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France, Qatar end dispute with new fund

DOHA: France and Qatar launched a mixed Franco-Qatari fund yesterday to invest 300 million euros in small and medium-sized French companies, in a bid to quash concerns raised by a…

Tens of thousands march in Rome against unemployment – Italian unemployment at record high

ROME: Thousands of workers and unemployed people marched in Rome yesterday to protest against record unemployment and call on Enrico Letta’s two-month-old government to deliver more than empty rhetoric on…

Mt Etna, Rajasthan forts among new heritage sites – UNESCO mulling other sites at meeting

PHNOM PENH: Italy's Mount Etna, the Hill Forts of Rajasthan and the Namib Sand Sea were among the natural wonders and cultural jewels granted World Heritage status by UNESCO at…

Armenia’s Yezidi begin to question dated customs

  As she hangs up washing on branches outside her family's stone home, Liana talks wistfully about her curtailed childhood which ended with marriage at the tender age of 14.…

First Gagarin film turns Soviet idol into new Russian hero

  Strapped in an orange suit in his spaceship, Yuri Gagarin smiles as the rockets roar and chirpily tells mission control: "Let's go!" A new Russian film-"Gagarin. First Man in…

Hungary charges Nazi war crimes suspect, 98 – Csatari actively involved in deporting Jews in 1944

BUDAPEST: Hungarian prosecutors yesterday charged a 98-year-old top Nazi war crimes suspect over his brutal alleged role in deporting some 12,000 Jews to death camps in World War II. Laszlo…

Turkey warns to deploy army

ANKARA/ISTANBUL: Turkey’s deputy prime minister said yesterday the armed forces could be called up if needed to help quell popular protests that have swept Turkish cities in the last two…

Six teens, dad jailed for Dutch linesman killing

LELYSTAD, Netherlands: A Dutch court yesterday jailed six teenage boys and a father for up to six years for brutally beating to death an amateur linesman in a case that…

Czech prime minister steps down after graft scandal

PRAGUE: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas was forced to quit on Sunday by a graft and spying scandal involving his closest aide, pitching the European Union member state into a…

Spaniards march against austerity – Joblessness rate soars to 57.22%

MADRID: Thousands of people protested in Madrid yesterday against austerity policies and record high unemployment, urging Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to focus on creating jobs to help pull the country…

Protesters confront tight security in Belfast G8 rally

BELFAST: More than 1,000 trade unionists, environmentalists and anti-poverty campaigners confronted heavy security in Belfast yesterday to voice their anger at G8 leaders who meet in Northern Ireland next week.…

Cameron strikes ‘tax havens’ deal ahead of G8 – G8 summit focusing on trade, tax, financial transparency

LONDON: Britain yesterday struck a deal with its overseas territories clamping down on tax evasion, giving Prime Minister David Cameron a stronger hand as he prepares to host a G8…