EU Commission lauds Brexit progress

The Latest on Brexit talks (all times local): 7:45 a.m. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is lauding a breakthrough in Brexit talks and says he will recommend that negotiations be broadened to future relations and trade. Juncker told reporters Friday that “I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed.” He said that he would recommend to […]

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Mideast braces for fallout from Trump’s move on Jerusalem

Palestinians shuttered schools and shops and called for protests in West Bank towns on Thursday, while the leader of the Hamas militant group called for a new armed uprising, in widespread show of anger over President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump’s dramatic break on Wednesday with decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem counters long-standing international […]

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China rebukes Australian over ‘hysteria’

China’s embassy in Canberra has sharply criticised Australian politicians and media outlets, saying they have damaged trust between the two nations. The embassy accused some officials of “irresponsible remarks” and local media of fabricating “anti-China hysteria”. On Tuesday, Australia unveiled sweeping proposals designed to prevent foreign interference in local politics. China denied that it had engaged in such behaviour and urged Australia […]

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Venezuela plans its own version of bitcoin as debt crisis worsens

The Venezuelan government’s attempts to save the country’s collapsing economy took a bizarre twist on Sunday. President Nicolas Maduro announced plans to create a cryptocurrency, dubbed “the Petro,” as a way to defeat the “financial blockade” imposed by U.S. sanctions on his regime. Cryptocurrencies are virtual “coins” that are “mined” by computers using complex algorithms. The most famous and widely used cryptocurrency […]

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Israeli PM asks that police bill exclude him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered his backers to reword a contentious piece of legislation that could potentially stifle a police investigation against him, in what appeared to be an attempt to defuse rising public anger against the long-ruling Israeli leader. The so-called “recommendations bill” would end the police’s current practice of recommending to prosecutors whether to indict […]

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Macron calls for ‘dialogue’ in Iraq and dismantling of militias

French President Emmanuel Macron called Saturday for a rapid opening of dialogue between Iraq’s central government and Iraqi Kurdish leaders and for “all militias” to be dismantled to ease tensions. “France calls for a constructive national dialogue to engage in Iraq,” Macron said at a joint news conference in Paris with Iraqi Kurdish leaders, including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Baghdad […]

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