Exclusive: U.N. may push back Libya election conference

 he United Nations is likely to delay a conference intended to prepare Libya for elections this year until there is more support from rival leaders, sources familiar with the plans said. The national meeting is central to a U.N. and Western roadmap for a vote in Libya as a way …

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Skirting U.S. sanctions, Europeans launch trade mechanism for Iran

rance, Germany and Britain have set up a mechanism for non-dollar trade with Iran to avert U.S. sanctions, although diplomats acknowledge it is unlikely to free up the big transactions that Tehran says it needs to keep a nuclear deal afloat. Washington’s major European allies opposed last year’s decision by …

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EU parliament recognizes Guaido as Venezuelan interim president

 he European Parliament recognized Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state on Thursday, heightening international pressure on the OPEC member’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro. EU lawmakers voted 439 in favor to 104 against, with 88 abstentions, at a special session in Brussels to recognize Venezuelan congress head Guaido as …

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Egypt opens new international airport in Giza for trial flights

gypt opened a new international airport on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday for an initial trial period, in a bid to ease pressure from Cairo’s main airport and help boost tourism. The Sphinx International Airport, located near the Giza Pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum, is expected …

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French ‘yellow vests’ defy Macron again in tense protests

housands of “yellow vest” demonstrators marched in Paris and other French cities on Saturday in protests that brought sporadic clashes with police and suggested that President Emmanuel Macron has yet to defuse public discontent. On the 11th consecutive weekend of action against the government, 69,000 people took to the streets, …

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Russian painting stolen from Moscow gallery during exhibition

20th century landscape painting by a Russian artist was stolen from a Moscow art gallery in a brazen act of theft during an exhibition, police said on Sunday. A museum employee called in to say video surveillance footage showed the thieves simply took the painting off the wall and made …

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Nine injured in blast in The Hague caused by gas leak

gas leak led to an explosion in the Hague that injured nine people when part of their apartment building collapsed, the Dutch city’s fire department said on Sunday. In a statement, the Hague fire department said 7 people had been taken to nearby hospitals.

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East Libyan forces call U.N. envoy ‘opponent’

he forces that control eastern Libya regard U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame as an enemy contributing to the North African nation’s violent crisis, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The unusually strong criticism followed the U.N. Libya mission’s expression of “deep concern” about a deployment last week to southern Libya of troops …

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U.S.-backed forces about to end Islamic State’s last enclave in Syria

.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces are on the verge of eliminating Islamic State militants’ last remaining enclave in Syria near the border with Iraq after a four-month devastating bombing campaign that has left hundreds of civilian casualties, residents and rebels said on Wednesday. U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces are on the verge of eliminating …

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Indonesia to review early release of cleric linked to Bali bombings

ndonesia is reviewing a decision to grant early release to a radical Muslim cleric linked to the 2002 Bali bombings, Abu Bakar Bashir, authorities said, after news of the plan provoked criticism. Last week, President Joko Widodo said Bashir, 81, would be granted early release on humanitarian grounds, citing his …

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Ten U.N. peacekeepers killed in attack in northern Mali

en U.N. peacekeepers from Chad were killed and at least 25 were wounded while repelling an attack by armed assailants near a village in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African nation’s U.N. mission and the United Nations said. The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. U.N. peacekeeping …

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