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Pope Francis removes two cardinals embroiled in sex abuse scandals from advisory council

In a significant decision, announced today by the Vatican, Pope Francis has terminated the services of three cardinals who for the past five years were members of his council of nine cardinal advisors. Two of them have been embroiled in the...
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Police name Strasbourg suspect as manhunt continues

Police have identified the Strasbourg shooter as Cherif Chekatt, 29, from the same French city bordering Germany. He is known to authorities and remains at large. French police have appealed to the public not to approach the suspect if they...
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Croatia creates its own Yellow Vests movement; protests scheduled

France’s Yellow Vests protests have prompted others to follow in their footsteps, with similar rallies now being announced in Croatia on Saturday. Spurred by the French protesters’ success, citizens of Belgium and the Netherlands took to...
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Theresa May survives confidence vote of Tory MPs

Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117, BBC reports. After securing 63% of the total vote, she is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year. Speaking in Downing...
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4.4 earthquake hits off coast of Zakynthos

A light 4.4 earthquake on the Richter scale jolted the Ionian Sea on Thursday. The tremor was recorded at 08:26 and according to the Geodynamics Institute of Athens’ Observatory, its epicentre was located in the sea region 26km southwest...
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MEPs ratify EU budget for 2019

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) gave Wednesday their final approval to the deal they reached last week with national ministers on the EU’s budget for next year, BBC reports. After weeks of negotiations, they agreed to cap expenditure...
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Seven dead after Turkish high-speed train crashes in Ankara

A Turkish high-speed train has collided with another rail engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a train station in Ankara on Thursday, killing seven people and injuring 46. Video footage showed emergency workers at the scene, working...
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Bosnian Presidency finally convenes, Dodik backs down from insisting on entity flag

The three members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina elected in the October general elections on Wednesday managed to convene for the first time in the Presidency building in Sarajevo with only the state flag being displayed, despite...
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Turkey says it will launch new Syria offensive within days

Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria “within a few days,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move that is likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the...
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Bulgaria Air flight with Defence Minister on board makes emergency landing in Vienna

A Bulgaria Air flight from Brussels to Sofia with Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov on board made an emergency landing in Vienna, Bulgarian National Radio reported. Karakachanov, who was accompanied by other...