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Last update: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01am

World - Europe

ETA convicts say recognise Spanish justice, eye sentence changes MADRID: Jailed members of Basque separatist group ETA said on Saturday they would recognise Spain's criminal justice system and acknowledged the pain caused by four decades of violence, in a highly symbolic move that could strengthen the peace process. ETA convicts have argued that they are political prisoners and have long rejected the terms of their imprisonment. Their shift could allow some prisoners to win early release or negotiate other demands and it opens the door to further possible concessions by the weakened group, which announced a ceasefire in 2011. "We recognise, in all sincerity, the suffering and damage caused to all parties," representatives of Basque prisoner collective EPPK, which includes ETA convicts, said in a statement sent to regional newspaper Gara. "We take entire responsibility for the consequences of our political activities," they said in the statement, written in Basque and ...


World - Global Business & Economy

Brazil slaps tax increase on overseas tourism spending RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil on Saturday imposed a hefty six percent increase on the surcharge paid by its citizens when making credit cards purchases overseas.The increase, which went into effect Saturday, raised the tax from 0.38 percent to 6.38 percent.The tax also applies to cash withdrawals from overseas bank machines and purchases made when using travelers checks.The announcement will come as a rude surprise to millions of Brazilians many of whom already have departed the ...

World - Middle East

Speech contest at Jeddah school highlights Jinnah's contribution ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan international School (Azizia Section) organized a speech competition on Pakistan's founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah's life and his teachings on the occasion of his birth anniversary.The students highlighted Jinnah's teachings, his qualities of standing up for the truth, hard work, faith, dignity, self-respect and self -made personality, Arab News reported on Saturday.There was a presentation of an enthusiastic rendering of national and patriotic songs by the students which brought cheer to the ...

World - South East Asia

Country's hepatitis B vaccines are safe: WHO ISLAMABAD: China's vaccines are produced and regulated in accordance with international standards, and the hepatitis B vaccination program is vital in safeguarding children against the illness, according to the World Health Organization.Bernhard Schwartlander, China representative for the international health body, made these points during an interview with China Daily."Given that the hepatitis B virus is still around, it's important for babies to get vaccinated," he said.The WHO Beijing office met with the National Health and ...

World - Europe

Turkish Airlines says worker killed in Libya robbery ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines said that a member of staff was killed and another injured in a robbery at its Tripoli sales office in Libya.The circumstances of the incident, or when it happened, were not known, but many parts of Libya are lawless and chaotic, with the government struggling to assert control over a country awash with arms from the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.As one of the world's fastest growing carriers, Turkish Airlines, the ...

World - South East Asia

One dead as gunman opens fire at Thai protesters BANGKOK: An unidentified gunman opened fire at opposition protesters in Bangkok Saturday, killing one person and wounding several others in a pre-dawn attack that fanned tensions in the politically divided kingdom.The shooting follows weeks of mass anti-government protests -- seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra -- that have triggered bloody clashes between police and demonstrators.A protester died after he was shot in the torso and three others were hospitalised with gunshot wounds, a spokesman ...

World - Global Business & Economy

W. House urges extension of US unemployment benefits WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's administration on Friday urged US lawmakers to swiftly restore unemployment benefits, criticizing a decision not to extend emergency aid to 1.3 million people looking for work.A statement from the Director of the National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, said the move "defied economic sense.""Never before have we abruptly cut off emergency unemployment insurance when we faced this level of long-term unemployment and it would be a blow to these families and our ...