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How Will Britain’s EU Membership Referendum Work?

LONDON, Feb 23- Prime Minister David Cameron has said a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union will be held on June 23. Below are the key details of how the vote will work: WHO CAN VOTE? As with a parliamentary election, British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens aged over 18 who live in Britain,

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With Eye on Downing Street, Boris Bets All On Brexit

By William James and Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 22 – With one hand in his suit pocket and the other mussing his signature blond hair, Boris Johnson on Sunday took the riskiest gamble of his career: to oppose Prime Minister David Cameron by campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union. If the stars align

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EU Court Rules Iran Bank Assets Should Not Have Been Frozen

BRUSSELS, Feb 18 – The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that the assets of Iran’s Bank Mellat should not have been frozen from 2010, dismissing an appeal brought by the European Council. The Council, the grouping of the EU’s 28 member states, froze the funds of a number of Iranian financial entities from

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U.K. to Prevent Public Sector Boycotts of Israeli Suppliers

LONDON, Feb 17 – Local authorities and public sector organisations in Britain will be prevented from boycotting Israeli suppliers under new government rules, and those who do could face severe penalties, the government said on Wednesday. Apart from where it has put legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions in place, procurement boycotts by public authorities were

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EU’s Mogherini Sees No New Cold War; Urges Syria Truce be Respected

BRUSSELS, Feb 15 – European Union’s top diplomat said on Monday she saw no signs of a new Cold War developing with Russia, days after Russia’s prime minister warned of growing tension between his country and the West. “I have not seen the climate of Cold War in these last days,” Federica Mogherini, the head

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EU Loses WTO Case, China Could Seek Trade Sanctions

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Jan 19 – China could demand trade sanctions against the European Union after winning an appeal on Monday in a dispute at the World Trade Organization over EU tariffs imposed on Chinese imports of screws, nuts and bolts made of iron or steel. China has never before asked the WTO to

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Iran Says Has Removed Core from Arak Reactor in Key Nuclear Deal Step

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, Jan 14 – Iran has removed the sensitive core of its Arak nuclear reactor and U.N. inspectors will visit the site on Thursday to verify the move crucial to the implementation of Tehran’s atomic agreement with major powers, state television said on Thursday. Removal of the core from the Arak reactor

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EU Food Safety Watchdog Hits Back at Scientists in Glyphosate Spat

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS, Jan 13 – The head of Europe’s food safety watchdog has written to a group of nearly 100 senior scientists strongly rejecting their criticisms in an ongoing row about the safety of weed-killer ingredient glyphosate. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which advises EU policymakers, in November issued an opinion that

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Dutch to Push Intelligence Sharing After Missed Signals in Paris

THE HAGUE, Jan 11  – The Netherlands will push for greater sharing of intelligence data, including lists of suspected foreign fighters, at a gathering of global counter-terrorism officials on Monday. The Dutch, who hold the rotating European Union presidency, circulated a draft outlining the objective to roughly 250 delegates of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum

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EU Starts on Tricky Path Towards Relaxing China Trade Defense

By Philip Blenkinsop and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Jan 10 – The European Union will take the first step on Wednesday towards refashioning its trade ties with Beijing, torn over how to lower its defenses to avert Chinese retaliation while protecting key industries against a damaging flood of cheap imports. Commissioners from the bloc’s 28 members

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