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Angela Merkel speaks of ‘deep shame’ on first visit to Auschwitz

German chancellor says crimes at Nazi death camp will always be part of countrys history Angela Merkel has expressed deep shame during her first visit as German chancellor to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Holocaust memorial and vowed to fight rising racism and antisemitism in Germany and Europe. Dressed in black, Merkel said the crimes committed at the site in southern Poland where the Nazis ran their largest death camp would always be part of German history. This site obliges us to keep the memory alive. We must remember the crimes that were…

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Grenade thrown at migrant children’s centre in Madrid

Facility in Hortaleza had previously been singled out for criticism by far-right Vox party Bomb squad officers in Madrid have carried out a controlled explosion after a practice hand grenade was thrown over the wall of a centre for unaccompanied foreign minors in the north-east of the Spanish capital. A spokeswoman at the Madrid headquarters of the national police force said the grenade carried a small amount of explosive. There were no reported injuries. Staff at the centre found a suspicious object in the centres patio between 8.30 and 9…

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Albania earthquake: at least 16 dead and hundreds injured

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes at shallow depth, bringing down buildings in Tirana and nearby At least 16 people have died and 600 people have been injured after a powerful earthquake hit Albania in the early hours of Tuesday, causing damage along the countrys Adriatic coastline and in the capital, Tirana. Several buildings collapsed, burying residents in the rubble. The 6.4-magnitude quake struck shortly before 4am local time (0300 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, and was the second powerful tremor to hit the region in two months. It was centred…

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Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’

Presidents lawyer, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, speaks to Guardian amid speculation Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps personal lawyer, has said he is confident the president will remain loyal to him as an impeachment inquiry unfolds in which the former New York mayor has become a central figure. But Giuliani joked that he had good insurance in case Trump did turn on him, amid speculation Republicans will seek to frame him as a rogue actor. In a telephone interview…

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Monopolies cost Americans $300 a month. We’re no longer the land of free markets | Thomas Philippon

In a reversal from a few decades ago, American consumers are facing oligopolies while Europeans benefit from competition When I landed in Boston in 1999, the United States was the land of free markets. Many goods and services were cheaper here than in Europe. Twenty years later, American free markets are becoming a myth. Internet service, cellphone plans, and plane tickets are now cheaper in Europe and Asia than in the US. In 2018, the twice as much on cellphone services as households in France or the UK. This is…

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Spanish Socialist Workers Party wins election but falls short of majority

(CNN)The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) won Spain’s election Sunday with 120 seats, but fell short of gaining the parliamentary majority. The fifth-largest economy in Europe, Spain has been in a political deadlock since former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was ousted by a no-confidence vote over a corruption scandal in his party. Spain’s two-party system also fragmented in recent years, with both the PSOE and the PP coming under pressure following the 2008 financial crisis and a series of corruption scandals. The emergence of the left-wing Unidos Podemos (UP) and…

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Brexit: EU prepares to grant UK three-month extension

UK will have option to leave earlier if deal is ratified, leaked draft shows The EU is preparing to sign off on a Brexit extension to 31 January 2020 with an option for the UK to leave earlier if a deal is ratified, according to a leaked draft of the agreement seen by the Guardian. Despite UKs request for a further delay. The UK would be able to leave on the first day of the month after a deal is ratified, according to the paper. The draft paper suggests a…

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Franco’s remains to finally leave Spain’s Valley of the Fallen

Dictators tomb to be opened and coffin taken to cemetery near Madrid on Thursday Spains socialist government is finally to fulfil one of its key promises when the foundation that bears his name, and the Benedictine abbot who presides over the basilica. The family mausoleum where Francos remains are to be taken. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images But after months of appeals and legal arguments, Spains supreme court gave dressed as a monk and equipped with a climbing harness was arrested at the valley, allegedly while trying to gain access to…

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Prince Harry tears up at award ceremony as he recalls knowing he was going to be a dad

London (CNN)Prince Harry was overcome with emotion during a speech at an award ceremony Tuesday as he recounted the feeling of knowing he was going to become a parent. “And both of us were thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time.” He went on to address the crowd of children, their families and carers, telling…

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Amazon introduces new $99 Eero mesh Wifi routers

Amazon is launching a new generation of Eero router, the first new iteration of Eero hardware since it acquired the company earlier this year. The new router is $99 for one, or available in a three-pack for $249, and is available in the U.S. today and in Europe later this year. Alongside the new hardware, Amazon has added even more specific voice commands for its routers, including the ability to turn on and off guest Wifi via voice, as well as pause Wifi access for specific devices on the network…

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Artificial womb: Dutch researchers given 2.9m to develop prototype

Model from Eindhoven University will surround baby with fluid and deliver oxygen and nutrients via umbilical cord Attempts to create an artificial womb for premature babies have been given a boost by the award of a 2.9m (2.6m) grant to develop a working prototype for use in clinics. The model, which is being developed by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, would provide babies with artificial respiration. However, unlike current incubators the artificial womb would be similar to biological conditions, with the baby surrounded by fluids and receiving oxygen…

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Ukraine to review legal cases amid Trump claims over Bidens

Ruslan Ryaboshapka distances audit from US presidents call for investigation into Biden ties Ukraines highest prosecutor has said he is holding a broad review of investigations closed under his predecessors, including more than a dozen linked to the Ukrainian energy company where Joe Bidens son served on the board of directors. The general prosecutor, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said the review was part of Ukraines reform process as investigative powers are handed over to another government agency by the middle of next month. Q&A What is the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower scandal? Show Hide…

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Ukraine lawmaker says new probe won’t involve Biden or his son

(CNN)A prominent Ukrainian lawmaker has said a new investigation of a Ukrainian firm at the heart of a growing US political scandal would not involve Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden or his son. “This investigation is about Ukraine’s corruption at the top,” Nalyvaichenko said. “It is about getting to the truth for Ukrainians.” The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s office has not said whether a probe of Burisma had been reopened, and declined comment to CNN. A series of probes into Burisma have been dropped by Ukrainian prosecutors over the years; Yury…

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Saudi Princess found guilty of ordering bodyguard to beat up Paris craftsman

Paris (CNN)The sister of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been found guilty of ordering a bodyguard to beat and humiliate a local craftsman who was renovating her luxury Paris apartment three years ago. Emmanuel Moyne, a lawyer for Hassa, told CNN: “It is with great incredulity and indignation that we received… this judgment.” Moyne added that he would appeal the decision and prove that the Princess is “totally innocent of the allegations that have been made against her.” Eid previously said he was working in a bathroom…

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U.S. Stock Futures Drop as Trade-Talk Doubts Swirl: Markets Wrap

U.S. equity futures fell as Chinese and American officials struggled to schedule a planned meeting this month to continue trade talks. The pound slumped with the U.K. facing a showdown in Parliament over delaying Brexit again. Contracts on the three main U.S. indexes extended their declines after Bloomberg reported the difficulties the two countries were having in support liquidity and growth. Elsewhere in Asia, equities in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia declined in thin volumes. The Stoxx Europe 600 advanced for a third straight session, led by financial services shares.…

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