists in eastern Ukraine, decided not to break ranks with other EU states.The foreign ministers agreed immediately to prolong by six months the EU’s existing restrictions on individual Russians involved in fighting in Ukraine or promoting separatism. The sanctions, which prevent the blacklisted Russians from travelling to the EU and oblige national authorities in the EU to seize their assets, were due for review in March. They will now continue until September. The most intense discussions involved men seated in two adjacent chairs, Lithuania’s Linas Linkevičius and Greece’s Nikos Kotzias.Lithuania has called consistently and publicly for a far tougher European response, in the form of wider and more painful sanctions on Russia and military support for Ukraine.As he entered the meeting today, Linkevičius invoked the solidarity shown by EU member states after the 7 January massacres in Paris by jihadists, and contrasted it with their response to the war in Ukraine.“I am asking sometimes some colleagues who are still considering what to do, how many more people should be killed in order to say ‘Je suis ukrainien’,” he said, referring to the ‘Je suis Charlie’ slogan that rallied protestors around the world after the slaughter of Charlie Hebdo journalists.The United Nations says that over 5,000 people have now been killed in fighting that began when Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea last March. The ministers also promised to add new names to the blacklist when they meet next, on 9 February. Some countries had hoped that the blacklist would be added to today.The possibility of increasing the EU’s most significant sanctions on Russia – restrictions on business primarily in the financial, banking and defence sectors – were left, as expected, for EU national leaders to decide. The leaders of the EU’s 28 member states will meet on 12-13 February.In a second test of Greece’s alignment with the rest of the EU, the foreign ministers agreed on a description of events in Ukraine that made clear that Russia is fuelling the conflict.The final communique by the ministers noted “evidence of continued and growing support given to the separatists by Russia, which underlines Russia’s responsibility”.This exactly repeats the wording of the statement by EU national leaders on Tuesday from which the new Greek government had distanced itself.Federica Mogherini described the debate as “very constructive”.
Yahoo France:En matière de sexe, le comportement des hommes et des femmes est plus similaire qu’on ne le croit.La Série Sex and the City s’amuse à casser un certain nombre de clichés sexuels concernant les femmes. Elle montre, notamment, combien les femmes adorent, elles aussi, parler de sexe entre elles ! Autant que les hommes et avec les mêmes mots crus. Autant le dire, les femmes peuvent se révéler aussi obsédées et ardentes que les mecs, malgré tous les stéréotypes qui ont cours. Terry D. Conley, professeur assistant de psychologie à l’université du Michigan, sans doute grande admiratrice de la série, s’est amusée à confronter ces clichés aux dernières études menées en la matière. En voici la liste – instructive – publiée dans la revue Current Directions in Psychological Science.Read the full story: Yahoo France More of our Members in the Media >
Almost 1,000 Salmonella cases now linked to backyard birdsA total of 961 cases of Salmonella illness have been linked to exposure to backyard poultry, according to an update today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreaks have occurred in 48 states and resulted in 215 hospitalizations and 1 death.The CDC and officials from multiple states are investigating 10 outbreaks involving 10 different Salmonella strain. Seventy-four percent of interviewed patients reporting they had contact with backyard birds in the week before falling ill.Since the last update on Jul 13, 172 more people have been diagnosed as having Salmonella poisoning tied to exposure to backyard flocks of poultry, including chicks and ducklings from multiple hatcheries. Illnesses started from Jan 4 to Jul 31.The CDC recommends that no children under the age of 5 handle live poultry without supervision. The CDC also recommended careful handwashing after handling backyard birds, their eggs, or anything in their environment. Aug 21 CDC outbreak update New polio cases reported in Afghanistan, SyriaThe Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), in its weekly update today, reported 4 new cases of polio: a wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case in Afghanistan and 3 new circulating vaccine-derived polio type 2 (cVDPV2) in Syria.The vaccine-derived cases in Syria include two in Deir-ez-Zor and one in Homs governorates. Syria has now reported 33 cases of cVDPV2 this year, all but 2 in Deir-ez-Zor governorate. Onset of paralysis of these cases occurred between Mar 3 and Jul 10.According to GPEI, an initial vaccination campaign with the oral polio vaccine 2 in Deir-ez-Zor was carried out from Jul 22 to 26, with independent monitoring showing coverage of 88.4%. A second round, which will include oral polio vaccine and injected vaccine, is planned for Aug 19 through Aug 23.The new WPV1 case in Afghanistan raises its total in 2017 to 6. Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria remain the only countries in which wild poliovirus still circulates. In the most recent case, the patient was from Zabbul province and began having symptoms on Jul 10. Aug 21 GPEI update Study: Rebel areas bearing brunt of Yemen’s cholera outbreakThe hardest-hit areas in Yemen’s cholera outbreak are in rebel-controlled regions affected by Saudi-led airstrikes and blockades, researchers from Queen Mary University of London reported in an Aug 18 letter to The Lancet Global Health.The team compared the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) latest information about Yemen’s outbreak with maps showing areas of government and rebel control, finding that the cholera outbreak disproportionately affects areas controlled by Houthi rebels. More specifically, they found that 77.7% of cases and 80.7% of deaths occurred in Houthi-controlled areas compared with government-held areas, which had 15.4% of cases and 10.4% of deaths.The researchers said both sides of the conflict have been accused of disregarding citizens’ wellbeing and breaching international humanitarian law, but they added that Yemen’s government and the Saudi-led coalition that supports it command far greater resources and that the airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure such as hospitals and public water systems. The fighting has put displaced people into crowded conditions and blocked humanitarian aid.The group also said countries such as the United States and United Kingdom, Saudi allies that have supplied Saudi Arabia’s military, have helped create conditions fueling the spread of the disease.Yemen’s cholera outbreak, the world’s largest, has now resulted in 537,322 suspected infections, 2,000 of them fatal, according to an Aug 20 update from the WHO.Aug 18 Lancet Glob Health letter Aug 18 Queen Mary University press release Aug 20 WHO daily epidemiologic update
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has challenged his players to end the season with the victory over Chelsea he believes they deserve.The Magpies head into their final fixture at St James’ Park on the back of four successive defeats since they effectively clinched their top-flight status for the new campaign.The former Chelsea interim boss said at a media conference: “I said today to my players, that it would be important because it would be a pity to do so well during the season and then go to the end (and not win), especially as we play at home.AdChoices广告“We have to try to finish on a high because they deserve to do that and also the fans deserve to see the team winning the last game.“It has been a great season. At the beginning, we were thinking that the target was to stay up, and I can read about a lot of managers now saying, ‘Great because we are safe’, but we were safe five games before, so that is amazing.“For me, the key has been the unity, togetherness between fans, players, staff, everyone, and the work-rate of this group of players.”Kenedy, on loan at Newcastle from Chelsea, in ineligible to play against the Blues.A Chelsea win and Liverpool losing at home to Brighton would see Antonio Conte’s side snatch a Champions League place. See also:Courtois passed fit to return for ChelseaChelsea yet to respond to FA chargeHodgson: Loftus-Cheek should go to World CupConte defends Chelsea record and dismisses comparison with ‘Mourinho season’Benitez believes Lascelles will stay at NewcastleConte not thinking about cup final Embed from Getty Images