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France, Russia vow to press coordination efforts on Syria
France and Russia want to create a coordination mechanism between world powers to push ahead with finding a political solution in Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

Probe launched into Russian pranksters' hoax call to Boris Johnson
An investigation is under way to determine how a hoax caller was able to speak to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in an 18-minute phone conversation, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.

Watch live: Macron, Putin give joint press conference in St Petersburg
A year after their one-on-one meeting at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting French President Emmanuel Macron at the Constantine Palace outside Putin’s native Saint Petersburg.

Macron looks for common ground with Putin on Russia trip
With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Italy’s new leader Conte: ‘Untested maestro of a cacophonous orchestra’
Italy’s victorious “anti-system” parties had promised a prime minister who would be "uncontestable", elected by the people, and not a technocrat. As it turns out, their nominee Giuseppe Conte is none of the above – and a complete unknown to boot.

Macron shuns another ‘new’ plan, wants more jobs to tackle deprived suburbs
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said he would not announce a new plan to fix the country's poor suburbs but rather called on France’s biggest companies to do their part to combat discrimination and poverty.

Italy prime minister candidate Conte accused of lying about academic record
Giuseppe Conte, a little-known law professor put forward by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League as their prime ministerial candidate, was accused on Tuesday of inflating his international academic credentials.

'I’m sorry,' Facebook’s Zuckerberg tells EU Parliament
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday and said the social media giant is taking steps to prevent a repeat of a massive breach of users' personal data.

Populist takeover: Italy approves unprecedented coalition
Italy is raising anchor and setting sail for unchartered waters, with Europe's boat rocked by an unprecedented populist coalition. President Sergio Mattarella is expected to approve law professor Giuseppe Conte as premier. The new government, led by the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement and the far-right League, is promising a flat tax, welfare payments to poor families, a pivot towards Russia and the deportation of migrants. Will this government be the kiss of death for a strong EU?

Italy’s populist government proposes law professor for PM post
Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League on Monday proposed Giuseppe Conte, a little-known law professor, as prime minister to lead their big-spending coalition government.

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