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UN 'concerned' over 12 migrants stranded in Mediterranean

UN 'concerned' over 12 migrants stranded in Mediterranean

The U.N. refugee agency appealed Friday for an urgent solution to the plight of 12 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean, as activists said they had evacuated one of them to Malta. Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms, which helped a Spanish fishing vessel rescue the migrants more...

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Sweden says it will sign UN migration pact

Sweden says it will sign UN migration pact

The Swedish government announced Friday that it will ink the UN’s landmark agreement on migration. In a statement on its official website, the government said that Sweden will sign the first-ever global agreement of the UN on migration issue. The statement said that the aim...

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EU officials say political declaration with UK agreed

EU officials say political declaration with UK agreed

A draft document shaping post-Brexit relationships between the U.K. and EU has been principally agreed by the parties, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday. “I have just sent to EU27 a draft Political Declaration on the future relationship between EU and UK,” Tusk...

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May cites progress on Brexit after meeting with Juncker

May cites progress on Brexit after meeting with Juncker

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that further progress has been made in Brexit negotiations following a lengthy meeting with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. “We have had a very good meeting this evening. We have made further progress, and as a...

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French fuel depots targeted as 'yellow vest' protesters persist

French fuel depots targeted as 'yellow vest' protesters persist

Protesters angry over high fuel prices blocked access to fuel depots and stopped traffic on major roads on Monday after the government refused to back down on fuel taxes after a weekend of demonstrations across France. More than 400 people were injured during the "yellow vest" protests which...

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Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both limping in the polls, are looking for common approaches to Donald Trump and fixing the flaws in the euro currency. Macron speaks in the German parliament Sunday on an annual day of remembrance for victims of war...

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Next seven days critical for Britain: UK PM May

Next seven days critical for Britain: UK PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday the next seven days in the Brexit process would be critical for the country's future. "These next seven days are going to be critical, they are about the future of this country," May told Sky News.

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Macron and Merkel unite in struggle for Europe

Macron and Merkel unite in struggle for Europe

Beleaguered at home, belittled abroad, Emmanuel Macron of France and Germany's Angela Merkel will use a Berlin meeting on Sunday to bolster their alliance as champions of a united Europe fraught with resurgent nationalism. After weeks of stalemate on issues such as eurozone reforms and...

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Germany names new spy chief

Germany names new spy chief

Germany on Thursday named a new head for its domestic intelligence agency BfV, which has been embroiled in various scandals in recent years.  Thomas Haldenwang, currently vice president of the BfV, was appointed by the Cabinet to head the agency, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer...

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British cabinet backs PM May's Brexit plan

British cabinet backs PM May's Brexit plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that Cabinet had backed her Brexit plan to leave the European Union, adding it was in the national interest but that there would be difficult days ahead. "The collective decision of cabinet was that the government should agree the draft...

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Brexit divorce deal text agreed by EU and UK as opponents cry foul

Brexit divorce deal text agreed by EU and UK as opponents cry foul

The European Union and Britain have agreed a draft text of a Brexit withdrawal agreement and Prime Minister Theresa May will present it to her senior ministers Wednesday, after more than a year of tortuous negotiations. While officials choreograph the first withdrawal of a sovereign...

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Israel reportedly restricting tourist visas for Turks

Israel reportedly restricting tourist visas for Turks

Israel is making the visa process difficult in order to reduce the number of Turkish tourists visiting Jerusalem, according to Turkish tour operators. Mehmet Esmer, the owner of Turkish-based tour company Mihmandar, said on Tuesday that Israel’s Interior Ministry has aggravated the...

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EU defence efforts musn't hurt transatlantic bond: NATO chief

EU defence efforts musn't hurt transatlantic bond: NATO chief

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Europe against undermining transatlantic ties, following a defence spat between US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron. Trump had tweeted on Friday that Macron's call for a "real European army" was "insulting". The US leader's criticism...

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Putin backs idea of forming unified European army

Putin backs idea of forming unified European army

Russian president on Sunday supported the idea of forming a unified European army. "Europe is a powerful economic entity and union. For this reason, it is very natural for member countries to want to be independent and sovereign in defense and security," Vladimir Putin told Russia Today...

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N. Irish kingmakers tell May: Don't betray UK

N. Irish kingmakers tell May: Don't betray UK

The Northern Irish party that props up Prime Minister Theresa May's government Friday cast her Brexit negotiation as a betrayal and cautioned it could not support a deal that divided the United Kingdom. The warning underscores the travails that May faces in getting any Brexit divorce...

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Germany: Merkel's ally enters race for party leadership

Germany: Merkel's ally enters race for party leadership

A conservative ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has entered the race on Wednesday to become the next leader of Christian Democratic Union (CDU), with a pledge to regain the confidence of citizens. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who was appointed as secretary general of the CDU...

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Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

Germany and the Netherlands have pledged to fund special forces in Niger to control its border and prevent illegal migration, the EU's security mission in the country said Thursday. Niger is a transit country for thousands of migrants heading to Libya and Algeria, key hubs for migrants...

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Austria rejects UN migration pact

Austria rejects UN migration pact

Austria said Wednesday it will not sign a United Nations migration pact that is set to be adopted in December, in order to "defend its national sovereignty." The United States and Hungary have already rejected the Global Compact for Migration, which aims to boost cooperation to address...

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