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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, delivers a speech during a meeting at the Civil Society For rEUnaissance at the EU Charlemagne Building in Brussels on Thursday. The Swedish teenager's lone protest against climate change in September spurred a global youth movement and protests by schoolchildren around the world.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/21 22:53:42

Soul searching

Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church on Thursday at the Vatican. The pontiff has set aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle pedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church again in 2018, from Chile to Germany and the US.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/21 22:53:41

Vatican summit opens

Pope Francis kicked off a red-letter global child protection summit on Thursday for reflections on the sex abuse crisis, while victims tired of hearing pledges for change clamor for incisive reforms.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/21 21:18:44

May hails Brexit talks 'progress' but no breakthrough

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had made “progress” in talks with the EU on Wednesday as she sought to extract concessions on the terms of Britain's divorce, but as expected there was no major breakthrough.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/21 21:18:43

Russia Completes Engine Tests of Soyuz Rocket's 2nd Stage Using New Fuel - UEC

The engine for the second stage of the Soyuz-2 rocket using the new naphthyl rocket fuel instead of kerosene was successfully tested, a spokesperson for the United Engine Corporation told Sputnik on the sidelines of the Aero India exhibition in the Indian city of Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Source: Sputnik | 2019/2/21 11:22:24

US Likely to Retain Control of Northeast Syria After Troop Pullout - Official

The US is likely to retain control over the Kurdish-populated areas in northeastern Syria by keeping its troops in neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan and reserving the right to intervene if needed, Badran Jiakurd, an adviser to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES), a de facto autonomous region, told Sputnik.
Source: Sputnik | 2019/2/21 11:13:55

Putin pledges to increase social spending, strengthen defense in annual address

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual address to the parliament Wednesday that the government will boost expenditures on national projects concerning social development and beef up its military might to protect the country against external threat.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/21 10:54:31

Putin warns it will target US if it deploys missiles in Europe

Russia will respond to any US deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the US itself, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/20 21:48:42

Britain to strip IS teen in Syria of citizenship: lawyer

Britain will strip citizenship from a UK teenager who joined the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria but now wants to return home with her newborn baby, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/20 20:18:42

Chanel artistic director, haute couture designer Karl Lagerfeld dies, 85

German haute couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the global fashion industry for over half a century, has died, a source at the French fashion house said Tuesday. He was 85.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/19 21:23:41

Japan's Honda to shut UK car plant as Brexit looms, 3,500 jobs at risk

Honda announced Tuesday it would shut a major plant in Britain, putting 3,500 jobs at risk as the auto manufacturer became the latest Japanese firm to downsize operations as Brexit looms.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/19 20:48:41

France rallies to denounce anti-Semitic insults at protests

Mass rallies were planned in Paris and other French cities Tuesday to denounce a flare-up of anti-Semitic acts which culminated in a violent tirade against a prominent writer during “yellow vest” anti-government protests last weekend.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/19 19:58:40

Kremlin condemns blocking RT channels by Facebook

The Kremlin on Monday condemned the blocking of Russian government-backed RT video channels by Facebook as "unprecedented and undisguised pressure on the Russian media."
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/19 13:34:41

Maduro says Russia to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela: report

Russia will deliver 300 tons of humanitarian aid to Venezuela, local media reported Monday, quoting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/19 13:07:19

7 MPs quit Britain's Labour Party to protest Brexit, anti-Semitism

A group of MPs from Britain's opposition Labour Party broke away on Monday in protest at leader Jeremy Corbyn's support for Brexit and his failure to stamp out anti-Semitism.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/18 21:38:40

Spanish ship tries to order boats anchored off Gibraltar

A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar's authorities said, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/18 21:08:40

Kremlin backs US financier arrest

The Kremlin on Monday said the arrest of a US investor on fraud charges should "not affect the investment climate" in Russia.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/18 21:03:40

UK recycling overhaul to see plastic makers pay

Britain set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/18 19:08:39