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Cash, visas and talks: key points of EU-Turkey pact on refugees BRUSSELS: European Union leaders signed an agreement with Turkey on Sunday, offering cash, visas and closer ties in exchange for Turkish help in stemming the flow of refugees to Europe.Here are the key points of the deal.CASH FOR REFUGEESThe EU will provide "an initial" 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) for Turkey to improve conditions for the 2.2 million or so Syrian refugees in the country. A key element is to provide Arabic-speaking schools and other services to encourage refugees not to head to Europe.Turkey wanted 3 billion euros per year. The EU offered it over two years. The agreement does not specify, but ties the payments to Turkey's performance in reducing the numbers travelling. There are, however, no precise benchmarks on those numbers.EU states have not agreed where the money will come from. The EU executive has suggested it put up 500 million euros from central funds and that the ...

Brazil top court keeps BTG Pactual's Esteves jailed indefinitely, G1 says SAO PAULO: Brazil's Supreme Federal Court agreed to keep billionaire financier Andr? Esteves jailed indefinitely, as prosecutors prepare to file charges against him, the news website G1 said on Sunday, without saying how it obtained the information.According to G1, which is the online news service of O Globo newspaper, Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki approved the request. Criminal lawyer Antonio Carlos de Almeida Castro, Esteves' lawyer, had sought to free the banker earlier in the ...

U.S. presidential candidate Carson: Syrian refugee camps 'quite nice' WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Sunday that he found a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan to be "quite nice" and that people there would rather stay or return home to Syria than come to the United States.But Carson, one of the leaders in the polls in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, offered few details in a round of television interviews from Jordan about how he would work to ...

Terms of EU-Turkey migrant crisis deal BRUSSELS: A deal between the EU and Turkey agreed in Brussels on Sunday to offers cash and political concessions to Ankara in return for its help on the migration crisis.Here are the key points of the deal from the conclusions of the European Union-Turkey summit EU AID FOR TURKEY:"The EU will provide immediate and continuous humanitarian assistance in Turkey... The EU is committed to provide an initial three billion euros ($3.2 billion) of additional resources. ...

'No Planet B': human chains, Hollywood heavyweights join global climate rallies LONDON: Activists dressed as polar bears and Hollywood stars joined hundreds of thousands of people in colourful rallies across the globe Sunday to demand action on climate change, reminding world leaders on the eve of a crunch UN summit that there is "no planet B".From Sydney to London, from Amsterdam to Rio, an estimated 570,000 took to the streets in 2,300 separate events across 175 countries at the weekend, co-organiser and campaign group Avaaz said. ...

Honduras orders hearing for detained Syrians TEGUCIGALPA: A Honduran judge Sunday ordered a hearing on five Syrians who made it here after a five-country odyssey, as a slice of the refugee crisis unfolds in far-flung Central America. Honduras say the men were arrested on November 17 with stolen Greek passports.Their original stated destination was the United States. After leaving Syria, they made stops in Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica.Their ages range from 21 to 30. One says he is ...


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