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Poland president vetoes divisive court reforms

Posted by on 24/07/2017
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Poland president vetoes divisive court reforms

Poland president vetoes divisive court reforms

WARSAW: Poland’s president yesterday vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions. President Andrzej Duda’s veto was a surprise move as he is a close ally of the ruling rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party that had pushed the reforms.   Duda said he had made his […]

Parents of terminally-ill UK baby end legal fight

Posted by on 24/07/2017
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Parents of terminally-ill UK baby end legal fight

Parents of terminally-ill UK baby end legal fight

LONDON: The parents of British baby Charlie Gard on Monday abandoned their legal fight to take him to the United States for experimental treatment in a case that has attracted global attention. A lawyer representing Gard’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard told judge Nicholas Francis at London’s High Court that “time had run out” […]

Divided UK, uncertain election could put the brakes on Brexit

Posted by on 23/07/2017
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Divided UK, uncertain election could put the brakes on Brexit

Divided UK, uncertain election could put the brakes on Brexit

LONDON: Lucy Harris thinks Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Nick Hopkinson thinks it’s a nightmare. The two Britons – a “leave” supporter and a “remainer” – represent the great divide in a country that stepped into the unknown just over a year ago, when British voters decided by […]

French President seeks to repair damage after army chief quits

Posted by on 20/07/2017
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French President seeks to repair damage after army chief quits

French President seeks to repair damage after army chief quits

ISTRES, France: French President Emmanuel Macron was to address troops at an air base yesterday as he sought to repair the damage following the resignation of a highly-regarded military chief who challenged the government’s budget cuts. Macron flew to the base in Istres, southern France, a day after General Pierre de Villiers quit in the […]

EU’s Barnier urges clarity in Brexit talks

Posted by on 20/07/2017
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EU’s Barnier urges clarity in Brexit talks

EU’s Barnier urges clarity in Brexit talks

BRUSSELS: The EU’s Brexit negotiator called on Britain yesterday to give more clarity on key issues including its exit bill and the rights of citizens after the second round of talks wrapped up in Brussels. Michel Barnier said “fundamental” differences had emerged during this week’s negotiations with British counterpart David Davis. “We require this clarification […]

Prince William, Kate take Brexit ‘charm offensive’ to Germany

Posted by on 19/07/2017
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Prince William, Kate take Brexit ‘charm offensive’ to Germany

Prince William, Kate take Brexit ‘charm offensive’ to Germany

BERLIN: Prince William and his wife Kate embarked yesterday on a three-day visit to Germany billed as a “charm offensive” by local media as Britain begins thorny Brexit talks in earnest. William, who is second in line to the British throne, and Kate touched down in Berlin from Poland accompanied by their young children George […]

French military chief resigns

Posted by on 19/07/2017
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French military chief resigns

French military chief resigns

PARIS: France’s top military chief resigned yesterday after a war of words with Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts that posed the biggest test yet of the new president’s authority. The row between Macron and General Pierre de Villiers erupted last week when the chief of staff told a parliamentary committee he would not allow the […]

Wildfires rage in Europe from Croatia to Portugal

Posted by on 18/07/2017
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Wildfires rage in Europe from Croatia to Portugal

Wildfires rage in Europe from Croatia to Portugal

ZAGREB: Firefighters battled to douse wildfires on the Adriatic coast of Croatia and Montenegro yesterday, as blazes also raged in Italy, France and Portugal. About a dozen wildfires had broken out late Sunday in the villages surrounding Split, a popular tourist destination, but firefighters managed to control the blaze on the outskirts of Croatia’s second […]

Macron chides Netanyahu on settlements

Posted by on 16/07/2017
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Macron chides Netanyahu on settlements

Macron chides Netanyahu on settlements

Paris urges Israel on new Mideast talks PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron told Israel’s visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday that Paris opposes Israel’s expansion of settlements in occupied Palestinian territory as he urged fresh Middle East peace talks. Stressing that international law should be “respected by all”, Macron said: “I am thinking here of […]

Trump in Paris with Russia scandal in tow

Posted by on 13/07/2017
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Trump in Paris with Russia scandal in tow

Trump in Paris with Russia scandal in tow

PARIS: France rolled out the red carpet to welcome Donald Trump yesterday on a presidential visit laden with military pomp that the White House hopes will offer respite from a growing scandal back home. The US president’s brief 24-hour trip to the French capital coincides with celebrations for Bastille Day, France’s national day which is […]

EU to crack down on terror art trafficking

Posted by on 13/07/2017
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EU to crack down on terror art trafficking

EU to crack down on terror art trafficking

BRUSSELS: The EU said yesterday it would cut off financing for terror groups from the lucrative trade in priceless cultural artifacts stolen in war zones such as Syria and Iraq by imposing tough import controls. “Money is the life blood of war for the terrorists who attack our continent or who fight in Iraq and […]

Russia sentences Nemtsov hitmen to lengthy jail terms

Posted by on 13/07/2017
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Russia sentences Nemtsov hitmen to lengthy jail terms

Russia sentences Nemtsov hitmen to lengthy jail terms

MOSCOW: A Russian court yesterday handed lengthy jail terms to five Chechen men convicted of the contract killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as his allies insisted the masterminds remained unidentified. Zaur Dadayev, who carried out the shooting, was sentenced to 20 years in prison while four other defendants were jailed for between 11 and […]

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