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September 19, 2018 6:01 PM U2's Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland. Bono and the pope spoke for more than 30 minutes at a meeting to team up the rock star’s ONE organization, a global campaign and advocacy organization 83

September 19, 2018 9:42 AM Ireland to join UK home nations in exploring 2030 World Cup bid

The Republic of Ireland will join England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in exploring a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup. The English Football Association had already announced plans to assess a bid with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Football Association Ireland said in statement released Wednesday that it would join the feasibility 47

September 18, 2018 2:27 PM EU to scrap lawsuit against Ireland after Apple pays back taxes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators plan to drop legal action against Ireland after iPhone maker Apple (AAPL.O) paid 13.1 billion euros ($15.3 billion) in back taxes following a regulatory order two years ago, the European Commission said on Tuesday. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager sued Ireland last year for failing to recover 74

September 17, 2018 1:06 PM Brexit talks going ahead in 'spirit of good cooperation': EU's Barnier

MADRID (Reuters) - Talks between the European Union and Britain on Brexit are being conducted in a spirit of “good cooperation”, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator on the issue, said on Monday. Barnier was in Madrid to brief Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Foreign Minister Josep Borrell on the progress in the Brexit negotiations. A Spanish 65

September 12, 2018 8:31 AM EU's Juncker confirms aims for close ties with Britain after Brexit

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday renewed a pledge of close trade and security ties with Britain after Brexit but said the European Union would not compromise on key withdrawal terms. Delivering his annual state-of-the-union speech to the European Parliament, Juncker said the EU will not allow Britain to participate 58

September 12, 2018 4:32 AM Juncker to hold firm on Brexit terms, offer close partnership: official

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will say on Wednesday that Britain should not expect EU negotiators to soften demands as they try to conclude a Brexit divorce treaty but he will reaffirm an offer of a close future partnership, a senior EU official said. The EU chief executive will touch only briefly on Britain’s 66

September 11, 2018 8:05 PM Irish government says President Trump has canceled trip to Dublin amid planned mass protests

President Trump has scrapped an upcoming trip to Ireland amid planned mass protests over his administration’s climate and immigration policies, the Irish government said Tuesday. Trump took Prime Minister Leo Varadkar by surprise when he announced last month that he intended to visit Dublin and his golf course in rural Doonbeg after going to Paris in November 69

September 11, 2018 7:26 PM EU Executive Arm Opposes France on Global ‘Right to be Forgotten’

European Commission argued that a global application would stretch privacy laws beyond their intended scope LUXEMBOURG—The European Union’s executive arm on Tuesday joined Alphabet Inc.’s Google and a group of free-speech advocates to oppose expanding the bloc’s “right to be forgotten” beyond European borders. In arguments before the EU’s top court 63

September 11, 2018 11:39 AM Europe must face its policy failures to stop rise of far right: Tsipras

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday Europe could face an existential crisis over nationalism unless it owned up to its failure to handle a fiscal crisis and deal with an influx of migrants effectively. The economic austerity pursued by European governments had fostered fear, racism and the emergence of the far right 70

September 2, 2018 9:04 PM Brexit could sway Scottish voters toward independence from UK: poll

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s exit from the European Union could tip public opinion in Scotland in favor of seeking independence, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. Scotland voted against independence in 2014, but a subsequent referendum on leaving the EU has reignited debate over its long-term future as one of Britain’s four constituent parts alongside 65