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Britain faces a "national emergency" as the risk of a no-deal Brexit rises, business and union leaders warned Thursday in an open letter to embattled Prime Minister Theresa May.

Macron hails Europe 'awakening' to China threat

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that Europe was "finally" united in addressing the threat from China, as Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a five-day tour of the continent.

CBD rules process in U.S. could take three years or longer

The outgoing head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested on Tuesday that it would take several years for the agency to come up with rules around allowing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) in food products—unless Congress steps in.

EU leaders pile pressure on UK MPs to back Brexit deal

European leaders piled the pressure on British MPs Thursday to back a divorce deal they have negotiated with Prime Minister Theresa May, warning that the alternative was a cliff-edge exit from the EU next week.

Pompeo to visit Western Wall with Netanyahu in break with diplomatic practice

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo planned to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday in what would be a break with longstanding diplomatic practice.

Dutch populists deal senate blow to PM

Dutch anti-immigration populists stunned Prime Minister Mark Rutte to become the largest party in the senate Thursday following elections that took place just days after a suspected terror attack.

Pro-Kurdish party campaigns in shadow of Erdogan threats

Under daily attack from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and with dozens of its mayors in jail, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party is fighting an uphill battle for this month's local elections.

Dutch populists win senate vote in blow to PM

A Dutch populist party will be the joint biggest in the senate and strip Prime Minister Mark Rutte of his majority following elections that came just days after a suspected terror attack, local media said Thursday.

Thailand's possible prime ministers

An athletic billionaire, a marijuana advocate, a gruff coup leader, and a candidate jokingly labelled the "strongest man on earth". The 68 candidates for prime minister in Thailand's upcoming election on March 24 have diverse platforms and backgrounds....

Pyongyang sanctions workarounds failing to soften impact

North Korea's illicit and highly sophisticated efforts to circumvent UN sanctions may have sought to cushion their impact, but they offer no long-term solution to the fallout of tightened economic isolation, analysts say.

Bolsonaro's approval rating plunges as Brazilians lose confidence

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's approval rating plunged in March, a poll showed Wednesday, after a series of political scandals tarnished his anti-corruption image.

Brazil 'still studying' embassy move to Jerusalem

Brazil is "still studying" the relocation of its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Brazil's top diplomat said Wednesday, days before President Jair Bolsonaro is due to visit the country.

Kushner, Mexican president talk migration and trade

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday he met with Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, for talks on migration and trade.

Russia angry at Poland over WWII anniversary snub

Russia expressed anger Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Poland later this year.

Criticizing Britain and Germany, Trump tears up diplomatic rules

President Donald Trump is once again tearing up the diplomatic norm of treading lightly in allies' domestic politics, with his team attacking Britain's beleaguered leader over Brexit and irritating Germany.

Canada's new budget proposes tax on quantity of THC in edibles

Cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals in Canada will be taxed by THC content rather than by weight, starting in May, according to the new federal budget released yesterday.

Besieged May pleads with EU to help save her Brexit plan

A dogged but isolated Prime Minister Theresa May was headed back to Brussels on Thursday to beg for more time to deliver her Brexit plan, in defiance of the MPs who twice rejected the withdrawal deal.

Netanyahu, Pompeo vow to counter Iranian 'aggression'

Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Wednesday to counter Iranian "aggression" as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections.

Hungary's Orban faces EPP suspension after insults

The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be hit with a temporary suspension from the European People's Party, EPP sources said Wednesday.

Expect 'no decision' on Brexit at this week's EU summit: Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday it was unlikely the EU would reach any decision on Brexit at this week's summit, adding that another gathering in Brussels may be necessary next week.

New Kazakh president sworn in, proposes renaming capital

The head of Kazakhstan's senate was sworn in as interim president in a pomp-filled ceremony Wednesday, and immediately proposed renaming the country's capital after his predecessor.

Hungary's Viktor Orban: populist fanning EU tensions

Hungary's all-powerful premier Viktor Orban is the self-styled defender of Christian Europe against the "poison" of immigration, an admirer of "illiberal democracy" and a thorn in the European Union's side.

