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EU blacklists Putin's gymnast 'associate'

The latest round of EU sanctions has blacklisted Alina Kabaeva, said to be a girlfriend of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Kabaeva is a "former gymnast", who is on the board of a firm "that owns large stakes in almost all major Russian federal media", the EU sanctions said. She is "closely associated" with Putin, they added. Friday's sanctions included a partial oil embargo and bans on banks and TV channels.

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Johnson quits, leaving Brexit headaches to successor

British prime minister Boris Johnson has resigned as Conservative party leader, starting a race among Conservative MPs to replace him as prime minister but leaving a range of issues — Brexit, Northern Ireland, and Scottish independence — for his successor.

Is Orban holding out an olive branch to EPP?

It is Tibor Navracsics, an ex-EU commissioner and minister without portfolio in Orban's new government, who was reportedly picked to work on closer relations between Fidesz and the European People's Party.

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