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France opens probe into alleged assault by Macron security officer

France opens probe into alleged assault by Macron security officer

French prosecutors said Thursday that they had opened a probe into an alleged assault by a senior security officer working for President Emmanuel Macron who was identified in a video hitting a protestor. Alexandre Benalla, who was head of security during Macron's campaign last year and...

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UK watchdog tells banks to prepare for hard Brexit

UK watchdog tells banks to prepare for hard Brexit

Britain's banks and insurers must plan for a "hard" Brexit in case a transition period is not in place next March, a senior British regulator said Thursday. "With eight months until we exit the European Union in March 2019, it is important we all - regulators and industry - continue to...

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‘Brexit continues to mean Brexit’ as May presses on with her plan

‘Brexit continues to mean Brexit’ as May presses on with her plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday her government had begun negotiations with the European Union based on her hard-won Brexit plan, pressing on with a proposal criticized by both wings of her Conservative Party. After narrowly escaping defeat in Parliament over her plans...

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London's Heathrow operations resume after airfield fire alarm

London's Heathrow operations resume after airfield fire alarm

London's Heathrow Airport said its operations were starting to resume after a fire alarm briefly affected the running of the airfield, including the control tower, on Wednesday. "We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused," a spokeswoman said. "Emergency services responded...

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Claiming to mistrust Italy, aid group sets sail for Spain

Claiming to mistrust Italy, aid group sets sail for Spain

An aid group says it won't dock its boat in an Italian port and that instead it's seeking a go-ahead to disembark in Spain with the woman who survived a migrant boat wreck and the dead bodies of another woman and a toddler. Spanish rescue group Proactiva Open Arms has accused Libya's...

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Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade. The ambitious pact signed in Tokyo runs counter to President Donald Trump's moves to hike tariffs on imports from many U.S. trading partners. It covers a third of the...

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After reprieve, Britain's May faces Brexit battle in parliament on trade

After reprieve, Britain's May faces Brexit battle in parliament on trade

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a battle over trade in parliament on Tuesday, with pro-EU lawmakers hoping to influence her plans to leave the European Union a day after she bowed to demands from Brexit campaigners. May's vulnerability in parliament, where she lost her...

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UK: Thousands take to the streets against Trump’s visit

UK: Thousands take to the streets against Trump’s visit

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of London and other major cities in the U.K. to protest against the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump. The protest, organized by the Stop The War Coalition, was attended by people from across the country and lasted throughout...

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Putin extends ban on Western food imports

Putin extends ban on Western food imports

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended a ban on Western food imports for another 18 months after the European Union's decision to prolong its broader, punitive sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine. Putin's Thursday decree keeps the food ban in place until Dec. 31, 2019. It...

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Italy stops ship with migrants, turns up pressure on EU allies

Italy stops ship with migrants, turns up pressure on EU allies

ROME: Italy has refused to allow a commercial vessel flying an Italian flag to bring ashore rescued migrants, sticking to a hardline policy on new arrivals as it presses European allies to share the burden of hosting an influx of displaced people. A commercial ship that supplies oil...

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WWII bomb defused at Volkswagen site in German city

WWII bomb defused at Volkswagen site in German city

A World War II bomb found on the premises of automaker Volkswagen in the German city of Wolfsburg has been defused after some 4,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area. City authorities said on Twitter that the bomb was defused Sunday lunchtime. People within a 1-kilometer...

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Thousands march in Germany in support of refugees

Thousands march in Germany in support of refugees

Berlin (AFP) - Thousands of people marched through German cities on Saturday to protest against EU policy on refugees and support NGOs helping rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. Around 12,000 people attended a rally in Berlin, local radio reported, while Munich and Leipzig also saw...

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UK police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning

UK police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning

British police are scouring sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England, searching for a container feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok. More than 100 officers are looking for clues Friday in a race to understand how two local people in...

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Italy calls for end to UN embargo on Libya to help it tackle migrants

Italy calls for end to UN embargo on Libya to help it tackle migrants

Italy wants a U.N. arms embargo on Libya to be lifted to help the North African state battle people smugglers and halt the flow of migrants seeking a better life in Europe, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Thursday. "My aim is not to have even one boat come here," Salvini,...

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British police probe new Novichok nerve agent case

British police probe new Novichok nerve agent case

British police scrambled Thursday to determine how a couple were exposed to the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy earlier this year, leaving them critically ill. The couple were taken ill Saturday in the village of Amesbury, close to the city of Salisbury, where former...

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Merkel says Europe moving closer to common asylum system

Merkel says Europe moving closer to common asylum system

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the migration deal clinched at an E.U. summit on Friday, describing it as a decisive step in the direction of a common European asylum policy. "What we achieved here together is perhaps more than I had expected," Merkel told reporters at the end...

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 Merkel: No agreement in sight on EU-wide asylum policy

Merkel: No agreement in sight on EU-wide asylum policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lowered expectations concerning a potential agreement on an EU-wide asylum policy at a European leader summit this week. Speaking at a joint news conference alongside Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Berlin, Merkel conceded that EU member...

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German NGO rescue ship Lifeline may dock in Malta: France

German NGO rescue ship Lifeline may dock in Malta: France

France said Tuesday that "a European solution seems to be emerging" for the humanitarian ship Lifeline, stranded at sea with 234 migrants on board, and it may be allowed to dock in Malta. "As I speak, a European solution seems to be emerging: (it) would be a docking in Malta," French...

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