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Turkey rejects legal bid to free reporters, academic: RSF ISTANBUL: A Turkish court has rejected a legal bid seeking the release of two journalists and an academic being held on "terror propaganda" charges, media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Saturday.RSF Turkey representative and journalist Erol Onderoglu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and rights activist and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci were charged on Monday in connection with "terror propaganda" after guest-editing the pro-Kurdish Turkish daily Ozgur Gundem.The three have been remanded in custody and are being held in Metris prison in Istanbul. Prosecutors have demanded they be given jail terms of up to fourteen-and-a-half years."The request lodged on Thursday for their liberty has been rejected," RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire told AFP. "It's a punitive measure to have them detained and it's another punitive measure to keep them there," he said. On Friday, Deloire led a protest outside the gates of the Istanbul jail with demonstrators holding pictures calling for the ...

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EU's Juncker 'ready' to consider new British commissioner despite Brexit BRUSSELS: EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker is ready to consider appointing a new British commissioner after financial services chief Jonathan Hill resigned over Britain's decision to leave the bloc, a statement said Saturday.Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU commissioner for the euro currency, will take over Hill's portfolio, Juncker said in a statement after Hill announced that he would step down from his post."President Juncker stands ready to discuss swiftly with the British Prime Minister potential names ...

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Tsipras blames Brexit on austerity, deficiencies in EU leadership ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose own rebellion against European Union policy brought the bloc to a crisis last year, said on Saturday he did not blame the British people for voting to leave but rather EU leaders.Speaking to his leftist Syriza party's central committee, Tsipras blamed the Brexit outcome on the "chronic deficiencies" of European leaders and their insistence on austerity policies that fed populism and nationalism."As much as the decision of the ...

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Merkel no hurry for Britain to trigger EU exit process HERMANNSWERDER: There is no desperate rush for Britain to trigger the process for it to leave the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, leaving London some space to work out its next move after a referendum vote to leave the bloc."Quite honestly, it should not take ages, that is true, but I would not fight now for a short time frame," Merkel told a news conference at a meeting of her party ...

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EU founding states want Brexit start 'as soon as possible': Berlin BERLIN: The EU's founding states want Britain to begin leaving the union "as soon as possible" to keep the bloc from being stranded in "limbo", Germany's foreign minister said Saturday.Frank-Walter Steinmeier, hosting the six original states of the European Union in Berlin, said they were in agreement that London must not wait to start the complex procedure of extracting itself from the bloc. "We join together in saying that this process must begin as soon ...

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Italy to EU after Brexit: change or risk collapse ROME: Italian ministers warned Saturday that the European Union must change direction or risk collapse after Britain's vote to leave the bloc."The unthinkable is happening," Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said. "A double reaction to Brexit is under way, one financial, one political. The financial one, at least until now, is limited. I am more worried about the political one."There is a cocktail of factors that can lead to various outcomes, including a further push ...

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As Cameron loses biggest gamble, Johnson looks biggest winner LONDON: It was David Cameron's biggest gamble and he was convinced he would win. Now, the British leader's closest rival - in the EU referendum, in the Conservative Party and in the country - is the frontrunner to take his job. Britain's decision to leave the European Union, a victory for the populist cause, may be a defining moment for Britain and the European project. On Friday, it sent shares and the sterling currency sharply ...