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Spain: Leftists block Catalan leader's bid to form pro-independence regional government

November
30
,
2015
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MADRID — Efforts by the acting president of Spain's powerful northeastern Catalonia region to form a pro-independence regional government have been dealt another blow as the radical pro-secession CUP party reaffirmed its opposition to his...

Trudeau to discuss climate change in meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi

November
28
,
2015
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VALETTA, Malta — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Sunday night in Paris to make the case for a comprehensive climate change agreement. Trudeau is departing a Commonwealth leaders summit...

France honours attack victims in a city subdued by mourning, fear

November
27
,
2015
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PARIS — A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honouring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" who...

Queen Elizabeth II opens Commonwealth meeting on Malta; climate change, extremists on agenda

November
27
,
2015
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VALLETTA, Malta — Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta — a meeting that this year will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence. The 89-year-old British...

Poland will not extradite Roman Polanski to the US after prosecutors accept court ruling

November
27
,
2015
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WARSAW, Poland — Poland will not extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. in an almost 40-year-old case after prosecutors declined to challenge a court ruling against it. Prosecutors in Krakow, who had sought the...

Commonwealth meeting is 'training camp' for Paris climate talks, says Dion

November
26
,
2015
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VALLETTA, Malta — Leaders of 53 Commonwealth countries are grappling with their own negotiations on addressing climate change in what Canada's foreign minister calls a "training camp" for next week's United Nations conference...

Turkey releases recording of agitated warnings issued to Russian plane before shooting it down

November
26
,
2015
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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military’s repeated warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane before it was shot down at the border with Syria _ audio that grows increasingly more...

Brussels schools reopen as manhunt continues for Paris attacks suspects

November
25
,
2015
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BRUSSELS — Police armed with automatic weapons guarded schools in the Belgian capital as they reopened Wednesday for the first time since emergency measures were imposed in the wake of the Paris attacks, while Belgian and French authorities...

Merkel, Kissinger remember ex-West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt at state funeral

November
23
,
2015
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BERLIN — Thousands of people lined the streets of Hamburg on Monday to pay tribute to former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, one of the city's most respected sons who died two weeks ago at age 96. Schmidt guided West Germany...

Schools, subway stay shut as Brussels remains on high alert over threat of Paris-style attack

November
22
,
2015
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BRUSSELS — With hundreds of troops patrolling Brussels for a second day and authorities hunting one or more suspected militants, the Belgian government chose Sunday to keep the capital on the highest state of alert into the start of the...