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Source: The Week

Why the Catholic Church's anti-populist crusade is doomed

Friday 06:04 GMT

Over its two millennia, the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations have provided a moral framework and powerful force for the development of Western civilization.

Before the Catholic Church can "cure" populism, it has to first properly diagnose it — and then cure itself rather than apply poultices on the symptoms.

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Source: Reuters

Europe's patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes toward Trump

Saturday 19:04 GMT

The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message that Europe could no longer tolerate ballistic missile tests in Iran and assassination plots on European soil, according to four EU diplomats.

“The accusations against Iran over the past few months have awoken a few countries in Europe that were against a tougher line on Iran,” a European-based Middle East diplomat said.

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Source: Common Domain

U.S. Women’s Soccer Wraps Camp, Faces France

Saturday 17:14 GMT

France poses one of the biggest threats to the U.S. It beat the U.S. 3-0 in March 2017—the U.S. team’s second-most recent loss—and won the SheBelieves Cup, a four-team invitational held in the U.S. each March.

The shakes were in heavy rotation at the U.S. team’s recent eight-day training camp in Portugal, the first time the U.S. women have held their January camp in Europe. That means Scott must organize for the world’s No. 1 ranked team a multi-hued array of post-practice concoctions, the better to fuel players for their run-up to this summer’s Women’s World Cup.

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Source: The Guradian

Theresa May’s survival is just a Tory confidence trick

Friday 16:20 GMT

The last few months have illustrated less confidence in her than a lack of confidence in their own party to find a viable successor or prevail before the electorate.

The amendment suggested by Tory MP Nick Boles, giving MPs the power to work out a cross-party agreement and put it to the vote, reduces the government to just a bit-part player. An unnamed cabinet minister was more blunt: “She’ll suck out of the room any goodwill there is.”

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Source: Fox News

Germans urge Britain to remain in EU amid Brexit impasse: 'We would miss tea with milk'

Saturday 16:19 GMT

Amid the ongoing Brexit impasse among British lawmakers, a group of prominent Germans including the woman in line to take over for Angela Merkel as chancellor is urging Britain to stay in the European Union, saying they would miss milk with tea and post-work beers.

The letter was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, saying that they would also miss “the legendary British black humor,” after-work trips to the pub, as well as “tea with milk and driving on the left-hand side of the road.” “And we would miss seeing the panto at Christmas,” the letter continues.

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Source: DW

Russian lawmakers to vote on Council of Europe boycott

Friday 06:04 GMT

The Russian parliament is set to vote on sending representatives back to the Council of Europe and resuming funding of the organization.

Russian lawmakers are expected to vote against sending a delegation to the Council of Europe (CoE) following a Thursday morning session. "We have reached the conclusion that there is no basis for us to (…) return to the Council of Europe" Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin told journalists after a meeting with representatives of the parliamentary parties on Wednesday.

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Source: Fox News

'No way' Jeremy Corbyn should ever be UK prime minister, top Tory says

Thursday 21:51 GMT

A prominent member of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government launched a blistering attack on Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, during debate on a motion of no confidence in May's government Wednesday.

Why don’t we emulate Costa Rica, that has no army at all?’. "No allies, no deterrent, no army, no way can this country ever allow that man to be our prime minister," roared Gove, jabbing his finger across the despatch boxes at Corbyn as his fellow Conservatives sounded their approval.

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Source: Common Domain

Outlook for U.K. House Sales Weakest in at Least 20 Years

Friday 21:50 GMT

A survey of U.K. housing professionals released during a dramatic week in British politics—in which Parliament shot down the latest deal to exit the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly held onto her post and lawmakers considered a second Brexit referendum—showed short-term market sentiment at its lowest level in 20 years.

A majority of real estate agents and appraisers expect sales to be flat or fall in the near term in every region in the U.K., according to the monthly gauge from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors published on Thursday.

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Source: DW

Vladimir Putin to meet with troubled Serb counterpart

Thursday 23:39 GMT

Ecstatic crowds are expected to greet Vladimir Putin as he enters the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade alongside Aleksandar Vucic.

The tabloids report that 70,000 people will turn out in Belgrade on Thursday to warmly welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin. For over a month, thousands have turned out for weekly protests against Serbia's president.

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Source: BBC

Illicit images of secretive rituals

Saturday 14:30 GMT

A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

While awaiting the results on Tuesday night of a very different kind of momentous vote – whether the UK’s Parliament would accept Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for withdrawing the country from the European Union – many around the world were surprised to discover just how secretive are the rites and conventions of the modern-day Palace of Westminster.

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Source: Common Domain

Brexit Brief: Prime Minister in search of Plan B after surviving no confidence vote

Friday 08:59 GMT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is locked in a standoff with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, as the latter refuses to hold private discussions on Brexit until May gives assurances the country won’t leave the European Union without a deal.

Monday, Jan 21: But May won’t have long to secure further concessions from EU leaders as she must present her plan B for Brexit to parliament by this date.

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Source: Reuters

Trump 'inclined' to impose new U.S. auto tariffs: senator

Friday 16:20 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to move ahead with tariffs on imported vehicles, a move that could prompt the European Union to agree a new trade deal, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Senators Doug Jones and Lamar Alexander re-introduced legislation to delay any 25 percent auto tariff and require the International Trade Commission to conduct a comprehensive study before tariffs could be applied.

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Source: DW

Will populists unite to blight the EU?

Friday 15:25 GMT

With their figurehead in Washington, are Europe's populists bringing the Trump playbook to the EU? Mischael Modrikamen is working with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon to unite them with their group, 'The Movement.'

Mischael Modrikamen, who is working with Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon as the director of their group, "The Movement," denied that populists were damaging society by stirring up anger and polarizing political debate. "The biggest damage has been created by the elites or the so-called elites to the ordinary guy for the last 20 or 30 years," Modrikamen told host Tim Sebastian on DW's top political interview program Conflict Zone.

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Source: Reuters

UK PM May seeks to end Brexit stalemate after winning confidence vote

Friday 06:04 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in the British parliament on Wednesday and then appealed to lawmakers from across the political divide to come together to try to break the impasse on a Brexit divorce agreement.

After the results of the confidence vote were announced to cheers from her Conservative lawmakers, May said she believed parliament had a duty to find a solution that delivered on the 2016 Brexit referendum result.

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Source: Reuters

Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit next steps: Nothing has changed, or new...

Friday 06:04 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a collaborative approach to finding a new Brexit deal after her agreement was crushed by parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British government in modern times.

Parliament’s Brexit committee has called on May to hold a series of votes on different Brexit options to see which, if any has the support of a majority in parliament. Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats who have 11 seats in parliament, said: “She shouldn’t even bother lifting the telephone to opposition parties unless she is willing to rule out categorically a no-deal Brexit and unless she is willing to enter into a constructive conversation about a people’s vote.”


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