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France counts costs of protests, new measures: $11B

France counts costs of protests, new measures: $11B

Tax relief and other fiscal measures announced by French President Emmanuel Macron to try to calm nationwide protests will cost 10 billion euros ($11 billion), the government said Tuesday. In parliament, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe went to bat for Macron's measures, calling them...

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Theresa May to visit Germany for crisis Brexit talks

Theresa May to visit Germany for crisis Brexit talks

Germany’s chancellor will host Britain’s prime minister Tuesday in Berlin to discuss the latest developments on Brexit, her office said. “Upon a request from the British side, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday at 13:00 hours,”...

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May postpones Brexit deal vote: Reports

May postpones Brexit deal vote: Reports

British Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed Tuesday's vote on Brexit deal after holding an emergency conference call with her Cabinet on Tuesday, the country’s media reported. May will give a statement to the House of Commons on the European Union at 3.30 p.m. local time (1530GMT),...

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Merkel hails adoption of UN migration pact

Merkel hails adoption of UN migration pact

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday hailed the adoption of UN migration pact, stressing that it would ensure human rights for all, including refugees and migrants. “This is a very important day. We agreed for the first time at global level on a comprehensive political compact...

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Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to speak to the nation Monday at last, after increasingly violent and radicalized protests against his leadership and a long silence that aggravated the anger. Many protesters only want one thing: for him to declare “I quit.” That’s an...

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France detains 1,220 after anti-govt protests

France detains 1,220 after anti-govt protests

France’s Interior Ministry says 1,220 people were taken into custody around France during the latest yellow vest protests — a roundup the scale of which the country hasn’t seen in years. Police frisked protesters Saturday at train stations around the country, confiscating...

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Italian police question witnesses in deadly disco stampede

Italian police question witnesses in deadly disco stampede

ROME (AP) — Italian police are questioning more witnesses to find who sprayed an irritant, triggering a deadly stampede in an overcrowded disco in a town near the Adriatic port of Ancona. Police Col. Cristian Carrozza of the Ancona Carabinieri on Sunday declined to confirm Italian...

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All eyes on Macron after fresh 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

All eyes on Macron after fresh 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

A huge clean-up operation was under way in Paris on Sunday after French "yellow vest" demonstrators clashed with riot police in the latest round of protests against President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters set fire to cars, burned barricades and smashed windows in pockets of violence...

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'Green vests': Paris climate marchers spot overlap with 'yellow' comrades

'Green vests': Paris climate marchers spot overlap with 'yellow' comrades

Several thousand people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday in a “March for the Climate” largely overshadowed by violent clashes taking place elsewhere in the French capital. “Yellow vests, green vests, we are all angry”, the Paris crowd chanted. An effort to raise the alarm about...

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Paris police fire tear gas on protesters

Paris police fire tear gas on protesters

Paris police have fired tear gas on a group of yellow-vested protesters trying to march on the French presidential palace and are pushing them back with shields. Crowds of protesters first tried to march down the Champs-Elysees avenue toward the Elysee palace but were prevented by rows...

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Germany's Merkel to deliver Harvard commencement address

Germany's Merkel to deliver Harvard commencement address

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be the commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies for Harvard University in May of next year, the university announced on Friday. "Angela Merkel is one of the most widely admired and broadly influential statespeople of our time," Harvard president...

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The end of an era as Germany’s Merkel gives up party leadership

The end of an era as Germany’s Merkel gives up party leadership

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party Friday after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. The contest’s outcome is expected to be crucial in deciding whether Merkel, Europe’s most...

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Aquarius ship to end migrant rescues, say MSF and SOS Méditerranée

Aquarius ship to end migrant rescues, say MSF and SOS Méditerranée

MSF and SOS Méditerranée announced Thursday they will be ending the operations of the Aquarius migrant rescue ship, which has become a lightning rod for the controversy surrounding Europe's policies on accepting migrants. MSF (Médecins sans frontières or Doctors Without Borders) and...

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France detains 32 students protesting education reform

France detains 32 students protesting education reform

French police detained 32 students Wednesday who were taking part in protests against government plans to overhaul the country’s approach to education. Students in a number of cities have been protesting against President Emmanuel Macron's educational policies. The major reforms by...

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France cancels fuel tax hikes amid protests

France cancels fuel tax hikes amid protests

France has abandoned an increase in fuel taxes following weeks of violent demonstrations. “The government is ready for dialogue and is showing it because this tax increase has been dropped from the 2019 budget bill,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday in a speech at the...

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France could change position over wealth tax: govt

France could change position over wealth tax: govt

A day after President Emmanuel Macron's administration backed down in the face of nationwide protests and suspended a fuel-tax, the government has suggested it could also amend a wealth tax that critics say goes too easy on the rich. Speaking on RTL radio, government spokesman...

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Bosnian court jails Serb ex-soldier for war crimes

Bosnian court jails Serb ex-soldier for war crimes

A Bosnia and Herzegovina court Tuesday sentenced former Serbian soldier to 10 years in prison for crimes against Bosniak civilians during the Bosnian War. Milan Todovic was found guilty of raping a Bosniak woman during war between 1992 and 1995 and the court slapped Todovic with $7.980...

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France suspends planned fuel price rise amid protests

France suspends planned fuel price rise amid protests

France has suspended a planned fuel price rise for six months after weeks of violent demonstrations, the prime minister announced on Tuesday. In a televised speech, Edouard Philippe said people’s anger must be heard, adding that the move is aimed at stopping the violence and restoring...

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