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Renzi to present national plan to strengthen Italy's quake defences ROME: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised on Monday to present a national plan to make Italy safer against earthquakes as rescuers continued to search for bodies after last week's quake that killed at least 290 people. Prosecutors are investigating why supposedly quake-proofed buildings collapsed in the Aug. 24 tremors in one of the world's most seismically active countries. Renzi said Italy needed a "change of mentality" and he would present a project dubbed "Italy's House" in the coming days and seek the involvement of politicians, trade unions, technical experts and building companies. "What has often been lacking in the past is the construction of a plan for the whole country based on prevention," Renzi wrote in a newsletter to his supporters. He said he had already discussed the new plan with Italian architect Renzo Piano who told him it may take two generations - or around 50 years - to ...

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Turkey fires back after rockets from Syria hit Kilis border town ANKARA: Turkey responded with artillery fire after rocket and gunfire from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Kilis, some 80 km (50 miles) west of where Turkish-backed Syrian rebels launched an incursion last week, a Turkish military source said. It was not immediately clear who fired the rocket or opened fire from the Syrian side, the source said. Kilis lies across from Syrian territory controlled by Kurdish forces but also close to an area ...

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EU insists 'ball still rolling' on US trade deal BRUSSELS: The European Commission on Monday insisted talks on a huge US free trade deal were on track, rejecting German claims that irreconcilable differences had left the deal dead in the water."The ball is rolling right now. The Commission is making steady progress," Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said when asked about comments by German vice chancellor and economy minister Sigmar Gabriel that the talks had "failed.""Talks are now indeed entering a crucial stage but ... ...

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German finmin says ECB's low interest rates ‘harmful’ BERLIN: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Saturday renewed his criticism of the European Central Bank's low interest rates, saying they were particularly damaging for people saving up for their retirement."In the long run, the consequences of low interest rates or even negative interest rates are harmful, such as for retirement provisions," he told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in comments due to be published on Sunday.He said it was only possible to start putting ...

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Spain's acting PM warns forming new government still 'a wish' MADRID: Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Saturday ahead of parliament's confidence vote for a second term in office that the formation of a new government remained "more of a wish".The country has been without a fully-functioning government for eight months as squabbling political parties are unable to reach any kind of pact following inconclusive elections in December, and again in June.Rajoy's conservative Popular Party (PP), which has led the government since 2011, won ...

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Italy holds state funeral for 35 of earthquake's victims ASCOLI PICENO: Italy marked a day of national mourning on Saturday for 290 people killed in a quake that devastated parts of its mountainous heart, holding a state funeral for 35 of the victims.As political leaders gathered for the funeral Mass, rescuers kept searching through the rubble of the worst hit town, Amatrice, even though they had little hope of finding more survivors from Italy's worst quake in seven years.Nine more bodies were recovered from ...

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British PM to trigger Brexit without vote by lawmakers: Telegraph EDINBURGH: British Prime Minister Theresa May will not hold a parliamentary vote on Brexit before formally triggering Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday, without specifying sources.May will not offer opponents the chance to stall the withdrawal and has consulted lawyers who say she has the power to invoke the exit without a parliamentary vote, the conservative newspaper said. A majority of the 650 lawmakers had declared themselves "Remainers".Opponents maintain ...