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Ursula von der Leyen Confirmed As First Female President Of The European Commission

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Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the job for more than 50 years.

Von der Leyen got into the EU’s top job by a narrow margin after a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support the outgoing German defence minister as a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down on 31 October.

She won the support of 383 MEPs, nine votes more than required to secure an absolute majority but below the 400 threshold that would have given her a stable majority to get her policies through parliament over the next five years

In a brief speech after the vote, the 60-year-old said, “the trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe. Your confidence in a united and strong Europe, from east to west, from south to north.”

“It is a big responsibility and my work starts now… Let us work together constructively because the endeavour is a united and strong Europe,” von der Leyen said.

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1 Trillion Euros: EU Leaders Get Into Big Fight Over Budget

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1 Trillion Euros: EU Leaders Get Into Big Fight Over Budget

Budget arguments in any parliament are usually laced with strong points of view, and they include compromise and reversals.  It is not any different in the European Union where leaders argued vehemently through Thursday night on how one trillion euros would be spent in the next seven years.  This budget discussion is the first to take place since Britain pulled out of the bloc last month.

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So far, the discussions have been harsh, long and have led nowhere. There were clear divisions between rich and poor members, while leaders from the bloc’s 27 countries met in Brussels on Thursday to argue over EU’s future and how they would pay for its ambitious programs.

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Each leader promoted his country’s interests during a round-table meeting where each nation laid out its grievances and demands.

This budget didn’t just surface.  It is the result of years of efforts by diplomats and numbers experts. But they seem not to have satisfied different interests.

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Some experts fear the leaders’ summit might last into Saturday and still end inconclusively.

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Man Arrested After London Mosque Stabbing

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Man Arrested After London Mosque Stabbing

A suspect has been arrest in a London mosque Thursday stabbing incident.  Police say the incident is not being treated as terrorism, but Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into the attempted murder of an elderly man that was stabbed several times during afternoon prayers at London’s regent’s park mosque.  Fellow worshipers were said to have wrestled the alleged attacker to the ground.  The man had stabbed in the neck the mosque’s cleric who calls others to prayer.

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The suspect has been described as a twenty-nine-year-old man who was described by an eyewitness as a regular at the mosque.

The stabbing victim, Raafat Maglad, is said to be about seventy years old and has been at the mosque for 25 years.  Paramedics treated him at the scene and then rushed him to the hospital for further treatment.

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Maglad was said to be seriously injured, but the mosque said his condition was not life-threatening.

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Coronavirus: Ukraine Protesters Attack Buses Carrying China Evacuees

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Coronavirus: Ukraine Protesters Attack Buses Carrying China Evacuees

Dozens of protesters in a Ukrainian town on Thursday hurled stones and attacked buses carrying more than 70 evacuees from coronavirus-hit China.

Protesters clashed with police over the evacuees who were brought to a hospital in Novi Sanzhary, in the central Poltava region, where they will be held in quarantine for 14 days. The masked evacuees were peeking through bus windows as they drove slowly under a heavy police escort.

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The residents put up road blocks and burned tyres to cut off road to a sanitarium intended to host the evacuees, fearing they could become infected.

Regional police said in a statement that nine police officers and one civilian were hospitalized.

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The country’s health minister pledged to share evacuees’ quarantine for two weeks in a bid to reassure protesters who fear they could be infected.

The country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky has called for local residents to show support for the evacuees and said his government would do “everything possible” to make sure the virus does not get to Ukraine.

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Ukraine has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, which originated last year in China’s Hubei province.

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