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UK’s May tries to calm Brexit rebels, says deal almost done

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May urged restive lawmakers to back her in the final stages of Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying talks were in their most difficult phase even if a deal was close. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, ...

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Armenian parliament votes down changes to electoral code

YEREVAN (Reuters) – The Armenian parliament on Monday voted down changes to the country’s electoral code ahead of an early election expected to be held in December. The changes were proposed by the government led by former opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, who was put in power by a parliamentary vote in May after weeks of mass protests against corruption and ...

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Siemens CEO Kaeser says he will not attend Saudi investment conference

BERLIN (Reuters) – Siemens’s chief executive said on Monday he would not attend a three-day Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia after the country admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been killed in its consulate in Istanbul. The German engineering giant was one of the last companies to decide against sending its top executive to the conference after Riyadh ...

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Violent deaths of Venezuelans in Colombia more than triple in 2018

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Violent deaths of Venezuelans in Colombia rose more than threefold in the first nine months of the year compared with the same period in 2017, as more desperate migrants flooded across the border to escape an economic crisis back home, a report released on Monday showed.     Between January and September there were 310 violent deaths of Venezuelans ...

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Northern Irish DUP to back rebel Brexit amendment on Irish border: Telegraph

LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish party which props up British Prime Minister Theresa May will back an amendment proposed by rebel Brexiteer lawmakers that will effectively make the European Union’s backstop proposal illegal, a Telegraph newspaper reporter said. Brexit talks have stalled over a disagreement on the so-called Northern Irish “backstop”, an insurance policy to ensure there will be ...

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EU says it will decide on Tuesday next steps on Italy budget

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will discuss and decide on Tuesday the next steps in the procedure for assessing Italy’s 2019 draft budget, a Commission spokesman said on Monday. The EU executive confirmed it had received a reply from Italy on its budget by a Monday deadline, after the Commission said last week the country’s budgetary plan was in ...

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Turkey aide rejects Riyadh’s Khashoggi death story, echoing Western skepticism

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An adviser to Turkey’s president on Monday rejected Riyadh’s assertion that Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight, suggesting it “mocked” world opinion, as Western incredulity deepened over varying Saudi accounts of the journalist’s killing. FILE PHOTO: Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain, September 29, 2018. Middle East ...

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