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Death toll from building fire in Portugal climbs to nine

The death toll from a fire that broke out in a village community center in northern Portugal on Saturday rose to 9, local media reported on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/18 6:38:20

Irish PM demands "no backsliding" on Irish border in future Brexit talks

There can be no backsliding and it is important to act on proposals made in Brexit negotiations on avoiding a hard border, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told the European Parliament Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/18 6:36:43

Merkel rebuffs calls for re-negotiation of "grand coalition" pre-agreement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Wednesday ruled out further political concessions in the preliminary coalition agreement between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/18 6:34:34

British lawmakers approve EU Withdrawal Bill

The marathon bill paving the way for Britain to leave the European Union passed a crucial stage in the House of Commons Wednesday night.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/18 6:34:04

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker renews offer to Britain to stay with the Union

EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker renewed an offer to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union and said he hoped that even if it goes through with Brexit it would apply to rejoin the bloc.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/17 23:38:40

Great divide

A man walks past a statue of Alexander the Great on the waterfront of Thessaloniki on Wednesday. Greece and Macedonia returned to the UN Wednesday seeking to end a 27-year dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/17 22:43:42

Catalan MPs elect separatist speaker without Puigdemont

Catalan lawmakers on Wednesday elected a separatist as parliamentary speaker, the first stage of a plan by pro-independence deputies to get regional leader Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium, back into power.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/17 22:43:40

Macron expected to announce loan of 11th century embroidery to Britain

The French presidency said Wednesday that it was in talks to loan the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain, but that the 11th-century embroidery would not be transferred before 2020.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/17 22:03:40

Japan's Abe seeks support for EPA trade deal with EU via bustling Eastern Europe visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday ended his bustling Eastern Europe visit, five days in six countries, with an unpleasant incident in his last leg in Romania, where the sudden resignation of the country's prime minister left Abe in a disturbed agenda.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/17 8:08:05

New US sanctions against Russia to affect relations: envoy

New US sanctions against Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election will affect their short and long term relations, US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/17 8:03:18

Turkey beefs up military reinforcements near Syria border amid growing tension with Kurds: report

The Turkish army is beefing up military presence amid high-security alert near the Syrian border Tuesday evening, just as Ankara is bracing to attack a Kurdish-held region in northern Syria, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/17 7:53:55

France records high asylum requests in 2017

France registered 17 percent more asylum requests in 2017 compared to a year earlier, figures released by the interior ministry on Tuesday showed.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/17 7:44:32

At least 1,400 migrants saved in 24 hours in central Mediterranean: Italian coast guard

Some 1,400 migrants and refugees were rescued in the last 24 hours in the central Mediterranean Sea, the Italian coast guard said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/17 7:44:06

Pushing and shoving

Supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili clash with riot police after they set tires on fire in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on Tuesday. Saakashvili, who entered Ukrainian politics after serving as president of Georgia, was arrested in December 2017 in Kiev, accused of trying to stage a Russia-sponsored coup, but a court released him for the duration of the probe.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/16 23:28:40

Romanian PM resigns after losing party's backing

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, becoming the second premier to be ousted in seven months.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/16 22:53:39

Pope Francis to meet Chilean clergy amid sex abuse scandals

Pope Francis will hold a closely watched meeting with members of Chile's under-fire clergy on Tuesday, the first full day of his visit to a country whose Church is beset by sex abuse scandals.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/16 20:58:39

Modern Russians cut back on drinking, smoking as fitness trend grows

Russians are drinking less than at any point since the fall of the Soviet Union, figures show, as a raft of government measures bear fruit and healthy living becomes ever more fashionable.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/16 19:18:39

Fourteen students, teacher wounded in knife fight in Russian school

Fourteen schoolchildren and a teacher were wounded in a knife fight in a secondary school in Russia's Ural mountains city of Perm, the regional Health Ministry said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/16 8:28:41