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Putin likely to win presidential race with 81.1 percent of votes: poll

Russia's incumbent president Vladimir Putin is likely to win the 2018 presidential race with 81.1 percent of votes, leaving all rival candidates far behind, a public opinion poll by the government-owned research center VTSIOM showed Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/16 8:26:45

Re-launch of German "grand coalition" under threat by some SPD members

Infighting amongst the German Social Democrats (SPD) following the conclusion of preliminary talks with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) has raised questions over the viability of another German "grand coalition" on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/16 8:10:35

Candidate says migrants "put white race at risk" as Italy electoral campaign heats up

Too many immigrants are a threat to the white race in Italy, the center-right candidate for governor of Italy's wealthy northern Lombardy region said in an interview that caused an uproar on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/16 8:09:20

London's air cleanest for 10 years

London's air quality is within legal limits for the first time in ten years, the capital's mayor Sadiq Khan said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/16 8:08:42

Romanian PM resigns amid conflict with party leader

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced his resignation late Monday, after the leadership of the ruling Social Democratic Party had voted to withdraws the political support for him.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/16 8:06:57

Puigdemont can't rule Catalonia in exile, warns Spain PM

Spain's prime minister warned Monday that Madrid would maintain unpopular direct control of Catalonia if the former regional leader Carles Puigdemont tries to govern again from exile in Belgium.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/16 0:33:09

Prison guard protest

A pile of tires burn as prison guards block access to Vendin-le-Vieil prison in France Monday. The first operations of “total blockage” of prisons began at dawn on Monday at the call of unions and supervisors demanding more security after three prison guards were injured in a blade attack by a German Al Qaeda militant in Vendin-le-Vieil prison.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/16 0:23:40

Pro-Russian Czech president wins first round, faces runoff election

Russia-friendly Czech President Milos Zeman won the first round of voting to retain his job on Saturday, but pro-western runner-up Jiri Drahos will be a formidable opponent in the second round vote in two weeks, nearly complete results showed.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/14 23:08:40

A 2nd Brexit vote could reverse the 1st, says Farage

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Sunday he was increasingly concerned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could be overturned by a powerful group of the bloc's supporters.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/14 23:08:40

83 countries hit by Lactalis salmonella scandal, CEO admits

A salmonella scandal at French dairy group Lactalis has affected 83 countries, where 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk are being recalled, the company's CEO said Sunday in an interview with French media.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/14 22:03:40

Opponents of Merkel alliance hit the road

Opponents of a renewed German “grand coalition” took to the road on Saturday, hoping to persuade members of their Social Democratic Party (SPD) to vote against governing with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for another four years.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/14 19:38:39

British customers pay 228 mln USD in rip-off charges: Treasury

People in Britain using debit and credit cards to pay for things paid 228 million US dollars in just one year in hidden charges, figures from the Treasury revealed Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/14 9:23:32

Macron calls for preserving Iranian nuclear deal

French President Emmnual Macron on Saturday recalled "the importance of preserving the Iranian nuclear agreement, and the necessary respect by all parties of their commitments under this agreement" in a telephone talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/14 9:20:36

Switzerland to ban live boiling of lobsters in restaurants

The Swiss government is to ban the common practice in restaurants of boiling live lobsters as part of an overall animal protection reform, Swiss media reported Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/13 9:11:49

German coalition talks reach breakthrough, strong boost to EU

The exploratory talks for German government coalition reached breakthrough on Friday, which will probably end the political uncertainty in Berlin and give strong support to European Union through closer cooperation with France.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/13 8:51:50

Ukrainian army to start advanced anti-tank missile system operation training: media

The Ukrainian army will start to train operators of the Javelin anti-tank missile system next week, local media reported on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/13 8:50:49

Russian military destroy terrorists' drone plant in Syria

The Russian military discovered and destroyed a facility in the Syrian province of Idlib used by terrorists to assemble and store drones to attack Russian military bases, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/13 8:50:30

Turkey dismisses 262 under new decree

Turkey announced the dismissal of 262 personnel in line with a new statutory decree released on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/13 8:48:42