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UK parliament grills May ahead of Tory leadership vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May has attended a rowdy session of the parliament to answer questions on her controversial European Union divorce deal as members of her Conservative Party prepare for a heated contest on her leadership. During the Wednesday session of the House of Commons, May responded to questions from opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other lawmakers,…

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4 killed, dozen wounded in shooting attack near Christmas market in eastern France

  At least four people have lost their lives and eleven more sustained gunshot wounds after a “lone gunman” opened fire near a popular Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg. Police said the 29-year-old armed man had struck in different places around the city center just before 8 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) on Tuesday. Witnesses said…

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Iran Voices Regret, Concern over French Police’s Violence against Protestors

 Iran’s Human Rights Headquarters in a statement on Tuesday expressed concern and regret over the violence exercised by the French police against protestors. “The recent events in Paris and other cities of France are regrettable, dangerous and worrisome given the violent confrontation of the French police and security forces against the people who have risen against unbearable injustices and discrimination,”…

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Macron’s concessions draw mixed reactions in France

French opposition groups and some protesters have rejected the concessions recently made by President Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to end violent protests across the country, while some others have voiced satisfaction with his response. President Macron promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in a televised speech on Monday, saying the protesters’ anger was “deep, and in many ways legitimate.”…

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EU will launch financial mechanism with Iran by year-end: Mogherini

The European Union will establish a mechanism to facilitate non-dollar transactions with Iran in the near future in an attempt to circumvent sanctions imposed by the United States against Tehran, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says. “I will expect this instrument to be established in the coming weeks before the end of the year as a way to protect…

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Macron gives in to protesters’ demands, offers wage rise

  French president Emmanuel Macron on Monday tried to placate the so-called “yellow vest” protesters and control the ongoing crisis in France by introducing a series of concrete measures including wage rises and tax exemptions. In response to the biggest political crisis of his 19-month presidency, the president tried to talk the protesters out of further action, promising a rise…

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Le Drian tells Trump not to take French domestic politics into account

  In the wake of mocking tweets by US President Donald Trump targeting the policies of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, the European country’s foreign minister says Washington should not be meddling into the country’s internal affairs. “We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television on…

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No-deal Brexit would force Scots to vote for independence from UK: Poll

  A new poll conducted in Scotland shows that a significant majority of people in the British province would prefer to leave the United Kingdom if the country leaves the European Union without a deal. The Panelbase survey, carried out for The Sunday Times Scotland and LBC, showed that almost three in five people, around 59 percent, would vote for…

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German rail union calls strike for Monday in pay row

German railway workers will stage a four-hour nationwide strike on Monday that will hit morning commuters, a spokesman for the EVG union said on Sunday, as it steps up pressure in a pay dispute. The spokesman said the strike would start at 0500 local time (0400 GMT) and affect local, regional and long-distance passenger and freight trains. The move comes…

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Police heavily deployed to contain protests across France

  A massive police operation has got underway across France amid huge protest rallies by tens of thousands of “yellow vest” demonstrators. The operation on Sunday, particularly in the capital Paris, came after the country’s Interior Ministry announced that 89,000 police officers had been deployed in cities nationwide to confront an estimated 136,000 protesters. The ministry also said 1,723 protesters…

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