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Angela Merkel warns migration challenge could 'determine Europe's destiny'

Angela Merkel warns migration challenge could 'determine Europe's destiny'The European Union embraced a new hardline agenda to defend its borders against illegal migration last night as Angela Merkel warned that the fate of the bloc depended on addressing the three-year crisis over migration. Europe’s growing crop of populist leaders claimed victory for their “Fortress Europe” agenda which saw the European Council summit in Brussels putting deterrence and the protection of EU borders at the forefront of its migration policy. “Europe has many challenges but migration could end up determining Europe's destiny,” Mrs Merkel told the German parliament before the summit, with her own political future hanging in the balance following a rebellion against her softer migration policies by her Bavarian coalition partners. The draft summit conclusions showed the German leader’s long-standing calls for an inclusive approach to migration playing second fiddle to the need to secure Europe's borders and process illegal migrants off-shore so they could be returned to their countries of origin. In a sign of the high stakes at the table Italy took the highly unusual step of blocking the entire summit conclusions in order to extract concessions on migration. The move forced Jean-Claude Juncker the EU Commission president to cancel a planned press conference.  Senior Brussels sources said that Italy was demanding that the EU agreed that every migrant arriving in Italy was “arriving in Europe” in a bid to force other EU states to share the burden of migration.  Italy was also demanding urgent reforms to the Dublin regulation and a European wide commitment to rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean.  “We’re willing to work through the night to get this,” said an Italian source involved in the talks.  Emmanuel Macron the Fench President posted a photograph on Twitter of him and his Italian counterpart working on drafts of the conclusions as all sides worked to broker a late-night compromise.  Sebastian Kurz, the conservative Austrian chancellor who is in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, said the shift to a harder line was a victory for those states who have argued that the EU’s soft approach is creating ‘pull factors’ for migration.   Merkel's migration tensions | Read more “It seems as if today we will manage a shift in migration policy,” he said, adding that being rescued in the Mediterranean “must not automatically become a ticket” to central Europe. “That’s important because we have asked for a systemic change for years. For years we have demanded reductions in the number of people coming to Europe illegally. I think that is possible today.” Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister who put up fences on Hungary’s border with Serbia in 2015 after Mrs Merkel threw open Germany’s border, said the change was a victory for the concerns of Europe’s voters. “The main issue is not migration, the issue is democracy in Europe … it is about what the people believe, what should be done," he said before claiming the people wanted migrants to be sent back to where they came from. He added that the move heralded the start of a “new period when we try to reconstruct the European democracy.” Mr Orban’s claims of a victory for ‘democracy’ will send shudders through liberal Europe which believes that the Hungarian leader is using the consensus for a harder line over migration as a Trojan horse for a broader illiberal agenda. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, warned on the eve of the summit that failure to address the migration question risked handing ammunition to populists and those with “a tendency towards overt authoritarianism” – which was widely taken as a reference to the likes of Mr Orban. But Mr Tusk said that the EU’s measures – which include beefing up Europe’s border force to 10,000, forging return deals with African states and investigating setting up so-called hotspot camps in north Africa – were necessary to avoid something worse. “Some may think I am too tough in my proposals on migration. But trust me, if we don't agree on them, then you will see some really tough proposals from some really tough guys," he said. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said that the measures were not designed to put an the end to the idea of ‘European solutions’ to migration pressures, but to modernise them and enable them to work better. “We all face a simple choice: do we want national solutions or do we believe in European solutions and cooperation? For my part, I will defend European solutions, in cooperation, in the European Union and under Schengen,” he said Italy’s new populist government withheld judgement on the proposals, after a month in which it has refused permission for NGO migrant rescue ships to dock at its ports and demanded EU states share the burden of the 600,000 migrants that have arrived in the last two years. Guiseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, welcomed the proposals and pledges to do more to help Italy, but made clear that his government – which has already catalysed the debate – would continue to push for real outcomes. “We hope these words will be translated into action,” he said. “Italy no longer has a need for words and statements, we need concrete acts.”



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Xi Jinping Warns U.S. That China Won't Surrender ‘One Inch’ of Territory

Xi Jinping Warns U.S. That China Won't Surrender ‘One Inch’ of TerritoryThe U.S. has criticized China's claims to the disputed South China Sea



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'Be careful what you wish for Max!' Trump warns Waters over call for public confrontations

'Be careful what you wish for Max!' Trump warns Waters over call for public confrontationsPresident Trump on Monday lashed out at Rep. Maxine Waters after the California Democrat urged protesters to publicly confront members of his administration over its controversial policies.



