Venezuela’s opposition leader meets EU foreign policy chief | AFP

The leader of Venezuela’s opposition Juan Guaido, who has been recognized as president by the United States and more than 50 other countries, meets with the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Brussels. IMAGES

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When Churchill backed a “United States of Europe”

The former British prime minister, Winston Churchill, comes out in favor of a “United States of Europe” in a speech at Zurich University, Switzerland, to make sure there is not another war. Though Britain stayed out of the formation of the European Economic Community when it launched in 1957, it soon had second thoughts and eventually joined in 1973. On Jan. 31, 2020, Britain is scheduled to leave what became known as the European Union.

Rescued sheep await adoption in Romania after surviving capsize | AFP

180 rams, saved by an NGO following the capsize of a ship, are cared for in an animal shelter near Bucharest while awaiting adoption. The cargo ship Queen Hind capsized last Sunday as it left the southeastern port of Midia with 14,600 sheep bound for Saudi Arabia. Romania is the third biggest producer of sheep in the European Union and has exported millions in the past two years, in particular to Jordan and Libya.

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Farage: I’ll miss Strasbourg but, politically, ‘I couldn’t be happier’

Nigel Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, is leaving his favorite theater — the European Union’s parliament in Strasbourg — this week with a sense of mission accomplished. He spoke to the AP’s Raf Casert.

2019, the second hottest year on record I AFP

The year 2019 was the second hottest ever recorded and a virtual tie with 2016, the warmest El Nino year, the European Union’s climate monitor says in its round up of the hottest decade in history.

Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) showed that worldwide temperatures were just 0.04 degrees Celsius lower than 2016, when temperatures were boosted 0.12 degrees Celsius by a once-in-a-century El Nino natural weather event.

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British people react to the Brexit deal approval in parliament | AFP

People react in the streets of London after Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has finally been approved in Parliament, allowing Britain to become the first country to leave the European Union at the end of the month.

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EU Commission chief: Brexit day will be ‘tough and emotional’

The European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, has warned Britain that it would not get the “highest quality access” to the European Union’s market after Brexit unless it made major compromises. She predicted that Jan. 31, the day Britain is set to leave the European Union, would be a “tough and emotional day”.

EU chief warns of ‘tough’ post-Brexit talks with UK | AFP

EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen says that “There will be tough talks ahead… but that the United Kingdom will always have a trusted friend and partner in the European Union.” SOUNDBITE

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Boris Johnson’s ministers arrive at Downing Street for cabinet meeting | AFP

British government ministers arrive at Number 10 Downing Street ahead of a cabinet meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London as he races to get his Brexit deal ratified in time for Britain to leave the European Union on January 31. IMAGES

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Palm oil | AFP Animé

Videographic on palm oil. Indonesia has filed a World Trade Organization lawsuit against the European Union over plans to phase out palm oil-based biofuel for cars. The action could escalate a trade dispute between Indonesia — the world’s top palm oil producer – and the EU.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Time to put division aside, says Johnson

UK general election winner Boris Johnson urges supporters and opponents of his Conservative party to end division over Brexit, as he returned to Downing Street with a renewed mandate to form a government. After months of political deadlock over Britain’s planned departure from the European Union, the Conservatives hammered the rival Labour Party at the polls.

British PM has ‘no mandate to take Scotland out of the EU’: Nicola Sturgeon | AFP

Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon says Boris Johnson has ‘no mandate whatsoever to take Scotland out of the European Union’, adding she would push for another independence referendum after losing a 2014 vote.

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Johnson tells supporters after win “we did it!”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won a majority in Britain’s Parliament. He says the victory gives him a mandate to navigate Britain’s exit from the European Union. (Dec. 13)

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Britain’s political system | AFP Animé

Videographic on Britain’s political system. Britain will leave the European Union on January 31 as planned, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised on Friday after winning a sweeping election victory.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Withdrawal from the European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining how a country goes about leaving the EU. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed a political “earthquake” in Britain after a thumping election victory which clears the way for the country to finally leave the EU next month after years of paralysing deadlock.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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The European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining how the European Union works. EU leaders said Friday they were ready for the next phase of Brexit, just hours after the resounding victory of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party that all but seals Britain’s divorce from the bloc.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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The European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining how the European Union works. EU leaders said Friday they were ready for the next phase of Brexit, just hours after the resounding victory of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party that all but seals Britain’s divorce from the bloc.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Britain – EU relations | AFP AnimĂ©

Videographic examining Britain’s troubled relationship with the European Union. EU leaders said Friday they were ready for the next phase of Brexit, just hours after the resounding victory of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party that all but seals Britain’s divorce from the bloc.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Britain will leave the European Union on January 31 as planned: Prime Minister Boris Johnson | AFP

Britain will leave the European Union on January 31 as planned, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promises after winning a sweeping election victory. SOUNDBITE

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Voting continues in London as general election nears its end | AFP

Voting continues in Britain’s deeply divisive election that poses a historic choice between an imminent split from the European Union and another referendum that could scrap the entire Brexit process. IMAGES

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Top candidates vote in British election

U.K. voters are deciding who they want to resolve the stalemate over Brexit in a parliamentary election seen as one of the most important since the end of World War II. Voting was underway across the country in a contest that pits Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31, against opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who promises another referendum on Brexit.

Top candidates vote in British election

U.K. voters are deciding who they want to resolve the stalemate over Brexit in a parliamentary election seen as one of the most important since the end of World War II. Voting was underway across the country in a contest that pits Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31, against opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who promises another referendum on Brexit.

UK election: what’s at stake? | AFP

Polls open on Thursday December 12th for the third time in four years in what is widely seen as a re-run of the 2016 referendum in which a narrow majority opted to pull Britain out of the European Union. Parliament’s splintered parties — some seeking broader independence and others wanting to keep Britain’s European ties —repeatedly rejected the divorce terms former prime minister Theresa May struck with Brussels.

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