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Thorny Summit: Turkey, Belarus, China, Migration Among Questions Facing EU Leaders
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Thorny Summit: Turkey, Belarus, China, Migration Among Questions Facing EU Leaders

PARIS – Tough foreign policy issues, including tensions with Turkey, sanctions against Belarus and relations with China, will be up for discussion at a two-day European Union summit that starts Thursday.

This end-of-month summit will be a test on whether the European Union can speak with one voice over thorny issues in its neighborhood and beyond.

The summit was delayed a week after Charles Michel, president of the 27-member European Council, was quarantined for possible coronavirus infection. He has since tested negative.

Belarus is a key concern. The EU has refused to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the countrys president following disputed August elections and a brutal post-election crackdown against protesters.

Meeting Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Lithuania this week, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to help mediate a peaceful transition via the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Macron said he had gotten agreement fro..

Sonic boom from fighter jet on a rescue mission rattles Parisians, disrupts French Open
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Sonic boom from fighter jet on a rescue mission rattles Parisians, disrupts French Open

Issued on: 30/09/2020 – 17:08

A thunderous noise that panicked residents of Paris on Wednesday was caused by the sonic boom of a fighter jet breaking the sound barrier, police in the French capital said.

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The military said the jet was scrambled to go to the aid of another aircraft that had lost radio contact, and was authorised to travel at supersonic speed.

"A very loud noise was heard in Paris and in the Paris region. It was not an explosion, it was a fighter jet crossing the sound barrier," Paris police said on Twitter, urging people to stop calling emergency phone lines.

The noise, which was heard all over the city and neighbouring suburbs and shook windows, rattled Parisians already on edge after a knife attack outside the former offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last week that the government has called an act of terror.

"A Rafale, carrying out an intervention to assist an aircraft that had lost contact, was authorised to break the sound barr..