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Exasperated U.S. diplomats are in open revolt over Barack Obama's Syria policy, but radical change is unlikely in the twilight of his presidency.
 
A favorite of 19th century miners who took them down the pit and a popular lunch to this day, the Cornish pasty and other delicacies with EU protected status could be threatened if Britain leaves the bloc.
 
When the ceiling fell in recently at the European Museum in the tiny Luxembourg village of Schengen, the local mayor was quick to deny that there was any wider symbolism.
 
Charming, scruffy and with his perennial mop of blond hair, top Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson used to be a Brussels correspondent, penning stories that helped foment euroskepticism at home.
 
Spain votes next week in the second elections in six months with conservatives leading the polls, tailed by anti-austerity upstart Podemos bidding to replace the 137-year-old Socialist party as the main opposition force.
 
The murder of pro-European lawmaker Jo Cox will have a sobering effect on the final days of campaigning for Britain's EU referendum, analysts said Friday, as investors appeared more confident of a vote to "Remain."
 
A surge in support for Brexit has sent investors racing for financial shelter a week ahead of a referendum that could redraw the political map of Europe.
 
"They hire you, they ditch you, they hire you and they ditch you again."
 
As investigators probe connections between the Orlando killer and the Islamic State group, analysts say the jihadists are struggling to gain a foothold in one country repeatedly linked to their high-profile attacks: Pakistan.
 
The massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida comes at a difficult time for the LGBT community in the United States, which is still facing violent bigotry even as their civil rights have been significantly reinforced.
 
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