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Turkey's Erdogan calls for new constitution to include more powerful presidency ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday renewed his call to parliament to draft a new constitution that will grant his office greater executive powers, arguing it better suits affluent nations."Look at the world. Almost all developed nations either have a presidential system or a half-presidential system," Erdogan said in a speech to local administrators. "Preparations for a new constitution must be bravely carried out (so that) we can present it to the people to decide upon."Erdogan blamed four successive elections for slowing economic growth, increasing unemployment and keeping interest rates high.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Osborne's spending plans have 50-50 chance of success: UK think tank LONDON: British finance minister George Osborne's latest spending plans have a roughly 50-50 chance of being successful, the head of Britain's non-partisan Institute for Fiscal Studies said on Thursday.Osborne stuck to his commitment of turning a budget deficit into a surplus in 2020 in a budget speech on Wednesday, confounding predictions that he would have to rein in his ambitions for putting the public finances back in the black."(Osborne) is going to need his luck ...
Greek PM courts opposition as discontent over pensions grows ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will seek the backing of opposition party leaders for unpopular pension reforms demanded under an international bailout which have brought thousands to the streets in protest.Greece has promised its European and IMF lenders a comprehensive pension reform plan by December but Tsipras faces resistance to changes from a country worn down by six years of recession and austerity.Tsipras' government majority has shrunk to just three seats as it pushes ...
Turkey will not apologise to Russia over jet downing: minister ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu vowed Thursday that Ankara would not apologise to Moscow over the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier his country had not received any apology from Turkish leaders."We don't need to apologise on an occasion that we are right," Cavusoglu said. "But we said on the phone yesterday (Wednesday) that we are sorry," he added, referring to a telephone conversation with his ...
Britain's Cameron says time to start bombing militants in Syria LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers on Thursday it was time to join air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, saying Britain cannot "subcontract its security to other countries".Cameron, who lost a vote on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in 2013, needs to persuade several lawmakers in his own Conservative Party and some in the opposition Labour Party to back his cause if he is to win parliament's backing for ...
Greek pensioners rally against cuts, workers to strike on Dec. 3 ATHENS: Thousands of Greek pensioners demonstrated in central Athens on Thursday against cuts demanded under an international bailout, and the public sector union called its second nationwide anti-austerity strike in under a month.The biggest public and private sector unions, representing about 2.6 million workers, plan a 24-hour strike against pension reform on Dec. 3.The unions brought thousands to the streets earlier this month in the biggest domestic challenge to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras since he ...
New general strike looms in Greece over pension reform ATHENS: Greek unions on Thursday said another general strike -- the second in a month -- would be held on December 3 against a planned pensions overhaul."The confederation's executive committee has decided to call a 24-hour strike on December 3...because there is an attempted demolition of the social security system," the leading GSEE union said in a statement.The last general strike over austerity cuts was held on November 12, with over 20,000 people demonstrating in ...


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