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Parliament chief says EU won’t approve deep budget cuts

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STRASBOURG, France - European Parliament President David Sassoli warned the 27 national governments of the EU member states that MEPs would not support any agreement that cuts key programmes that Europeans rely on. “The new...

Four arrested over killing of Northern Ireland journalist

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Northern Irish police arrested four men as part of an investigation into the murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee. The men were arrested over the shooting in April that was claimed by Irish nationalist fighters...

EU’s foreign policy chief Borrell warns of violence if Israel annexes Jordan Valley

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EU's Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell urged Israel on Tuesday not to annex the Jordan Valley, warning of Palestinian protests if it went ahead. "This may happen ... You can be sure it’s not going...

Finland to become EU’s sole uranium producer

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The Finnish government has granted a uranium recovery and refinery permit to Terrafame, making the country the EU’s only uranium producer. The company’s main activities are related to nickel and zinc mining. Uranium is a...

Italy’s Senate sends Salvini to trial for kidnapping

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The Italian Senate decided to allow former interior minister Matteo Salvini to be prosecuted for allegedly holding migrants hostage aboard a coast guard ship. Last summer, 131 migrants were for days prevented from disembarking in...

Clash intensifies as MEPs argue over Spain’s breach of EU sanctions against Venezuela

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European Parliament’s Strasbourg session on Tuesday was heated up by Spanish MEPs who clashed over the Spanish minister’s of Transport meeting with the Vice President of Venezuela, citing an alleged breach of EU sanctions...

MEPs approve EU-Vietnam trade deal, despite human rights concerns

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The European Parliament backed on Wednesday an EU trade deal with Vietnam which aims to eliminate almost all tariffs over the next ten years, but was heavily criticised over human rights concerns in the...

Sanders wins New Hampshire primary in US democratic presidential race

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US Senator Bernie Sanders won in the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, a week after the Iowa caucuses were thrown into confusion by a failure of the vote-counting systems. With 95% of precincts reporting in...

London police raise privacy concerns with facial recognition tech

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London police for the first time started using facial recognition cameras to scan for wanted people. The adoption of the technology has raised concerns about privacy violations. Police vans could be seen on Tuesday in...

UK economic growth in 2019 beats expectations

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Newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the UK economy grew in December.UK GDP grew 0.3% in December, despite expectations for growth of 0.2%. Annual GDP for the fourth quarter...

EU clears the acquisition of OLT by SNAM and FSI

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The European Commission said on 12 February the acquisition of joint control over OLT Offshore LNG Toscana (OLT) of Italy by SNAM of Italy and First State Investments International (FSI) of the UK complies...

Acquisition of Eneco by Mitsubishi Corporation gets EU approval

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The acquisition of Eneco Group of the Netherlands by Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) of Japan complies with EU merger regulation, the European Commission said on 10 February. Eneco is active in the production and storage of...

Kazakhstan’s Tokayev to attend Munich Security Conference

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will attend the Munich Security Conference, Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi told reporters on 12 February. The Munich Conference on Security Policy will be held on 14-16 February...

Deadly clashes in Syria as Turkey-Russia talks end without agreement

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Talks in Ankara between Turkey and Russia ended without agreement on stopping clashes in Syria. According to Turkey’s defense ministry, five Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian army shelling on Monday. In the past week,...

Israel sentences ex-Islamic Movement leader to jail

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An Israeli court sentenced the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Raed Salah, to 28 months in prison for "inciting to terror". Salah made a series of speeches after a Palestinian...

Lawyers say Ghosn used Nissan-Mitsubishi venture to inflate pay

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Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn used a joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi to inflate his pay and to cover a personal tax debt, lawyers for the automakers said. Ghosn was arrested in Japan in...

Pussy Riot members arrested again while filming a music video

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Russian police have detained members of the anti-Kremlin group Pussy Riot, while they attempted to shoot a music video. Nadya Tolokonnikova and 12 other members were arrested during a photoshoot a day after police allegedly...

UK man convicted of planning terror attacks on London tourist sites

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A former Uber driver was convicted of plotting attacks on London tourist sites. He was acquitted of terrorism in 2018 after he was arrested for attacking police with a sword outside Buckingham Palace. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury,...

