UK backtracks on giving Huawei role in high-speed network Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

By DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP):- Britain on Tuesday backtracked on plans to give Chinese telecommunications company Huawei a role in the U.K.’s new high-speed mobile phone network amid security concerns fueled by rising tensions between Beijing and Western powers. Britain said it decided to..

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Time to make masks mandatory? It’s not just a US debate Monday, July 13th, 2020

By ANGELA CHARLTON and DANICA KIRKA, PARIS (AP):- Amid pervasive backsliding on social distancing, Britain and France are weighing whether to require people to wear masks in public places. Scientists say the two countries’ governments should have done so ever since they started easing lockdowns..

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Poland’s momentous presidential runoff too close to call Sunday, July 12th, 2020

By VANESSA GERA and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, WARSAW, Poland (AP):- An exit poll for Poland’s presidential runoff Sunday showed a race that is too close to call between the conservative, populist incumbent and the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw — a battle that reflected the deep divisions in this..

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EU ‘strongly opposes’ resumption of US federal executions Friday, July 10th, 2020

BRUSSELS, (AFP):- The European Union "strongly opposes" the US decision to resume federal executions after 17 years, an EU spokesman said Friday. The US government decided almost a year ago to resume the practice of federal executions, the last of which was carried out in 2003. American courts..

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Naked men and drunks: England assesses the reopening of pubs Sunday, July 5th, 2020

By PAN PYLAS, LONDON (AP):- It seems to have been more like a typical Saturday night than a drunken New Year’s Eve. The reopening of pubs in England does not seem to have overwhelmed emergency services as many had feared ahead of the biggest easing of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown. But one..

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UK historian quits Cambridge over slavery claim Saturday, July 4th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP):- A British royal historian who said slavery was not genocide has quit his honorary position at Cambridge University and been dropped by his publisher HarperCollins. The comments from Professor David Starkey came during a period of soul searching in Britain over its colonial..

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Macron appoints new PM after election rout Friday, July 3rd, 2020

PARIS, (AFP):- French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named a senior but low-profile bureaucrat as prime minister to replace Edouard Philippe, the first move in a widely expected cabinet reshuffle after dismal local election showings for the ruling party. The new premier, Jean Castex, was..

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Outside Europe, nations floundering in virus’ first wave Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

PARIS, (AFP):- As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic's first wave in lockdown, many developing and middle-income countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of Covid-19 cases. With infections still growing daily in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and..

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EU opens borders to ‘safe’ countries including Thailand Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

BRUSSELS, (AFP):- The European Union agreed Tuesday to reopen its borders to 15 countries excluding the virus-stricken US, as the pandemic accelerated globally with more than 505,000 deaths worldwide. Europe's piecemeal reopening comes as countries struggle to revive economic activity while..

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French ex-prime minister Fillon, wife found guilty of fraud Monday, June 29th, 2020

By SYLVIE CORBET and NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY, PARIS (AP):- Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was found guilty Monday in a fraud case of having used public funds to pay his wife and children more than 1 million euros ($1.13 million) since 1998 for work they never performed. The couple’s..

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Poland holds presidential election delayed by pandemic

By VANESSA GERA, WARSAW, Poland (AP):- Poles began voting in a presidential election Sunday that had been scheduled for May but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, a ballot taking place amid deep cultural and political divisions in the European Union nation. President Andrzej Duda, a..

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Police say person shot in Glasgow has died; 6 others injured Friday, June 26th, 2020

By PAN PYLAS and DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP):- A suspect shot by police during an incident Friday at a Glasgow hotel that appeared to be largely housing asylum-seekers and refugees has died and six other people, including a police officer, were in a hospital being treated for injuries, Scottish..

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