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No extra time; Britain says Brexit transition will end in December 2020

Britain will end its implementation period with the European Union after Brexit in December 2020, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, denying a media report that the government was seeking a new transition until 2023.
Source: Reuters | 2018/5/24 23:18:42

Every vote counts

Garda officer Pat McElroy and Presiding officer Nancy Sharkey carry a ballot box to the temporary Polling Station on Gola Island, off the Donegal coast, where 29 people are registered to vote in the Irish abortion referendum on Thursday. Voters will head to the polls to decide whether to repeal a constitutional ban on all abortions except in cases where the mother's life is at risk. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/5/24 23:18:41

Italian PM nominee to build a populist coalition government

Italy's prime ministerial nominee Giuseppe Conte on Thursday began lining up a cabinet after being endorsed to lead a populist coalition government.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/24 23:18:41

UK to demand refund after snubbed by EU's Galileo

Britain is set to demand that the European Union repay up to 1 billion pounds ($1.34 billion) if the bloc continues to force British companies out of the Galileo satellite navigation system, a government official said.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/24 22:43:41

Families from 8 countries file suit against EU over climate change

Ten families from Europe, Kenya, and Fiji have filed suit against the European Union, seeking to limit global warming's threats to their homes and livelihoods, their lawyers said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/24 22:43:40

'Everything happened so fast'

Two people were killed and many others injured after a train hit a large truck that was stuck on a railway crossing, causing multiple carriages to derail, local media reported.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/24 22:38:40

Investigators say Buk missile installation downing MH17 comes from Russian army

The installation of the Buk missile that shot downed the flight MH17 in 2014 came from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Russian army in Kursk, announced the Dutch-led five-nation joint investigation team (JIT) on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/24 19:43:40

Urgent: EU says US car import threat "difficult to understand"

The US investigation into vehicle imports under Section 232 is very hard to understand, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/24 19:34:51

Bulgarians celebrate Day of Enlightenment, Culture, Slavonic Alphabet

Bulgarians on Thursday held processions, exhibitions and concerts throughout the country and abroad, celebrating the Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture and of Slavonic Alphabet.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/24 19:33:15

Law professor Giuseppe Conte named Italy's new PM

Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday named law professor Giuseppe Conte as Italy's new prime minister, tasking him with a mandate to form a new government.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/24 13:59:08

Firework explosion kills 1, injures 26 others in northwestern Spain

At least one person was killed and 26 others were injured in a firework explosion in the municipality of Tui, in Spain's northwestern region of Galicia, the emergency services reported on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/24 12:06:40

Malta declines EU's recommendation to raise retirement age

Malta's government committed on Wednesday not to raising the retirement age, which was recommended by the European Commission (EC).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/24 9:05:35

Stop the fakes

Global activists of Avaaz set up cardboard cutouts of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, on which is written “Fix Fakebook,” in front of the European Union headquarters in Brussels, on Tuesday. The group says there are hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook. The social media giant admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/5/23 23:03:41

Likely Italian leader faces CV questions

Italy's president Wednesday summoned Giuseppe Conte as he prepared to announce whether he will appoint the little-known lawyer to lead a government formed by far-right and anti-establishment groups.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/23 23:03:40

Russia's submarine successfully test-fires 4 missiles

Russia's Project 955 Borei-class strategic nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired missiles, local reports said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/23 14:21:19

Prince William, PM May lead tributes to victims of Manchester terror bomb

Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and British Prime Minister Theresa May joined thousands of people who gathered in Manchester Tuesday on the first anniversary of a terror attack in the city which left 22 people dead.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/23 10:01:15

Zuckerberg appears before European Parliament representatives in Brussels, Belgium

Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (R, Front) and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (L) are seen ahead of a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, May 22, 2018.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/23 9:47:45

Bulgaria to spend nearly 1 bln USD to improve water, sewerage infrastructure

Bulgaria would invest 1.59 billion BGN (962 million US dollars) in the construction or upgrade of water supply and sewerage facilities in 51 settlements, a minister said here on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/23 0:59:04