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World - Europe

UK Labour leader backs staying in EU LONDON: Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Saturday that staying in the European Union was in the country's best interests.The left-wing veteran, who has displayed a eurosceptic streak throughout his political life, said his party would make the case for a "social Europe" during the referendum campaign.Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron wants to finalise a renegotiation of Britain's terms of membership at an EU summit on February 18 and 19.He has committed to stage an in-or-out referendum on the outcome of his attempt, by the end of 2017.Newspapers expect the referendum could come as soon as late June.Corbyn said Labour wanted Britain to stay in the 28-country bloc."Our party is committed to keeping Britain in the EU because we believe it is the best framework for European trade and cooperation and in the best interests of the people of Britain," he told activists in Nottingham, central England."But we also ...


World - Europe

Romania asks UNESCO to protect planned open-cast goldmine site BUCHAREST: Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine.The village of Rosia Montana and a radius of two kilometres (just over a mile) were last month declared a site of historical interest by Romania's culture ministry thereby granting it protection from mining activity.But in comments Saturday, Romania's Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu sought further protection ...

World - South East Asia

N. Korea rocket launch window opens SEOUL: A one-week window opened Sunday for North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket -- widely-condemned by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test linked to its nuclear weapons programme.Signs that a launch was imminent were confirmed when Pyongyang on Saturday shortened and brought forward the launch window it had declared to UN agencies.The rocket, carrying an earth observation satellite, will now blast off between February 7-14 -- instead of the previous schedule ...

World - Europe

Security tight as sport returns to Stade de France PARIS: French President Francois Hollande was in the Stade de France Saturday as sport returned to the country's national stadium almost two months after terrorist attacks left 130 people dead in and around Paris.Hollande had been in the same stadium on November 13, watching a friendly football match against Germany, when the deadly attacks took place outside and in the capital itself."I wanted to return for the first sporting event since those terrible attacks," Hollande ...

World - South Asia

Survivors tell of quake horror in Taiwan TAINAN: Rescuers searched through the night Saturday hoping to free residents trapped in buildings toppled by a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, as survivors recalled being plucked to safety from their ruined homes.More than 250 people have been rescued from the Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan since the quake hit at 4:00 am Saturday, killing 14 people and toppling four blocks of around 100 homes in total. Over 150 people remain out ...

World - Middle East

Iraqi PM rejects idea of building security wall around Baghdad BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday dismissed plans announced by the military this week to build a concrete wall around Baghdad in a bid to prevent attacks by Islamic State militants."Baghdad is the capital of all Iraqis," he said in a statement. "There can be no wall or fence to isolate it or prevent other civilians from entering it."Baghdad Operations Command said on Wednesday that preparatory work for a security barrier was underway ...

World - Middle East

Syrian President Assad's mother dies aged 86: state media BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has died at the age of 86, Syrian state media said on Saturday.Makhlouf was married to the late president Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria from 1971 until his death in 2000.They married in 1957 and had five children: Bushra, Basil, Bashar, Majed and Maher.Copyright Reuters, 2016