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UPDATED: Seven dead in Spain as winter storms lash coast

by Daniel BOSQUE BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) –The death toll from a storm that has lashed Spain with strong winds and heavy snow has risen to seven, while four people were missing, officials said. Gale-force winds and huge waves have smashed …

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Fire forces closure of Spanish airport in tourism hotspot

ALICANTE, Spain (AFP) — A fire broke out Wednesday on the roof of the airport in Alicante, a city on the eastern Mediterranean coast which is a tourism hotspot, forcing its closure to air traffic. “The fire is under control …

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One dead, one missing in blast at Spanish chemical plant

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — One person was killed, six others injured and one reported missing following an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in northeast Spain on Tuesday, regional authorities said. The cause of the blast at the IQOXE …

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French priest admits ‘caresses’ in boy scout abuse trial

  By Myriam Chaplain Riou LYON, FRANCE (AFP) — Accused of sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts in the 1970s and 80s, a French Catholic priest confessed in court Tuesday to “caresses” he knew were forbidden, and said for 20 …

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UK PM says ‘Trump deal’ could replace Iran nuclear pact

  By Alice Ritchie LONDON, UK (AFP) — Britain emphasised its commitment to the Iranian nuclear deal on Tuesday even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would favour replacing it with an accord that Washington could support. Johnson’s proposal …

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Ousted Ghosn seeks retirement benefit from Renault

PARIS, France (AFP) — The former chief executive of Renault Carlos Ghosn, who fled Japan while awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges, is seeking the payment of a retirement payment by the French carmaker that he says was unfairly withheld. …

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French transport strike drags on despite govt compromise on pensions

by Marie-Pierre FEREY PARIS, France (AFP) — A crippling French transport strike dragged into its 39th day on Sunday despite the government’s offer to withdraw the most contested measure of the pension reform plans that sparked the protest. Prime Minister …

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Prince Harry’s wife Meghan returns to Canada amid royal storm

By Alice Ritchie LONDON, UK (AFP) — Prince Harry’s wife Meghan has returned to Canada following the couple’s bombshell announcement that they were quitting their frontline royal duties, it emerged Friday, as the monarch held urgent talks with her family …

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Brexit in sight as British MPs scrutinise divorce deal

By Alice Ritchie/ Joe Jackson Britain moves a step closer to a historic departure from the European Union on Tuesday, after more than three years of bitter division and political drama, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson brings his Brexit deal …

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UK teen gets suspended jail term for ‘false’ Cyprus rape claim

    By Duncan Woodside PARALIMNI, CYPRUS (AFP) — A Cypriot court on Tuesday handed a British teenager a four-month suspended prison sentence after convicting her of falsely accusing a dozen Israeli tourists of gang rape. The 19-year-old, who could …

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French govt meets as unions vow to harden pension strike

  By Joseph Schmid and Mariette le Roux PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — Top French officials met Friday to hash out their strategy ahead of fresh pension overhaul talks with unions who have threatened wider protests alongside a crippling transport strike …

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Spain PM awaits backing from Catalan separatists for new term

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Thursday 1/2/2020 – 08:20 UTC-5 | 663 words BARCELONA, SPAIN (AFP) — A Catalan separatist party is expected on Thursday to back the investiture of Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez for another term as prime …

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