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Jobless families occupy homes in Spanish tourist town SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA: Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her flat to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain´s southern coast."I did not want my two children to experience the violence of an eviction. They have already gone through so much," she said as her children played in the courtyard of the occupied building.Twenty struggling families, many with children, moved into the building on June 30.Several days later another 60 families moved into five nearby buildings.The six new buildings belong to a real estate developer that went bankrupt and disappeared.A message written on a white bedsheet that hangs from the courtyard of one of the occupied reads: "Everyone has the right to a home. Fighting for a home."The occupied buildings have been dubbed "The Courtyards of Dignity". The name was ...

Western countries warn nationals to leave Libya PARIS: Western nations on Sunday warned their citizens to leave Libya, where intensifying fighting between militias was threatening to destabilise the country."1Given the deteriorating security situation, France is asking its nationals to leave Libya," the French foreign ministry said in the latest warning. Around 100 French nationals are in the north African country.Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States have also called on their citizens to get out of Libya."The situation is extremely unpredictable ...
Russian fighter jet crashes, killing pilot MOSCOW: A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault."An accident took place and the pilot died," General Viktor Bondarev said, quoted by the Interfax news agency."We are working out what happened. According to initial data, the reason for the accident was a failure of aviation equipment," he said.The widely used Soviet-designed aircraft has experienced a string of ...
EU targets Russian intelligence chiefs, readies tougher sanctions BRUSSELS: Spurred into action by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the EU put Russia's intelligence chiefs on its sanctions list Saturday as it readied much harsher measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, and the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mikhail Fradkov, were among 15 people and 18 entities hit with asset freezes and visa bans, the EU's Official Journal said.Bortnikov and ...
British teacher kidnapped in Yemen is released SANAA: A British teacher kidnapped in Yemen earlier this year was released safely on Saturday following negotiations by the government in Sanaa, both countries said."Mike Harvey, who had been held in Yemen since February, has been released today," a Foreign Office spokesman in London told AFP."He has been released safely and he is being supported by staff at the British embassy and they will work to reunite him with his family very soon."A Yemeni official ...
First MH17 crash victim identified: official THE HAGUE: Forensic experts have identified the first of 298 people killed when flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine last week, the Dutch government said on Saturday."Today the first victim of the flight MH17 disaster was identified," the justice ministry said in a statement. "It's a Dutch citizen and the victim's family and mayor of where they lived have been informed."The ministry did not publicly release the identity of the victim.The Dutch are ...
Putin, Abbott discuss MH17 probe MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday discussed how an international probe could be set up into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, in which 28 Australians were killed.The two leaders held a telephone conversation "to exchange their views on aspects of organising an independent and objective international inquiry", the Kremlin said in a statement.They also stressed the need for compliance with a UN Security Council ...


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