Europe

German cities to trial free public transport to cut pollution

“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. (The Guardian) — The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave ...

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants EU citizens to stay in Britain after Brexit

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants all European Union citizens lawfully living in Britain to remain after Brexit in 2019, promising a streamlined system for them to register to be able to stay. “They’ve made a huge contribution to our country, that’s why we want them and their ...

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Russia calls for UNSC meeting over situation in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

The Russian military has announced that armed groups in Syria’s militant-held Eastern Ghouta are preventing civilians from exiting the conflict zone. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Russian military announced that talks aimed at peacefully resolving the situation in Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus had broken down. “Calls by the Russian ceasefire ...

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US indictment of Russian nationals over US election ‘absurd’: Moscow

Russia has flatly dismissed as “absurd” the indictment of 13 Russian nationals by the US Justice Department for allegedly interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. “Thirteen people interfered in the US elections? Thirteen people against billions budgets of special agencies? Against intelligence and counter-espionage, against the newest technologies? Absurd? ...

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Brexit reversal to plunge UK into crisis: Farage

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has warned that if UK Prime Minister Theresa May allows Brexit to be halted by supporters of European Union membership, Britain will be thrust into its gravest “constitutional crisis” since World War ll. Farage, 53, who as UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader convinced May’s predecessor, David ...

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One in five experience sexual harassment at UK Parliament: Report

Nearly one in five people working in Britain’s Parliament were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior in the past year, said a report commissioned after a series of sex scandals at Westminster. The report, published on Thursday, called for a new complaints procedure along with radical change of a culture ...

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Brexit ‘policy paralysis’ harming UK armed forces: Expert

Britain’s pending divorce from the European Union (EU) Is already taking its toll on the country’s armed forces, warns a leading British military specialist. Professor Malcolm Chalmers, the deputy director general of the London-based military think tank the Royal United Services Institute, warned in a report that Brexit had put ...

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Germany grants asylum to four former Turkish military forces amid soured ties

Germany has granted asylum to four former Turkish military forces, including one whom Ankara accuses of assuming a leading role in the country’s 2016 failed coup, amid ongoing tensions between the two countries.   Turkey accuses former Turkish colonel and then head of the Ankara military academy Ilham P., whose ...

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Defiant British PM rejects criticism of Brexit plan

UK Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Friday she was “doing what the British people want” and going nowhere despite growing pressure from her party over her leadership and Brexit strategy. In a BBC interview at the end of a three-day trip to China, May declined to detail exactly what she ...

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Russia foils terrorist plot by Daesh

Russia’s main intelligence agency has killed a member of the Daesh terrorist group who plotted a terrorist attack in the country on the presidential election day next month. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement on Thursday that it had “neutralized” the terrorist in the northwestern Russian ...

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