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Flanagan pushes for vote on blasphemy law

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is tomorrow expected to seek Government support for moves paving the way for a referendum on ending the crime of blasphemy. If Cabinet agrees, it is likely that a referendum on this issue, and another proposed constitutional change, ending the cited special place of women in …

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Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions ‘harmful for everyone’

President Vladimir Putin has said Western sanctions against Russia are “harmful for everyone” and it is in everyone’s interests to lift them. Speaking in Austria, he said Russia had restored stable growth, despite the EU and US sanctions first imposed in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian …

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Putin says Russia not aiming to divide EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is not trying to split the European Union. His remarks come ahead of a visit to Austria, his first trip to a Western European country in nearly a year. He told Austria’s ORF station he wanted a “united and prosperous” EU, calling the …

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