EUROPEAN NEWS — POLITICS

Italy's most important political party moved closer to fracturing after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped down Sunday as the Democratic Party's general secretary, setting up a showdown between his allies and the party's old guard.

PRAGUE , Feb . 20 ( Xinhua ) - - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced dismissal of Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek , citing the disappointing performance of the department under his management as the reason n .

The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vitaly Churkin suddenly died on Monday in New York, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Davis arrived in Estonia on the first leg of his Baltic tour , with his next visits scheduled to Latvia and Lithuania .

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