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Canadian PM touches down in Britain to meet Queen LONDON: New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched down Wednesday for his first visit to Britain since his election, with meetings with his British counterpart and Queen Elizabeth II.Trudeau flew in with his wife Sophie and children in a stopover visit on which he will meet Prime Minister David Cameron before he goes to Malta for a meeting of the Commonwealth heads of government later this week.The Liberal prime minister, whose election earlier this month ended almost a decade of Conservative rule, is to meet with Queen Elizabeth, who is also queen of Canada, at Buckingham Palace.Trudeau's new government removed the queen's portrait from its foreign affairs department lobby after the election, hanging two paintings by a Quebec artist in its place.The ministry said the change, a move away from the monarchist symbolism of the previous Tory government, was intended to "showcase Canada".Trudeau's father also served as prime minister and ...

Davutoglu says Russia is Turkey's 'friend, neighbour' ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday said his government did not want to fuel tensions with "our friend" Russia, a day after Turkey downed a Russian warplane on the Syrian border."We have no intention to strain (ties) with the Russian Federation," Davutoglu told ruling party members in parliament. "Russia is our friend and our neighbour."Turkey's F-16 jets shot down the Russian plane under its rules of engagement on the Syrian border, prompting an ...

Yahoo outlook downgraded by Standard and Poor's PARIS: Rating agency Standard and Poor's said on Wednesday it had cut its credit rating outlook for Internet giant Yahoo, saying revenue growth was likely to be low."The negative rating outlook reflects our expectation that Yahoo's operating performance will remain weak over the next 12 months, primarily due to low revenue growth and rising traffic acquisition cost," Standard and Poor's said in a statement.The move revises downward the agency's previous "stable" rating for Yahoo.Standard and ...

Russian jet downing 'wrong signal to the terrorists': Iran TEHRAN: Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet "sends the wrong message to the terrorists" in Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov late Tuesday."Such actions will lead to an escalation of the Syrian crisis and sends the wrong message to the terrorist groups," foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber-Ansari quoted Zarif as saying. "Any measure that increases tensions and complicates the situation will be a wrong signal to the ...

ECB warns Europe more vulnerable to emerging markets BERLIN: European financial markets are increasingly vulnerable to turmoil in large emerging economies, the European Central Bank warned in a report WednesdayIt said the eurozone financial system had proved "resilient" through brief periods of volatility in recent months, linked to Greece and China.However, the ECB stressed that the "occasional bouts of financial market volatility suggest that vulnerabilities stemming from emerging markets are increasing".Of particular concern was the outlook for China, given its growing role in ...

Lavrov says Russia backs Hollande's call to close Syria-Turkey border MOSCOW: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday backed a proposal by French leader Francois Hollande to close off the Syria-Turkey border to prevent the flow of fighters crossing the frontier. "I think this is a good proposal and that tomorrow President Hollande will talk to us in greater detail about it. We would be ready to seriously consider the necessary measures for this," Lavrov told journalists ahead of Hollande's visit to Moscow Thursday. Copyright ...


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