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EU chief Juncker leaves hospital

Apo - Outgoing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has returned home to Luxembourg after stomach surgery that kept him hospitalised for more than a week, a spokeswoman said Friday.

EU sees no alternative to Brexit 'backstop'

Apo - The EU said Wednesday it currently sees no alternative to the so-called "Irish backstop" in a Brexit withdrawal deal and warned the risk of Britain crashing out without an agreement has increased.

New EU chief treads carefully as she builds team

Apo - While others spend August on the beach, EU president-elect Ursula von der Leyen works on the delicate task of building a team to run the bloc's executive for the next five years.

New EU chief must piece together diverse top team

Apo - After negotiating her own confirmation as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen must now put together a 27-nation team to help her run the bloc.

Zimbabwe's reviled election authority back under pressure

Harare - Just before announcing the results, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chief Priscilla Chigumba made a passionate plea for the country to remember the upbeat and peaceful atmosphere of polling day.

EU's Tusk floats Brexit U-turn after shock UK resignations

Apo - European Union president Donald Tusk held out hope Monday that the shock resignation of the British government's most high profile ministers would lead to a Brexit U-turn by London.

EU sets Sunday deadline after 'no white smoke' on Brexit

Brussels - The European Commission said Thursday that there was still "no white smoke" on a Brexit deal and set a limit of Sunday for British Prime Minister Theresa May to return to Brussels with an acceptable deal."So far no white smoke.

Progress on terms of Brexit first, before other issues: EU

Brussels - The European Union repeated Tuesday it would not address the issue of Britain's future partnership with the bloc post-Brexit until progress had first been made on the terms of withdrawal.

EU's Juncker says he won't seek second term in 2019

Berlin - Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Union's powerful executive Commission, said Saturday he would not seek a second term when his tenure expires in 2019.

EU to ensure 'no discrimination' against nationals from Trump ban

Brussels - The EU will ensure its citizens are not affected by any "discrimination" caused by US President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries, a European Commission spokesman said Monday.

Panama to identify victims of 1989 U.S. invasion

Panama - The government of Panama on Wednesday launched an independent commission to identify people killed or missing in the 1989 US invasion of the country that brought down dictator Manuel Noriega.

EU vows 'no blanket returns' of migrants to Turkey

Brussels - The EU denied Wednesday that its planned deal to return all migrants who land in Greece to Turkey would break international law, saying there would be no mass expulsions.

Third of Brazil impeachment commission accused of crimes: Report

Rio De Janeiro - A third of congressional deputies picked for a commission tasked with considering the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff face criminal investigations themselves, a report said Wednesday.

FIFA faces long struggle to pass reforms

Zurich - The high-profile person who will head up the task force established to finetune crucial reforms of football's scandal-hit world governing body FIFA will be named very soon a source close to the organisation's leadership said.

Greek parliament vote satisfies bailout deal terms: EU

Brussels - A Greek parliament vote satisfies the initial terms of a reforms-for-bailout deal between Greece and its EU creditors agreed at a 17-hour summit earlier this week, an EU spokeswoman said Thursday.

Samsung, Oppo sued in China over intrusive smartphone bloatware

Smartphone manufacturers Samsung and Oppo have found themselves faced with a lawsuit from their customers in China. The consumer commission is fed up with the massive amounts of bloatware apps installed out of the box, some of which may be intrusive.

Juncker's new EU Commission takes office

Brussels - The new European Commission led by EU veteran Jean-Claude Juncker formally took office Saturday, promising to "get down to work" as Europe faces a host of political and economic challenges.

Italy's Renzi demands EU commissioner who will bring change

Rome - Italy will not support a European Commission president who does not bring political change, warned Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Saturday, as he waded into a fractious debate over the EU's future.

Op-Ed: West Virginiaā€ˇ Senator Robert C. Byrd dead at 92

Washington - It's with much sorrow that we report today the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. A son of West Virginia, Byrd devoted his life to the Mountain State. His enduring dedication to improving the lives of each person he represented will live on forever.

Second-hand cribs can kill, CPSC issues warning Special

CPSC blames the deaths of 32 babies on faulty drop-side crib design, poor assembly and on consumer home repair of a faulty crib that ultimately fails. Reports of 14 more infant fatalities due to entrapment in drop-side crib design necessitate new warnings

9/11 Commission told not to 'cross a line' during investigation

A recently released letter shows that members of the former Bush administration urged panelists on the 9/11 Commission not to probe too deeply into the events of the terrorist attacks that occurred on that morning.

Promised child commission appointed in Ontario, no money coming Special

The Ontario government is not ready to give the Children's Aid Societies more money but they are launching a commission to find ways to do the job with the resources that are already there.

WTC steel back home, USS New York commissioned by U.S. Navy

Seven and a half tons of World Trade Center steel made its way home as part of the bow of the newly commissioned USS New York. The ceremony was held on Nov. 7. Navy Secretary Mabus calls it "the birth of another memorial to liberty."

Commission Recommends Revision Of War Powers Act

During the Korean and Vietnam wars, the United States found itself involved for many years in intense conflict without a declaration of war.

Legal costs should be giving therapy to hundreds of autistic kids in Ontario

A northern Ontario M. P. P. continues to pursue the question of how much it has cost the Ontario government to fight a class-action lawsuit against parents of autistic children.

Report: Just over ninety-two percent of people surveyed didn't know

That there is a nuclear waste refinery within two hundred miles of their home.

Questions surround Algoma Steel as stocks soar after rumours of takeover

In the last few years Algoma Steel has been through banruptcy and restructuring, their stock prices were almost worthless. Now the stock is soaring at over fifty dollars a share amid rumours of a takeover by Salzgitter AG.

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