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The latest breaking news, politics and current affairs from Europe. 
  1. Britain imposed sanctions on 25 Russians and 20 Saudis on Monday as part of post-Brexit measures foreign minister Dominic Raab said were aimed at stopping the laundering of “blood money”.After leaving the European Union in January, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to forge a new independent role for Britain in foreign and trade affairs, and this was the first time London could impose asset freezes and visa bans independently.Raab has pressed for tough sanctions and set out the first names in…
  2. UK Conservative Party heavyweights called on British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to use the new “Magnitsky Act” on Monday to punish Hong Kong and Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses, and to present a new UK policy on China.No Chinese or Hong Kong officials were on the first batch of 49 names under the sanctions – ranging from Russian and Saudi officials to Myanmar generals – but Raab was pressed in parliament whether Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor would…
  3. Are financial markets underestimating the chances of a last-minute deal on Brexit? Time is fast running out to strike a mutually acceptable trade agreement before Britain quits the European Union at the end of the year, and nobody could be blamed for thinking it’s all going to end in tears.Emotions are running high and negotiators from both sides look so far apart that the prospect of Britain crashing out of Europe on bad terms looks very likely. But could the impossible still happen?After all,…
  4. Ennio Morricone, whose scores for movies such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso made him one of the world’s most famous and prolific screen composers, has died. He was 91.Morricone, who won two Oscars and dozens of others awards including Golden Globes, Grammys and BAFTAs, broke his femur some days ago and died during the night in a clinic in Rome.His last Oscar was in 2016 for best original score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.He first declined the…
  5. Broadway and TV actor Nick Cordero, who spent months in intensive care being treated for the coronavirus and lost his leg from complications, died Sunday, his wife said.He was 41 years old.“My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth,” Amanda Kloots wrote on Instagram.“I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him.”Coronavirus studies strengthen…
  6. Britain’s reported plan to phase out Huawei Technologies from its mobile networks from this year raises fresh questions about the Chinese telecom giant’s business prospects in Europe, with Germany set to decide on its rules for 5G network roll-outs after the summer break.Despite building a reputation for supplying low cost, high quality equipment that has helped it take a lead in new 5G network technology, Huawei is facing a raft of US trade restrictions that many European analysts say could…
  7. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's gamble to move the elections forward by a few months just as the Covid-19 pandemic appeared to be waning has paid a stunning dividend in Sunday's parliamentary election.“We leave a difficult, testing term behind and are facing possibly greater challenges ahead,” Plenkovic said after declaring victory to supporters at midnight (2200 GMT).According to exit poll projections, the HDZ claimed 62 of the 151 seats directly, with more coming from expatriates…
  8. People across the UK joined in a round of applause on Sunday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the free-to-use National Health Service, one of the country’s most cherished institutions.The reverence with which it is held has been bolstered this year during what has been Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks. Though the UK as a whole has a confirmed virus death toll of 44,220, the third-highest in the world, behind the United States and Brazil, the NHS and everyone who works within it, in…
  9. Britain is close to a 500 million pound (US$624 million) supply deal with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline for 60 million doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, The Sunday Times reported.Clinical trials are due to start in September and Sanofi has said it expects to get approval by the first half of next year, sooner than previously anticipated.More than 100 vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to stop the Covid-19 pandemic and governments are racing to secure supplies of vaccines…
  10. Faked immigration records in the Philippines were used to throw off authorities seeking a former executive at Wirecard, who went missing after the German firm was implicated in an accounting scandal.Immigration records seemed to indicate that Wirecard’s former second-in-command Jan Marsalek passed through the Philippines late last month.But video footage, airlines manifests and other records confirm that he never entered the country, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a text message on…