‘A useful punching bag’: why Hungary’s Viktor Orbn has turned on George Soros

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There are fears that the far right could be emboldened by a campaign against the Hungarian-born American billionaire. Shaun Walker reports from Budapest In 1989 the American-Hungarian financier George Soros paid for Viktor Orbn to study in Britain. Two decades later, he donated $1m to Orbns government to help the cleanup after the red sludge […]

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Ukrainian president to ‘drop in’ on Donald Trump during Washington visit

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Hours before Petro Poroshenkos arrival, details of the meeting had still not been confirmed with the apparently reluctant US president Donald Trump is expected to meet the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, at the White House on Tuesday but the encounter is likely to be a brief and leave questions unanswered over the administrations strategic importance […]

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Brexit: UK caves in to EU demand to agree divorce bill before trade talks

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On first day of Brexit negotiations chief EU negotiator makes clear Britain cannot dictate timing of negotiations British negotiators have capitulated to key European demands for a phased approach to Brexit talks, agreeing to park discussions on free trade until they have thrashed out the cost of the multibillion-euro UK divorce settlement. Putting a brave […]

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Macron and En Marche expect big win in French parliamentary elections

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Despite low voter turnout Frances newest political party is predicted to take up to 80% of seats in major shift for republic France has begun voting in parliamentary elections which are expected to hand Emmanuel Macron a landslide majority, a second triumph for him after his presidential victory and one which should allow him to […]

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Russia investigation: Mike Pence hires personal legal counsel

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Pences office confirmed he retained Richard Cullen to assist him in responding to inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller Vice president Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller. The vice president is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the presidents […]

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Growing awareness of colonial past fuels radicalisation, says Czech minister

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Lubomr Zaorlek, likely Social Democrat candidate for prime minister, says in dark speech that the west has 20 years to reach a settlement with Muslim world An awakening in the Muslim world about the atrocities committed in the wests colonial past is feeding contemporary radicalisation of communities, said the Czech foreign minister on Wednesday. In […]

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US senators reach deal to stop White House easing Russia sanctions without approval

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The agreement, which includes new sanctions, is intended to punish Russia over issues including its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election US senators have reached an agreement on legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia, including a provision that would prevent the White House from easing, suspending or ending sanctions without congressional approval. The agreement, […]

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‘It’s pretty high’: climber tells how he scaled Everest twice in a week

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Kilian Jornet made climbs without fixed ropes or oxygen and suffered illness on first ascent but is laid back about his exploits Forty-eight hours after 29-year-old Spaniard to the summit without fixed ropes and supplementary oxygen on both occasions last month. Despite suffering from food poisoning on his first ascent and coming within minutes of […]

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