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Brexit: A long, complicated divorce

Brussels (AFP) – A British exit from the European Union would plunge the two parties into a messy divorce and force them build a new relationship after a marriage of more than 40 years. Here are the logistical and legal … Continue reading

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Trump or not, ‘big data’ could be huge in 2016 vote

Washington (AFP) – “Big data” could play a huge role in the 2016 US election, even if Donald Trump doesn’t think so. Trump, who sailed through the Republican primaries using unconventional campaign rallies and Twitter messages, has indicated that he … Continue reading

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Venezuelan officials and opposition meet mediators over standoff

Caracas (AFP) – Venezuelan officials and opposition members have held separate secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with a group of former world leaders attempting to mediate the country’s spiraling political crisis, officials said. Representatives of both sides of Venezuela’s … Continue reading

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Hollande, Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun battle

Verdun (France) (AFP) – French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Sunday stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World … Continue reading

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Unity government struggles to make impact in Libya

Tripoli (AFP) – Two months after his dramatic arrival in Libya’s capital, Fayez al-Sarraj’s unity government has won international support but had little impact inside a divided country plagued by jihadists, analysts say. The head of the Government of National … Continue reading

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Obamas take a night out at Mexican restaurant in Washington

People take photographs as President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama walk into the Oyamel Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Washington for dinner on Saturday, May 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) More WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s date night for … Continue reading

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Venezuelan government ‘holds talks’ with opposition

A group of former presidents has held secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with Venezuelan officials and government opponents in an attempt to mediate the South American nation’s political standoff, an opposition leader has confirmed. Behind Venezuela’s looming collapse – Counting … Continue reading

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Venezuela extends shortened workweek decree for public sector

Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela’s government on Saturday extended by two weeks a decree reducing the public sector workweek to Mondays and Tuesdays in a bid to tackle the oil-rich country’s electricity crisis. The enforced leave was first announced in late … Continue reading

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Gibraltar leader fears Spain sovereignty push over Brexit

London (AFP) – Spain may try to force the issue of joint sovereignty with Britain over Gibraltar in the event of a Brexit, the territory’s chief minister said in an interview aired Saturday. Fabian Picardo told Sky News television that … Continue reading

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How will Ankara and Washington heal their rift?

Turkey calls them “terrorists”. The US sees them as allies against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). Kurdish forces in Syria have been working with the US army for months now. But Turkey … Continue reading

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