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UK: Ex-envoy criticizes new definition of Islamophobia

UK: Ex-envoy criticizes new definition of Islamophobia

A former diplomat has criticized the new working definition of Islamophobia outlined by a parliamentary group on British Muslims last month. In a report by think tank Policy Exchange, titled ‘Defining Islamophobia’, Sir John Jenkins is critical of the definition and questioned the...

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Brexit: Britons favor second Brexit referendum

Brexit: Britons favor second Brexit referendum

British voters now back a second referendum on the final Brexit deal, a new poll has revealed. The poll by the pro-EU movement Best for Britain and data consultancy group Foculdata shows that all regions of the U.K. now support a People’s Vote. The analysis also shows that...

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65 pct French employers support Yellow Vests: Survey

65 pct French employers support Yellow Vests: Survey

A survey conducted in France revealed that 65 percent employers support the Yellow Vest protests, a French radio reported Wednesday. The "Opinionway" research company in a survey conducted for Europe 1 radio revealed that 72 percent of business owners were not happy with French...

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Europe agrees on Clean Energy for All Europeans package

Europe agrees on Clean Energy for All Europeans package

The European Commission, European Parliament and the European Council agreed Wednesday on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package that aims to make the electricity market more flexible and facilitate the integration of a greater share of renewable energy while marking the end of coal and...

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Georgia's 1st woman president takes oath

Georgia's 1st woman president takes oath

Georgia's first female president has been sworn in on Sunday after being elected with over 59 percent of the votes in late November. The oath-taking ceremony of the country’s first woman president Salome Zurabishvili was attended by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay. Armenian...

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Germany sees notable drop in asylum applications in 2018

Germany sees notable drop in asylum applications in 2018

The German government anticipates a drop in asylum applications in 2018, even including the thousands of babies born to recent migrants. The Bild newspaper reported Sunday on a preliminary report it obtained showing about 166,000 asylum applications will have been filed by year's end,...

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Southern France: 'Yellow Vest' protesters defy call to suspend action

Southern France: 'Yellow Vest' protesters defy call to suspend action

(Zaman Al Wasl)- From her balcony on the third floor, the old woman with a yellow vest appeared, the protestors in the street chanted to her, a broad smile filling her face, as if she had just achieved a dream that had eluded her for a long time and soon burst into tears. She cried until her...

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French official reports 8th protest death

French official reports 8th protest death

The French interior minister says that an eighth person has died since the start of a nationwide protest movement that began in mid-November over fuel tax hikes but has expanded to an array of issues. Christophe Castaner said in a tweet on Saturday that the death occurred the previous...

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Merkel seeks to calm UK concerns on Brexit deal

Merkel seeks to calm UK concerns on Brexit deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Friday to assuage concerns in the U.K. about the Brexit deal, stressing that a controversial “backstop” arrangement is intended as an insurance policy, and would be temporary. Speaking to reporters in Brussels, at the end of a two-day EU...

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Merkel: UK can get additional assurances on Brexit

Merkel: UK can get additional assurances on Brexit

Germany on Thursday raised the possibility of giving “additional assurances” to the U.K. on its agreement to withdraw from the European Union. “I don’t think that we can change this withdrawal agreement. But of course one can discuss whether there should be some additional...

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UK can't cherry-pick Brexit deal: Germany

UK can't cherry-pick Brexit deal: Germany

Germany wants to avoid a hard Brexit, but the U.K. cannot "cherry-pick" the deal, Germany's foreign minister said ahead of a key EU summit on Thursday. “We must do everything possible to avoid a hard Brexit. But it should be clear: Withdrawal means withdrawal. There will be no...

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Theresa May wins Conservative Party no-confidence vote

Theresa May wins Conservative Party no-confidence vote

Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote from her Conservative party on Wednesday, but 117 of her lawmakers said she was no longer the right leader to implement Britain's exit from the European Union. Britain's March 29 exit has been plunged into crisis by parliamentary...

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Four people killed in terrorist attack in France: Interior Minister

Four people killed in terrorist attack in France: Interior Minister

At least four people were killed and 11 people were wounded in a shooting near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, Interior Ministry said. France's counter-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation into the shooting. The gunman has been identified by the...

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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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