Boris Johnson confirms will bid to be British PM Thursday, May 16th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's Boris Johnson, the former foreign minister, ex-mayor of London and leading Brexit campaigner, confirmed Thursday he will run for the premiership when Theresa May quits, British media reported. "Of course I'm going to go for it," he told a business event in Manchester,..

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The Shaman of Football: Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

You cannot bottle him, export him or use him as a precedent for anything. His calm, even tempered disposition is the stuff of bafflement and bemusement, and yet, after his tenure at one of Europe’s most known football clubs, Jürgen Klopp, football’s everyman (the “normal one”, he insists)..

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And baby makes 3: Prince Harry, Meghan and baby boy Monday, May 6th, 2019

By GREGORY KATZ, LONDON (AP) — Britain’s royal family has its newest member, a baby boy born to Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, nearly one year after their wedding on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Here are some key points about the new arrival. ___ WILL THE..

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No crime in Huawei 5G leak: British police

LONDON, (AFP): The top-secret leak that Britain had conditionally allowed China's Huawei to develop its 5G network, which brought down the defence minister, does not amount to a criminal offence, police concluded Saturday. Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday sacked Gavin Williamson as defence..

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US calls for cautious EU policy on 5G networks Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

PRAGUE, (AFP): The United States on Thursday urged "like-minded governments" from the European Union to be cautious and coordinate their policies on 5G network security in light of suspicions over the system proposed by Chinese giant Huawei. "Only with the leadership of like-minded countries we'll..

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Vodafone identified Huawei security flaw decade ago Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - British telecoms group Vodafone tackled a security flaw with Huawei technology a decade ago, it was revealed Tuesday amid widespread concerns over the Chinese giant developing 5G networks abroad. Bloomberg reported that Vodafone, Europe's biggest mobile phone company, identified..

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Faltering Brexit talks limp on amid UK political impasse Monday, April 29th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP) — It’s quiet out there. Probably too quiet. Britain is due to leave the European Union in six months, but you wouldn’t know it from the country’s news headlines or the debates in Parliament. The issue that consumed the country for almost three years has been..

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Socialists win Spain election, far-right emerges as player Sunday, April 28th, 2019

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, MADRID (AP) — Spain’s governing center-left Socialists won the country’s election Sunday but must seek backing from smaller parties to maintain power, while a far-right party rode an unprecedented surge of support to enter the lower house of parliament for..

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Germany, France slam Russia over east Ukraine passport scheme Thursday, April 25th, 2019

BERLIN, (AFP) - Germany and France on Thursday condemned Moscow for making it easier to obtain Russian passports in separatist areas of east Ukraine, saying the move undermined the Minsk peace agreements. "Together with France, we condemn the Russian decree, which would ease the granting of..

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Trump to make UK state visit in June Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - US President Donald Trump is to make a state visit to Britain June 3-5, just ahead of D-Day commemorations in France, officials said Tuesday, as campaigners announced large-scale protests against him. Trump is a strong supporter of Brexit but has been highly critical of the way..

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London climate protest arrests top 700 Saturday, April 20th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - The Extinction Rebellion environmental protests in London rumbled on into a sixth day Saturday as the total number of arrests hit 718. Demonstrators were continuing to block Waterloo Bridge in the city and the central Oxford Circus junction despite the removal by police of the pink..

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Last Notre-Dame paintings to be removed and stored: minister Friday, April 19th, 2019

PARIS, (AFP): The remaining paintings inside the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris are to be removed on Friday and taken for restoration work and safekeeping, France's Culture Minister Franck Riester said. "The paintings inside the cathedral have been saved from the flames and can now be..

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Notre-Dame fire under control, Macron vows to rebuild Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

PARIS, (AFP) - A raging fire that tore through Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris was under control early Tuesday after the blaze brought its towering spire and roof crashing to the ground, wiping out centuries of priceless heritage central to French culture and history. French President..

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Can the Belt and Road Become a Trap for China? Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Critics often claim that China is using its massive “Belt and Road Initiative” as a form of coercive “debt-trap diplomacy” to exert control over the countries..