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Merkel: refugee aid projects in Turkey must be built swiftly ANKARA: Donors should stop talking and start building projects to help refugees in Turkey, following European promises of billions of dollars in aid last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. "We need a visible first project.It doesn't help a child from Syria that is a refugee here, or a Turkish class that has to share its room with Syrian refugees to say we have pledged 3 billion.They want to see a school in the city and fast," Merkel said during a visit to Ankara. "We need to work on this. We need to make sure there are not too many bureaucratic hurdles. Rather the refugees have to see the benefits quickly and without bureaucracy." At a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Merkel also called for fast action from Ankara to improve the situation for refugees in Turkey, saying the 3 billion euros pledged by the ...

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TSX falls as broader losses offset gains for gold stocks TORONTO: Canada's main stock index fell on Monday as weaker crude oil prices and a broader sell-off in risky assets weighed on energy and financial stocks, overshadowing gains for gold stocks. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 127.35 points, or 1.00 percent, at 12,636.64, shortly after the open. Nine of the index's 10 main groups were in negative territory. Copyright Reuters, 2016

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Brexit could mean migrant camps in UK: Cameron's office LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron's office on Monday warned that Britain leaving the European Union could mean migrant camps being set up on British shores if UK border checks are removed from Calais in France."Should Britain leave the EU there's no guarantee those controls would remain in place," Cameron's spokesman said at a daily briefing."If those controls weren't in place there would be nothing to stop thousands of people crossing the Channel overnight and arriving ...

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UN probe accuses Damascus of 'extermination' of detainees GENEVA: UN investigators on Monday accused Damascus of carrying out an "extermination" in its prisons and detention centres, pointing out that Syrian authorities were aware of detainee deaths "on a massive scale".Describing how "thousands of detainees held by the Syrian government have been beaten to death or died as a result of injuries sustained due to torture," the UN commission of inquiry on Syria accused Damascus of committing "extermination as a crime against humanity." Copyright ...

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Obama to ask Congress for $1.8bn to tackle Zika crisis WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to tackle the fast spreading Zika virus both at home and abroad, the White House said Monday.The administration will submit the request "shortly," the White House said in a statement that did not specify a timeframe."The requested resources will build on our ongoing preparedness efforts and will support essential strategies to combat this virus," the White House said in a ...