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Coronavirus pandemic: European boxing qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics 2020 to be held in stadium closed to spectators
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Coronavirus pandemic: European boxing qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics 2020 to be held in stadium closed to spectators

The International Olympic Committee boxing task force which is organising the event at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said the decision was due to 'concerns for the public, athlete and volunteer welfare'

In video message on 9/11, Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for attacks on West, criticises those who backtracked from jihad
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In video message on 9/11, Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for attacks on West, criticises those who backtracked from jihad

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to attack US, European, Israeli and Russian military targets during a speech on the 18th anniversary of 11 Septemeber attacks

Why New Zealand shooter's Islamophobia is unfounded: History shows European settlers were worst oppressors
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Why New Zealand shooter's Islamophobia is unfounded: History shows European settlers were worst oppressors

New Zealand terrorist attack: It is this European colonisation that around the world produced gun laws that allowed people, meaning White settlers, to keep firearms, ostensibly for their defence

Indian Life and People in the 19th Century: JP Losty revisits Company paintings in fascinating new book
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Indian Life and People in the 19th Century: JP Losty revisits Company paintings in fascinating new book

Some two hundred years after they were executed, many of these paintings have found their way to collectors Shilpa and Praful Saha, founders of the TAPI Collection, and are now the subject of curator and art historian JP Losty’s catalogue of the same, Indian Life and People in the 19th Century: Company Paintings in the TAPI Collection, published by Roli Books.

The Allure of India: Historian Seema Bhalla resurrects the Company style miniatures that once flourished under the European patrons
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The Allure of India: Historian Seema Bhalla resurrects the Company style miniatures that once flourished under the European patrons

Historian Seema Bhalla commissioned 25 miniature paintings in the Company style that was started and spread by European patrons.

Russian president Vladimir Putin says he will 'never' give Crimea back to Ukraine
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Russian president Vladimir Putin says he will 'never' give Crimea back to Ukraine

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that under no circumstances would he give Crimea back to Ukraine, speaking in a new documentary released ahead of his expected re-election in next week's poll.

Hockey's winners cartel: Will dominance of European countries kill competition in the sport?
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Hockey's winners cartel: Will dominance of European countries kill competition in the sport?

Outcomes in hockey have become so predictable that the game is drawing the fans away. Hockey has winners and losers, but few climbers and fallers.

Cyber attack on Ukraine takes a toll on US, European companies in the latest quarter
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Cyber attack on Ukraine takes a toll on US, European companies in the latest quarter

Investors should get used to hearing about cyber attacks during earnings calls, said Ian Winer, equity co-head at Wedbush Securities.

UK party wants ban on burqa in public, Sharia outlawed
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UK party wants ban on burqa in public, Sharia outlawed

London: The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has announced that it will include a pledge in its general election manifesto to ban the burqa or full-face veils worn by some Muslim women in public, the media reported on Sunday.

Russia: Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail following nationwide protests
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Russia: Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail following nationwide protests

The wave of nationwide demonstrations that shook Russia's long dormant political scene over the weekend showed a new face of protest: mostly teenage demonstrators driven by accusations of high-level official corruption, glaring amid the nation's painful two-year recession.

Migration fears ebb since Brexit vote, giving PM May breathing space
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Migration fears ebb since Brexit vote, giving PM May breathing space | Reuters

By Elizabeth Piper | PRESTATYN, Wales PRESTATYN, Wales When farmers, business leaders and politicians met in north Wales to discuss what Brexit meant for their community, there was barely any mention of immigration - the very issue that dominated the referendum campaign across Britain.One man did stand up to air his worries over the unfettered movement of migrants from the rest of Europe which he blamed for losing his job. But the others responded by simply rolling their eyes and quickly moving on to the next point.Most of those assembled by a British parliamentary committee in a cinema in the seaside town of Prestatyn had come to discuss their concerns about their future outside the European Union, not to revisit the arguments that led to Britain's vote in June to leave the bloc.Their response is part of a trend emerging across the country, according to opinion polls, with the immigration fears that loomed so large before the referendum being overtaken by concerns over what Brexit will mean for everyday life.In the monthly Ipsos MORI/Economist Issues Index, which asks about 1,000 people across the country "What are the most important issues facing Britain", the EU and the terms of Britain's exit led at 39 percent in November - above immigration on 35 percent. A month earlier, immigration was at 36 percent, with the EU and Brexit at 32 percent, while in June - during the run-up to the vote - immigration was at 48 percent with the EU at 32.

Congo forces kill 26 protesters against leader Kabila
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Congo forces kill 26 protesters against leader Kabila | Reuters

By Tim Cocks and Aaron Ross | KINSHASA KINSHASA Security forces shot dead at least 26 protesters who had gathered in the streets of Kinshasa and other cities of Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday to demand that President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate expired overnight. Scattered protests started on Tuesday, and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called on the Congolese people to peacefully resist Kabila, who has remained in power beyond his constitutional mandate with no election to pick a successor.Human Rights Watch researcher Ida Sawyer said on Twitter that at least 26 people were killed by security forces. The government spokesman could not be reached for comment and a police spokesman had no information on deaths.

Czech finance minister says 'no place' for migrants in Europe
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Czech finance minister says 'no place' for migrants in Europe | Reuters

PRAGUE Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis said on Tuesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel bore responsibilty for the attack on a Berlin Christmas market and that migrants had "no place" in Europe.The migration wave hitting the continent must be stopped, Babis added in comments quoted by news website parliamentnilisty.cz.A truck crashed into the market on Monday evening, killing 12 and wounding dozens. A Pakistani asylum seeker was arrested as the suspected driver but police have said the real perpetrator could still be on the run.Central European leaders have been among the harshest critics of the European Union's response to the rising number of refugees and migrants entering the bloc to flee war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere and have refused EU executive-proposed quotas for asylum seekers.Many leaders have spoken out against Merkel's open-door migration policy and Babis raised the issue again in reaction to the attack

Britain's May to outline more of her Brexit approach in early 2017
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Britain's May to outline more of her Brexit approach in early 2017 | Reuters

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would outline more of her approach for Brexit early next year, underlining that her government did not intend to select "bits" of EU membership but forge a new relationship.Answering questions from sometimes irritated lawmakers, May offered little more detail on her plans for Britain to leave the European Union, repeating that she wanted to win the best deal and would not compromise her negotiating stance.Pressed whether she would offer parliament any more information on how she sees Britain's future relationship with the EU, May said she would make a speech early next year. "I will be making a speech early in the New Year setting out more about our approach and about the opportunity I think we have as a country to use this process to forge a truly global Britain that embraces and trades with countries across the world," she said."What we need to say is ... we are going to leave the European Union and we need to negotiate a new relationship with the European Union.

Any transitional deal with EU should not diminish Brexit vote - minister
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Any transitional deal with EU should not diminish Brexit vote - minister | Reuters

By Kylie MacLellan | LONDON LONDON Britain may need a transitional agreement to smooth its exit from the European Union but it should not "buy back" into too many of the bloc's regulations, Britain's trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday.Fox, who campaigned for a Brexit vote in June's referendum, also indicated he was seeking a flexible approach on trade to try to ensure the best deals for the British economy.Businesses and investors have raised concerns that Britain faces a "cliff-edge" at the end of Brexit negotiations and finance minister Philip Hammond has backed the idea of a transition period.Asked in a BBC interview whether he supported such a plan, Fox said: "That depends what the actual arrangement is as we come to leave the European Union and the timescale needed to implement it."Britain is due to launch Brexit negotiations by the end of March, setting the clock ticking on up to two years of talks. Fox, who is reported to be more in favour of a clean break with the EU, said the government needed to seek to minimise disruption to businesses and international trade. "But at the same time you can't afford to buy back into so much of the European Union that we are actually diminishing the effect of what the British people told us to do," he said.Fox said Britons had made it clear they did not want to see uncontrolled immigration or to be governed by European courts and the government needed to take that on board.

Brussels upbeat as Swiss skirt clash with EU on immigration
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Brussels upbeat as Swiss skirt clash with EU on immigration | Reuters

By Michael Shields and Philip Blenkinsop | ZURICH/BRUSSELS ZURICH/BRUSSELS The Swiss parliament passed a law on Friday aimed at curbing immigration by giving local people first crack at open jobs, skirting voters' demand for outright quotas, which it feared could disrupt close ties with the European Union.The European Commission offered a cautious welcome while it checks with members on how to handle non-member Switzerland, knowing that its treatment will be scrutinised for hints on what Britain might expect as it negotiates its EU divorce.A Commission spokesman said the Swiss law "appears to go in the right direction" by not setting quotas of EU citizens able to work there.Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was due to talk with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann later on Friday, and a joint committee meeting planned for Dec. 22.Brussels has so far shown scant inclination to compromise on free movement of people - the principle underpinning Swiss access to the EU's single market of 500 million - so as not to encourage Britain after its Brexit vote.The bill's lack of upper limits on immigration to a country where a quarter of residents are foreign prompted the right-wing Swiss People's Party to say politicians had defied the people's will as expressed in a 2014 referendum.The SVP, the largest party in parliament, has accused other parties of caving in to Brussels and selling out sovereignty.Its members held up signs in the chamber reading "Breach of the constitution" and "Mass immigration continues".AVOIDING A ROW But a clear majority in parliament did not want a row with the EU, Switzerland's main trading partner, which could retaliate by abrogating bilateral accords governing trade worth about 7 percent of Swiss economic output.The Swiss debate mirrors that in Britain, where voters decided to quit the EU in part to control immigration, which critics said was straining social infrastructure.Asked if the Swiss approach might be a guide for Britain, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We have made it clear ..

EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions until mid-2017 in a signal to Trump
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EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions until mid-2017 in a signal to Trump | Reuters

By Gabriela Baczynska | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to extend economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine until mid-2017, though some wanted a longer timespan over fear U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would ease pressure on Moscow.The decision was expected and the formal process to extend the sanctions on Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors will take place early next week."Some of our colleagues would prefer maybe 12 months but ..

Italy president starts talks to seek way out of political crisis
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Italy president starts talks to seek way out of political crisis | Reuters

By Steve Scherer and Francesca Piscioneri | ROME ROME Italy's president began talks with political leaders on Thursday to seek a way out of the political crisis caused by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.Sergio Mattarella, a 75-year-old former politician and constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead Italy to elections scheduled for 2018, or whether an interim government should serve until a snap vote can be held in spring.Mattarella, a former Christian Democrat with a less interventionist style than his predecessor Giorgio Napolitano, begins talks with institutional leaders at 6 p.m.

British parliament set to back PM May's Brexit timetable
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British parliament set to back PM May's Brexit timetable | Reuters

By Elizabeth Piper | LONDON LONDON The British parliament was set to back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit timetable on Wednesday after she headed off a rebellion in her Conservative Party over a lack of insight into the government's strategy to leave the European Union.May has come under pressure from lawmakers, businesses and investors to set out at the very least a broad picture of how she sees Britain's future relationship with the EU. She says giving too much away could weaken Britain's hand in the country's most important negotiations since World War Two. The opposition Labour Party had tried to force her to reveal more details of her plan before triggering the formal divorce procedure, something she has said she will do before the end of March, by submitting a parliamentary motion.But May has turned the tables on Labour by proposing that the debate should also be on whether lawmakers "respect the wishes" expressed in June's EU referendum.