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China presses tough message to diplomats on Xinjiang's 'murderous devils'

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is taking an increasingly strident tone as it defends its de-radicalization program in western Xinjiang, telling foreign diplomats recently that “absurd preachings” from Islamist extremists there had turned some people into “murderous devils”. Beijing has faced growing international opprobrium about camps it has set up in Xinjiang – strategically located on […]

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Italy economy minister says EU's bank bail-in rules should be scrapped

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said on Wednesday that European Union “bail-in” rules covering failing banks should be scrapped. Tria told parliament he agreed with comments by Antonio Patuelli, the head of Italy’s banking lobby, who earlier in the day said the rules should be abolished because they hurt the confidence of […]

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German court rules spy agency can't classify AfD as 'case to investigate'

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German court ruled on Tuesday that the domestic intelligence agency cannot classify the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a “case to investigate”. In January Germany’s domestic spy agency (BfV) had said it would investigate the AfD to see whether the anti-immigrant party’s politics breach constitutional safeguards against extremism. It said […]

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Iran still holding up its end of nuclear deal, IAEA report shows

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has remained within the key limits on its nuclear activities imposed by its 2015 deal with major powers despite growing pressure from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed on Friday. The International Atomic Energy Agency is policing the deal, which lifted sanctions against Tehran in […]

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Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 role

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland pulled out of a planned summit in Israel on Monday, its prime minister said, after Israel’s acting foreign minister said “many Poles” had collaborated with the Nazis in World War Two and shared responsibility for the Holocaust. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki branded the remarks “racist and unacceptable”. He had previously said […]

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Netanyahu's main rival in Israeli election voices agreement with him on Iran

MUNICH (Reuters) – Former general Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest challenger in an election scheduled for April, voiced support on Sunday for the right-wing leader’s tough policy toward Iran. “I am standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Prime Minister Netanyahu in the fight against Iran’s aggression,” Gantz, a former chief of Israel’s armed forces and […]

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Contradicting Trump, Merkel says Islamic State not defeated

BERLIN (Reuters) – Islamic State is far from defeated, and instead is morphing into an asymmetrical warfare force after the militant group lost almost all of the territory it once controlled in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. Merkel’s remarks at the inauguration of the Berlin headquarters of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND […]