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August 19, 2017

Spain terror cell planned Barcelona bombing rampage

After 13 die in Las Ramblas, further Catalan atrocity only thwarted by accidental detonation of explosives, say police

The terrorist cell which killed 14 people in Catalonia on Thursday was planning to mount a bombing attack in Barcelona that was only abandoned when they accidentally blew up the house where they were stockpiling explosives.

Thirteen people were killed and more than 130 injured after a white Fiat van ploughed along Las Ramblas in the Catalan capital on Thursday. Eight hours later, a Spanish woman was killed and six people were hurt after a car thought to be carrying five members of the same cell ran down pedestrians in the [...]

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August 10, 2017

Teargas, cold, no toilets: plight of refugees in Calais revealed

As woods in northern France once again house hundreds of people, many report police aggression and sparse supplies

The woods around Calais and Dunkirk have once again become home to more than 1,000 refugees and migrants living in dire conditions without access to toilets, running water, showers or shelter.

Police regularly confiscate sleeping bags, bedding and possessions, and refugees complain that CS spray is often used during early morning raids on people sleeping. Reports of police harassment of refugees have risen as officials from both towns attempt, without success, to stop refugees from settling in the area.

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July 17, 2017

Macron helps France become world leader in soft power, survey finds

President’s election has helped French unseat US and Britain at top of index measuring nations’ global influence

France has overtaken the US and Britain as the world’s top soft power, according to an annual survey examining how much non-military global influence an individual country wields.

Britain headed the list two years ago, but was edged off top spot by the US last year. However, the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the election of Emmanuel Macron appear to have shifted global perceptions.

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July 3, 2017

Emmanuel Macron vows to transform France in Versailles speech

French president accused of ‘monarchical’ drift after addressing both houses of parliament at former seat of French kings

The French president Emmanuel Macron has promised a “profound transformation” of France and Europe, calling for an end to defeatism and “cynicism” in a rare address to both houses of parliament in the gilded palace of Versailles.

In a ninety-minute speech intended to echo the style of the US state of the union address, Macron reiterated his key campaign proposals to

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