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Google staff discussed ways to fight Trump's Muslim travel ban: Report

Google offers solutions to avoid more EU Android fines

October 17, 2018 12:33 am

Brussels: Google formally offered its solutions to avoid more EU mega-fines Wednesday, after Brussels accused the US tech giant of illegally abusing the dominance of its Android operating system for mobile devices. The European Commission in July hit Google with its biggest ever fine, imposing a 4.34 billion euro (USD 5 billion) penalty, giving the […]

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World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

October 16, 2018 11:35 pm

Paris: From Venice and the tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean basin are deeply threatened by rising sea levels, researchers warned Tuesday. All but two of 49 UN-recognised icons of human civilisation rimming the Mediterranean Sea risk being damaged by the rising watermark, soil erosion, or both, with few options for […]

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German police 'not ruling out terror' motive in Cologne hostage-taking

German police ‘not ruling out terror’ motive in Cologne hostage-taking

October 16, 2018 2:28 am

Cologne: German police said Monday they were not eliminating terrorism as a possible motive for a hostage-taking at Cologne central station that left four people injured. “The investigation is considering all possibilities and we are not ruling out terrorism,” said Cologne deputy police chief Miriam Brauns at a news conference. The suspect, who was badly […]

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EU President Donald Tusk

No Brexit deal scenario ‘more likely than ever before’: EU President Tusk

October 16, 2018 12:55 am

Brussels: A no-deal scenario in Brexit negotiations is ‘more likely than ever before’, EU President Donald Tusk warned Monday, ahead of a crunch summit in Brussels billed as a crucial moment for planning Britain’s exit from the bloc. In a letter to members of the European Council, Tusk said that while he encouraged all involved […]

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Flash floods kill at least 13 people in southwest France

Flash floods kill at least 13 people in southwest France

October 15, 2018 8:30 pm

Paris : Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. People had to be helicoptered to safety from the roofs of their homes as overnight storms dumped the equivalent of several months of rain in […]

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May to deliver Brexit update in parliament later Monday: spokesman

May to deliver Brexit update in parliament later Monday: spokesman

October 15, 2018 6:11 pm

London: Prime Minister Theresa May will update the British parliament on the status of Brexit negotiations later on Monday, her spokesman said, a day after last-ditch talks between British and EU negotiators failed to agree a draft divorce settlement. “The prime minister is updating the House (of Commons) later,” May’s spokesman told reporters at a […]

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Norway makes rare discovery of Viking ship traces

Norway makes rare discovery of Viking ship traces

October 15, 2018 5:54 pm

Oslo: Archaeologists said on Monday they have found what they believe are traces of a Viking ship buried in southeast Norway, a rare discovery that could shed light on the skilled navigators’ expeditions in the Middle Ages. The boatlike shape was detected about 50 centimetres underground in a tumulus, a burial mound, with the use […]

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EU, Britain in surprise early talks ahead of crunch summit

EU, Britain in surprise early talks ahead of crunch summit

October 15, 2018 1:54 am

Brussels: EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Britain’s Brexit minister scrambled to hold talks on Sunday ahead of a crunch summit this week as time runs out on striking a divorce deal. Barnier and Dominic Raab held surprise talks in Brussels, as London insisted the negotiations were far from reaching a conclusion. With Britain set […]

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EU, Britain in surprise early talks ahead of crunch summit

No deal yet on Northern Ireland Brexit ‘backstop’

October 15, 2018 1:35 am

Brussels: Last-ditch talks on Sunday between London and Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiators failed to reach an agreement on trade rules for Northern Ireland, EU representative Michel Barnier said. Both sides now face the prospect of beginning a crunch summit on Wednesday without a draft divorce deal, increasing the chances of a disorderly and damaging British […]

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Top US senators scold Riyadh, vow action over Khashoggi debacle

London, Paris, Berlin demand ‘credible’ Khashoggi probe

October 15, 2018 1:32 am

London: Britain, France and Germany insisted Sunday that “light must be shed” on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance. In a joint statement, Britain’s foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany’s Heiko Maas said whoever was responsible for the Saudi […]

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