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LONDON | The Latest: France launches plan for no-deal Brexit

LONDON—Jan 17, 2019—The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 10 a.m. France’s government is kicking off a 50 million-euro (about $57 million) plan to prepare for the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 without a plan. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Thursday that the government will start … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: France launches plan for no-deal Brexit

ATHENS, Greece | UN envoy hails Macedonia’s ratification of name deal

ATHENS, Greece— Jan 12, 2019—A U.N. envoy has congratulated Macedonia after its parliament approved a deal with Greece that will rename the country North Macedonia. Matthew Nimetz said in a statement that the agreement, which remains to be ratified by Greece, paves the way for “a firmer basis for peace and security in the Balkans.” … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | UN envoy hails Macedonia’s ratification of name deal

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Macedonia’s opposition decries name change vote

SKOPJE, Macedonia  —Jan 11, 2019—The Latest on Macedonia’s change of name (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Macedonia’s conservative opposition leader has accused the government of securing parliamentary approval for a constitutional amendment changing the country’s name by “blackmailing” lawmakers. VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristjan Mickoski on Friday also urged Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to call an early … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Macedonia’s opposition decries name change vote

PORTLAND, Ore. | Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

PORTLAND, Ore.— The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana, and the U.S. East Coast got its first … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore. | Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran’s parliament approves 4 ministers backed by president

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament approved four new ministers on Saturday, all endorsed by President Hassan Rouhani who urged them to help “resist” and “fight” the U.S. as it reinstates sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Rouhani’s comments came as lawmakers were discussing the vote for candidates vying for the ministries of labor, finance, industry and … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran’s parliament approves 4 ministers backed by president

CAIRO | Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

CAIRO  — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published Saturday in the country’s official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of websites that publish content considered a threat to national security. Viewers attempting to access blocked sites can … Continue reading CAIRO | Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls