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UN human rights forum to hold special session on Aleppo Friday

UN human rights forum to hold special session on Aleppo Friday

(The Daily Star)- The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold a special session on the worsening situation in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo Friday after a formal request from Britain, a United Nations statement said. Britain made the request on behalf of a core group of 11 Western and Arab...

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Italian savers bank on post office to survive next crisis

Italian savers bank on post office to survive next crisis

Italians worried about the stability of their banks have found a new place to put their money: the state-controlled post office. "Nobody knows where your money is safe today," says Leonardo Galli, a 58-year-old accountant who has resolved to move all his savings out of his bank to a current...

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EU says Russian assault on Aleppo may be war crime

EU says Russian assault on Aleppo may be war crime

The European Union on Monday strongly condemned Russia for the bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying devastating air strikes by Moscow and Damascus could amount to war crimes. EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg also warned that the 28-nation bloc could impose additional...

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UK consumers most upbeat in five years, but not in pro-EU London

UK consumers most upbeat in five years, but not in pro-EU London

British consumers were their most confident in five years in September, a survey showed on Monday, but the upbeat mood was not shared in London where most voters opposed leaving the European Union in June's Brexit referendum. The buoyant overall tone of the survey commissioned by business...

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Irish leaders fear Brexit will bring economic disaster

Irish leaders fear Brexit will bring economic disaster

(theguardian)- Irish leaders have warned of an economic “disaster” on both sides of the border without decisive action to confront the effects of Britain’s impending departure from the EU. Amid warnings of “incalculable consequences” for the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland as...

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UK to take small group of children from Calais refugee camp

UK to take small group of children from Calais refugee camp

(theguardian)- A group of around 10 unaccompanied refugee children are expected to leave France for the the UK on Monday as part of the Home Office’s attempt to relocate children from the refugee camp in Calais before it is demolished. The 10 children follow an advance party of five –...

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Berlin terror suspect was former member of White Helmets in Idlib

Berlin terror suspect was former member of White Helmets in Idlib

(AMN)- The Syrian man accused of planning a terror attack in Berlin, Jaber Al-Bakr, reportedly joined the western-funded "White Helmets" group in the Idlib Governorate prior to his return to Germany two months ago, Reuters News Agency claimed on Sunday. Al-Bakr's brother spoke to Reuters on...

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U.S. seeks regional path to Syria peace at Lausanne talks

U.S. seeks regional path to Syria peace at Lausanne talks

Syria talks with a fresh format but few fresh ideas opened in the Swiss lakeside town of Lausanne on Saturday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seeking a new path to peace after failing to secure a ceasefire in direct talks with Russia. Kerry hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...

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Children in Calais Jungle to arrive in UK 'in days'

Children in Calais Jungle to arrive in UK 'in days'

(BBC)- British and French officials have begun registering unaccompanied children in the Calais "Jungle" who are hoping to join relatives in Britain. A significant number of child refugees will arrive in the UK from the migrant camp within days, the BBC understands. The Children's...

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US And Russia Discuss Syria Ceasefire In Switzerland

US And Russia Discuss Syria Ceasefire In Switzerland

(BBC)- New talks are set to start in Switzerland as the US and Russia try to broker another ceasefire in Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov are meeting delegates from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar in the city of Lausanne. Since the collapse of a...

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Germany's Merkel: 'very close to war crimes' in Syria

Germany's Merkel: 'very close to war crimes' in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that some actions in Syria come "very close to war crimes." Merkel said Saturday that the bombing of hospitals and underground facilities in Aleppo is "inhuman." She said: "I think we are very close to war crimes. Whether there are war crimes, the...

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Two Britons jailed for cross-Channel people smuggling attempt

Two Britons jailed for cross-Channel people smuggling attempt

(theguardian)- Two Britons who attempted to smuggle 13 Albanian men and a child across the Channel in a small motor boat have been jailed. The boat owner, Jonathan Bridgeman, 42, was sentenced at Lewes crown court to two-and-a-half years in prison for assisting unlawful immigration into the...

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Volkswagen to pay $175 million to U.S. lawyers suing over emissions

Volkswagen to pay $175 million to U.S. lawyers suing over emissions

Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE), in another step to move past its costly diesel emissions cheating scandal, has agreed to pay $175 million to U.S. lawyers suing the German automaker on behalf of the owners of 475,000 polluting vehicles, two people briefed on the agreement said on Friday. In...

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Migrants begin new life outside France's 'Jungle' camp

Migrants begin new life outside France's 'Jungle' camp

In a dank flat in southwestern France, 23-year-old Nasir stares at a living room wall bare except for a list of emergency numbers and contemplates life for his asylum-seeking family outside the migrant camp in Calais that had become home. Nasir volunteered his family for resettlement days...

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Greece returns 60 migrants to Turkey under EU deal

Greece returns 60 migrants to Turkey under EU deal

Greece has returned a group of 60 irregular migrants to Turkey, the Greek ministry of public order and citizen protection announced Friday. Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Morocco, Palestine, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka nationals were sent from the Greek island of Lesbos to the coastal town of...

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French finance minister eyes U.S. bank exodus from London

French finance minister eyes U.S. bank exodus from London

It is inevitable that big U.S. banks will move activities from London in the coming years following Britain's decision to leave the European Union, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday. Senior U.S. bankers who Sapin met with last week in Washington indicated that they were...

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EU must begin phasing out coal to reach climate targets

EU must begin phasing out coal to reach climate targets

European Union (EU) countries need to start phasing out coal substantially from their energy mix for the EU to be able to hit its climate targets as outlined in the COP21 agreement in Paris, Patrick Graichen, executive director of Agora Energiewende, said at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul...

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France's Hollande sees a 'problem with Islam', according to new book

France's Hollande sees a 'problem with Islam', according to new book

French President Francois Hollande told the authors of a book just published that "France has a problem with Islam", comments that risk dividing his party before next year's presidential election. Hollande made the remarks to the two authors of "A President Shouldn't Say That...." in...

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