Von der Leyen pledges ‘green deal’ for Europe in first 100 days | AFP

European Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen pledges to propose a “green deal” for Europe in her first 100 days in office, which would see a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. SOUNDBITE

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French island aims to run exclusively on renewable energy | AFP

The French island of Saint-Nicolas des Glénan, off the coast of Brittany, already has a wind turbine, two solar power plants and photovoltaic panels, but now the island is hoping to become the first French island to run exclusively on renewable energy. The Glénan archipelago welcomes around 3,000 visitors per day and houses the largest sailing academy in Europe.

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Europe’s multinational parliament | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining the various key institutions of the European Union. Ursula von der Leyen learns on Tuesday whether the European Parliament is ready to approve her bid to become the first female president of the European Commission.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Macron showcases European Military prowess despite growing US-Europe tensions | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to showcase European military cooperation during the annual Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions between Europe the United States.

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Wildlife hospital inundated with animals after June heatwave | AFP

During a ferocious heatwave that hit Europe at the end of June, humans were not the only victims. The Laroque Wildlife Hospital in the south of France is inundated with several species of animals and birds requiring treatment after falling victim to the searing temperatures, which left hundreds of birds falling from the sky and one poor swift “toasted on a wall” due to the heat.

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Italy: Salvini closes Europe’s one-time largest migrant centre | AFP

Far-right Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini closes what was one Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo, Sicily. At its peak in 2014, Mineo housed more than 4,100 people. Its population then steadily dropped and when anti-migrant Salvini and the populist Five Star Movement came to power in June last year, it housed 2,500.

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Italy’s Salvini present for closure of Mineo migrant reception centre | AFP

What was once Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo in Sicily, is to officially close in the presence of its biggest critic, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. IMAGES

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