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Britain’s Brexit Party triumph raises chances of no-deal Monday, May 27th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Nigel Farage's anti-EU Brexit party topped European Parliament polls in Britain, putting intense pressure on the ruling Conservatives who suffered a historic rout and raising the chances of a no-deal outcome. The populist party, founded just three months ago, capitalised on public..

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Brexit Party leads, UK Conservatives bashed in EU poll Sunday, May 26th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party faced a near-wipeout in the European Parliament election as voters sick of the country’s Brexit deadlock flocked to uncompromisingly pro-Brexit or pro-EU parties. The main opposition Labour Party also faced a drubbing in a..

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UK race to succeed Theresa May heats up with focus on Brexit Saturday, May 25th, 2019

By GREGORY KATZ, LONDON (AP) — The race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May is heating up, the field of Conservative contenders is quickly growing and the focus is squarely on how to handle Brexit. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday he is seeking to replace May, joining..

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Pound bobs around May resignation, stocks mostly gain Friday, May 24th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): The British pound bounced around Friday after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation, while global stocks mostly recovered following a rout in the prior session on US-China trade tensions. Sterling sank below $1.27 after May said she would step down as prime minister..

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May postpones her final Brexit showdown Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): The British government on Thursday postponed Theresa May's final Brexit showdown in parliament following an outcry over concessions that looked set to speed up the end of her tumultuous spell as premier. The increasingly isolated Conservative premier is facing the prospect of being..

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Embattled May dangles promise of new Brexit vote Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Tuesday to give lawmakers a vote on holding a second Brexit referendum as part of her final effort to salvage her hated EU divorce deal. The embattled British leader dangled a package of sweeteners that she hopes can resolve the Brexit crisis..

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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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