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Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after flood Thursday, November 14th, 2019

ROME, (AFP): Italy on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Venice after an exceptional tide surged through churches, shops and homes, causing millions of euros worth of damage to the UNESCO city. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the cabinet had approved the state of emergency and ordered..

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Johnson hit by Cabinet resignation as UK election kicks off Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson argued Wednesday that voting for the Conservatives was the only way to end delays over Brexit, as he officially launched an election campaign already marred by gaffes and the resignation of a Cabinet..

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EU keeps Britain guessing on length of Brexit lifeline Friday, October 25th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): EU members delayed a decision Friday on how long to postpone next week's Brexit deadline, giving British Prime Minister Boris Johnson space to push for an early general election. Senior diplomats told AFP they would reconvene on Monday or Tuesday next week, thus perhaps fewer than..

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Brexit in limbo as Boris Johnson wins 1 vote, loses another Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the European Union — but effectively guarantees it won’t happen on the scheduled date..

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British PM denied new Brexit deal vote Monday, October 21st, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt another blow Monday when the speaker of parliament denied him a second shot at winning MPs' approval for his EU divorce deal, with Brexit looming in just 10 days' time. House of Commons speaker John Bercow -- a colourful figure who has..

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Johnson says he will resist any Brexit delay beyond Oct. 31 Saturday, October 19th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS and MIKE CORDER, LONDON (AP): A defiant Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that he would resist attempts to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union beyond the end of the month, after Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his Brexit deal and ordered..

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EU and UK scramble for Brexit deal on eve of key summit Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British and European negotiators ploughed on with Brexit talks Wednesday hoping that at least an outline deal can be found in time for the European summit. European leaders will head to Brussels on Thursday hoping to decide whether to give the go-ahead to officials to draw up a..

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EU, UK seen closing in on ‘possible’ Brexit text Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain and the EU were seen to be closing in on a detailed draft Brexit deal on Tuesday, although officials voiced scepticism it would be ready in time for a key European summit this week. The pound jumped to its highest level in five months on cautious optimism voiced by both..

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Britain, EU enter make-or-break Brexit week Monday, October 14th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeated Monday that Britain must leave the EU on October 31, as divorce talks resumed in Brussels in a pivotal week that could define how and when Brexit finally happens. In an elaborate ceremony in parliament in London, Queen Elizabeth II set out..

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British, Irish PMs meet over Brexit stalemate Thursday, October 10th, 2019

LIVERPOOL, (AFP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar met for last-ditch Brexit talks on Thursday, with just days left to strike an EU divorce deal as both sides blame each other for the deadlock. Time is running out to sign off on any agreement at an..

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Britain’s Brexit talks with EU appear on verge of collapse Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union appeared to be on the verge of collapse on Tuesday, with Brussels accusing London of intransigence and threatening the bloc's future. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said a deal was..

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Johnson tells court he may seek Brexit delay: documents Friday, October 4th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told a court he will request a Brexit delay if he fails to strike a deal with the EU by October 19, according to documents published online Friday. Parliament has passed legislation requiring the premier to ask the other 27 EU leaders for an..

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Four killed in Paris police stabbing, attacker shot dead Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

PARIS, (AFP): A knife-wielding man working at police headquarters in central Paris went on a rampage Thursday, stabbing and killing four employees before himself being shot dead, officials said. A fifth person who was critically injured was being treated in hospital after what was the deadliest..

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Boris Johnson: UK is offering Brexit ‘compromise’ to EU Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, MANCHESTER, England (AP): The U.K. offered the European Union a proposed last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday that it said represents a realistic compromise for both sides, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc to hold “rapid negotiations towards..

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British PM on defensive again over groping claim Monday, September 30th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's Boris Johnson is known for his colourful love life but the accusation he grabbed a young woman's thigh when he was a magazine editor risks a scandal as he seeks to unite his party over Brexit. The prime minister, who is attending his Conservative party's conference in..

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More Brussels talks as time runs out for Brexit deal Friday, September 27th, 2019

BRUSSELS, (AFP): Hopes for a negotiated Brexit deal were fading Friday as EU negotiator Michel Barnier separately met senior British and Irish ministers for another round of inconclusive talks. Britain is due to leave the European Union in less than five weeks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants..

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UK PM loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise Thursday, September 26th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered yet another setback on Thursday after MPs rejected his call to briefly suspend their business for his party's conference, highlighting the hostility he faces in parliament just weeks before Brexit. In his seventh successive defeat in..

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UK’s Johnson to face MPs after bombshell court ruling Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face MPs on Wednesday after they reconvened following the Supreme Court's damning judgement that his suspension of parliament in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful. Johnson flew back from the UN General Assembly in New York into a major..

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Is Russia the Middle East’s New Hegemon? Monday, November 18th, 2019

The collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago meant that its once-formidable presence in the Middle East collapsed as well. Today, however, as the United States has..