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EU’s top diplomat: EU-Iran trade vehicle could be ready by year-end

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Monday a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent U.S. sanctions could be in place by year’s end. FILE PHOTO: European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini arrives at an extraordinary EU leaders summit to finalise and …

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Catalan hunger strikers sending message, not risking life: jailed separatist

MADRID (Reuters) – Jailed Catalan separatists who have gone on hunger strike are protesting against their treatment by the Spanish judicial system but have no intention of starving themselves to death, one told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Jordi Sanchez, a Catalan separatist leader, gestures as he leaves Spain’s High Court in …

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Macron faces pressure to change tack as French unrest slows economy

PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron met French lawmakers, trade unions and business groups on Monday before giving a national address when he will respond to violent anti-government protests convulsing the country. Heaping pressure on Macron, the Bank of France said the nationwide unrest was stunting the economy, forecasting that …

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Protesters disrupt U.S. fossil fuel event at climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Protesters disturbed a U.S.-sponsored event promoting fossil fuels on the sidelines of U.N. climate change talks on Monday, saying attempts to rebrand coal as a potentially “clean” energy source were misleading. Environmental activist protests against fossil fuel in front of the the venue of the COP24 …

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No-deal Brexit more likely amid ‘confused’ situation in London, France says

FILE PHOTO: French deputy minister in charge of European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau arrives at the Elysee Palace for the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France October 17, 2018. Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERS PARIS (Reuters) – A costly British exit from the European Union without a negotiated deal is increasingly likely, …

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