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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Catherine Ashton

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# message to moscow
Meet the new bosses: Poland's Tusk and Italy's Mogherini chosen for EU top jobs
The nomination of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take over as Council President will send a strong message to Moscow, amid the continuing Ukraine crisis.
# Washington
Irishman appointed as EU ambassador to the United States
David O’Sullivan previously worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs.
# ukraine crisis
Russia withdraws ambassador from Kiev as stand-off with Western powers deepens
The US has warned Russia against sending troops into Kiev, with National Security Adviser Susan Rice saying such a move would be a “grave mistake”.
# Turkey
EU warns Turkey: ‘Your membership is in jeopardy over protests’
Catherine Ashton says Turkey’s government must adopt European standards in its response to protests if it wants to join.
# Syria
EU's foreign ministers still can't decide whether to arm Syria's rebels
A summit of foreign ministers struggled to reach a compromise on whether to extend an arms embargo after this week.
# Kosovo
Serbia rejects EU proposal to ease tensions with breakaway Kosovo
A deal with Kosovo to ease tensions with Kosovo are a pre-condition for Serbia to join the European Union later this year.
# Nuclear Talks
No understanding reached between Iran and world powers
High-level talks about Tehran’s nuclear programme were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan this weekend.
# Iran
World powers begin talks with Iran over nuclear programme
Iran has said that it’s their right to enrich uranium, but experts fear that it could be turned into a nuclear warhead in a matter of months.
# 50 First Days
7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency
It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.
# EU2013
Explainer: A crash course on Ireland's presidency of the EU
Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?
# Syria
Video: Assad remains defiant in TV interview as Annan arrives in Syria
“A president shouldn’t run away from a challenge, and we have a national challenge in Syria now,” Syrian president Bashar Assad said in a defiant interview with German television last night.
# Piracy
EU carries out air strikes on Somali pirates
Attack helicopters took part in the attacks early this morning along the coastline of Somalia.
# Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi boycotts Burma's parliament over oath
Meanwhile, the EU has announced lifting sanctions against Burma after year of political reform.
# Bolivia
Family of Michael Dwyer pressures EU to find answers over killing
The family of an Irish man killed by Bolivian state police in 2009 is travelling to the European Parliament today, seeking to secure information about his death.
# Sanctions
EU agrees oil embargo against Iran over nuclear programme
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was part of an “unprecedented set of sanctions” against Iran.
# Christmas Greetings
Watch: Happy Christmas from all your friends in Brussels
This just might be the strangest Christmas video you’ll see this year…
# Ukraine
EU to "reflect" on Ukraine policies following Tymoshenko verdict
The former Ukrainian Prime Minister has been found guilty of exceeding the power of her office in signing a gas import deal in 2009 and sentenced to seven years.
# Syria
EU imposes arms embargo on Syria, as hundreds more protesters are detained
The EU says an arms embargo, and sanctions against 13 Syrian officials, will take effect tomorrow.
# Libya
EU foreign chief to meet Arab League over Libyan conflict
Catherine Ashton will meet leaders from the Arab world, and discuss the prospect of a no-fly zone over Libya.
# Gaza Blockade
EU pressure could have Israel lift aid blockade
The EU’s foreign minister will hear plans to end the blockade on the Palestinian region.