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Locals fear being cast away on Brexit border 'island'

Locals fear being cast away on Brexit border 'island'

For people living in and around the Drummully Polyp, a squiggle on the map of the Irish frontier, life without an open border is unimaginable and a reminder of the bad old days of checkpoints. Threaded through emerald farmlands with serpentine disorder, this section of the border all...

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UK’s May believes Brexit deal is ‘achievable’

UK’s May believes Brexit deal is ‘achievable’

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said the disagreements between the U.K. and the European Union should not let their disagreements leave the two sides with a no-deal Brexit. "I continue to believe that a negotiated deal is the best outcome for the U.K. and the European...

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German police not ruling out 'terror' motive in hostage drama

German police not ruling out 'terror' motive in hostage drama

A man who hurled a burning molotov cocktail then took a woman hostage at a major German railway station Monday may have acted with a "terrorist" motive, police said. Police said they found a passport issued to a 55-year-old Syrian man at the scene, and that the suspect had claimed to be...

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France: 3 killed in heavy rainfall

France: 3 killed in heavy rainfall

At least three people were killed in heavy rains and floods that hit Aude region in southern France, the local governor said. According to a statement, one person was killed in the city of Villardonnel while two others lost their lives in the town of Villegailhenc. Water level...

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Blair advises Labour Party to vote down May's possible Brexit deal

Blair advises Labour Party to vote down May's possible Brexit deal

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday he would advise Labour Party lawmakers to vote down a Brexit divorce deal that Theresa May is trying to clinch with the European Union. Less than six months before the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, there is little...

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EU agrees 35 percent cut to car emissions by 2030 in wake of UN climate report

EU agrees 35 percent cut to car emissions by 2030 in wake of UN climate report

European Union nations, voicing concern over a U.N. report on global warming, agreed on Tuesday to seek a 35 percent cut in car emissions by 2030, as Germany warned that overly challenging targets risked harming industry and jobs. Torn between reducing pollution and preserving industry...

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Merkel's conservatives rule out working with Germany's far-right AfD

Merkel's conservatives rule out working with Germany's far-right AfD

Senior German conservatives facing painful losses in two state elections this month have ruled out forming coalitions with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. "I am very clear about this: not with the AfD," parliament speaker and former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble...

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Thousands join German forest demo after court reprieve

Thousands join German forest demo after court reprieve

Thousands of anti-coal demonstrators descended on Germany's Hambach forest Saturday, celebrating an unexpected court victory that suspended an energy company's planned razing of the woodland for a growing open-cast mine. The ancient forest near Cologne has been occupied by activists for...

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Helicopter jailbreak gangster arrested in France after months on the run

Helicopter jailbreak gangster arrested in France after months on the run

French career criminal Redoine Faïd, who made a Hollywood-esque helicopter jailbreak in July, was arrested in the Oise region north of Paris early Wednesday, according to French officials. A seasoned armed robber, nicknamed the "jailbreak king", Faïd was apprehended in the northern...

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With Brexit clock ticking, Britain's May gathers fractious party

With Brexit clock ticking, Britain's May gathers fractious party

British Prime Minister Theresa May gathers her party for its annual conference this weekend, facing opposition on all sides as she heads into the final stretch of Brexit negotiations. The Conservative leader arrived in Birmingham, central England, just days after the EU rejected her...

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Catalans deeply divided a year after independence referendum

Catalans deeply divided a year after independence referendum

For Jaume Casamitjana, last year's banned independence referendum in Catalonia marked a watershed in his feelings about Spain, while for Alexandra Lopez-Liz, it pushed her to take a stand against the separatist movement. A year after the contested October 1, 2017 referendum,...

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Britain's Labour keeps door open to staying in EU

Britain's Labour keeps door open to staying in EU

A key figure in Britain's main opposition Labour party said Tuesday that remaining in the European Union should not be ruled out if there is a second Brexit referendum. Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told the left-wing party's annual conference that campaigning for another vote on...

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Swedish parliament ousts PM Lofven in vote of no-confidence

Swedish parliament ousts PM Lofven in vote of no-confidence

Sweden's centre-right opposition and the far-right ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a vote of no-confidence on Tuesday, after September 9 elections left neither the left or right bloc with a majority. A total of 204 of 349 members of parliament voted against Lofven, while 142...

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May blasts Brussels' rejection of Brexit blueprint, wants to ‘hear from the EU’

May blasts Brussels' rejection of Brexit blueprint, wants to ‘hear from the EU’

British Prime Minister Theresa May demanded new proposals from the EU in a pugnacious speech delivered a day after EU leaders rejected her Brexit blueprint at a summit in Austria. "It's not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter...

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Brexit is a prickly affair, says EU's Juncker

Brexit is a prickly affair, says EU's Juncker

Relations between the EU and Britain have always been a bit prickly, but EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker Friday that the Brexit negotiations are beginning to resemble the courtship of two hedgehogs. "We're not at war with Great Britain," Juncker told the Austrian daily Die...

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Progress elusive as May appeals to EU to soften Brexit stance

Progress elusive as May appeals to EU to soften Brexit stance

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged fellow European Union leaders at an informal summit on Wednesday to follow her lead and adapt their Brexit negotiating stance to secure a good deal. However, before a dinner in the Austrian city of Salzburg, some of those leaders said key...

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Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government drew widespread criticism Wednesday for a compromise deal that defused a blistering coalition row centred on the head of the domestic intelligence service. Merkel and the two other party chiefs decided Tuesday to relieve Hans-Georg Maassen,...

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Italian youths rally to free screenings of police violence film

Italian youths rally to free screenings of police violence film

Thousands of Italians are flocking to illegal free public screenings of a new film about a young man's 2009 death in custody, a potent symbol of police violence and a merciless penal system. In city piazzas and lecture theatres around the country, community groups and student...

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