EU states have warned Turkey that its membership bid would end if it decided to reinstall the death penalty to punish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s adversaries. “The EU recalls that the unequivocal rejection of the death penalty is an essential element of the Union acquis [legal codex].” Source: EUobserver
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A prominent blogger in Malta, who had accused the island’s government of corruption, has died in a car bomb attack, according to police.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was reportedly killed when the car she was driving exploded shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta. Source BBC
Sweden’s Migration Agency expects to hand over around 50,000 deportation orders to the police in the coming years, but authorities are already struggling to deport those who have been told to leave. Source The Local
China’s effort to eliminate poverty is one of the greatest stories in human history, World Bank President Kim said recently. “With the evolution of the Chinese economic system and its embrace of the global market, China has lifted about 800 million people out of poverty,” the World Bank chief noted. Source: People’s Daily