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Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis

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Erdogan summoned Cabinet to discuss expelling 10 envoys They had sought release of philanthropist Osman Kavala Expulsions would have opened wide rift with the West Erdogan says U.S. and other envoys ‘stepped back’ ISTANBUL, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Turkey and its Western allies climbed down from a full-blown diplomatic crisis......

As France’s presidential election nears, Macron’s challengers are in the spotlight

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here France’s President Emmanuel Macron. STEPHANE MAHE | AFP | Getty Images As France gears up for a presidential election in just six months’ time, there is one critical question: Who will be the main challenger to Emmanuel Macron? The French......

Croatia’s right-wing eurosceptics seek referendum on euro adoption

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Euro currency bills are pictured at the Croatian National Bank in Zagreb, Croatia, May 21, 2019. Picture taken May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic/File Photo ZAGREB, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Croatia’s conservative and eurosceptic party Hrvatski Suverenisti (Croatian Sovereignists) began a two-week drive on Sunday to collect signatures in a bid......

Turkey’s Erdogan orders 10 ambassadors declared ‘persona non grata’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde ISTANBUL, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors — including from the United States, Germany and France — ‘persona non grata’ for calling for the release......

Labour union urges European authorities to widen Amazon antitrust probe after Reuters story

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The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, October 6, 2021 REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol NEW DELHI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A global trade union for the services sector on Friday urged European authorities to widen their antitrust investigation of Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to assess if......

British gas pumps still dry, pig cull fears grow

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A worker guides vehicles into the forecourt as they queue to refill at a fuel station in London, Britain, September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Many gas stations still closed – Reuters reporters Britain says crisis stabilising More than a quarter of gas stations dry Pig cull fears: farmers warn butcher......

Ukraine demands sanctions on Russia’s Gazprom after Kyiv loses gas imports

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An engineer checks the gas distribution system in Beregdaroc, one of several points where Russian gas crosses into the European Union February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh Russia-Hungary deal deprives Kyiv of revenue, gas Kyiv wants sanctions on Gazprom Kremlin says criticism is politicised Says Gazprom is meeting all obligations KYIV/MOSCOW,......

Poland illegally pushed migrants back into Belarus, Amnesty Int’l says

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Polish border guard officers stand guard next to a group of migrants stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland August 19, 2021. Picture taken on August 19, 2021. Grzegorz Dabrowski/Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERS WARSAW/BRUSSELS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Poland carried out an unlawful......

Analysis: From chips to ships, shortages are making inflation stick

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A gas burner is pictured on a cooker in a private home in Bordeaux, soutwestern France, December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau Analysts still view price pressures as temporary But watching supply, worker shortages closely U.S. seen more at risk from wage-induced inflation LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Soaring gas prices,......

Powell: “Tension” between jobs, inflation is the chief challenge facing Fed

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the CARES Act, at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, U.S., September 28, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS Sept 29 (Reuters) – Resolving “tension” between high inflation and still-elevated unemployment is......

Europe and China must continue talking despite disagreements, EU says

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Josep Borrell holds a press conference after a meeting of E.U. Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 20, 2021. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado Sept 28 (Reuters) – The European Union and China must continue engaging on a number......

What a post-Merkel Germany could mean for Europe

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A view of EU and German flags over the Reichstag building, the seat of the German Parliament. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images LONDON — As Germany prepares for an overhaul in its political status quo, analysts are looking at......

Britain puts military on standby as panic buying leaves pumps dry

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Army tanker drivers to be deployed if needed Trucker shortage has hit supply chains Britain says will extend some HGV licences Industry says hopes situation will stabilise LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Britain put the army on standby to deliver fuel from Tuesday after an acute shortage of truckers triggered......

EU says U.S. trade, tech council to boost its clout, set rules for 21st century

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U.S. President Joe Biden walks with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during the EU-U.S. summit, in Brussels, Belgium June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo BRUSSELS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) will give Europe more clout and......

Gaza to begin rebuilding homes destroyed in May conflict

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GAZA, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The reconstruction of homes in Gaza that were destroyed or damaged in the May conflict between Israel and Hamas will begin in the first week of October using aid from Qatar, a senior Palestinian housing official said on Sunday. Gaza’s Hamas-run government says Israeli air......

Germans vote in close election to decide Merkel successor

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Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking a fifth term Final opinion polls gave Social Democrats a narrow lead Conservatives reduced gap in final stages of campaign BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Germans vote in a national election on Sunday that looks too close to call, with the centre-left Social Democrats......

Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday at the United Nations. Mali’s year-old military junta is close to a deal to recruit the Russian private military contractors the Wagner......

Britain expected to ease visa rules as truck driver shortage bites

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LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Britain is expected to announce plans to issue temporary work visas to truck drivers to ease an acute labour shortage that has led to fuel rationing at hundreds of gas stations and long queues to fill up – with pumps running dry in some places.......

Europe needs long-term energy plan, Eni CEO says

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Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy company Eni talks to media at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou/File Photo MILAN, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Soaring gas prices as winter approaches are evidence that the European Union needs to work out a long-term energy security plan,......

World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change

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Largest global climate protest since pandemic Strike takes place weeks before COP26 summit Hundreds of thousands protest in Germany alone, organisers say ‘No political party is doing close to enough’, Thunberg says BRUSSELS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand......

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