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Germany's Merkel, Russia's Putin to meet in Sochi in May: RIA

Germany's Merkel, Russia's Putin to meet in Sochi in May: RIA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to the southern Russian city of Sochi on May 18 to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin, the RIA news agency said Monday citing a Kremlin aide. Yury Ushakov, an adviser to Putin, also said the Russian president would travel to Vienna on...

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Russia detains Navalny supporters during anti-Putin rallies

Russia detains Navalny supporters during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police on Saturday detained several dozen supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as nationwide protests kicked off on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. Navalny, who was barred from challenging Putin in the March presidential election,...

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EU warns protectionism 'biggest risk' to eurozone growth

EU warns protectionism 'biggest risk' to eurozone growth

The EU Thursday laid out a stark warning that a sudden rise in trade protectionism was the biggest threat to growth in Europe, as it confirmed its solid economic projections for 2018 and 2019. "The biggest risk to this rosy outlook is protectionism, which must not become the new normal:...

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Armenia's parliament to hold fresh vote for PM May 8

Armenia's parliament to hold fresh vote for PM May 8

Armenia's parliament will hold another vote for the post of prime minister May 8, its press service said Wednesday, after a vote Tuesday failed to secure a majority for opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan. Pashinyan was the only candidate in the election, which followed weeks of protests...

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Italy president rules out June elections, wants new govt for 2019 budget

Italy president rules out June elections, wants new govt for 2019 budget

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has ruled out the possibility of early elections in June, preferring instead to have a new government in place to pass the 2019 budget, a presidential palace source said Wednesday. On Monday, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement called...

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New UK home secretary the son of immigrants

New UK home secretary the son of immigrants

Sajid Javid was appointed Britain’s home secretary on Monday following the resignation of Amber Rudd over the Windrush Scandal involving the mistreatment of immigrants. Javid was born in 1969 in Lancashire, north England, to Pakistani immigrant parents. His primary education was at a...

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The leader of Armenia's surging protests meets the president

The leader of Armenia's surging protests meets the president

The leader of the wave of protests that has pushed Armenia into a political crisis says he has met with the country's president. Nikol Pashinian said Sunday that he hopes President Armen Sarkisian will support Pashinian's bid to become prime minister. The parliament is to choose a new...

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Armenian protest leader rallies support for PM bid

Armenian protest leader rallies support for PM bid

Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinyan Saturday rallied support for his bid to become prime minister following the resignation of veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian as a major opposition party readied its choice. Pashinyan was to hold anti-government rallies in Armenia's third largest city...

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Armenian parliament calls for PM vote for next week

Armenian parliament calls for PM vote for next week

The Armenian parliament on Thursday called for an extraordinary session next week to vote for a new prime minister after the country was plunged into a political crisis with the abrupt resignation of its leader. Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled the country for ten years before moving into the...

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Paris attack suspect found guilty in separate Brussels trial

Paris attack suspect found guilty in separate Brussels trial

Salah Abdeslam, the last remaining suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, has been found guilty of attempted terrorist murder in a separate trial in Brussels. He has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Salah Abdeslam, the last remaining suspect in a string of Islamist attacks carried out in...

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Armenian PM calls for dialogue with opposition protesters

Armenian PM calls for dialogue with opposition protesters

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, appointed this month after 10 years as president, called for immediate dialogue on Saturday with opposition protesters who accuse him of clinging to power and demand he step down. Sarksyan's call coincided with a ninth consecutive day of rallies...

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Rightwing migration demo blocks France-Italy border crossing

Rightwing migration demo blocks France-Italy border crossing

Around 100 far-right activists on Saturday tried to block a French alpine pass used by migrants in a bid to "ensure that no illegal immigrant can return to France". Members of the rightwing Generation Identity (GI) movement trudged through the snow up to Col de l'Echelle near the border...

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EU extends anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel ropes

EU extends anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel ropes

The European Commission on Friday extended anti-dumping duties on steel ropes and cables from China for another five years. In a statement, the commission said that anti-dumping duties of 60.4 percent have been in place since 1999 and this was the third expiry review, extending measures...

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Merkel, Macron meet to plot euro zone reform road map

Merkel, Macron meet to plot euro zone reform road map

The leaders of Germany and France meet on Thursday to try to work out a common position on reforming the euro zone, a sensitive issue that is testing the new government in Berlin just a month after it took office. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who hosts President Emmanuel Macron for the...

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Brexit: EU Council head warns UK on Irish border issue

Brexit: EU Council head warns UK on Irish border issue

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has caused the problem of the Irish border and Britain will have to solve it, the head of the European Council said on Wednesday. Donald Tusk said EU leaders agreed at last month’s Brussels summit on terms for a post-Brexit transition...

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German police crack down on human trafficking, forced prostitution

German police crack down on human trafficking, forced prostitution

 German police raided sites across the country on Wednesday in a crackdown on human trafficking and forced prostitution, federal police said on Twitter. It said the raid, which also involved Germany's GSG9 special operations police unit, represented the biggest mass search in the...

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EU cool to US plan for new Russia sanctions over Syria

EU cool to US plan for new Russia sanctions over Syria

European Union foreign ministers looked unlikely to join the United States Monday in imposing new economic sanctions on Russia or Syria over chemical weapons attacks that prompted the first coordinated Western air strikes in Syria. After Britain and France joined the United States in...

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After Syria strikes, British PM May to face critical parliament

After Syria strikes, British PM May to face critical parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May will face criticism Monday for bypassing parliament to join weekend air strikes against Syria, with some lawmakers calling for a potentially damaging vote on her future strategy. May, who has regained confidence after winning support for her tough...

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