Europe


Macron Takes on France’s Disenfranchised Suburbs

(VOA): France’s president Emmanuel Macron will announce measures Tuesday to help overhaul the country’s problematic banlieues — code-word for the gritty, restive suburbs circling Paris and other big cities. (This story has not been edited by N24 staff and is Voice Of America..

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EU Parliament to Broadcast Zuckerberg Hearing

(VOA): A European Parliament meeting on Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast live, parliamentary officials and the company said on Monday after controversy over plans for a closed-door hearing. Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who was criticized by legislators and some..

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Russia Pushes Bill to Counter US Sanctions

(VOA): Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has approved a counter-sanctions bill aimed at imposing what lawmakers say are "painful" trade restrictions on the United States and other states they call "unfriendly." In its third and final reading Tuesday, lawmakers argued the..

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German Court Rejects Call for Puigdemont to be Rearrested

(VOA): A German court on Tuesday rejected a request from prosecutors to take former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on whether he can be extradited to Spain. Puigdemont was detained by German police March 25 after crossing the border from Denmark. Spain had..

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EU Says No Clarity on US Tariffs Ahead of Deadline

(VOA): European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Tuesday that the EU still has no idea whether U.S. President Donald Trump will slap tariffs on the bloc's steel and aluminum exports next week. "We have no clarity yet," Malmstrom told reporters in Brussels as EU ministers..

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Gay Man Says Pope Told Him: 'God Made You Like This'

(VOA): A gay Chilean man who survived abuse by a Catholic priest said Pope Francis told him that his sexual orientation "doesn't matter" to him and that "God made you like this." Juan Carlos Cruz said he spoke to the pope about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican...

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Apologizes to EU Lawmakers

(VOA): Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized to EU lawmakers on Tuesday, saying the company had not done enough to prevent misuse of the social network and that regulation is “important and inevitable.” Meeting the leaders of the European Parliament, Zuckerberg stressed the..

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Not Every Briton Caught Up in Royal Wedding Monday, May 21st, 2018

(VOA): With the round-the-clock British media coverage of the royal family in the days leading up to the big day for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it would be hard not to conclude that this year's wedding of weddings is a source of delight for every Briton. But not everyone in Britain..

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