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Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants: Greek website BRUSSELS: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened in November to flood Europe with migrants if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the Middle East refugee crisis, a Greek news website said on Monday.Publishing what it said were minutes of a tense meeting last November, the euro2day.gr financial news website revealed deep mutual irritation and distrust in talks between Erdogan and the EU's two top officials, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk.The EU officials were trying to enlist Ankara's help in stemming an influx of Syrian refugees and migrants into Europe. Over a million arrived last year, most crossing the narrow sea gap between Turkey and islands belonging to EU member Greece.Tusk's European Council and Juncker's European Commission declined to confirm or deny the authenticity of the document, and Erdogan's office in Ankara had no immediate comment.The account of the meeting, in English, was produced in ...

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Georgia to build $2.5-bln Black Sea port on China's Silk Road TBILISI: Georgia on Monday announced plans to build a new deep-water Black Sea port in a $2.5-billion project that aims to boost trade between China and Europe along the historic Silk Road route.Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said the ex-Soviet country had awarded the contract to build the port to a joint venture called Anaklia Development Consortium, made up of Georgia's TBC Holding and US-based Conti International."The project will bring tremendous opportunities for Georgia and the ...

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French ex-budget minister goes on trial for tax fraud PARIS: France's former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who stashed millions abroad while cracking down on tax cheats at home, went on trial Monday for tax fraud.The 63-year-old former rising star in the French Socialist Party now dubbed the finance ministry's "Pinocchio", fended off reporters as he arrived at the Paris criminal court.His ex-wife and co-defendant Patricia Menard, with whom he ran a lucrative hair transplant clinic, arrived separately.Nearby, dozens demonstrated against the impunity of the ...

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Moscow slams UN chief for Syria comments MOSCOW: The Russian foreign ministry on Monday criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over his claim that Russian air strikes in Syria had undermined last week's peace talks to end the country's five-year war."We have always considered and continue to consider that comments from the chief administrator of an global organisation ... should remain impartial and objective," the ministry said in a statement.Ban had "practically" accused Russia of leading to the collapse of the talks, ...

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France to probe new child rape allegations in C. Africa PARIS: French investigators will probe new allegations by young children of sexual abuse by French soldiers in the Central African Republic, a judicial source said Monday.The allegations were made to UN investigators last month by a sister and brother, now aged seven and nine, the source said.The children described being forced to perform oral sex on unidentified soldiers in exchange for water and biscuits in 2014, adding that other children were abused in the same ...

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UK warns EU exit could mean migrant camps on south coast LONDON: A British EU exit could mean thousands of migrants landing on Britain's shores "overnight", the government said on Monday, stepping up the rhetoric in the campaign ahead of a referendum on membership.Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said a "Brexit" could undermine a Franco-British bilateral agreement that allows Britain to carry out border checks on French soil, stopping many migrants."Should Britain leave the EU there's no guarantee those controls would remain in place," Cameron's spokesman ...

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Pope says he angered Merkel with comments on Europe VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday.In a speech to the European Parliament in November 2014, Pope Francis delivered a withering attack on a "haggard" Europe which he said is "now a 'grandmother', no longer fertile and vibrant."In an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera, Francis said he had received an ...