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EU agrees new gun rules after militant attacks

The European Union agreed stricter gun rules on Tuesday but balked at a proposal for a complete ban on the most lethal semi-automatic weapons such as the Kalashnikov. The measure is part of an overall tightening of EU rules that

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Britain to give up 6 months EU presidency in 2017

The office of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, has told EU President Donald Tusk that Britain intends to give up its six-month presidency of the European Council scheduled for next year. The office said on Wednesday in London that

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Two cheers for Erdogan: Europe hopes and fears after coup bid

European leaders greeted the defeat of Turkey’s coup on Saturday with relief as it averts chaos and keeps alive a deal that has helped to stem the migration crisis threatening the continent. But while some hope a reminder of resistance

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May builds new-look Brexit cabinet to steer EU divorce

New Prime Minister Theresa May ruthlessly overhauled the British cabinet on Thursday, sacking a raft of ministers, promoting loyalists and putting supporters of Britain’s exit from the European Union firmly in charge of negotiating its terms. A day after replacing

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EU court split on headscarf bans

The EU’s top court faced a dilemma Wednesday after a top legal officer said it was discriminatory for a firm to tell an employee to remove a Muslim headscarf, contradicting an earlier opinion in a separate case. The latest case

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British government rejects petition calling for second EU referendum

The British government has rejected an online petition signed by 4.1 million people calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the European Union. Britons voted by 52 to 48 percent, or 17.4 million votes to 16.1 million, to

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UK PM candidates vow to make EU immigration harder after Brexit

Both candidates seeking to become Britain’s next prime minister vowed in interviews published on Friday to impose tougher rules on EU citizens newly arriving in Britain, as they face a ballot of party members to choose David Cameron’s successor. Just

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Trump takes potential VP running mates for test drives

Republican Donald Trump is using part of this week to try out some of his potential vice presidential running mates as he seeks to make his choice in time for the Republican National Convention July 18-21. Republicans close to the

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After Brexit, EU proposes tougher tax rules on trusts

The European Commission will propose on Tuesday stricter rules on trusts to prevent tax evasion, in a move that Britain has long opposed and which was deferred until after the Brexit referendum. The EU push to identify owners of trusts

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EU referendum: Osborne warns of Brexit budget cuts

George Osborne says he will have to slash public spending and increase taxes in an emergency Budget to tackle a £30bn “black hole” if the UK votes to leave the European Union. The chancellor will say this could include raising

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