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Today's twin explosions in Galkayo in Northern Somalia have caused a high number of casualties of both civilians and security personnel. Our thoughts go to the families of the victims and to all Somali people. We also commend the quick reaction of Puntland security forces.
 
The EU remains strongly committed to cooperate to the building of legitimate institutions and a Somali owned security sector to combat terrorism. This is key for Somalia's constructive development and the security of the region.

Last night an explosion hit women, men, children celebrating a wedding party in the city of Gaziantep. More than fifty lives have been lost and many are injured. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to all injured.

Turkey has been dramatically targeted once again, and in a city - Gaziantep - that is a symbol of the pain caused to thousands of people from the conflict in Syria. The suffering of all the people hit by war, and terror, is our suffering.

The release on parole of the prominent Kazakh activist Vladimir Kozlov, who was imprisoned following the Zhanaozen events of 2011, is positive news.

Further steps should now follow, leading to the full rehabilitation and release of all those civil society activists currently detained or under restriction of movement in Kazakhstan, in line with the country's international commitments.

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel today declared illegal the Russian import ban on live pigs, fresh pork and other pig products from the EU in the light of international trade rules.

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Сегодня экспертная группа Всемирной торговой организации (ВТО) постановила, что российский запрет на импорт живых свиней, свежей свинины и другой свиноводческой продукции из ЕС является неправомерным с точки зрения правил международной торговли.

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World Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives, including the UN Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

Spotlight on: EU work and international cooperation to meet humanitarian needs. On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day on 19 August

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