Europe

Nearly 900 refugees rescued off Libya arrive in Italy

Sicily on Monday welcomed nearly 900 refugees rescued in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya in the past few days, with many expressing relief at having escaped the “Libyan hell“. More than 330 refugees rescued by Italian coast guard and other European vessels have already disembarked at Sicilian ports, ...

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Russia dismisses US threats of bans over missile treaty

Russia has reiterated its commitment to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), dismissing threats by the United States to impose sanctions on Moscow over alleged violations of the treaty. US media reported on Friday that Washington was planning “economic and military” sanctions against Russia over violations of the arms ...

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Trump’s Jerusalem decision adds fuel to Mideast tensions: Iran president

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at his American counterpart for making an “incorrect” decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, warning that the move adds fuel to tensions in the Middle East. “The regional situation is such that one should not fan the flames and the ...

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EU’s Tusk warns UK ‘most difficult challenge’ ahead in Brexit talks

European Union President Donald Tusk has warned Britain about the difficulty of the next level of the Brexit talks. “The most difficult challenge is still ahead. We all know that breaking up is hard but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder,” Tusk said on Friday after ...

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Russia’s foreign minister censures Washington’s provocation in Korean Peninsula

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has censured the joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea, saying the drills could provoke North Korea to carry out more missile tests. Lavrov made the remarks on the sidelines of the 24th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and ...

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Britain Concerned about US Al-Quds Plans: FM

Britain is concerned about US President Donald Trump’s plan to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli capital, foreign minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday. A senior US official says Trump will make the announcement later today, ignoring warnings from US allies around the world that the move could trigger unrest in the ...

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UK PM under growing pressure to reveal true cost of EU divorce bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing growing pressure from within her own Conservative Party to reveal the true cost of leaving the European Union and settling the Brexit “divorce bill.” Conservatives lawmakers in Parliament, as well as former cabinet ministers, say the time has come for the premier to ...

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Catalan separatist leader Puigdemont faces Belgian extradition hearing

Axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont faces an extradition hearing in Belgium on Monday as Spain seeks to have him sent back to face sedition charges over his region’s independence drive. A judge sitting behind closed doors in Brussels will hear from lawyers for Puigdemont and four of his former ...

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EU says renegotiating Iran deal not possible

The European Union (EU) says the articles of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries are highly technical and there is no possibility of renegotiating the agreement — even partially. “The deal has been negotiated and finalized in a way that actually contains so many provisions and so ...

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