Ireland's new same-sex marriage law comes into force from Nov. 16, six months after the country voted to allow gay unions in a historic referendum
US video game producer Activision Blizzard announced late Nov. 2 that it was buying King Digital Entertainment, best known for its "Candy Crush Saga" mobile game, for $5.9 billion
Irish airline Ryanair's first-half net profits soared by nearly 40 percent on keen demand, the strong pound, fuel savings and poor weather conditions in northern Europe, it said Nov. 2
The aviation industry is still struggling to gain better access to information on conflict zones, more than a year after the downing of a passenger plane over eastern Ukraine last year
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The European Union has been struggling to cope with the steady influx of people fleeing from turmoil, conflicts and harsh conditions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia for years.
European Union leaders will on Oct. 15 try to thrash out solutions to the continent's spiralling migrant crisis and step up a diplomatic offensive aimed at winning Turkey's help in stemming the flow of Syrian refugees.
EU leaders meet Oct. 15 to try to persuade Turkey to help stem the flow of refugees towards Europe, with German chancellor Angela Merkel saying it was "unacceptable" that the short sea crossing to Greece was being controlled by people smugglers
European Council President Donald Tusk warned Turkey on Oct. 13 that it will only win concessions from the EU, such as easier travel visas, if it successfully reduces the flow of refugees reaching Europe
Ireland has agreed to take part in a refugee quota system proposed by the European Commission and will take in 2,900 additional refugees, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald confirmed on Sept.10.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sept. 8 the EU executive would offer better protection for refugees but also improve its frontier defences and deport more illegal migrants
At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next, the United Nations said on Sept.8, giving estimates that already look conservative.
European Union member Greek Cyprus said Sept. 7 that it would be willing to take in up to 300 migrants fleeing upheaval in the Middle East under new EU quotas, but would prefer them to be Orthodox Christians
Austria and Germany threw open their borders on Sept. 5 to thousands of exhausted migrants from the east, bussed to the frontier by a right-wing Hungarian government that had tried to stop them, but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people
London and Dublin will hold further talks with Northern Ireland's political parties to try to avert a crisis over an IRA-linked murder that has led to calls to suspend Belfast's parliament, the British government said on Aug.1.
A total of 3,650 migrants reached Vienna by train on Aug.31, this year's biggest daily number, Austrian police said, after Hungarian authorities allowed people stuck in makeshift refugee camps to leave Budapest despite many not having EU visas.
Germany on Aug. 25 said it had eased asylum rules for Syrians in a move expected to relieve pressure on southern European nations as thousands more migrants pour into the bloc.
Greece’s debt crisis has hit tourism, with last-minute bookings falling sharply, although the impact on the industry may be limited because the flare-up has come late in the season when most summer holidays are already booked
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi threatened June 14 to go to a Plan B to deal with migrants which "would hurt Europe" if Italy is not given greater help with the crisis.
The leader of Australia's opposition Labor Party introduced a bill to legalise same-sex marriage on June 1, adding the backing of a major party to growing public support for the issue after last month's landmark 'yes' vote in Ireland.
Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum have declared
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