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UK POLITICS: Timeline for Theresa May’s Brexit Legislation

UK POLITICS: Timeline for Theresa May’s Brexit Legislation

UK House of Lords begins debating legislation which would give Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

“Political transition” is a phrase understood by the opposition to mean a removal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad or at least an erosion of his powers.

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USA POLITICS: Europe ‘Indispensable Partner’: Pence to Assure Europeans During His Europe Tour

USA POLITICS: Europe ‘Indispensable Partner’: Pence to Assure Europeans During His Europe Tour

“We are the most secure and most prosperous when both the U.S. and Europe are strong and united,” the adviser said, previewing Pence’s trip.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Europe Must Not Bow to US Spending Demands On NATO: EU’s Juncker

EUROPE POLITICS: Europe Must Not Bow to US Spending Demands On NATO: EU’s Juncker

“It has been the American message for many, many years. I am very much against letting ourselves be pushed into this,” Juncker said in a speech on the sidelines of the international Munich Security Conference.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Arab League, Egypt Back Only ‘Two-State’ Solution for Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

PALESTINE POLITICS: Arab League, Egypt Back Only ‘Two-State’ Solution for Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Netanyahu’s far-right political allies hailed the U.S. shift in support for a Palestinian state and shrugged off a call by Trump to curb Israeli settlements on occupied land.

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CANADA POLITICS: UN to Negotiate With US, Canada to Resettle Rohingya Refugees

CANADA POLITICS: UN to Negotiate With US, Canada to Resettle Rohingya Refugees

1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad.

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SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

“We expect to start very, very shortly with just a handful of people,” a U.N. human rights official told Reuters.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Absolutely ‘Supports’ Two-State Solution: Nikki Haley U.S. Ambassador to UN

USA POLITICS: Trump Absolutely ‘Supports’ Two-State Solution: Nikki Haley U.S. Ambassador to UN

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, “We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

Brazil Lower House of Congress on Wednesday approved a bill that reopens a program providing an amnesty against criminal prosecution to Brazilians holding undeclared assets abroad if they pay tax and a fine.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Says Canada, EU Must Lead World Economy

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Says Canada, EU Must Lead World Economy

“You are a vital player in addressing the challenges that we collectively face as an international community,” Canadian PM Justin Trudeau told EU lawmakers.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

Iran is implementing the deal on its nuclear program agreed with world powers, the head of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Official! EU-Canada CETA Deal Approved

CANADA POLITICS: Official! EU-Canada CETA Deal Approved

The European Union Parliament approved on Wednesday a hotly contested free trade deal with Canada after seven years of negotiations.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Spending Rises, Britain Meets Goal

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Spending Rises, Britain Meets Goal

“NATO’s own figures clearly show that the UK spends over 2 percent of its GDP on defence,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

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GAMBIA POLITICS: Barrow Says Gambia to Stay in ICC

GAMBIA POLITICS: Barrow Says Gambia to Stay in ICC

“We reaffirm The Gambia’s commitment to the principles enshrined in the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court,” President Adama Barrow said.

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UK POLITICS: David Davis Says ‘Britain Unlikely to Trigger Article 50 at March 9 EU Summit’

UK POLITICS: David Davis Says ‘Britain Unlikely to Trigger Article 50 at March 9 EU Summit’

“I’m confident that we’ll do it before our timetable but not necessarily before the one you played out,” Brexit Secretary David Davis said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Juncker Says Britain May Split EU Over Brexit Talks

EUROPE POLITICS: Juncker Says Britain May Split EU Over Brexit Talks

“Now everyone is saying in relation to Trump and Brexit: ‘Now is Europe’s big chance. Now is time to close ranks and march together,'” Juncker said.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: West Lothian to Sturgeon: No Haste For New Referendum

SCOTLAND POLITICS: West Lothian to Sturgeon: No Haste For New Referendum

Scottish independence supporters in West Lothian have some advice for their First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: bide your time on another referendum.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Lower Chamber Approval to Trigger Brexit From EU

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Lower Chamber Approval to Trigger Brexit From EU

Lawmakers (MPs) voted 494 to 122 in favour of legislation giving May the right to trigger Brexit, ending days of intense debate. The bill now needs the approval of the upper chamber, in which May does not have a majority, before it becomes law.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

European allies are growing confident. They are reassured by Trump’s remarks to U.S. forces in Florida this week, when he said: “We strongly support NATO.”

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UK POLITICS: Sturgeon Slams Corbyn on Twitter: ‘Pathetic’

UK POLITICS: Sturgeon Slams Corbyn on Twitter: ‘Pathetic’

Sturgeon to Corbyn: “You’ve just handed Tories (Conservatives) a blank cheque. You didn’t win a single concession but still voted for the bill. Pathetic.”

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