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Thousands take to streets as Romania relaxes graft laws
Thousands of Romanians took to the streets Tuesday night after the government issued a controversial emergency decree reducing the penalties for corruption in a move which will allow several politicians to avoid criminal prosecution.
 
UN calls for end to fighting after fresh Ukraine clashes
The U.N. Security Council Tuesday called for an immediate return to a ceasefire in Ukraine where three days of fighting in a flashpoint town have left at least 13 dead and thousands of locals without power in freezing conditions.
 
UK lawmakers back bill to trigger EU exit talks
Britain moved closer to leaving the European Union Wednesday as lawmakers backed a bill authorizing divorce proceedings and kept alive the government's plan to trigger Brexit talks within weeks.
 
UK lawmakers voting on bill to trigger EU exit talks
Britain's House of Commons plans to vote Wednesday on a bill authorizing Prime Minister Theresa May to start exit talks with the European Union -- the first major test of whether lawmakers will try to impede the Conservative government's Brexit plans.
 
UK says Trump visit still on amid outcry over travel ban
President Donald Trump's order barring U.S. entry to people from seven majority Muslim nations is "divisive, discriminatory and wrong," British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday. But he rebuffed calls for the government to cancel Trump's planned state visit to the U.K. because of the temporary ban.
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Hard work starts now for France's Socialist candidate
Beating a politically weakened ex-prime minister proved easy for Benoit Hamon, who will represent France's ruling Socialist Party in the country's presidential election. Far harder will be convincing voters that his hard-left platform isn't the recipe for ruin his critics claim.
 
Putin-Trump call set for Saturday; energy seen as tool for Trump to
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to speak by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend. Trump is expected to use energy as a tool to "reset" relations with Russia.
 
German Institute director's statement on Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day
The following is the speech from the Director General of the German Institute, Martin Eberts, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on Jan. 27.
 
Ex-EU Parliament Pres. Schulz to challenge Merkel for Germany's chancellorship
Germany's Social Democrats unexpectedly named former European Parliament chief Martin Schulz as their candidate for the chancellorship on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a September election that promises to be Angela Merkel's toughest yet.
 
Taiwan looks forward to advancing cooperation with U.K.
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that Taiwan has launched a series of initiatives to promote emerging economic sectors and looks forward to cooperating with the United Kingdom in those areas.
 
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