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EU fears over Italy election as Berlusconi warns frontrunner M5S will ‘DESTROY’ country

GETTY Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claims the Five Star movement would ‘destroy’ Italy Related articles Mr Berlusconi made his dramatic claim as he campaigned on behalf of his Forza Italia party in advance of the country’s forthcoming general election confirmed he backed controversial Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini as Interior Minister. Speaking on the La7 news channel, Mr Berlusconi took aim at M5S, led by Luigi Di Maio, which is currently flying high in the polls with current projections suggesting it will collect 27.3 percent of the vote…

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A year into 'America First,' the world eyes US – and Trump – with less trust

One year ago this weekend, Donald Trump used his inaugural presidential speech to issue what he called “a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power.” “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First,” he declared. “America First.” The world winced and waited with bated breath. What would this blunt assertion of US self-interest mean? Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? Twelve months on, some of the biggest shoes have yet to drop. The president…

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Japan threatens North Korea over 13 Japanese it kidnapped in 70s and 80s to train as spies

North Korea admitted in 2002 it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train spies, and five of them returned to Japan.  Tokyo suspects that hundreds more may have been taken.  Eight people, including Teruaki Masumoto, whose sister Rumiko is said by North Korea to have died, will travel to The Hague to urge the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses because of his refusal to provide information about their family members.  The group will present a…

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‘The EU can go and F*** itself!’ Italian politician in SHOCK outburst as he rallies Italy

The leader of the League party, formerly known as Northern League, Matteo Salvini claimed the European Union should stop interfering with Italian politics as the measures taken by the bloc have crippled the Italian economy for the past 15 years.  Mr Salvini is the frontrunner in the upcoming Italian general election as Italy’s next Prime Minister.  In a fiery interview with Italian TV Channel Rete 4, the Italian politician said: “Europe can go f*** itself! “Europe has been punishing us for the last 15 years and we are worst off…

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Bulgaria plots to help Turkey join the EU in defiant stand against Brussels

Ivan Sirakov, Bulgaria’s ambassador to Austria, put the nation on a collision course with the EU as he said stopping the talks is “not in the EU’s interest” but Turkey “must be open and honest”. Mr Sirakov used his speech in Vienna to assure Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo that “Europe would not be complete without them”. He said: “The Western Balkans are very important for the security and wellbeing of Europe.” Mr Sirakov added “we need Turkey for this process”. Talks between the EU and Turkey are…

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Winter Olympics: Who will lead North Korea? Senior figures tipped to represent Kim Jong-un

Following the first high-level talks between North and South Korea in more than two years, negotiators from both sides of the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) announced this morning they had struck a deal on attending February’s Pyeongchang Games.  However, officials from the secretive North have yet to reveal their chief delegate for the 17-day event, and speculation is rife over who will stand in for dictator Kim. A series of international sanctions targeting both the North Korean regime and individual officials could block such senior members of the ruling…

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Hero teacher survives after being stabbed 17 TIMES saving children from crazed knifemen

WILL STEWART Natalia Shagulina’s (R) bravery meant there were no fatalities A dozen students were wounded in the bloodbath but 46 year old Natalia Shagulina’s bravery meant there were no fatalities.  Doctors disclosed that when she awoke from a coma, the Russian teacher’s first question was: “How are the children?” Natalia, a mother-of-two, is fighting for life after her neck was partially severed by the masked attackers who stormed her classroom in the city of Perm as she taught a technology lesson. The attackers staged an intended murder spree based…

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Pope ATTACKED: Shocking moment object hits Francis in face in Chile backlash

During the first day of his South American tour, Pope Francis drove through Santiago de Chile in his popemobile to O’Higgins Park. After visiting President Michelle Bachelet at Palacio de la Moneda, the supreme pontiff went to the popular park to hold the first Mass on Chilean soil. As he greeted the thousands of people who had turned out to see him, the Pope was hit by an object which had been thrown at his face.  The object appeared to be a cream hat.  The Pope’s visit to Chile has…

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Thai court drops royal insult charges against academic

Sulak Sivaraksa, center, arrives at the outside of a military court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. A Thai military court has dropped royal insult charges against the 84-year old Thai historian who questioned whether a Thai king had actually defeated a Burmese adversary in combat on elephant-back over 500 years ago. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai military court on Wednesday dropped royal insult charges against an 84-year old historian who questioned whether a Thai king had actually defeated a Burmese adversary in combat on elephant-back…

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CHILE CRACKDOWN: 30 arrested as anger grows at Pope visit

Scores of people were arrested in the southern city of Concepción after demonstrating against the government, claiming they “would not show the real image of Chile” to Pope Francis. A spokesman for the protesters, Claudio Melgarejo, claimed at least 200 people had to be dispersed during the first day of the pontiff’s visit. He said: “We are not against the visit of the Pope. “We are against the image that the executive wants to give him that everything is fine here, which is not the case.” Today, the number of…

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