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Impatient Europe hails German coalition breakthrough

European leaders welcomed a breakthrough Friday in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid to form a coalition, hoping it will end months of political paralysis and unblock key EU reforms. Merkel’s promise to give Europe a “fresh start” was seen as a positive signal to French President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious proposals for rebooting the bloc after Brexit. But as the EU ...

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EU Meeting on Iran Nuclear

By Fatema Miah: 11th  of January 2018 Boris Johnson had meeting with EU about Iran nuclear deal and European powers urge not to abandon the 2015 agreement with Iran that limits its nuclear programme, saying it is making the world safer. After meeting his Iranian, French, German and EU counterparts in Brussels, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted “the deal ...

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India launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites 

India launched a rocket carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries Friday from its island space center. AS. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, said the satellites successfully reached orbit after the polar satellite launch vehicle took off from Sriharikota, an island off Andhra Pradesh state in the country’s southeast.. Apart from two Indian ...

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Trump: No trip to London because of embassy choice 

President Donald Trump says he is canceling an upcoming trip to London because he doesn’t like the Obama administration’s choice of a new embassy there. Some British lawmakers questioned whether Trump would be welcome in London because of previous tweets and criticism of Muslims and his sniping at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of a terror attack in ...

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Iranian criticism grows as China struggles to end tanker fire

Chinese firefighters spent on Thursday struggling to extinguish a blaze on a stricken oil tanker as criticism mounted in Iran if enough was being done to locate dozens of its missing crew members. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tons of light crude oil from Iran, has been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, 160 ...

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Trump, Moon signal openness for talks with North Korea

President Donald Trump is open to the US holding talks with North Korea “under the right circumstances,” the White House said Wednesday after South Korean President Moon Jae-In signalled a willingness to sit down with Kim Jong-Un. Signs of a potential cooling following months of red-hot tensions on the Korean peninsula came the day after Pyongyang reached a landmark agreement ...

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Russian gains in Syria threatened by series of rebel attacks

Just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria, Russian military outposts in the country have come under rebel attacks that are challenging Moscow’s gains. Russian bases located in Syrian President Bashar Assad’s Alawite heartland had been immune to rebel raids ever since Moscow launched its campaign in Syria in September 2015. But a series of drone attacks ...

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Trump calls US court system ‘unfair’ after DACA ruling

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the US court system as ‘broken and unfair’ after a federal judge blocked his move to end the program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, commonly known as ‘Dreamers.’ The Trump administration in September announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, drawing ...

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Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia’s third-hottest year

Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country’s weather bureau said on Wednesday, as global warming changed the continent’s climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector. Unusually, the high heat last year came despite the absence of an El Nino weather system in the Pacific, which tends to warm Australia, the ...

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13 dead in Southern California as rain triggers mudslides 

At least 13 people were killed and dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. Helicopters were used to pluck more than 50 people from rooftops because downed trees and power lines blocked roads, and ...

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