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Archive for April 2017

EU leaders to hold Brexit summit

April 29, 2017 - EUROPEAN UNION

The 27 remaining EU leaders will hold a summit to discuss the start of the Brexit process. The meeting comes exactly one month after Britain officially notified the European Union of its intention to leave the bloc.

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U.S. president a no-show at White House dinner for journalists

April 29, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The 101st White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner in the capital makes news in 2017 because President Donald Trump, feuding with the mainstream media, is snubbing the event. He plans a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on the same day, which happens to be his 100th day in office.

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ASEAN holds 30th summit in 50th anniversary year

April 26, 2017 - PHILIPPINES

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte plans to tiptoe around the South China Sea dispute at the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila, and might try to sell his radical anti-drug policy to the 10 leaders as a regional solution.

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Maria Sharapova drug suspension ends early

April 26, 2017 - SWITZERLAND

Maria Sharapova won a six-month reduction in her two-year suspension from competitive tennis, which was her punishment for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

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Two guillotine anniversaries invite a macabre head count

April 25, 2017 - FRANCE

The year 2017 offers up a head count of a macabre kind. France introduced the guillotine en route to a more humanitarian and equitable system of capital punishment 225 years ago on the April date, and used it for the last time 40 years ago. At least 40,000 heads rolled before France abolished capital punishment in 1981.

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Cobots and Poland the headliners at Hannover Messe 2017

April 24, 2017 - GERMANY

Visitors can expect to be captivated by cobots at the vast Hannover trade show. They are not pocket sized, but they don’t take up much space and don’t have to be kept in cages, both selling points for the new robot-human companions. They are aimed at revolutionizing industrial production.

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Presidential election sees upheaval but no change in outlook

April 23, 2017 - FRANCE

A scandal undermining the centre-right candidate Francois Fillon has changed the picture but not the outlook for the French presidential election: polls suggest that National Front leader Marine LePen will win the first round but lose to centrist independent Emmanuel Macron in a probable second round, set for May 7.

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