Greek government offer details about closed facilities for migrants

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The Greek government has opted to speed up the process for establishing closed facilities on the country’s islands that are still dealing with the ongoing migration crisis. As the situation is becoming more precarious...

Egypt arrests human rights advocate who ctiticised government

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An Egyptian researcher and activist has been arrested at Cairo's international airport upon his arrival from Italy. 27-year-old Patrick George Zaki had been in Bologna since August for his postgraduate studies. According to the Egyptian...

At least six dead in suicide attack on Kabul military academy

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A suicide attack has killed at least six people in the Afghan capital of Kabul, officials said. Four foreign nationals were among the wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after...

UN chief calls on US to remove Sudan from ‘terrorism’ list

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United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has called for Sudan to be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, making it eligible again for debt relief and financing from the IMF and...

Brussels chief Brexit negotiator slams UK PM for backlashing on EU rules

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Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator heavily criticised UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for saying that he will not follow "high-alignment" EU rules now that the country has officially left the bloc. Barnier said...

Kazakhstan mulls OPEC+ proposal to cut oil production

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan is considering a proposal by the technical committee of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC oil producers led by Russia, a group known as OPEC + to...

Trump ready to negotiate ‘very seriously’ with EU on trade

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US president Donald Trump said the time has come to pursue trade negotiations with the European Union. “Europe has been treating us very badly”, Trump said at a White House event with US state governors...

Zelensky ousts controversial administration head for chief Russia negotiator

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on February 10 that he had dismissed Andriy Bogdan from his post as Chairman of the President's Office, a move that surprised many but was widely hailed after Bogdan's...

EU’s health chief Kyriakides meets China’s ambassador to the EU for updates on Coronavirus

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While the number of confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of Coronavirus still remains low across the bloc, the EU's health chief, Stella Kyriakides met on Monday with the Head of China's Mission to the EU,...

Philippine foreign secretary warns Duterte against breaking security deal with US

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The Philippine foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. warned that abrogating a security accord with the United States would undermine his country’s security and foster aggression in the disputed South China Sea. Last month, the country’s...

Airibnb suspends operations in China for February over coronavirus fears

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Airbnb has suspended check-ins at all of its Beijing listings until March to comply with local regulations intended to curb the coronavirus outbreak that’s spreading across China. The company said in a statement that it...

Iran satellite launch fails to reach orbit, causes massive explosion

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Iran's space program suffered a setback, when the nation launched a communications satellite called Zafar 1 atop a Simorgh rocket at Imam Khomeini Space Center on 9 February. However, Zafar did not make it all...

Syrian army intensifies attacks in Idlib despite Turkish warnings

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Five Turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack carried out on a military base in Idlib province by Syrian government forces. The Turkish military retaliated by hitting 115 Syrian government targets. Turkey’s defence ministry...

Lavrov visits Venezuela, reiterates Russia’s support for Maduro

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Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov visited Caracas on Friday in a show of support for Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro. Last week, United States’ president Donald Trump met Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó at the White...

Thailand mourns victims of mass shooting at mall

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Mourning began for the victims of Saturday's worst mass shooting in Thailand. A soldier killed 29 people and wounded 58 at a local shopping mall in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima. Security forces fatally...

Libya talks in Geneva end with no end in sight to fighting

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Military officers from Libya’s UN-backed government, GNA, and representatives of the rival militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar, LNA, began meeting last week in Geneva in an UN-sponsored joint military commission aimed at achieving a...

US charges Chinese military officers with hacking credit rating agency Equifax

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Four members of China’s military have been indicted by the US government on charges of hacking into the credit-reporting agency Equifax. US law enforcement officials said the officers are suspected of stealing the company’s trade...

ENI starts production at 31 MW photovoltaic plant on Porto Torres

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ENI New Energy, a subsidiary of Italian energy major ENI, said on 10 February the company has opened its new photovoltaic park in Porto Torres. The plant has a capacity of 31 MW and...

Kramp-Karrenbauer to step down as CDU leader

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Germany's largest party's future was thrown into doubts after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her plans to step down as the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and to not succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in...