Chinese Visit to Italy Seeks Closer Ties, Stirs Suspicions

Chinese Visit to Italy Seeks Closer Ties, Stirs Suspicions

Mar/21 By

At the heart of Chinese Premier Xi Jingping’s visit to Rome beginning Thursday is a key prize: A deal to make Italy the first major democracy to join China’s ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project that has raised concerns about Beijing’s growing economic clout. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has pledged …

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Germany Questions ex-Stasi Agents on Lockerbie Plane Bombing

Germany Questions ex-Stasi Agents on Lockerbie Plane Bombing

Mar/21 By

Prosecutors in Berlin and the neighboring German state of Brandenburg are interviewing former members of East Germany’s secret police about the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing, according to officials and media reports. All 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground were killed when Pan Am Flight 103 ?blew …

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Iran Supreme Leader Calls European Trade Mechanism ‘Bitter Joke’

Iran Supreme Leader Calls European Trade Mechanism ‘Bitter Joke’

Mar/21 By

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called a trade mechanism launched by European countries to bypass renewed US sanctions a “bitter joke” on Thursday, in a speech aired by state TV. “This financial channel they recently set up resembles a joke, a bitter joke,” Khamenei told a thousands-strong congregation at …

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Brexit Delay Possible if MPs Approve Deal, EU Chief Says

Brexit Delay Possible if MPs Approve Deal, EU Chief Says

Mar/21 By

The European Union could approve Britain’s request for a short delay to Brexit but only if U.K. MPs next week approve the withdrawal deal they have twice rejected, European Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday.    With nine days to go before Britain is due to leave the bloc, the country is …

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Turkey, Iran Join Forces Against Kurdish Rebels

Turkey, Iran Join Forces Against Kurdish Rebels

Mar/21 By

Turkey is heralding as groundbreaking a joint military operation with Iran against Kurdish rebel groups. Turkish-Iranian relations have markedly improved, to the concern of Turkey’s Western allies.    Coordinated and concurrent military strikes against “terror groups” were carried out along the “borders of the two countries,” read a statement by the …

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Ukraine Introduces New Sanctions Against Russia

Ukraine Introduces New Sanctions Against Russia

Mar/20 By

Ukraine’s president has ordered new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals involved in construction and other activities in Crimea. Top Russian lawmakers are among the people potentially affected by the decree President Petro Poroshenko’s signed Wednesday. It targeted those involved in building a bridge from Russia to Crimea and a …

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Ukraine’s Night Train to the Front Lines

Ukraine’s Night Train to the Front Lines

Mar/20 By

Ukraine is gearing up for presidential elections at the end of this month, a vote that holds huge implications for a country still at war with Russian-backed separatists. There are other issues on the agenda too – not least getting around this vast country. The dilapidated infrastructure means long night …

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Radovan Karadzic Faces Final Verdict in War Crimes Case

Radovan Karadzic Faces Final Verdict in War Crimes Case

Mar/20 By

United Nations appeals judges on Wednesday hand down a final verdict in the case of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, a key figure in the Balkan wars who is serving a 40-year prison sentence for genocide. The ruling will likely bring to a close one of the highest profile …

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Brexit in Crisis as PM May Plots Course Around Speaker’s Obstruction

Brexit in Crisis as PM May Plots Course Around Speaker’s Obstruction

Mar/19 By

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were in disarray on Tuesday as her government sought to plot a way around the  speaker of parliament’s ruling that she had to change her twice-defeated divorce deal to put it to a third vote. After two-and-a-half years of negotiations, Britain’s departure from the …

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Dutch Authorities Search For Motive in Tram Shooting

Dutch Authorities Search For Motive in Tram Shooting

Mar/19 By

Authorities in the Netherlands worked Tuesday to determine the motive behind a shooting on a tram that left three people dead and five others wounded in the city of Utrecht. ​Police arrested a suspect identified as 37-year-old Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis hours after a manhunt that lasted several hours Monday. By …

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