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Poland must 'immediately suspend' law over Supreme Court judges, EU's top court says

The European Union's highest court ordered Poland to "immediately suspend" the application of a controversial law, which lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges, in a ruling Friday.

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EU court orders Poland to halt court retirements law

This comes after Poland lowered the retirement age of Supreme Court judges, triggering protests.

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Poland Elections a Test for Governing Party’s Populist Message

The Law and Justice party swept to power by attracting rural voters with grievance and nostalgia. It hopes to extend its appeal to urban areas in ...

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Poland Ordered to Reverse Purge of Supreme Court

Europe’s highest court told Poland to reinstate more than two dozen judges ousted by the ruling party, escalating a clash between Warsaw and the ...

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Russian 'mafia' group and MP Reznik acquitted in Spain

A Russian MP is among 17 cleared of handling mafia profits in Spain.

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Crimea attack: College shooting is 'globalisation' result

Comments by Russian President Putin come a day after a teenager killed 20 people at a college.

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Smoke Forces Melania Trump's Plane Back to Military Base

First lady Melania Trump's plane was forced to return to a Washington area military base on Wednesday because of smoke in the cabin, temporarily delaying her trip to a Philadelphia hospital. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said "everyone is ...

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Melania Trump to Focus on Opioids, Newborns in Hospital Tour

First lady Melania Trump will travel to Philadelphia to meet with families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb.   Mrs. Trump is being joined on her Wednesday visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.   The hospital has provided care to mothers with ...

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Russian censor offers 24-hour online bans for anniversary

To celebrate its time on VKontakte, Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor offered users day-long bans

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Russian Orthodox Church severs links with Constantinople

The Russian Orthodox Church rejects the recognition of the Ukrainian branch's independence.

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Russia Takes Further Step Toward Major Schism in Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church moved to sever ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate to protest moves to form an independent church in Ukraine.

This $400,000 car can't beat a Ferrari, but it can fly over one

The car-plane hybrid goes on sale in 2019, but experts say air taxis might steal its thunder.

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Russians joke Soyuz rocket 'still heavier than air'

People on Russian social media have been joking about the Soyuz rocket capsule's emergency landing.

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Rights Group Criticizes US-Led Coalition for Raqqa Deaths

The U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is “a slap in the face for survivors” trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday. At a news conference in the Lebanese capital, Amnesty ...

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China Says in 'Communication' Amid Report of Trump-Xi Meet

China said Friday it is in contact with the United States amid reports of a planned meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump next month following a dive in the U.S. stock market blamed partly on a growing trade war between the ...

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Source: Trump’s Lawyers Preparing Answers to Mueller’s Questions 

President Donald Trump’s lawyers are preparing answers to questions for the U.S. special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. ...

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Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely, say space officials.

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Judge Wants Sentencing for Manafort Before Cooperation Ends

The judge in one of Paul Manafort's criminal cases threw a wrench Thursday into special counsel Robert Mueller's plans for the former Trump campaign chairman's cooperation. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said in a new order that Manafort's plea deal cut last month set a timeline that is “highly unusual” compared with how he normally handles ...

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Astronauts make harrowing escape, but Russian rocket failure roils NASA

A Russian Soyuz MS-10 rocket was carrying two crew when a booster malfunctioned. Russia halted all crewed space flights, probably extending the time in orbit for the current space station team.

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China Says Accusations Against Alleged Spy 'Out of Thin Air'

China said Thursday that accusations against an alleged Chinese spy accused of attempting to steal trade secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies were “made out of thin air.” Yanjun Xu, an operative of China’s Ministry of State Security, was charged Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio, after being extradited to the U.S. from ...

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Poland defies EU over Supreme Court judge appointments

President Andrzej Duda appoints 27 new Supreme Court judges, despite EU legal action.

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6-month Sentence for man who Sold Bank Accounts to Russians

A California man will serve six months in prison for unwittingly helping the Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential elections.   A ...

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Did Novichok suspect live in this tiny village?

A tiny Russian village has been revealed as Salisbury suspect's former home.

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Poll Finds Partisan Divide in Concerns for Election Security

With the midterm elections less than a month away, a strong majority of Americans are concerned the nation's voting systems might be vulnerable to ...

Netanyahu and Putin will meet for the first time since a Russian jet was shot down

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to meet for the first time since the downing of a Russian military aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea last month.

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Russia internationals Aleksandr Kokorin & Pavel Mamaev should face 'severe punishment'

Two Russia internationals under investigation over an attack in Moscow should face severe punishment, says the Russian Premier League.

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Skripal attack: GRU suspect Mishkin traced to Russian village

BBC Russian finds villagers who remember a GRU agent accused over the Salisbury attack.

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