Op-Ed: South Korea considering more talks with North Korea

South Korea claims it is considering talks with North Korea in an effort to improve relations between the two countries. South Korea' government confirmed a report by Yohnhap News Agency that the South was mulling a meeting with the North.

Mexico's AMLO vows not to seek re-election

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed a letter to the nation Tuesday promising not to seek re-election, after opponents accused the anti-establishment leftist of plotting to circumvent the country's single-term limit.

May tries to save Brexit plan ahead of EU summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May will write to EU President Donald Tusk with a plan for delaying Brexit beyond March 29, her spokesman said Tuesday, admitting the parliamentary deadlock had reached crisis levels.

Trump, right-wing Bolsonaro announce special relationship

President Donald Trump heaped praise Tuesday on right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro -- and received plenty back -- in announcing a special relationship that he said could even see the Latin American country join NATO.

Time for N. Korea to take concrete steps: Moon adviser

North Korea should take "actual action" towards giving up its nuclear weapons to break the deadlock in talks with Washington, a top security adviser to the South's president said, suggesting Seoul's patience with Pyongyang may be wearing thin.

Brazilian President Bolsonaro visits CIA

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had a meeting at the headquarters of the US Central Intelligence Agency Monday as he launched an official visit to the US capital.

Putin signs laws against 'disrespecting' authorities, fake news

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed controversial laws that allow courts to fine and briefly jail people for showing disrespect towards authorities, and block media for publishing "fake news".

China's Xi to visit Italy, France as Rome joins 'new Silk Road'

Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Italy, Monaco and France this week, the foreign ministry said Monday, with Rome expected to join his global trade infrastructure programme despite reservations in other European countries.

Democratic rock star Beto O'Rourke casts wide net ahead of 2020

Media sensation Beto O'Rourke, who has shaken up the Democratic race for the White House since announcing his candidacy this week, had just spent three long days in Iowa hammering home his left-leaning priorities while insisting he is a "capitalist.

Brazil's Bolsonaro heads to US to cement an alliance with Trump

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro left for Washington on Sunday to meet with his US counterpart Donald Trump and cement a budding conservative-populist alliance that, in part, aims to ramp up pressure on Venezuela.

UK government warns it might not hold pivotal Brexit vote

British leader Theresa May's government warned Sunday it might not hold a planned Brexit vote this week unless it feels it can secure a win that avoids a lengthy delay to pulling out of the EU.

Govt critic on track to become Slovakia's first woman president

Government critic Zuzana Caputova secured a huge first-round win over the ruling party candidate in Slovakia's weekend election, putting her one step closer to becoming the country's first female president.

May warns of long Brexit delay if MPs do not back her deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a stark warning to lawmakers that if they do not back her Brexit deal, there is the possibility the country "will not leave the EU for many months, if ever".

Meeting between US and Chinese presidents on trade deal postponed

The expected meeting between the US president Donald Trump and the Chinese president Xi Jinping to sign an agreement to end the trade war between the two countries will not happen this month according to three people familiar with the issue.

Biden stops just short of saying he's running in 2020

Veteran Democrat Joe Biden campaigned for president in every way but name Saturday, declining to announce his 2020 plans but dropping hints, including a memorable gaffe that suggests he will soon be all in.

What next for Algeria's protesters and politicians?

Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters have dismissed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's promise not to seek a fifth term -- but what are those in power likely to do next?

North Korean official blames US for Hanoi Summit failure

Choe Son Hui the vice foreign minister of North Korea has blamed the United States for the failure of the recent Hanoi Summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Amazon's Virginia headquarters faces new blocks in funding vote

Amazon.com Inc’s plan to set up a second headquarters in northern Virginia, after being rebuffed in New York, will face its first test when local officials vote on Saturday on a proposed financial package worth an estimated $51 million.

Russia at UN raps US over South Sudan peace deal

Russia took a swipe at the United States and its allies on Friday for their reluctance to embrace a peace deal for South Sudan, the latest in a string of agreements that have so far failed to end the war.
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