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Spanish Prime Minister Minister’s Mobile Phone Infected By Pegasus Spyware, Govt Says.

PARIS, France – Spanish authorities have detected ‘Pegasus’ spyware in the mobile phones of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Defence Minister Margarita Robles, the government minister for the presidency, Felix Bolanos, said on Monday. Bolanos told a news conference Sanchez’phone was infected in May 2021 and at least one data leak occurred then. He did … More Spanish Prime Minister Minister’s Mobile Phone Infected By Pegasus Spyware, Govt Says.

Israel Denounces Lavrov’s Hitler Comments, Summons Russian Ambassador

PARIS, France – Israel denounced on Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for suggesting that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots, and demanded an apology from Moscow. Israeli Foreign Ministry Yair Lapid said the Russian ambassador would be summoned for ‘a tough talk’ over the comments, which Lavrov made on Sunday in an interview … More Israel Denounces Lavrov’s Hitler Comments, Summons Russian Ambassador

Greece Formally Protests Turkey’s Military Flights Over Inhabited Greek Islands

BUCHAREST, Romania – Greece made on Wednesday a formal protest to Turkey accusing it of conducting unauthorized military flights over inhabited Greek islands. ‘These actions constitute a violation of Greece’s sovereignty, they are an unacceptable provocation and run contrary to fundamental principles of international law’, Greece’s Foreign Ministry said. ‘These actions, in addition to being unlawful and provocative, endanger international air traffic, are completely incompatible with the principle of good neighbourly relations between the two countries and undermine efforts to consolidate a climate of trust’, it added in a statement. Neighbours and fellow – NATO members Greece and Turkey have…

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Macron More Convincing Than Le Pen In French Election Debate – Poll

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron was found to be more convincing than far – right candidate Marine Le Pen in a pre – election debate on French television ahead of Sunday’s presidential runoff vote, an opinion poll showed. The snap survey by Elabe for BFM TV found that 59% of polled viewers found Macron more convincing than Le Pen. In 2017, the same polling firm found that 63% of those surveyed found Macron more convincing.

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Macron, Le Pen Clash On Russia, EU In Angry TV Debate

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday accused his far – right rival Marine Le Pen of being in thrall to Russian President Vladimir Putin over a year – old Russian bank loan to her party during a fiery TV debate ahead of Sunday’s election. While he also charged Le Pen with harbouring an undiminished desire to pull France out of European Union (EU), she struck back with a pledge to put money back in the pockets of millions of French made poorer during his five – year presidency. The debate – their only one of the campaign…

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Explainer: What You Need To Know About France’s Presidential Election

PARIS, France – Sunday’s vote in France will determine whether the pro – European centrist President Emmanuel Macron on the far – right, anti – immigration Marine Le Pen runs the European Union’s second – largest economy for the next five years. WHO WILL WIN? Opinion polls favor Macron to win a second term and his lead has improved since both qualified for the runoff. But with estimates of 54% – 56% of the vote for Macron, polls point to a much smaller gap than when he beat Le Pen with 66.1% in 2017, and Le Pen win cannot be…

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Netherlands Reopens Ukrainian Embassy In Lviv

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch government on Tuesday said it had reopened its embassy in the Ukrainian city of Lviv with a small number of staff last Saturday. ‘By first returning to Lviv in western Ukraine with a small staff, the embassy will get a good picture of the security situation there’, the Dutch Foreign Affairs ministry said. If the situation is deemed safe enough, the embassy will eventually return to Ukrainian capital Kyiv, it added. The Dutch embassy in Ukraine’s capital moved to Lviv on Feb.22, two days before Russian troops invaded the country. Staff them moved to Poland on…

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez To Meet Zelensky In Kyiv This Week

PARIS, France – Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will travel to Kyiv in the next few days to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a senior Spanish government official told CNN Tuesday. The official said they could not release any more information ‘for security reasons’. Spain announced Monday it would be reopening its Kyiv embassy ‘in the coming days’. The embassy was shut with personnel evacuated to Warsaw in neighboring Poland soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February. The reopening will be ‘a new sign of the commitment of the Spanish government and society to the Ukrainian people’,…

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Russia Tells Ukrainian Forces To Surrender Azovstal Plant By Noon

PARIS, France – Russia on Tuesday called on Ukrainian forces and foreign fighter holed up in the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Ukrainian port city of Mariupol to lay down their arms by noon Moscow time (0900 GMT) if they wanted to live. Mariupol, which has been encircled by Russian troops for weeks, has seen the fiercest fighting and most comprehensive destruction since Russia sent troops into Ukraine on Feb.24. Ukrainian authorities said on Monday that no fewer than 1,000 civilians were hiding in underground shelters beneath the vast Azovstal plant, adding that Russia was dropping heavy bombs onto the Ukrainian…

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France’s Macron Says Dialogue With Putin Stalled After Mass Killings Discovered In Ukraine

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that his dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin has stalled after mass killings were discovered in Ukraine. ‘Since the massacres we have discovered in Bucha and in other towns, the war has taken a different turn, so I did not speak to him again directly since, but I don’t rule out doing so in the future’, Macron told France 5 television. Russia has called the accusations its forces executed civilians in Bucha while occupying the town a ‘monstrous forgery’ aimed at denigrating the Russian army. Asked why he had not…

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Russia Bans UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson And Other Top Officials From Entering The Country

PARIS, France – Russia has banned U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his predecessor Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and other British government members from entering the country in response to sanctions. Russia’s Foreign Ministry attributed its decision on Saturday to the ‘unprecedented hostile actions of the British government, expressed, in particular, in the imposition of sanctions against the top officials of the Russian Federation’. ‘London’s unbridled information and political campaign aimed at the international isolation of Russia, creating conditions for containing our country and strangling the Russian economy’ were responsible for the decision, the ministry…

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France Declares Six Russian Spies ‘Persona Non Grata’ Over Clandestine Operation

PARIS, France – France’s foreign ministry on Monday declared six Russian agents posing as diplomats as ‘persona non grata’ after an investigating by the domestic intelligence service concluded they were working against French national interests. ‘Following a very long investigation, the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) revealed on Sunday April 10 a clandestine operation carried out by the Russian intelligence service on our territory’, the ministry said in a statement, without elaborating. ‘Six Russian agents operating under diplomatic cover and whose activities proved contrary to our national interests have been declared persona non grata’, it said. Interior Minister General…

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