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Brexit deal should strike 'fair balance': Germany's Merkel

Brexit deal should strike 'fair balance': Germany's Merkel

A Brexit deal should strike a balance to ensure Britain clearly diverges from the European Union's single market but keeps close economic ties with the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday. Merkel struck an upbeat tone after...

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Key suspect cleared in first trial linked to Paris attacks

Key suspect cleared in first trial linked to Paris attacks

 A man who rented his flat to Daesh (ISIS) jihadists was found not guilty Wednesday in the first trial stemming from the 2015 Paris attacks that left 130 people dead. Prosecutors had been seeking a four-year jail term for Jawad Bendaoud, though more serious terrorism charges had...

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Turkey slams Cyprus for gas search, blocks rig with warships

Turkey slams Cyprus for gas search, blocks rig with warships

Turkey's foreign ministry criticized Cyprus again Sunday for a "unilateral" offshore hydrocarbons search after Turkish warships prevented an Italian rig from reaching an area off the east Mediterranean island nation where it was to start exploratory drilling for gas. Turkish warships on...

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British PM May to set out 'Road to Brexit' in speech

British PM May to set out 'Road to Brexit' in speech

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will make two speeches on Brexit in the coming weeks to provide more details setting out the country’s path to leaving the European Union. Britain is hoping to seal a transition deal next month to smooth its exit from the EU, and...

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French Muslim quits song show over post-attack tweets

French Muslim quits song show over post-attack tweets

The French Muslim woman, Mennel Ibtissem, has quit The Voice, a TV singing competition in France, amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016. Ibtissem drew nationwide attention for a moving performance Saturday on The Voice of Leonard...

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Germany's Schulz to step down as Social Democrat leader

Germany's Schulz to step down as Social Democrat leader

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said he was optimistic that he could persuade his party's members to back the coalition deal he sealed with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives Wednesday morning. Martin Schulz said he would step down as leader of the party after the...

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Islamic scholar Ramadan loses rape bail hearing

Islamic scholar Ramadan loses rape bail hearing

Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan was denied bail in France Tuesday, judicial sources said, four days after he was remanded in custody on charges of rape that have sown divisions in the Muslim community. Two Muslim women have accused Ramadan, a 55-year-old Oxford University...

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Paris suspect Abdeslam refuses to return to Brussels trial

Paris suspect Abdeslam refuses to return to Brussels trial

Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has refused to return to his trial in Belgium this week over a shootout with police in Brussels that led to his capture, the court said Tuesday. The fresh show of defiance comes after Abdeslam berated judges for being anti-Muslim,...

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Greek Cypriots to vote in runoff in hopes of peace deal

Greek Cypriots to vote in runoff in hopes of peace deal

Greek Cypriots are gearing up for a presidential runoff on Sunday, barely seven months after the latest failure to reunify the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus. President Nicos Anastasiades is looking to reprise his triumph over left-leaning Stavros Malas in 2013 when...

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Five dead after two army helicopters crash in France: investigators

Five dead after two army helicopters crash in France: investigators

At least five people were killed after two army helicopters crashed near a lake in southern France, investigators said Friday. A rescue operation was under way to find the sixth passenger after the crash about 50 kilometres northwest of Saint-Tropez, the circumstances of which...

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German police detain three in raids on human trafficking ring

German police detain three in raids on human trafficking ring

German police arrested three people Wednesday in a nationwide operation to crack down on a gang accused of trafficking migrants into Germany in trucks last year. The police said they arrested a Turk, aged 44, a 37-year old Pole and a Bulgarian, 53, in raids on seven properties in...

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SPD congress backs coalition talks with Merkel

SPD congress backs coalition talks with Merkel

Germany’s Social Democrats approved on Sunday the start of formal coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, after a heated debate at the party's extraordinary congress in the western city of Bonn. Some 362 delegates voted in favor of entering...

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Merkel welcomes EU-Turkey meeting to improve ties

Merkel welcomes EU-Turkey meeting to improve ties

Germany's Angela Merkel welcomed Saturday a Bulgarian plan to host a European Union-Turkey working meeting to try to improve strained ties and clear the ground for an eventual possible summit. Bulgaria, which currently holds the EU presidency, is preparing a meeting between Turkish...

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Merkel and Macron look to turn warm ties into reform goals

Merkel and Macron look to turn warm ties into reform goals

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron will spend more than five hours together in Paris Friday, putting on a show of Franco-German unity as they try to agree on reforms to the euro zone. At an EU summit in Brussels last month, the two said they hoped to come up with...

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Spain holds two alleged smugglers over migrant deaths

Spain holds two alleged smugglers over migrant deaths

Spanish authorities have detained two men allegedly responsible for a boat carrying migrants to the Canary Islands, seven of whom drowned or died from "hypothermia, exhaustion and hunger", a court said Thursday. The inflatable boat was found Monday off a beach at the popular resort of...

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EU accuses Russia of 'orchestrated' disinformation campaign

EU accuses Russia of 'orchestrated' disinformation campaign

The European Union Wednesday accused Russia of pumping out thousands of pieces of disinformation in an "orchestrated strategy" aimed at destabilizing the bloc. Russia faces a barrage of accusations of interfering in a string of seismic political events, including the British vote to...

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Seven French prison guards hurt in new Islamist convict attack

Seven French prison guards hurt in new Islamist convict attack

 Seven French prison officers were hurt when an Islamist convict attacked them as he resisted a search, while guards resumed a strike Tuesday demanding better security in jails nationwide. The latest assault, which took place in a prison in southwestern France Monday, came just...

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Thousands protest against Austrian government's shift to the right

Thousands protest against Austrian government's shift to the right

Protesters took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday and called for members of the Austria's new right wing government to be boycotted by the rest of Europe. Around 20,000 people according to police estimates gathered to protest against the new coalition government which includes the...

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