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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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Catastrophic fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

By LORI HINNANT and SAMUEL PETREQUIN, PARIS (AP) — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on..

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EU gives Britain six-month delay to Brexit date Thursday, April 11th, 2019

BRUSSELS, (AFP): European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week. The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU..

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EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

BRUSSELS, (AFP) - Europe mounted an emergency summit Wednesday to decide how long a Brexit delay to grant British Prime Minister Theresa May -- and under what conditions. Without a postponement, Britain is due to crash out of the European Union at midnight on Friday under a "no-deal" Brexit that..

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May to meet Merkel, Macron ahead of crucial Brexit summit Monday, April 8th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with German and French leaders Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron as she scrambles to find a Brexit breakthrough ahead of Wednesday's crucial EU summit. May will meet the two leaders on Tuesday, their offices announced on Monday, the day..

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May seeks Brexit breakthrough ahead of crucial week

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday press ahead with her bid for a Brexit "compromise" with the opposition despite a backlash from her own party, as she attempts to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union this week. Talks with the Labour Party are expected ahead of..

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UK issues passports without ‘European Union’ on cover Sunday, April 7th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - Britain has begun issuing passports with the words "European Union" removed from the front cover -- despite Brexit being delayed and its political leaders deadlocked over how to extricate the country from the bloc. The interior ministry said Saturday that a longstanding decision to..

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Ukraine vote rivals take drug tests in growing media spectacle Saturday, April 6th, 2019

KIEV, (AFP): Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky took drug tests on Friday ahead of their election runoff as the ex-Soviet country's presidential race becomes increasingly sensational. Zelensky, a 41-year-old actor best known in for playing the president in a..

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British PM asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30 Friday, April 5th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union on Friday to delay Britain's departure from the bloc until June 30, with the extension ending earlier if parliament approves her Brexit deal. May also told EU Council president Donald Tusk in a formal letter that Britain would..

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British government, opposition in Brexit crisis talks Thursday, April 4th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP) - The British government and the main opposition were to hold further crisis talks on Thursday after MPs voted in favour of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the EU on April 12. With options running out, May switched course and invited Labour leader Jeremy..

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