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Britain will make ‘reasonable’ decision in Brexit vote: Schaeuble BERLIN: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday that he believed the British people would make a "reasonable" decision in a June 23 referendum on whether the country should leave the 28-member European Union or stay in it."I believe that Britons will in the end make a reasonable decision in the Brexit question," Schaeuble said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Schaeuble says ECB not pursuing best monetary policy for Germany BERLIN: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday that the European Central Bank's responsibility for the entire euro zone meant the institution was not implementing the best monetary policy for Germany.He said it was necessary to recognise that "the ECB has to pursue a policy in a currency union for all 19 member states that is not the optimal monetary policy for Germany".Schaeuble also said that all institutions, including the ECB, needed to be ...

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New Turkish PM wins parliament confidence vote ANKARA: Turkey's new government led by a staunch ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan easily passed a confidence vote in the country's parliament Sunday, the speaker announced after the vote.Binali Yildirim, who replaced Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minister last week, was backed by 315 parliamentarians while 138 voted against, parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said after the ballot.Yildirim described his new administration as "the government of 79 million Turks" in a short speech to parliament following ...

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WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil.Responding to a call from more than 100 leading scientists, who said it would be unethical for the Games to go ahead as scheduled, the United Nations health agency said having the Games in Rio as planned would "not significantly alter" ...

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Pope meets children, says migrants "not dangerous, but in danger" VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis held an emotional meeting with hundreds of children on Saturday, including a Nigerian boy whose parents drowned in a shipwreck, and told them migrants "are not dangerous, but in danger".The meeting followed a surge in migrant traffic this week between Libya and Italy, with more than 14,000 saved from overcrowded boats since Monday and three consecutive days of shipwrecks in which hundreds may have died.Three infants were among 45 bodies recovered ...

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German economy minister blasts Merkel on EU-US trade treaty FRANKFURT: Germany's economy minister lashed out at Chancellor Angela Merkel for her "wrong" stance on a huge EU-US free trade pact in an interview to be published Monday, signalling a deepening rift within the government over the controversial accord.Sigmar Gabriel, also the vice chancellor, told the RND group of regional papers that his Social Democratic Party "doesn't wish to be part of a bad deal", as he warned against a hastily negotiated agreement on the ...

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Putin wraps up Greek trip with Russian monastery visit KARYES: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday wraps up a two-day trip to Greece by visiting the monastic community of Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity's holiest sites.Putin, who has often talked about his strong Orthodox faith, will join celebrations for the 1,000th anniversary of the Russian presence at the ancient, all-male monastic community of Mount Athos.Accompanied by Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Putin will visit the Russian monastery of St ...