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UK Labour leader backs staying in EU LONDON: Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Saturday that staying in the European Union was in the country's best interests.The left-wing veteran, who has displayed a eurosceptic streak throughout his political life, said his party would make the case for a "social Europe" during the referendum campaign.Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron wants to finalise a renegotiation of Britain's terms of membership at an EU summit on February 18 and 19.He has committed to stage an in-or-out referendum on the outcome of his attempt, by the end of 2017.Newspapers expect the referendum could come as soon as late June.Corbyn said Labour wanted Britain to stay in the 28-country bloc."Our party is committed to keeping Britain in the EU because we believe it is the best framework for European trade and cooperation and in the best interests of the people of Britain," he told activists in Nottingham, central England."But we also ...

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Romania asks UNESCO to protect planned open-cast goldmine site BUCHAREST: Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine.The village of Rosia Montana and a radius of two kilometres (just over a mile) were last month declared a site of historical interest by Romania's culture ministry thereby granting it protection from mining activity.But in comments Saturday, Romania's Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu sought further protection ...

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Security tight as sport returns to Stade de France PARIS: French President Francois Hollande was in the Stade de France Saturday as sport returned to the country's national stadium almost two months after terrorist attacks left 130 people dead in and around Paris.Hollande had been in the same stadium on November 13, watching a friendly football match against Germany, when the deadly attacks took place outside and in the capital itself."I wanted to return for the first sporting event since those terrible attacks," Hollande ...

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EU calls on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian housing BRUSSELS: The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank."In the past weeks there have been a number of developments in Area C of the West Bank, which risk undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and driving the parties yet further apart," the EU diplomatic service said in a ...

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Five Czech skiers killed in Austrian Alps avalanche VIENNA: Five skiers from the Czech Republic were killed Saturday in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps that also engulfed 17 other people, police said.Two of the skiers were injured, but not critically, they added.The five fatalities, men and women, belonged to two groups of off-piste skiers in a valley south of Innsbruck in western Austria.Around mid-day, a third group of skiers had raised the alert about the avalanche at an altitude of some 2,000 ...

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Merkel urges better protection of EU external borders BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for better protection at the European Union's external borders in order to maintain the passport-free Schengen zone. Merkel, who opened her country's borders to Syrians fleeing civil war last summer, is under increasing pressure to limit the influx of migrants after more than a million arrived in Germany last year.A poll published this week showed popular support for Merkel had tumbled to a four-and-a-half-year low with more ...

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EU says Turkey must keep border open to Syrian refugees AMSTERDAM: Top EU officials on Saturday reminded Turkey of its international obligations to keep its frontiers open to refugees as thousands fleeing a new government offensive in Syria remained camped out along its southern border.Up to 20,000 Syrians may be stranded on the border, officials say, trying to get into Turkey which already hosts more than two million refugees from the bloody conflict."The Geneva convention is still valid which states that you have to take ...