Irish vote may end Varadkar's spell as PM as Sinn Fein surges

Irish voters look likely to dump Prime Minister Leo Varadkar from power on Saturday in an election that could alter the political landscape with a surge by Sinn Fein, which has struck a chord among younger voters.The nationalist Sinn Fein party is unlikely to enter government, with opinion polls poi


Armed officers shot man in ‘terrorist-related’ London stabbing

British police on Sunday said they had shot a man in south London, after at least two people were stabbed in a suspected “terrorist-related” incident. Police later said the man had died as a witness spoke of seeing a man in Streatham “with a machete and silver canisters on his che


After years of political drama, UK finally set to leave EU

After more than three years of political wrangling, the departure of two prime ministers, and dozens of furious protests across the United Kingdom, Brexit is finally happening. At 23:00 GMT on Friday, January 31, the UK will officially end its 47-year membership of the European Union - becoming the


Grenfell Tower inquiry member Benita Mehra resigns

Benita Mehra said she recognised and respected the "depth of feeling" among some about her appointment. Downing Street said it had accepted her resignation but maintained there was no conflict of interest. It comes ahead of the second phase of the inquiry beginning on Monday. Prime Minister Boris


Britain to set out goals for trade talks with EU: PM Johnson's spokesman

Britain will publicly set out its goals for its future partnership with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, in a speech expected to take place early next month. “We will set out in public what we want to achieve,” the spokesman said in respon


UK's Harry and Meghan to drop titles and retire as working royals

 Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and they will pay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.They will also no longer use their “Royal Highness” titles, the palace


UK PM Johnson condemns Iranian attack on military bases in Iraq

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned on Wednesday the attack by Iran on military bases in Iraq housing western troops in retaliation for the US killing of an Iranian general. “We of course condemn the attack on Iraqi military bases hosting coalition forces. Iran should not repeat th


France not planning to cut troop numbers in Iraq for now: govt source

France has no plans to cut its troop numbers from Iraq for the moment following the killing of a top Iranian military commander that has exacerbated tensions in the region, a French government source said on Tuesday. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Twitter that given the events in Bagh


France says Iran must not retaliate after Iran general Soleimani’s killing

France’s foreign minister said Monday 6 January 2020 that Tehran must not retaliate over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike, amid an escalating war of words between Iranian officials and President Donald Trump. “It is essential that Iran renounce any reprisals


Britain's Prince Charles to visit Israel and Palestinian Territories

Britain’s Prince Charles will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz becoming the most senior British royal to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories later this month. Charles will attend the World Holocaust Forum on Jan 23 in Jerusalem, his office said on Monda


Clashes break out at Paris protest against pension reform

Paris - Police on Saturday, 4 January 2020 fired tear gas at demonstrators in Paris’s busy Gare du Nord station, used by tourists taking the Eurostar service, and at the Gare de l’Est, during demonstrations against plans to reform France’s pension system. The demonstrators, who se


For France's Macron, 2020 again brings rocky start, outlook

Emmanuel Macron embarked Wednesday on what is shaping up to be another rocky year for his presidency of France, facing a fresh barrage of anger from critics for using a new year’s address to reaffirm his commitment to fiercely contested pension reforms. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon twee


Greek PM: Athens to seek world court if talks with Turkey fail

Greece's prime minister said in remarks published on Sunday 21-29-2019 that if Athens and Ankara cannot solve their dispute about maritime zones in the Mediterranean they should turn to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to settle the disagreement. Turkey signed an accord with Li


162 migrants rescued off Libya land in Italy: NGO

Some 162 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast have disembarked in the southern Italian port of Taranto, the NGO SOS Mediterranee said Tuesday. The migrants, including 50 minors and five pregnant women, “were rescued by the SOS Mediterranee Search and Rescue team in two critical rescues in in


German Parliament Calls for Full Ban of Hezbollah Activities

Germany's parliament passed a resolution Thursday 19 December, 2019 calling for a national ban on the activities of Hezbollah and for the Lebanese group to be put on the European Union's terrorist list. Mathias Middelberg, the spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in parliament, s


Election exit poll indicates majority for UK’s ruling Conservative party

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party will win a majority of 86 seats in Britain's election, giving him the numbers in parliament he needs to deliver Brexit on January 31, an exit poll indicated on Thursday. The exit poll showed Johnson's Conservatives would win 368 seats, enough for a


Tens of thousands march in France to condemn domestic violence

 Paris - Tens of thousands of people took the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday 23 November 2019 to protest against domestic violence, after more than 130 women are believed to have been killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year. In Paris, the mostly female a


Emmanuel Macron facing backlash from Europeans over Nato comments

Emmanuel Macron took the salute at the annual Armistice commemoration in Paris on Monday and looked forward to three hectic days of diplomacy as world leaders gather in Paris for the president’s signature Peace Forum initiative. The backdrop to the summit was as overcast as the incessant rain





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