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EU-Turkey work out migrant crisis plan, Maria Sharapova fails drug test

EU-Turkey work out migrant crisis plan, Maria Sharapova fails drug test

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    Mar 09, 2016   Author : admin

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The United Nations has voiced its concerns over the migrant crisis plan being worked out by the EU and Turkey. The UN says the plan violated international law. The plan sees all migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey being sent back, and for each Syrian sent back home, a Syrian in Turkey would be resettled in the EU.

The UN warns that sending back home foreigners is not “consistent with European law,” while Amnesty International has already called the plan “a death blow” to the EU’s right for migrants to seek asylum.

Although the crisis plan has not been finalized, the EU and Turkey are planning to reach agreement ahead of an EU meeting on 17-18 March. 

In 2015, over a million migrants entered the Eurozone illegally, largely from Turkey to Greece. Most of the refugees are Syrians, who escape the deadly Syrian civil war. As many as 2.7 million Syrian migrants are currently in Turkey.

Moreover, under the plan, the sides are planning to ease access to the European Union for Turkish citizens. There are even plans to allow visa-free traveling for Turkish citizens by June 2016.

Besides, the EU promises to speed up the payment of £2.2 billion, with extra funding to help Turkey battle the migrant crisis. According to numerous reports, Turkey asked the EU to increase the financial aid to €6 billion. 

Moreover, the plan will most likely help Turkey in its efforts to become an EU member. 

In other news, Maria Sharapova, the richest female athlete on the planet, failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January. The famous tennis player admitted to failing the test herself during a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday.

Sharapova said that she had been taking the drug called meldonium since 2006 and had no idea it was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the beginning of this year. 

Within an hour after Sharapova’s drug test, the International Tennis Federation stated on its website that the tennis player will be provisionally banned from competitions starting from March 12 “pending determination of the case.”

Athletes who fail drug tests for the first time in their career – like Sharapova – face the penalty of two years. The drug test was scheduled on January 26, shortly after the 28-year-old tennis player lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Sharapova was charged with an anti-doping violation on March 2, according to the International Tennis Federation

Images: GETTY IMAGES, Yves Herman/Reuters, Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images, Zoltan Balogh/EPA | MYC Writer: Polina Tikhonova

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