# Defence and security

AI (artificial intelligence) security cameras using facial recognition technology are displayed at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
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Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Facial recognition has helped simplify our lives but the global anti-racism protests have prompted some privacy and rights groups to voice concerns over the technology is being used police forces
EUforeign policy chief Josep Borrell takes part in an online press conference with European Commissioner for Values and Transparency at EU headquarters in Brussels, on June 10, 2020. Photo: Francisco Seco / Pool / AFP
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EU won’t launch ‘cold war’, chief diplomat tells China

The EU's chief diplomat says he assured China's foreign minister the bloc does not want a "cold war", as it accused Beijing of waging a coronavirus disinformation campaign
EU foreign affairs high representative Josep Borrell gestures during a video press conference on the 10th EU-China Strategic Dialogue, at the European Commission in Brussels on June 9, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / Pool / AFP
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EU says needs more cash to fight Chinese disinformation

The EU's diplomatic chief has called for more resources from member states to fight disinformation from China, warning that Europe needed to stop being naive in its dealings with Beijing
A prison guard walks in a corridor at the preventing radicalisation district (QPR) on July 12, 2019, at the Sante prison in Paris. - Since June 24, 2019, the Prison de la Sante houses the 3rd QPR of France. (Photo by Dominique FAGET / AFP)
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Europe worries about virus timebomb in its prisons

European governments fear prisons are virus timebombs during this pandemic and are looking at early releases to reduce the risk for those behind bars.
Doctor Jole Serra (L) and nurse Salvatore Sacco of the Carabinieri police provide phone support to COVID-19 patients from the office of ATS Bergamo in Zogno near Bergamo, northern Italy on March 27, 2020. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP 
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‘Corona criminals’ prey on Europe’s virus fears

From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines, criminals are finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, police warn
Zwei Marinesoldaten stehen am frühen Morgen vor der aufgehenden Sonne auf dem Bug der «Augsburg» der Deutschen Marine und ziehen gemeinsam an einer Leine, die an einem Poller am Marinehafen befestigt war. Die Fregatte «Augsburg» lief damals zur Operation «Sophia» aus. Nach dem Libyen-Gipfel erwägt die EU eine Wiederbelebung ihrer Militärmission vor der Küste des Bürgerkriegslandes. (zu dpa «EU erwägt Wiederbelebung von Marineoperation vor libyscher Küste»)
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EU’s Borrell seeks revival of Sophia naval mission off Libyan coast

Foreign ministersof the EU met to discuss the bloc's role in implementing a peace process for Libya, with several invoking the option of relaunching a naval mission.
Protesters use fences as a barricade during clashes near the police headquarters in Barcelona, on October 18, 2019, on the day that separatists called a general strike and a mass rally. Photo: Pau Barrena / AFP
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Who are the youths behind the Catalonia protest violence?

The violent protests that have swept Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders have involved veteran anarchists and youthful troublemakers as well as outraged separatists