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France at UN threatens more sanctions on Mali

France at UN threatens more sanctions on Mali

France on Wednesday threatened to push for more targeted sanctions to be imposed on Mali after hearing a UN official report on worsening violence in the West African country. The Security Council last month put three individuals linked to armed groups on a UN sanctions blacklist, the first...

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France: Yellow Vests rock country's economy, tourism

France: Yellow Vests rock country's economy, tourism

The Yellow Vest demonstrations have dealt a major blow to the country's economy and tourism as it enters week 10. According to a report released by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), the growth rate of France -- the second greatest economy of Europe -- will...

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Spain says ‘unordered exit’ would be devastating for UK

Spain says ‘unordered exit’ would be devastating for UK

Spanish Premier Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday voiced concern over a possible "no-deal Brexit" after U.K. politicians rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement with the EU by wide margin. In a Twitter post, Sanchez said Tuesday's crushing vote in the U.K. Parliament is...

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Macron launches national debate to quell French anger

Macron launches national debate to quell French anger

French President Emmanuel Macron launched a national debate Tuesday in an effort to assuage growing anger by protesters over a long list of grievances. The first round was held in the northern town of Grand Bourgtheroulde with 600 mayors. The move to organize the two months of...

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Putin: TurkStream fully operational by 2019 end

Putin: TurkStream fully operational by 2019 end

TurkStream gas pipeline is set to become fully operational by the end of 2019, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. The TurkStream project is an export gas pipeline consisting of two 930-km (577.8-mile) lines each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters. The...

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Russia ready to work with US to 'save' INF arms treaty: Lavrov

Russia ready to work with US to 'save' INF arms treaty: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow was ready to work with Washington to save a key arms control treaty, calling on Europe to help in the talks. Moscow's top diplomat spoke after fresh talks between US and Russian officials in Geneva to salvage the...

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Cargo ship runs aground off southern Turkey

Cargo ship runs aground off southern Turkey

A cargo ship ran aground off Turkey's southern province of Mersin due to heavy waves and stormy weather on Tuesday, a coast guard said. “The ship named Wardeh drifted 150 meters off the coast and ran aground," said the officer, on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to...

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EU says risk of no-deal on Brexit imminent

EU says risk of no-deal on Brexit imminent

The risk of no-deal on Brexit is imminent, European Union's chief Brexit negotiator said on Wednesday following British lawmakers’ rejection of Brexit deal. Speaking at the EU parliament, Michel Barnier said: "We are fearing more than ever, that there is a risk of a no deal, and we still...

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Over 6,700 civilians killed in Syria in 2018: Report

Over 6,700 civilians killed in Syria in 2018: Report

A total of 6,964 civilians were killed in Syria in 2018, a rights group said. In a report released on Jan. 12, the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said Bashar al-Assad regime forces were responsible for 4,162 of these civilian deaths, including 713 children and 562...

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Macron kickstarts 'great debate' to win back French

Macron kickstarts 'great debate' to win back French

French President Emmanuel Macron attempted Tuesday to rebound from two months of often violent anti-government protests by launching a nationwide debate over the grievances fuelling the "yellow vest" movement. Macron travelled to the northern town of Grand Bourgtheroulde to kickstart what...

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EU wants end to member state veto on tax

EU wants end to member state veto on tax

The European Commission on Tuesday proposed to end the veto power member states have over EU tax matters, an idea rejected by several smaller countries including low-tax hub Ireland. A more harmonised tax policy across Europe has long been a dream of pro-EU forces in Brussels and recent...

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EU urges Britain to make its mind up on Brexit

EU urges Britain to make its mind up on Brexit

European Union leaders urged Britain Tuesday to decide quickly how it will avoid a "no deal Brexit", after the British parliament rejected a hard-won withdrawal deal. "I urge the United Kingdom to clarify its intentions as soon as possible. Time is almost up," warned Jean-Claude...

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Germany to host international conference on Yemen

Germany to host international conference on Yemen

Germany will host an international meeting on Wednesday to support UN’s peace efforts in Yemen, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has announced. “After the Stockholm consultations and agreements, Germany has invited international partners and key actors to support UN efforts for peace in...

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Turkish defense minister meets Belarusian president

Turkish defense minister meets Belarusian president

Turkey’s defense minister met the president of Belarus on Tuesday during his first official visit to Minsk. Turkey's Hulusi Akar and Alexander Lukashenko held a one-hour closed-door meeting at the Freedom Palace. Speaking to the press afterwards, Akar said that the two countries will...

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Turkish opposition head denounces Trump threats

Turkish opposition head denounces Trump threats

The leader of Turkey’s opposition Republican People's (CHP) Party on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's recent tweets threatening Turkey. "Nobody can threaten the Turkish Republic like a street bully," Kemal Kilicdaroglu said during an announcement of mayoral candidates in the...

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Yellow Vests: Macron to kick-off ‘grand debate’ in Normandy

Yellow Vests: Macron to kick-off ‘grand debate’ in Normandy

The small town of 3,500 inhabitants is the first of many stops Macron will make across the country between now and the end of the debate on March 15. He is expected to give a speech at around 3pm local time (GMT +1), after which he will meet with 600 mayors and local officials from Normandy...

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Crunch time for Brexit as lawmakers prepare to vote

Crunch time for Brexit as lawmakers prepare to vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking much needed approval from the House of Commons for her European Union withdrawal agreement in a historical vote to be held Tuesday evening. The deal was originally scheduled for a parliament vote in December, but due to strong opposition, May...

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Turkish coast guard rescues 40 migrants in Aegean Sea

Turkish coast guard rescues 40 migrants in Aegean Sea

Turkish Coast Guard has rescued 40 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea while recovering one body, security sources said on Tuesday.  Coast guard squads rescued the migrants off Kusadasi district of southwestern Aydin province after they were informed that an inflatable boat carrying...

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