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Erdogan rival accepts election results as he warns of Turkey becoming 'one-man regime' 

Erdogan rival accepts election results as he warns of Turkey becoming 'one-man regime' International election observers said Monday that Turkey's election was unfair, with the opposition having "no equal opportunities" to make their case against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but did not find evidence of widespread vote rigging. The observers’ report was issued hours after Muharrem Ince, Mr Erdogan’s main challenger, formally conceded defeat in the election and warned that Turkey was becoming "a one-man regime”. Britain and other Western governments said they accepted Mr Erdogan’s victory despite the opposition’s complaints and would continue to cooperate with Turkey on migration, Syria, and other issues.  Observers from the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that voters had a “genuine choice” in the election but that the opposition was not able “to compete on an equal basis”. The OSCE team said that Mr Erdogan had benefitted from “excessive coverage” by state and private media. It also said that emergency laws Mr Erdogan imposed after a failed coup in 2016  “limited fundamental freedoms of assembly and expression”. The report focused on the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, which faced “a number of attacks and disruptions”. The party’s presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtas, is in prison and “could not campaign freely,” the report said.  “There is some work to be done by the authorities to ensure that future elections in Turkey are in line with democratic standards and commitments,” said Audrey Glover, the head of the observer mission. Thousands of people gathered outside the party headquarters to watch Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory speech from the balcony Credit:  Anadolu However, the observers said that election day procedures were “generally followed” and did not report any widespread vote rigging, as some opposition parties had feared would happen.  Mr Ince made similar complaints as he spoke in Ankara on Monday but said he did not believe that voter fraud had tipped the balance of the election. “Did they steal votes? Yes, they did. But did they steal ten million votes? No,” he said.  He warned about the new executive presidency system which will come into force after the election. ”Turkey has cut off its links with democracy. It has cut off links with the parliamentary system. It is transitioning toward a one-man regime,” he said.  Mr Ince also apologised for not addressing his supporters on Sunday night and instead texting his concession to a Turkish news anchor, who read it out on live television. "An experienced politician like me shouldn't have done that,” he said.  Some supporters remained furious with Mr Ince and his Republican People’s Party (CHP) for not contesting the election results. “You were suppose to be a hero, Ince? F – - – the CHP and what they do,” one Ince voter wrote on Facebook. Profile | Recep Tayyip Erdoğan A spokesman for Theresa May said the UK looks forward to continuing a "close association" with Turkey following Mr Erdogan’s election victory.  "Turkey and the UK have a wide range of shared interests, including regional security, counter-terrorism and bilateral trade and investment,” he said. Downing Street declined to comment on claims the election was not fair. The Liberal Democrats criticised the government for its ties with Turkey and said it “must stand up to Erdogan and explicitly condemn his authoritarian regime”.  There were recriminations in both Germany and Austria after the results showed that Turkish voters living in both countries had voted overwhelmingly for Mr Erdogan.  Nearly two-thirds of the Turkish community in Germany 65.7 per cent voted for Mr Erdogan, a stronger show of support than in Turkey itself, where Mr Erdogan just over half the vote. Around 475,000 people of Turkish origin are thought to have cast votes in Germany. Cem Özdemir, a Green MP who is originally from Turkey, criticised Turks who took to the streets of German cities to celebrate.  They “not only celebrate their autocrat,” but they also “express their rejection of our liberal democracy,” Mr Özdemir said, comparing them to supporters of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.     



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Maxine Waters Warns Trump Cabinet: Steel Yourself For More Public Confrontations

Maxine Waters Warns Trump Cabinet: Steel Yourself For More Public ConfrontationsRep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) warned members of Donald Trump's Cabinet to be



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Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warns

Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warnsA study in the journal Pediatrics links lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It found that less than a third of kids get the recommended amount of sleep.



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China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests over economic zones

China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests over economic zonesChina has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fueled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. More than 100 protesters were arrested and dozens of police injured at a protest in central Vietnam on Sunday, one of several demonstrations nationwide against the special economic zones opponents fear will be dominated by Chinese investors. The Chinese embassy in Hanoi posted a notice on its website referring to the protests as “illegal gatherings” that had included some “anti-China content”.



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Mississippi mom urgently warns parents to check for ticks after daughter suffers tick paralysis

Mississippi mom urgently warns parents to check for ticks after daughter suffers tick paralysisA Mississippi mom has an urgent warning for parents after a tick bite left her young daughter with difficulty walking and talking.



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Pope Francis Warns Oil Executives That Fossil Fuels Threaten Humanity

Pope Francis Warns Oil Executives That Fossil Fuels Threaten HumanityPope Francis met with oil and gas executives and investors in a closed-door



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Guatemala warns of greater activity after volcano explodes again

Guatemala warns of greater activity after volcano explodes againGuatemalan authorities warned that the Fuego volcano was showing signs of greater activity on Tuesday night as the death toll from a devastating eruption at the weekend climbed to 75 and nearly 200 people remained missing. The seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh heightened its warnings after the volcano erupted again earlier on Tuesday, forcing evacuations and sending rescue workers scrambling for cover. The peak had its most devastating eruption in more than four decades on Sunday, showering ash on a wide area and sending lava flows through nearby towns.



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