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PM accuses EU of 'dirty campaign' against Turkey ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday accused the European Union of starting a "dirty campaign" against Turkey by criticising the arrests of opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey's already stalled membership bid to join the EU has suffered a further blow amid the row with the 28-nation bloc over last weekend's raids on journalists, scriptwriters and police.Speaking at a congress of his ruling party in Ankara, Davutoglu lashed out at the EU for rushing to issue a statement criticising the raids last Sunday."The EU even made its statement on a holiday. With this statement, they started a dirty campaign concerning our government," he told the congress."With this dirty campaign, they are waging a defamation campaign against our government and our country," he added.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn had issued an unusually harsh statement condemning the raids as "incompatible with the freedom of ...

Greek PM offers elections in 2015 for presidency vote deal ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday offered to hold early elections in late 2015 to clinch a crucial presidential vote next week that could affect the country's economic future."We can find the proper timeframe for national elections, even at the end of 2015", provided a president is elected and crunch EU-IMF loan talks are concluded, Samaras said in a nationally televised address."It is a national duty, and common sense also dictates, that we ...
Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen ISTANBUL: An Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the EU.The court agreed an earlier request by prosecutors for the arrest notice but it remains to be seen if the United States will show any interest in extraditing him to face trial on terrorism charges in Turkey.The warrant was issued after ...
Long road to recovery for injured in east Ukraine DONETSK: Sitting up with difficulty in her hospital bed, Raisa Bulda says that despite months of treatment she still feels like she is only just beginning her recovery.It was back in August that a shell tore through her home on the edge of rebel bastion Donetsk in eastern Ukraine and left her screaming for help in a pool of blood. But it was last week that she finally had a full operation on her shattered ...
Belgium nuclear plant restarted after sabotage BRUSSELS: One of Belgium's seven nuclear reactors came back on line Friday, four and a half months after a mysterious sabotage caused its closure, the plant's operator Electrabel said on Friday.The Doel 4 reactor in northern Belgium was shut urgently in August after a leak, caused by tampering, gushed out 65,000 litres of oil lubricant.A steam turbine weighing 1,700 tonnes was severely damaged in the incident, requiring a 30-million-euro ($37-million) repair job that was carried ...
Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor, arrests TV chief ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remanded the head of a national television network in custody in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union.Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily, was to be freed but Samanyolu TV (STV) chief Hidayet Karaca was placed under arrest after they were detained in weekend raids of suspects accused of plotting to overthrow President Recep ...
Russian prosecutors seek 10-year term for Kremlin critic Navalny MOSCOW: Russian prosecutors Friday called for leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to be sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher of more than half a million dollars.Presenting their closing arguments in a Moscow district court the prosecutors called for the 38-year-old lawyer to be sent to a prison colony if convicted, Russian news agencies reported. Navalny, a charismatic anti-corruption campaigner who has rallied opposition to President Vladimir Putin, ...


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