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UK's May signs letter set to trigger Brexit process
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday signed the historic letter that will launch Brexit when it is delivered to Brussels on Wednesday, a photo released by her office showed.
Video: Putin building bridge from annexed Crimea to mainland Russia
It's been three years since Vladimir Putin signed off on Russia's annexation of Crimea - a unilateral act which landed Moscow with a wave of sanctions from Europe and the United States. Last year, Russia started building a bridge across the Kerch Strait which separates the peninsula of Crimea from the Russian mainland. It's a colossal project and of great importance to Putin. Our correspondents report on the progress so far.
The well-trodden road to Berlin: Hamon is third French candidate to meet with Merkel
Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon is meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz in Berlin on Tuesday. It is a high stakes trip for the candidate, some polls now have running fifth in the French race.
German state backs Merkel’s Party in major test ahead of national elections
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a regional vote in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social Democrat rivals and boosting her prospects of winning a fourth term in September's national election.
EU to renew 'a common future' despite union's cracks
Against the tense backdrop of an impending Brexit, the EU hopes to reaffirm ‘a common future’ for Europe when its leaders gather in Rome Saturday, 60 years after the Treaty of Rome forged a historic single European bloc.
Le Pen meets Putin ahead of French presidential election
President Vladimir Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday, bestowing a level of international recognition that has so far eluded her in the countdown to France’s presidential election.