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German industry warns of "economic disaster" if post-Brexit negotiations fail

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) warned on Friday of massive economic consequences if the post-Brexit trade negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Britain fail to produce an agreement by Dec. 31, 2020, the end of the scheduled transition period.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/10 22:23:23

Turkey, WHO sign deal to open office in Istanbul

Turkey and the World Health Organization (WHO) signed an agreement on Thursday to open an WHO office in Istanbul for humanitarian and health emergencies as well as joint efforts against coronavirus in the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/10 14:48:59

Notre-Dame spire to be rebuilt in original form: French minister

"A broad consensus" has been reached to rebuild the spire of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the French capital as it was before the blaze in April last year, Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot told France Inter radio on Thursday, adding that the final decision belongs to President Emmanuel Macron.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/10 8:51:36

Experts dig up WWII bomb in France city

Hundreds of people had to leave their homes in a coastal French city on Wednesday to allow explosive experts to deal with a 500-kilogram bomb from World War II.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 17:08:41

Mining giant defies fine

Mining giant Norilsk Nickel on Wednesday said it was contesting a fine imposed by the Russian authorities over a massive oil spill in the Arctic that sparked a state of emergency.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 15:58:40

1 killed by crane collapse

One person was killed and four others injured Wednesday after a crane collapsed onto houses in East London, the London Ambulance Service said in a statement.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 15:53:42

Germany to boost national gender equality

Germany adopted a national strategy on Wednesday to promote gender equality for the first time in its history, aiming to put an end to years of sluggish progress on equal rights and treatment for women.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 15:53:40

Merkel calls for EU unity on recovery plan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called on European Union (EU) member states to join together to approve the recovery package, in a bid to help Europe deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic-triggered economic crisis.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/9 13:14:57

Turkey reports 1,041 new COVID-19 cases, 208,938 in total

A total of 2,219 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 187,511 in Turkey, said Koca, noting that 1,172 patients are being treated in intensive care units and 406 are intubated.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/9 10:20:54

Turkey Unlikely to Resell S-400s to US as Doing So Could Damage Relations With Moscow, Pundits Say

Turkey's resale of Russian-made S-400 missile defence systems to the United States is unlikely as it may damage relations between Ankara and Moscow, experts said.
Source: Sputniknews | 2020/7/8 21:29:34

Territorial Integrity Breach May Become Punishable by 10 Years in Prison, Russian Lawmaker Says

Russia will amend its criminal code, with a ten-year prison sentence suggested for breaching the territorial integrity of the country, Pavel Krashennikov, the head of the Russian lower house's constitutional legislation committee, said Wednesday.
Source: Sputniknews | 2020/7/8 21:26:26

Britain launches new inquiry into sex abuse by aid workers

British lawmakers will hear evidence that aid workers are demanding sex in return for assistance when they launch an inquiry on Thursday into preventing sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector.
Source: Reuters | 2020/7/8 18:38:40

Russia to impose UK sanctions

Moscow will apply counter-sanctions against Britain, the Kremlin said Tuesday, after London blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/8 17:33:40

Ukraine's forest fire battle

Hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers rushed to deal with a forest fire that has killed six people in eastern Ukraine, the interior minister said on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/8 17:18:41

52 migrants allowed to disembark in Malta

A group of 52 migrants who were rescued from the high seas on Saturday were allowed to disembark in Malta, local media reported on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/8 15:43:06

UK gov't pledges 1.57 bln pounds to support cultural, arts sector amid COVID-19 crisis

Britain's arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a 1.57-billion-pound (1.96-billion-U.S. dollar) rescue package to help weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/8 10:23:00

Italy to cut red tape, speeding up economic recovery amid coronavirus emergency

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte unveiled a simplification plan on Tuesday aimed at bringing the country quickly out of the coronavirus emergency through massive infrastructure spending, among other measures.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/8 10:16:56

Former Nazi guard trial

The prosecution's closing arguments will be heard on Monday in the trial of a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/7 10:48:41