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Greek parliament vote in balance after Samaras election offer ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' surprise offer to lawmakers to go to the polls late next year in exchange for a vote for his presidential nominee has injected fresh momentum into his fight against the anti-austerity left.However, as parliament prepares for a second round of voting on Tuesday to elect a successor to 85 year-old President Karolos Papoulias, the outcome still appears open with only a handful of independents pledging firm support to the governmentIf a new president is not elected by a third round on Dec. 29, elections will have to be held by early February, potentially handing power to Syriza, the main leftwing opposition party, which wants to renegotiate the international bailout agreement that Greece still needs to keep its battered finances afloat.Such an outcome could rock the euro zone, which is only just emerging from its debt crisis.Greek media reported on Monday that Samaras' candidate, Stavros ...

Driver slams car into pedestrians in eastern France PARIS: French police arrested a man on Sunday evening after he deliberately mowed down a dozen pedestrians in the eastern city of Dijon, badly injuring two of them, authorities said.The previous day, French police in central France shot dead a man who stabbed and wounded three officers in a police station.The Dijon driver, in his forties, slammed his car into groups of pedestrians in five parts of the city before he was arrested and held ...
PM accuses EU of 'dirty campaign' against Turkey ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday accused the European Union of starting a "dirty campaign" against Turkey by criticising the arrests of opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey's already stalled membership bid to join the EU has suffered a further blow amid the row with the 28-nation bloc over last weekend's raids on journalists, scriptwriters and police.Speaking at a congress of his ruling party in Ankara, Davutoglu lashed out at the EU for ...
Greek PM offers elections in 2015 for presidency vote deal ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday offered to hold early elections in late 2015 to clinch a crucial presidential vote next week that could affect the country's economic future."We can find the proper timeframe for national elections, even at the end of 2015", provided a president is elected and crunch EU-IMF loan talks are concluded, Samaras said in a nationally televised address."It is a national duty, and common sense also dictates, that we ...
Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen ISTANBUL: An Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the EU.The court agreed an earlier request by prosecutors for the arrest notice but it remains to be seen if the United States will show any interest in extraditing him to face trial on terrorism charges in Turkey.The warrant was issued after ...
Long road to recovery for injured in east Ukraine DONETSK: Sitting up with difficulty in her hospital bed, Raisa Bulda says that despite months of treatment she still feels like she is only just beginning her recovery.It was back in August that a shell tore through her home on the edge of rebel bastion Donetsk in eastern Ukraine and left her screaming for help in a pool of blood. But it was last week that she finally had a full operation on her shattered ...
Belgium nuclear plant restarted after sabotage BRUSSELS: One of Belgium's seven nuclear reactors came back on line Friday, four and a half months after a mysterious sabotage caused its closure, the plant's operator Electrabel said on Friday.The Doel 4 reactor in northern Belgium was shut urgently in August after a leak, caused by tampering, gushed out 65,000 litres of oil lubricant.A steam turbine weighing 1,700 tonnes was severely damaged in the incident, requiring a 30-million-euro ($37-million) repair job that was carried ...

 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln