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5.0-magnitude earthquake in northern Greece, no injuries ATHENS: A 5.0-magnitude undersea tremor struck Friday off the northern Greece peninsula of Halkidiki, a major tourist destination, the national earthquake observatory said.There have been no reports of injuries or damage in the area, some 218 kilometres (135 miles) north of Athens.Earthquakes occur frequently in Greece. In January, thousands of people were left homeless by a quake on the Greek Ionian island of Cephalonia.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Tired of waiting, Russia says aid convoy to enter Ukraine MOSCOW: Russia said on Friday it was tired of waiting for Kiev's permission and has decided to start moving its disputed aid column toward the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Lugansk."We can no longer stand this outrage, these open-faced lies and (Kiev's) refusal to reach an agreement. Russia has decided to act," the foreign ministry said in a statement."Our humanitarian aid column is starting to move in the direction of Lugansk."An AFP photographer at the ...
Former Ireland prime minister Reynolds dies aged 81: report DUBLIN: Former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process and in brokering the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81, Irish broadcaster RTE reported Thursday.Reynolds served as taoiseach twice, once in 1992 and then again in 1993-94, but had recently been suffering from the last stages of Alzheimer's disease, his son Philip revealed earlier this week.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM ANKARA: Turkey's ruling party meets on Thursday to choose a new leader and premier to succeed incoming president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu the overwhelming favourite for the job.The executive committee of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will meet in Ankara at 1100 GMT to agree a successor for Erdogan, who has transformed Turkey since first becoming prime minister in 2003.The press has been abuzz for days with reports that Davutoglu ...
415,800 flee fighting in east Ukraine: UNHCR GENEVA: At least 415,800 people have fled their homes due to fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday. According to the latest UNHCR estimates, 190,000 have been displaced within Ukraine, while 197,400 have fled to Russia. A further 14,600 have travelled to Poland and 13,883 to Belarus.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
France's Hollande says to speed up reforms, ease tax on poorest PARIS: French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he would accelerate reforms while at the same time giving tax breaks to poorer households as he tries to win back confidence from voters who do not trust he can lift the country out of stagnation.The most unpopular French president in modern history has come under growing fire from both the opposition and some ruling Socialist party lawmakers over his economic policy after his government abandoned growth ...
Russia stages new military exercises MOSCOW: The Russian defence ministry said Wednesday it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country as fighting intensified between rebels and government forces in Ukraine.The major test of long-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems will take place at the Ashuluk base in Russia's southern Astrakhan region, several hundred kilometres (miles) from the fighting in eastern Ukraine, a spokesman told Interfax news agency."Today there will be around 20 launches of S-300 and S-400 ...


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