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Skepticism in Greece, Macedonia against name deal

Posted by on 13/06/2018
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Skepticism in Greece, Macedonia against name deal

Skepticism in Greece, Macedonia against name deal

ATHENS: Greeks and Macedonians expressed skepticism yesterday over a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row between their countries which had blocked Skopje’s bid to join the EU and NATO. The leaders of the neighboring countries hailed a “historic” agreement on Tuesday to rename the tiny Balkan nation the Republic of North […]

Gutted by Grenfell fire, boxing gym comes off the ropes

Posted by on 13/06/2018
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Gutted by Grenfell fire, boxing gym comes off the ropes

Gutted by Grenfell fire, boxing gym comes off the ropes

LONDON: Forced to move out of Grenfell Tower after a devastating fire a year ago on Thursday, the famous Dale Youth boxing club has become an unlikely sanctuary for those affected. The club, which has produced two world champions in George Groves and James DeGale, is operating temporarily out of a multi-storey car park in west […]

Merkel on tightrope over disputed migrant policy

Posted by on 12/06/2018
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Merkel on tightrope over disputed migrant policy

Merkel on tightrope over disputed migrant policy

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel was fighting yesterday to stamp out the first major row within her uneasy coalition, as disputes over her refugee policy returned to haunt her while she negotiates a broad EU asylum deal. The discord within her conservative bloc burst into the open when Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of Merkel’s Bavarian […]

Chinese vase found in attic sells for 16.2 million euros

Posted by on 12/06/2018
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Chinese vase found in attic sells for 16.2 million euros

Chinese vase found in attic sells for 16.2 million euros

PARIS:  An 18th-century Chinese vase forgotten for decades in a shoe box in a French attic sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at Sotheby’s in Paris yesterday—more than 30 times the estimate. Experts at the auction house said the exquisite porcelain vessel was made for the Qing dynasty Emperor Qianlong and had set a […]

Muslim rapper at Bataclan ‘sacrilege’ says French right

Posted by on 11/06/2018
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Muslim rapper at Bataclan ‘sacrilege’ says French right

Muslim rapper at Bataclan ‘sacrilege’ says French right

PARIS: Right-wing French leaders have condemned as “sacrilege” a decision to allow a provocative Muslim rapper to play the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where jihadists massacred 90 people three years ago. Medine-who caused an outcry when he attacked hardline secularists in a controversial 2015 song, “Don’t Laik”, a week before the Charlie Hebdo killings […]

Spain offers to take in migrant ship

Posted by on 11/06/2018
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Spain offers to take in migrant ship

Spain offers to take in migrant ship

ROME: Spain offered to take in a ship stranded in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants aboard after Italy and Malta refused to let the vessel dock in their ports. The migrants, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by the French charity SOS Mediterranee on Saturday. They were taken on board its ship […]

Trump urges end to ‘unfair’ trade practices

Posted by on 09/06/2018
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Trump urges end to ‘unfair’ trade practices

Trump urges end to ‘unfair’ trade practices

LA MALBAIE: President Donald Trump quit the G7 summit in Quebec early yesterday having made no concessions to his allies’ anger at his imposition of tariffs designed, in his eyes, to rebalance world trade. In fact, the US leader instead boasted he had made progress in convincing his counterparts from the world’s richest democracies of […]

Macron walks fine line as Netanyahu seeks anti-Iran front

Posted by on 05/06/2018
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Macron walks fine line as Netanyahu seeks anti-Iran front

Macron walks fine line as Netanyahu seeks anti-Iran front

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday on the second leg of his European trip amid deep differences over how to contain Iran’s ambitions in the Middle East. It will be the third meeting of the two leaders in Paris since last July, and while they agree on the threats […]

Calls grow in Germany to expel disputed US envoy

Posted by on 05/06/2018
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Calls grow in Germany to expel disputed US envoy

Calls grow in Germany to expel disputed US envoy

BERLIN: Leading German politicians yesterday called for the new US ambassador to be expelled after the staunch ally of Donald Trump was accused of meddling in domestic politics and aggravating already tense ties. Richard Grenell took up his Berlin posting on May 8 and immediately irked Germany when he tweeted the same day that German […]

Top EU court rules same-sex partners have residence rights

Posted by on 05/06/2018
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Top EU court rules same-sex partners have residence rights

Top EU court rules same-sex partners have residence rights

LUXEMBOURG: Same-sex partners of EU citizens have the right to live in any member state whatever their nationality, even in countries that do not recognize gay marriage, the bloc’s top court ruled yesterday. EU laws on freedom of movement extend to the non-European spouses of EU citizens and the European Court of Justice judgment means […]

Italy’s Conte takes aim at migrants in maiden speech

Posted by on 05/06/2018
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Italy’s Conte takes aim at migrants in maiden speech

Italy’s Conte takes aim at migrants in maiden speech

ROME: The leader of Italy’s new populist government vowed yesterday to redistribute migrants in the EU and review EU sanctions against Russia, in his first policy speech to lawmakers since being sworn in. Giuseppe Conte addressed the Senate ahead of two parliamentary confidence votes expected to confirm his new cabinet, formed from a coalition of […]

Britain mourns on London Bridge attack anniversary

Posted by on 03/06/2018
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Britain mourns on London Bridge attack anniversary

Britain mourns on London Bridge attack anniversary

LONDON: Britain held a national minute of silence yesterday, one year on from the London Bridge terror attack that killed eight people and injured dozens more. Flowers were laid, candles were lit and a religious service was held at Southwark Cathedral – the spot where three men in a van crashed after careening into crowds, […]

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