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Election may reflect Germany’s management of migrant influx

Posted by on 20/09/2017
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Election may reflect Germany’s management of migrant influx

Election may reflect Germany’s management of migrant influx

COLOGNE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel adopted a mantra when citizens questioned her decision to open the country to refugees fleeing wars: “We’ll manage.” She kept repeating it as the lines at immigration offices circled city blocks, school gyms turned into temporary housing and the questions devolved into angry criticism. But as Merkel campaigns for a […]

Angry protests in Barcelona as Spain arrest Catalan officials

Posted by on 20/09/2017
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Angry protests in Barcelona as Spain arrest Catalan officials

Angry protests in Barcelona as Spain arrest Catalan officials

Ban on referendum by Madrid being ignored BARCELONA: Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona yesterday as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum which Madrid says is illegal. With tensions mounting, separatist organizations called for more people to protest as leaders in the northeastern region pressed […]

UK police quiz two ex-foster children over subway bomb

Posted by on 18/09/2017
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UK police quiz two ex-foster children over subway bomb

UK police quiz two ex-foster children over subway bomb

LONDON: The two suspects detained over last week’s London subway bombing are an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq and a 21-year old believed to be from Syria, both of whom were fostered by a British couple, according to a local official and media reports. The 18-year-old was detained Saturday at the southeast England port of Dover, […]

After poll boost, German populists AfD attack Islam

Posted by on 18/09/2017
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After poll boost, German populists AfD attack Islam

After poll boost, German populists AfD attack Islam

BERLIN: Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party ramped up attacks yesterday against immigration and Islam as its poll ratings jumped in the final stretch of election campaigning, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party dipped. The Muslim religion “does not belong in Germany”, said a top candidate of the Alternative for Germany, Alexander Gauland, who argued that its […]

10,000 UK jobs affected in Brexit’s first wave

Posted by on 18/09/2017
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10,000 UK jobs affected in Brexit’s first wave

10,000 UK jobs affected in Brexit’s first wave

Bulk of affected jobs in banking, led by D-Bank: Survey LONDON: Around 10,000 finance jobs will be shifted out of Britain or created overseas in the next few years if the UK is denied access to Europe’s single market, according to a Reuters survey of firms employing the bulk of workers in international finance. Frankfurt […]

UK police arrest 2nd man in London subway attack case

Posted by on 17/09/2017
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UK police arrest 2nd man in London subway attack case

UK police arrest 2nd man in London subway attack case

Britain lowers terror threat level LONDON: A second man has been arrested in connection with the London subway attack, the city’s police said yesterday in what was the clearest indication yet that authorities do not believe the person who planted the bomb acted alone. The Metropolitan Police force said a 21-year-old man was arrested shortly […]

UK on red alert, police hunt terror suspects

Posted by on 16/09/2017
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UK on red alert, police hunt terror suspects

UK on red alert, police hunt terror suspects

LONDON: British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover and raided a house in a small town outside London yesterday as they hunted for whoever planted a bomb on a commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier. Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of “critical” […]

Desperate Europe-bound migrants turn to Black Sea

Posted by on 16/09/2017
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Desperate Europe-bound migrants turn to Black Sea

Desperate Europe-bound migrants turn to Black Sea

NOCOSIA: While the arrival of exhausted migrants may be common on Mediterranean shores, it’s a rare sight on the Black Sea coastline. But a string of recent arrivals from Turkey suggests it may be emerging as part of a new ‘Romanian route’ to western Europe. Shortly before dawn on Wednesday, around 150 people, a third […]

Spain threatens 700 pro-referendum mayors

Posted by on 14/09/2017
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Spain threatens 700 pro-referendum mayors

Spain threatens 700 pro-referendum mayors

MADRID: Spain’s public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October 1 independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid. The move increases the pressure on Catalan officials just one day before the pro-separatist camp officially kicks off its referendum campaign in the Mediterranean port of Tarragona. […]

Germany resumes Afghan deportations

Posted by on 13/09/2017
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Germany resumes Afghan deportations

Germany resumes Afghan deportations

KABUL: Eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul yesterday as Berlin resumed deportations of rejected asylum seekers from the war-torn country months after suspending the process when a huge truck bomb hit the Afghan capital. Germany put the controversial expulsions on hold after a sewage tanker packed with explosives detonated near the German embassy […]

‘Goodbye Spain’: Thousands rally for Catalan independence before vote

Posted by on 11/09/2017
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‘Goodbye Spain’: Thousands rally for Catalan independence before vote

‘Goodbye Spain’: Thousands rally for Catalan independence before vote

BARCELONA: Thousands of Catalan separatists rallied yesterday to demand their region break away from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum banned by Madrid. Draped in red, yellow and blue separatist flags-with one banner reading “Goodbye Spain”-they marched through central Barcelona in what many hope will be the last […]

British MPs to vote on bill to avoid ‘chaotic’ Brexit

Posted by on 11/09/2017
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British MPs to vote on bill to avoid ‘chaotic’ Brexit

British MPs to vote on bill to avoid ‘chaotic’ Brexit

Conservative MPs warn to seek to amend the bill LONDON: MPs hold their first vote yesterday on a bill to end Britain’s membership of the EU, which ministers say will avoid a “chaotic” Brexit but has been condemned as an unprecedented power grab. The legislation would repeal on Brexit day the 1972 law through which […]

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