The European Parliament has adopted an urgent resolution expressing "deep concern" about the abuse of refugees who are abducted and held in Sinai. It emphasises not only for governments of Egypt, Israel, Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan to act to stop the trafficking trade, but also the need for protection and assistance being given to surviving refugees, through medical, psychological and legal help.
The Justice and Home Affairs council of 3-4 March mainly focused on the migration challenge and the security at the sea borders of European Union. It concluded that increased engagement with third countries should be a priority in order to avoid migrants embarking on hazardous journeys to the EU.
The 27th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will be held in Strasbourg from 17 to 19 March 2014. This Assembly is composed of elected representatives of the 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States as well as 78 Members of the European Parliament.
The smartphone is revolutionising the provision of health care. Low cost, easy to use attachments for smartphones can monitor a range of health indicators, as well as help diagnose problems that need treating. For people living in remote areas where access to health care facilities is difficult, the smartphone is becoming a vital link.
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