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Brexit: France activates no-deal plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption France will spend millions of euros preparing ports and airports for a no-deal Brexit French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks “less and less unlikely” and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it. After the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement, Mr Philippe […]

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Alexandre Benalla: Sacked Macron aide held over diplomatic passports

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alexandre Benalla worked for Mr Macron during his presidential campaign A sacked aide to French President Emmanuel Macron has been detained over the use of diplomatic passports. The Paris prosecutor’s office said a preliminary inquiry had been opened into Alexandre Benalla’s alleged possession of two passports. He is alleged to […]

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Putin warns West on Balkans as Serbia provides lavish welcome

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Russian leader was given full military honours as he arrived in the Serbian capital Russia’s Vladimir Putin has arrived in Serbia at the head of powerful delegation, aiming to cement ties with a country seeking to join the EU. As well as a red-carpet welcome, President Aleksandar Vucic gave […]

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New York Knicks star Enes Kanter: Why I can’t leave the USA

NBA team the New York Knicks will be playing against the Washington Wizards in London on Thursday – but the Knicks will be without star player Enes Kanter. The 26-year-old centre has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – who he’s called “a dictator” – and says he’s afraid he’ll be […]

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Putin warns West on Balkans as Serbia prepares lavish welcome

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Putin will be joined by several government ministers and the heads of Russia’s nuclear and space organisations Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a powerful delegation to Serbia on Thursday, aiming to cement co-operation with a country seeking to join the EU. Ahead of his Belgrade visit, Mr Putin accused […]

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Brexit vote: Donald Tusk hints UK should stay in EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Tusk hinted that cancelling Brexit is “the only positive solution” European Council President Donald Tusk has hinted that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was rejected in parliament. “If a deal is impossible, and no-one wants no deal, then who will […]

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Brexit vote: Donald Tusk suggests UK should stay in EU

Media captionBrexit: EU want to know what UK wants European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was rejected in parliament. “If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what […]

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Germany accuses army linguist of spying for Iran over Afghan missions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Germany has more than 1,000 troops in northern Afghanistan German police have arrested a 50-year-old Afghan-German man suspected of passing military secrets to Iran. Federal prosecutors named the army linguist, arrested in Rhineland state, only as Abdul Hamid S. He is understood to have known details of German military operations […]

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Hotel hit by avalanche as parts of Europe are snowed under

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The force of the snow shattered windows and filled the hotel’s rooms In Austria, 60 hotel guests escaped injury when their building was hit by an avalanche overnight. The avalanche in Ramsau am Dachstein was strong enough to throw vehicles out of its path and burst through windows. Much of […]

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Spain rescuers struggle to find two-year-old boy in deep borehole

Image copyright EPA Image caption Firefighters are probing the narrow borehole with a camera Spanish rescuers are struggling to find a two-year-old boy who fell down a borehole more than 100m (328ft) deep near the southern city of Málaga. The operation has gone on day and night since the boy disappeared on Sunday afternoon during […]

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