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Countries Race to Find Oldest Ice Core in Antarctica

10-nation team of scientists hopes to find a 1.5M-year-old sample

(Newser) - It's nearly summer in Antarctica, and scientists from 10 European countries are now on their way to the world's iciest continent to find the best location to drill for a 1.5-million-year-old chunk of ice core. Given the conditions, they have only a short window to complete their... More »

2 EU Nations Pull Off Land Swap —Peacefully

Belgium, Netherlands solve a 'jurisdictional nightmare'

(Newser) - The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, on Monday signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact it makes sense to do so. While the globe is littered with pieces of territory jealously held or fought over for historical reasons, the... More »

Huge Ruling: Prime Minister Can't Trigger the Brexit

High court rules parliamentary approval is needed

(Newser) - As Britain's lord chief justice puts it, "the most fundamental rule of the UK constitution is that parliament is sovereign." The Guardian's translation: It's a "setback" for Prime Minister Theresa May. The country's high court on Thursday ruled that only parliament has the... More »

After Belgium's Tantrum, EU, Canada Sign Trade Pact

Wallona region, Trudeau's plane problems added to 'bedeviled' CETA's woes

(Newser) - The European Union and Canada signed Sunday a landmark trade pact, reports the AP , ending days of drama after a small Belgian region refused to endorse the agreement and deeply embarrassed the EU. The long-delayed Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement was bedeviled by yet another hold up overnight when Canadian... More »

EU's Greenlight Will Put Paris Climate Deal Into Effect

Overwhelmingly ratifies landmark deal, putting it over the 55% threshold

(Newser) - The landmark Paris climate change pact is poised to enter into force around the world after European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly endorsed the agreement Tuesday, reports the AP . In the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the lawmakers voted by 610 to 38 with 31 abstentions for the 28 EU nations... More »

Apple CEO on EU's $14.5B Tax Bill: 'Maddening'

EU's countries starting to speak out, and they're not agreeing with Cook

(Newser) - To the European Union, a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes it handed Apple Tuesday is a valid request for recompense. To Apple CEO Tim Cook, it's "maddening" and nothing more than "total political crap"—and Washington seems inclined to agree, with US Treasury Secretary... More »

At EU-UK Powwow: Frayed Tempers, Insults

Brexit leader Nigel Farage tells MEPs they've never had real jobs

(Newser) - Britain needs to negotiate an exit deal with the European Union and it is not going to be the result of cozy backroom deals, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned at a special session of the European Parliament on Tuesday. "We cannot allow a long period of uncertainty. There... More »

Petition for 2nd Brexit Vote Was 'Hijacked,' Creator Says

More than 3.7M people have signed push for 2nd vote—but 'Leave' creator is balking

(Newser) - Be careful what you wish for—or at least anticipate you might get it before you create a petition. In May, before the Brexit vote took place, "Leave" advocate William Oliver Healey created a petition through government channels, calling for a second EU referendum if certain conditions weren't... More »

UK Flails in Deepening Brexit Turmoil

EU leaders are holding emergency talks

(Newser) - The UK remains in disarray after last week's Brexit vote, with the pound continuing to slump, chaos at the top of both main political parties, and widespread confusion over what leaving the European Union is going to involve. Top figures in the ruling Conservative Party have been jockeying for... More »

EU Wants UK to Get Out Fast

In Britain, more than 1.5M sign petition for new referendum

(Newser) - Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union , EU leaders don't see any point in dragging things out. Foreign ministers from the bloc's six founding nations held an emergency meeting in Berlin Saturday and urged Britain to trigger Article 50 as soon as possible instead of... More »

The UK Just Flipped the Whole World the Bird

Most reaction is ... strong

(Newser) - In what Annie Lowrey describes for New York as "Britain's middle finger to the world," Brexit is going forward and the UK will be leaving the European Union. And with that vote, "England just screwed us all," writes Felix Salmon for Fusion , lamenting the "... More »

Brexit: Now What Happens? Welcome to 'Article 50'

...and a long, convoluted process

(Newser) - Britain has voted to leave the European Union, but any such split is still years away. Here's a look at what happens next:
  • Thursday's vote isn't legally binding, meaning Britain must still formally notify the EU of its intention to leave. To do so, it would invoke
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UK Votes for Brexit

'Leave' side hails 'independence day'

(Newser) - The BBC , among others, has called it: The UK has voted to leave the European Union, sending shock waves through the EU and world economies. With almost all results in, the vote stands at 52% for "Leave" and 48% for "Remain," the Guardian reports. Signaling discord ahead... More »

You Should Care About Today's Brexit Vote, America

It could affect your mortgage, your retirement—even your vacation

(Newser) - Whether John Oliver likes it or not , the UK's Brexit vote is happening Thursday. Polls close at 5pm Eastern, with results expected Friday morning local time. We've reposted our primer on the vote in case you missed it:
  • Per USA Today , polls show a "virtual dead heat"
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Suddenly, Idea of Britain Leaving EU Is Looking Very Real

'Leave' camp is gaining in the polls before Brexit vote

(Newser) - In Britain these days, it's all about "Leave" vs. "Remain." Those are the two choices voters will have in a June 23 referendum on whether the UK should exit the European Union—or Brexit, as it's known in shorthand. Some coverage:
  • Rupert Murdoch's Sun
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London Mayor: 'Part-Kenyan' Obama Should Butt Out

US being 'hypocritical' about EU stance, says Boris Johnson

(Newser) - President Obama has a "Dear Friends" op-ed in the Telegraph Friday in which he makes his case that Britain should remain in the European Union. After stressing the long-held ties between the US and the UK—"the tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries... More »

Migrants Will Be Returned to Turkey Under New EU Deal

Human rights groups warn the deal will increase the suffering of migrants

(Newser) - The migrant crisis in Europe will enter a new chapter Sunday after the EU and Turkish government agreed Friday to return all migrants and refugees attempting to enter Europe to Turkey, the Washington Post reports. It adds that the deal essentially "turns Turkey into the region's refugee camp.... More »

Refugee Deal Would 'Break Business Model of Smugglers'

But humanitarian groups say Turkey-EU plan would be 'inhumane'

(Newser) - A possible deal between Turkey and the European Union to handle the ongoing migrant crisis is being hailed as a "breakthrough" by EU leaders after an outline was drafted Tuesday, the AP reports. This "one-for-one" arrangement would mean that in exchange for every migrant in Europe that Turkey... More »

Europe's 'Brexit' Drama Pits David vs. Boris

Here's what you need to know

(Newser) - Britain will vote in June on whether to remain in the European Union, which is why the odd word "Brexit"—a combination of "British" and "exit"—is suddenly showing up in headlines around the world. Some related coverage:
  • For a nuts-and-bolts explainer on the vote
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Scientists Accused of Spreading Tree-Killing Disease

'We are shocked; the accusations are crazy'

(Newser) - Nine scientists—plus one public official—tasked by the EU with preventing the spread of a plant-killing disease in Italy have been accused of actually spreading the disease, polluting the environment, and "disfiguring natural beauty" by Italian authorities, Nature reports. "We are shocked," one scientist says. "... More »

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