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Greek President meets his Israeli counterpart

“Europe needs to address the refugee issue in terms of humanity,” Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Wednesday said at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin at the presidential mansion in Jerusalem. “Europe must never again become a ‘dark continent’ and it must fight against any kind of xenophobia and racism, including anti-Semitism,” noted the President. Pavlopoulos underlined that ...

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Judicial issues and scandals heat up debate in Greek parliament

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis upped the pressure on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government on Tuesday by calling for their resignations during a parliamentary debate that was meant to focus on judicial issues. Tsipras had asked for the discussion to address allegations that the government has been interfering in the judicial process and to highlight corruption investigations. The premier asked ...

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Obama blames the media for Trump’s rise

US President Barack Obama has said the media is partly to blame for the rise of Republican Donald Trump as a political force. Speaking at an event for political reporters, Mr Obama said it was not enough to give “someone a microphone”. Mr Trump, a hotel tycoon who has made waves with a series of controversial remarks, is winning the race ...

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Kerry visits Brussels- at least 2 Americans among the victims

As US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Brussels to pay his condolences to the Belgian people, officials said on Friday that at least two of the 31 people killed were US citizens. They have not yet been publicly identified, though their families have been informed, the Associated Press said. The family of Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski said in a ...

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Brussels attacks raise right-wing Euroscepticism

Right wing leaders across Europe criticized European Union policies on Tuesday, blaming open borders and a failure to address Islamic fundamentalism for the terror attacks in Brussels. In the U.K., MEP Mike Hookem, a defense spokesman for the UK Independence Party, which is campaigning for Britain to leave the E.U., called for closing down the open borders between countries in ...

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Obama and Raul Castro in historic meet-up (video)

Brushing off decades of distrust, US president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro shook hands today in Havana’s Palace of the Revolution. The meeting is aimed at advancing the diplomatic opening that both leaders have pursued. The pair stood together as a Cuban military band played the national anthems of Cuba and the United States – stunning sounds in a ...

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Implementing the deal will be a difficult task, says Greek PM

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras warned Monday that an international agreement to limit the number of refugees traveling to Europe could not be properly implemented unless smugglers on the Turkish coast are stopped. The refugee agreement went into effect Sunday, under which Greek authorities will detain newly-arrived refugees and send them back to Turkey and the European Union will settle ...

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Turkish observers arrived in Chios and Mytilini

Monitors from Turkey have arrived on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios to help supervise an agreement aimed at limiting the number of refugees flowing into the European Union via smugglers’ boats. The officers arrived on Monday and were to stay for at least one week, as Greek authorities scrambled to implement the landmark deal reached last week between ...

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US expressed support to the Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara

The United States bore a new blow to the UN General Secretary’s personal vendetta with Morocco. After the Security Council members showed no support to Ban Ki-moon and the dispute with Morocco, the United States today expressed support to the Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara, considering it both credible and realistic, the U.S. mission to the United Nations said ...

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Obama goes Cuba

President Barack Obama will open a new era in the United States’ thorny relationship with Cuba during a history-making trip that has two seemingly dissonant goals: locking in his softer approach while also pushing the island’s communist leaders to change their ways. Obama’s 2½ day visit starting Sunday will be a crowning moment for the ambitious diplomatic experiment that he ...

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