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Hollande heads to Russia to press anti-IS coalition PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Thursday will hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, as part of his diplomatic marathon to forge a broader coalition against Islamic State militants in the wake of the Paris attacks. The French president will meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Paris in the morning, before heading to Moscow where he will hold talks with the Russian strongman.Hollande has been on a whirlwind tour seeking to build a coalition to crush IS in Iraq and Syria but has seen few concrete pledges so far, and his campaign has been further complicated by a diplomatic spat between Russia and Turkey.France invoked a clause requiring EU member states to provide military assistance after the November 13 attacks in Paris, when 130 people lost their lives in a wave of killings by suicide bombers and gunmen claimed by IS.German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday pledged ...

Heat grows on US for independent probe into MSF hospital strike KABUL: Pressure was growing on Thursday for an international inquiry into a catastrophic US strike on an MSF hospital in Afghanistan, after the military detailed "tragic but avoidable" errors but refused to say if there would be an independent investigation.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) slammed American forces for "gross negligence" Wednesday after the US commander in Afghanistan said the October 3 strike on a charity-run hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was "caused primarily by ...

Euro falls ahead of ECB; dollar gains on data NEW YORK: The euro retreated against most major currencies Wednesday on expectations of further European Central Bank monetary stimulus, while US economic data was strong enough to lift the dollar.Expectations are rising that the ECB will take action next week, with news accounts pointing to a chance of the central bank increasing its debt purchases or surprising the market with unconventional measures.Kathy Lien, analyst at BK Asset Management, cited talk of a "two-tiered deposit rate" ...

TSX dips as weak energy offsets consumer stock gains TORONTO: Canada's main stock index edged lower on Wednesday as weakness in energy and financial stocks offset strength in consumer and railway stocks. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 4.41 points, or 0.03 percent, at 13,403.42. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Oil prices edge up as US rig count falls NEW YORK: Oil prices finished a bit higher Wednesday after a US inventory report showed increased petroleum supply, but a separate report showed fewer drilling rigs in service.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery advanced 17 cents to $43.04 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.European benchmark Brent oil for January delivery added five cents at $46.17 a barrel in London.Data from the US Department of Energy showed that US oil supplies rose ...

Obama says no specific terror threat against US WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to reassure jittery Americans traveling home for Thanksgiving that they face no credible and immediate terror threat and said that security services are working around the clock to keep the US safe.As millions of Americans loaded into cars, planes, trains and buses to head home for Thursday's national holiday, Obama urged calm."I want the American people to know... that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland ...


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