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Catalan separatists eye election boost to defy Spain over independence

Catalan separatists eye election boost to defy Spain over independence

Separatist parties are expected to win control of Catalonia's parliament in an election on Sunday, setting the region on course for a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, which the central government says is impossible. Opinion polls show the main secessionist...

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New Tsipras government takes oath of office in Greece

New Tsipras government takes oath of office in Greece

The new left-wing government of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took office Wednesday with a core of returning ministers pledging to restart the country's flagging economy. Sending a signal to creditors, Tsipras kept the same team that negotiated the country's latest EU bailout but the...

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Left-wing Syriza wins Greek vote, will form coalition gov't

Left-wing Syriza wins Greek vote, will form coalition gov't

A jubilant Alexis Tsipras vowed to continue fighting for his country's pride and to quickly form a coalition government after his left-wing Syriza party comfortably won Greece's third national vote this year on Sunday. The result was a resounding success for Tsipras' high-risk gamble...

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France train gunman identified as Islamist militant

France train gunman identified as Islamist militant

Fingerprint evidence shows that the gunman overpowered by passengers on a train in France is a Morrocan known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant, according to a source familiar with the case. Two people were wounded in the struggle to subdue the...

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France train gunman had been under surveillance: source

France train gunman had been under surveillance: source

A gunman overpowered by passengers during a shooting on a train in France on Friday had been identified as dangerous by foreign security services and had been under police surveillance, a French source with knowledge of the case said. Three people were wounded in the struggle to subdue the...

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Tsipras resigns, paving way for snap Greek election

Tsipras resigns, paving way for snap Greek election

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece's creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in. Tsipras submitted his resignation to President Prokopis...

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Belgian minister under fire for saying migrants can pay for hotels

Belgian minister under fire for saying migrants can pay for hotels

Belgium's junior minister for immigration was widely criticized on Tuesday for saying migrants had enough money to pay for hotel rooms. Europe has seen a huge influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa trying to escape poverty and violence at home and the issue has shot to...

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New Greek ministers sworn in after reshuffle

New Greek ministers sworn in after reshuffle

New ministers in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government were sworn in on Saturday after a reshuffle expelled dissidents from his cabinet and began a new phase of negotiations for a third bailout package. Tsipras sacked hardline former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis...

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Greek parliament backs government bailout proposals

Greek parliament backs government bailout proposals

The Greek parliament voted overwhelmingly on Saturday in favor of authorizing the left-wing government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to negotiate with international creditors on the basis of a reform program unveiled this week. A number of leftist members of the ruling Syriza party,...

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Thousands celebrate Greece's 'No' vote despite uncertainty ahead

Thousands celebrate Greece's 'No' vote despite uncertainty ahead

Having squarely rejected the terms of new financial aid for their cash-strapped country, Greece wakes up to an uncertain future on Monday. But on Sunday night, thousands rejoiced at the outcome of a referendum that they said slapped down the architects of a five-year austerity...

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Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum 'No'

Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum 'No'

Greeks voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to reject terms of a bailout, risking financial ruin in a show of defiance that could splinter Europe. With nearly half of the votes counted, official figures showed 61 percent of Greeks rejecting the bailout offer. An official interior...

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Greece has offered to suspend referendum: report

Greece has offered to suspend referendum: report

Greece has offered to suspend its planned referendum on its bailout terms if negotiations with the EU are reopened, Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Tuesday, the Times of Malta reported. The daily's website cited Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as telling parliament that the Greek offer...

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Greece and creditors fail in 'last attempt' to reach deal

Greece and creditors fail in 'last attempt' to reach deal

Talks on ending a deadlock between Greece and its international creditors broke up in failure on Sunday, with European leaders venting their frustration as Athens stumbled closer toward a debt default that threatens its future in the euro. European Union officials blamed the collapse on Athens,...

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Britain's Cameron won big by selling stability over fear

Britain's Cameron won big by selling stability over fear

Prime Minister David Cameron sealed a surprise election win by persuading Britons to choose the security of modestly rising living standards over an implausible pretender many feared could become the puppet of Scottish nationalists. Blending the promise of "the good life"...

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PM Cameron sweeps to unexpected triumph in British election

PM Cameron sweeps to unexpected triumph in British election

Prime Minister David Cameron won a shock election victory in Britain, overturning predictions that the vote would be the closest in decades to sweep into office for another five years, with his Labour opponents in tatters. The sterling currency, bonds and shares surged on a result that...

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France to set up center for returning young jihadists by year-end

France to set up center for returning young jihadists by year-end

(Reuters) - France will open a center late this year to help reintegrate young French citizens who return from conflict zones such as Syria but are not subject to prosecution, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday. France is a top Western source country for jihadi...

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Russia blames U.S. for security crises and turmoil in Ukraine

Russia blames U.S. for security crises and turmoil in Ukraine

(Reuters) - Top Russian officials accused the United States on Thursday of seeking political and military dominance and sought to put blame on the West for international security crises, including the conflict in east  Ukraine . Evoking Cold War-style rhetoric, Russian Defence...

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Germany: Racist graffiti attack on refugee shelter

Germany: Racist graffiti attack on refugee shelter

 (Anadolu Agency)- Racist statements and swastikas were drawn on a building in the western German city of Moers, which the city was planning to use as a shelter for refugees from different countries, local police reported Wednesday. The building, which used to be a hotel, was...

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