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France MPs hold debate recognizing Palestine – Paris urges swift end to Mideast conflict as

PARIS: France’s foreign minister yesterday urged a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within two years, as French MPs debated a symbolic motion to recognise Palestine as a state. Laurent Fabius…

Cameron urges migrant curbs, warns on EU exit – Reforms to make Britain less attractive

LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday promised tough curbs on welfare for EU migrants to counter a surge in arrivals and warned European leaders that blocking them could put Britain’s…

Food poisoning bug found on 70% of chickens in UK

LONDON: Some 70 percent of fresh chickens on sale in Britain are contaminated with a food poisoning bug, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said yesterday, warning that retailers must raise…

Briton among 6 killed as blast hits embassy in Kabul – Taleban suicide bomber rams car into British embassy

KABUL: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul yesterday, killing one Briton and five Afghans in the latest attack to highlight fragile security…

UK unveils anti-terror bill despite concerns

LONDON: Britain yesterday unveiled draft legislation to ban extremist preachers from universities, increase surveillance on suspected radicals and stem the flow of jihadists joining the Islamic State group. The Counter-Terrorism…

Secular France confronts jihadists after slow start

SEINE-ST-DENIS: When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him…

China blames Putin tiger for goat slaughter spree

BEIJING: An endangered tiger set free in Russia has killed 18 Chinese goats after crossing the frontier, with Beijing’s state media saying yesterday that the feline felon had been freed…

Pope tells ‘haggard’ Europe to lead again

STRASBOURG: Pope Francis launched a blistering attack yesterday on a “haggard” Europe, urging it to reclaim global leadership after years of crisis and to take in migrants before the Mediterranean…

Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians yesterday, praising their “creative” commitment to helping the poor. Francis added to the roster of Catholic saints a…

US briefs Kuwait, Gulf on Iran nuclear talks – ‘Big gaps’ remain * ‘Moment of truth’ nears

VIENNA: US Secretary of State John Kerry held telephone discussions with Gulf states and other allies yesterday, US officials said, as efforts intensified to reach a deal with Iran on…

Russia ‘has 7,500′ troops in Ukraine – 4 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the east

KIEV: Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions yesterday after Kiev’s new coalition pledged to…

Anti-EU party takes second seat in a blow for Cameron

ROCHESTER: Britain’s UK Independence Party (UKIP) celebrated winning its second parliament seat in a blow for the government that further fragments the political landscape ahead of next year’s general election.…

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