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Anti-Muslim campaigners denied entry to UK at border

Martin Sellner and Abel Bodi stopped at Stansted en route to far-right event in London Two prominent anti-Muslim campaigners have been denied entry into the UK ahead of a conference held by Britains newest and most active far-right group. Martin Sellner, from Austria, and the Hungarian Abel Bodi were due to attend the private Generation Identity conference in London on Saturday. They were detained at Stansted airport the second time in a month that Sellner, the leader of Generation Identity, has been prevented from entering the UK by border officials.…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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Merkel Vows Full Probe After Van Crashed in Crowd in Muenster

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised a full investigation after a man killed two people by driving a van into a street cafe in the western city of Muenster, then fatally shot himself on the scene. About 20 people were injured in the incident on Saturday afternoon, which recalled recent terrorist attacks using vehicles, including one on a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016 that killed 12 people. The driver was a German national and there are "no indications" he had extremist Islamic ties, Herbert Reul, the interior minister of the…

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French rail staff stage ‘Black Tuesday’ protests against overhaul

National and international services hit on first day of rolling walkouts over Macron proposals French rail workers have launched three months of rolling train strikes in what threatens to become the largest and most chaotic industrial action against Emmanuel Macrons drive to overhaul state transport and liberalise the economy. Called Black Tuesday in the media, the opening day of train strikes was expected to cause disruption for Frances 4.5 million rail passengers around 33% of all train staff and more than 75% of drivers walked out. Only one regional train…

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Airlines Draw U.K. Scrutiny Over Extra Fees

Aviation Minister Sugg says passengers need more information Fees can cover passenger details and printing of boarding pass Elizabeth Sugg said in an emailed statement. “When passengers book flights, they can sometimes be hit with additional charges over and above the original quoted flight cost,” Sugg said. “Through our aviation strategy, we will explore ways to improve and enhance the information available, so passengers can make well-informed decisions.” The extra fees represented a large chunk of about $45 billion in ancillary revenue for 66 airlines in 2016, according to a…

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Stocks Tumble in Biggest Weekly Decline Since 2016: Markets Wrap

Dow Jones Industrials lost more than 1,400 points in the week Crude oil registers largest five-day increase since July data showed European growth sputtering. The tech heavy Nasdaq 100 dropped 7.3 percent this week, the most since 2015. Traders had already been bracing for the possibility of slowing expansion as the Federal Reserve reiterated its commitment to further interest-rate increases after Wednesday’s hike. “There is a tug of war between Fed tightening, fiscal stimulus, strong earning but slowing sales and now tariffs and potential trade wars,” said Jason Browne, chief…

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Vladimir Putin wins Russian election with 74% of vote

Result expected to be declared legitimate despite some irregularities extending Putins time in office to nearly a quarter of a century Vladimir Putin cruised to victory in Sundays presidential elections in a result that was never in question. His fourth term as president will extend until 2024, making him the first Kremlin leader to serve two decades in power since Josef Stalin. With results still coming in, Putin looked set to exceed expectations by clinching more than 73% of the vote. Turnout, which was seen as a measure of the…

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Death of investigative journalist sparks mass protests in Slovakia

Jn Kuciak and his fiancee were killed after he wrote an article linking politicians to the mafia Tens of thousands of Slovaks have rallied to demand the resignation of prime minister Robert Ficos government following the murder of a journalist that has shocked the central European nation and stoked anger over sleaze in public life. Jn Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kunrov, both 27, were found shot dead at their home near Bratislava on 25 February. Police have said Kuciaks death was most likely related to an investigation of his…

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Merkel Wins Fourth Term as Germanys SPD Backs Coalition

Germany’s Social Democrats voted to join Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next government, clearing the last hurdle to her fourth term and restoring a sense of political stability in Europe’s biggest economy. SPD members approved the coalition pact by a wider-than-expected margin, which may make it easier for the party to effectively govern with Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led bloc. The result, unsealed on Sunday morning, was 66 percent in favor to 34 percent against. Before the vote, SPD leaders had said they hoped for 60 percent support. The chancellor can expect to be…

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Bloombergs New Global Politics Weekend Reads

Dear reader, Welcome to our new Weekend Reads newsletter. Each Saturday, we'll send you some of our best stories that you might have missed, and some new ones, too. We hope you enjoy it. – Balance of Power team Click here for our weekly slideshow, featuring images from across Europe during some of the coldest weather in a decade. The freeze has roiled energy markets — forcing utilities to scramble for natural gas to heat millions of homes — and disrupted travel. delve into the geopolitical implications of China’s embrace of lifetime job security for its top…

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Disney Faces Lengthy Bidding War as Comcast Makes Sky Play

Your move, Bob Iger. Comcast Corp. is challenging the chief executive officer of Walt Disney Co. and his plans to take over 21st Century Fox Inc.’s media businesses by swooping in and trying to snag one of the main assets. Comcast made a surprise 22.1 billion-pound ($31 billion) offer Tuesday for U.K. pay-TV company Sky Plc, which Iger has called a crown jewel of the package he’s seeking to buy from Fox. The sudden arrival of Comcast creates some difficult choices for Iger: Should he be content with Fox minus…

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Gates Guilty Plea Strengthens Muellers Hand Against Manafort

As the newest cooperator for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Rick Gates gives prosecutors a powerful weapon in pursuing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and possible election collusion with Russia. Gates, who pleaded guilty Friday in Washington, was Manafort’s right-hand man and worked with him for a decade in his political consulting firm lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. Gates also remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016, and he helped plan Trump’s inauguration. In a victory…

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Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?

In the first of our new series, The Upside, we look at how the country went from famine to topping nearly every global social ranking The Upside Finlands 10 great innovations Supported by About this content @jonhenley Last modified on Mon 12 Feb 2018 09.28EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp the most stable, the safest and the best-governed country in the world. It was also the third wealthiest, the third least corrupt, the second most socially progressive and the third most socially just. Finlands judicial system…

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Thousands of Turkish Cypriots demonstrate against Ankara

Tensions have grown since a Turkish Cypriot newspaper was attacked by hardline nationalists Thousands of Turkish Cypriots demonstrate against Ankara Tensions have grown since a Turkish Cypriot newspaper was attacked by hardline nationalists Helena Smith in Athens Last modified on Fri 26 Jan 2018 14.43EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Turkish Cypriots protest against the attack on the Afrika newspaper in the Turkish-administered northern part of Nicosia, Cyprus. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters Thousands of Turkish Cypriots chanting we want our country back have taken to the streets…

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Youre Benedict Arnold! Do You Have What It Takes To Betray The Colonies?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. I’d like to say “I am this guy.” I’d like to say “Cool. I am 6-foot-4.” That’s right! You’re this guy and you’re also Benedict Arnold. You shoot a gun and ride a horse for America during the First Annual Revolutionary War. Your peers respect you, all of the Founding Fathers say things like “Now that’s one good adult” when your name gets mentioned, and you’ve never committed the crime of treason. You’ve got it all. But that’s about to change. That’s all about…

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