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Angela Merkel predicts showdown with U.S. over climate at G-20

The German chancellor said the climate accord is not renegotiable, despite American “dissent.”

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Britain to test schools and hospitals after 75 out of 75 high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests

The 100 percent failure rate comes as the government reckons with the fallout of a blaze at London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 79 people.

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Russia says extremists planned deadly bombing using encrypted chat app Telegram

The app has become a focus of Russian efforts to curb the use of encrypted chat programs, which are also used by opposition activists.

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London police confirm deadly high-rise fire began in an apartment fridge

On Friday night, five tower blocks in Camden, north London, were being evacuated over concerns about flammable cladding. Hundreds of buildings across ...

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Here’s why Germany’s left has dwindling hopes of unseating Merkel

The Social Democrats, after governing with the chancellor’s center-right bloc, is having trouble offering a clear alternative. 

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NATO jet approached plane carrying Russian defense minister, reports say

The encounter over the Baltic Sea marks the latest in a string of aerial incidents pitting Russia and the West.

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Hobbyhorsing: Finland's equestrian craze

On an uncharacteristically warm and clear weekend in May, more than 5,000 people descended on Helsinki's Kaivopuisto Park -- one of the Finnish capital city's largest -- to take part in the latest craze beginning to sweep the nation.

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Pope adviser charged with sexual assault offenses

Cardinal George Pell, a senior adviser to Pope Francis and the Vatican treasurer, is taking leave from the Vatican to fight historical sexual assault charges in his home country of Australia.

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Catholic crisis

As Cardinal George Pell is charged with sexual offences, the Vatican is facing a credibility crisis.

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Russia says new UK aircraft carrier 'a convenient target'

HMS Queen Elizabeth is new but no match for Russia's aircraft carrier, the Russian military says.

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Merkel: Hamburg G20 to focus on Paris climate deal

The announcement puts the German chancellor on a collision course with US President Donald Trump.

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Ronaldo confirms he is father of twins after Portugal defeat

The Portuguese footballer says he is "very happy" to be able to see his babies for the first time.

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BT Italy scandal prompts auditing probe

The UK's accountancy watchdog says it has begun looking into the auditing of BT's financial statements.

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Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences

The Vatican's third-ranking official says he will take a leave of absence to fight the charges.

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An Arctic region returning to the wild

Fascinating indigenous culture. World-class river fishing. Close-up encounters with brown bear, lynx, moose and wolverine. Nights out under the Northern Lights. Log cabins, saunas and warming shots of aquavit.

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Boaty McBoatface returns from its first voyage

We may not all live in a yellow submarine, but Boaty McBoatface -- the internet's favorite golden-hued robotic submersible -- returned home to the ...

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Companies struggle to recover after massive cyberattack with ransom demands

Systems as far afield as Asia were hit, but the epicenter of the outbreak was in Ukraine.

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Hundreds have gone missing in eastern Ukraine’s dirty war

Abuses by both sides have been documented by U.N. investigators.

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Europe has been working to expose Russian meddling for years

Official and unofficial groups use a variety of tactics to counter fake news promulgated by Moscow.

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French leader Macron proposes big expansion of his counterterrorism powers

The move alarmed civil liberties advocates. Defenders said it will make France safer.

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Designers reinvent the tree to beat air pollution

A team of German designers has reinvented the tree to clean up urban air pollution. Using the natural power of moss, they hope to make city air safer ...

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70 years of friendship

A Briton and German brought together after World War II celebrate 70 years of friendship.

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Serbia Is Set to Get Its First Female, and First Openly Gay, Premier

Ana Brnabic, whose nomination was hailed in the West as a landmark decision, has faced a wave of insults from critics, and dismay from gay activists.

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UK PM survives crucial vote on austerity

British lawmakers have rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's bid to end a cap on public-sector pay. The defeat was the first test for Theresa May's ...

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Chile denies Portugal Confederations Cup final

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saves three penalties as Chile reach the Confederations Cup final by beating Portugal on penalties.

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A Gold Rush Revival in Italy, With Nuggets the Size of Bread Crumbs

Recession-hit years have renewed interest, with prospectors drawn to the Italian Goldpanning Championship.

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Germany Encounters Surge in Crime by the Far Right

A list of arrest warrants included 462 right-wing offenders, showing a rise in extremism since the acceptance of nearly a million migrants and refugees in 2015.

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