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Canada PM’s chief secretary resigns amid SNC controversy

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts resigned on Monday amid allegations Trudeau’s office had pressured the former justice minister to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and his principal secretary Gerald Butts take part in …

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Visegrad summit in Israel cancelled after Poland withdraws | Poland News

A two-day summit of Central European leaders in Israel is cancelled after Poland withdrew on Monday, accusing Israel‘s acting foreign minister of “racist” and “totally unacceptable” statements.  Leaders of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, known as the Visegrad group (V4) were to meet in Israel for two days …

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Canadian prime minister Trudeau’s chief secretary resigns

FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and his principal secretary Gerald Butts take part in a meeting with Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (not pictured) on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald …

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More EU-UK Brexit talks set after Cox sets out backstop changes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said on Monday he would hold more talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier at mid-week after British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox sets out proposed amendments to the tricky Irish border backstop. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union …

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Venezuela to distribute food to poor Colombians amid aid tension

A general view of a warehouse where international humanitarian aid for Venezuela is stored, at the Tienditas cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government will distribute food to poor residents of the Colombian border city of Cucuta this …

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Four cabinet ministers urge UK’s May to stop using no-deal Brexit threat in talks: report

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls (Reuters) – Four of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s senior ministers have urged her to stop using the threat of a no-deal Brexit in divorce negotiations with the European Union, …

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