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Russia warns France over CAR peace role

Russia warned France on Thursday that it must put aside "parochial national interests" and recognise its peace efforts in the Central African Republic as negotiations continued on a contentious UN Security Council resolution. France has presented a draft resolution that takes aim at recent Russian efforts to broker peace deals in

Irish citizens to receive phone alert on nearby terror attack, natural disaster

Irish citizens will now be sent official alerts to their mobile phones if they are near a terrorist attack or natural disaster, as part of a new European-wide initiative. The European Parliament has voted today to introduce Reverse112 in all members states. The scheme - which is already available in the Netherlands,

Europe’s calculations shift on Trump second term

 Jamie Dettmer  Calculations are shifting in European capitals on whether Donald Trump is likely to serve a second term as U.S. president. The consensus in Europe ahead of last week’s midterm elections was that he would most likely serve only one term in the White House, but the expanded Republican majority in

UK military could be used in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

  Britain's armed forces are preparing for contingency plans to prevent a crisis if the country leaves the European Union in March without a deal that could guarantee a smooth withdrawal. Senior British defense officials said on Sunday that contingency plans were being made so that the military could support the country in case of a

UK to allow Nigerians, commonwealth citizens join own military

Jude Johnson with agency report The citizens of  Nigeria and other Commonwealth countries will be able to join the British Armed Forces even if they do not live in the United Kingdom (UK), the government said on Monday as it struggles to fill vacancies. Britain’s junior defence minister Mark Lancaster said in

‘Major terrorist attack’ averted In Netherlands, 7 arrested

Dutch police arrested seven men Thursday suspected of plotting to carry out a "major terrorist attack" at a public event using explosive belts and an AK-47 assault rifle, the public prosecutor's office said. "Police arrested seven men on Thursday... suspected of being at a very advanced stage of preparation for a

UK intelligence, security agencies using child spies against terrorists – report

The UK intelligence and security agencies are deploying children as spies in covert policing and security operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers, new UK parliamentary report revealed. Some of the minors  tasked with gathering intelligence are under 16, the report by a House of Lords review committee said. The report, published last week, was

Brookings experts react to the Trump-Putin meeting and NATO summit

Thomas Wright, Alina Polyakova, Constanze Stelzenmüller, Steven Pifer, Pavel K. Baev, Amanda Sloat, Célia Belin, Kemal Kirişci, and Tarun Chhabra   Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe; Senior Fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy: The summit today, and the visit to Brussels and the U.K. that preceded it, revealed that the president is now

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