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Belgium Paralysed as Workers’ Strike Hits Transport, Factories

BRUSSELS (AP) – A national strike to demand higher pay has paralyzed airports, sea ports and rail traffic in Belgium, while hundreds of factories are shut down for the day. Trade unions are protesting limits on wage increases during times

A Russian Tupolev TU-142 flies by the USS Mount Whitney of the US Navy during the NATO-led military exercise Trident Juncture on November 2, 2018 at the Norwegian sea outside Trondheim, Norway - Trident Juncture 2018, is a NATO-led military exercise held in Norway from 25 October to 7 November …

Norway: Russia Jamming GPS Signals ‘A New Challenge’

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Norwegian Intelligence Service says GPS signal disruption as seen during major NATO drills in Norway last year “is of particular concern” for the military and “is also a threat to civil aviation in peacetime.” The

Rushdie: from fatwa fugitive to free speech hero

Salman Rushdie Satanic Verses Fatwa, 30 Years On

On February 14, 1989 Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for British writer Salman Rushdie to be killed for writing “The Satanic Verses”, which the cleric said insulted Islam.

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Govt Cancels Controversial Ferry Deal

LONDON (AP) – The British government has cancelled a contract to ship goods to the country after Brexit with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service.

Jihadists

Seven Jihadists Sentenced over 2015 Beach Massacre

(AFP) — A Tunisian court has sentenced seven jihadists to life in prison over attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015 that killed 60 people, many of them British tourists, prosecutors said on Saturday.

Frankfurt

EU Slashes Forecasts for Economic Growth

European Union officials have slashed their growth forecast for the 19 countries that use the euro, saying even the lower estimate was vulnerable to “large uncertainty” from slowing growth in China and weakening global trade.

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Germany To Loosen Rules on Doctors Advertising Abortions

Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would loosen, but not scrap, a ban on doctors “advertising” abortions, in an attempt to bridge a divide between the country’s governing parties.

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Eurozone Growth Falters Further in 2019

A closely watched survey shows that economic growth across the 19-country eurozone dipped further at the start of 2019 to its lowest level in five-and-a-half years.