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Turkey hits IS with fresh artillery strikes ANKARA: Turkey shelled Islamic State positions in Syria on Tuesday for a second day, in response to mortar fire from across the border, Turkish media reported.Two mortar rounds hit the southeastern Turkish town of Karkamis, close to the border and facing the Syrian town of Jarablus, which is held by IS, the CNN-Turk channel reported. Turkish artillery hit four IS positions in Jarablus with around 60 shells at 6:30 am (0330 GMT), after shelling IS and Democratic Union Party (PYD) Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Monday evening.The artillery exchanges come after a suicide bombing at a wedding in a Turkish city near the Syrian border at the weekend killed 54 people.Turkey initially blamed the blast on a child bomber linked to IS, believing it was timed as retaliation for offensives by Kurdish militias and pro-Ankara Syrian opposition forces against IS in Syria.But the goverment rowed back on Monday ...

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Italian PM says EU not finished after Brexit ABOARD THE GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI AIRCRAFT CARRIER: Britain's exit from the European Union will not lead to the demise of the bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Monday."Many thought the EU was finished after Brexit but that is not how it is," Renzi said as he welcomed the leaders of France and Germany for crucial talks on how to revive the European project in the wake of the Brexit shock."We want to write a ...

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Turkey has 'no clue' on Gaziantep wedding attack perpetrator: PM ANKARA: Turkey has "no clue" about who was behind the attack on a Kurdish wedding in a city close to the Syrian border that left 54 people dead, the prime minister said on Monday."We do not have a clue about who the perpetrators behind the attack were. Early information on who did the attack, in what organisation's name, is unfortunately not right," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

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Merkel backs Italian PM over EU budget rules ABOARD THE GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI AIRCRAFT CARRIER: German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave strong backing Monday to Italian premier Matteo Renzi, suggesting she could be flexible over EU budget rules as Rome grapples to kickstart its stalling economy. She made the comments at a press conference on the Giuseppe Garibaldi aircraft carrier, after talks with Renzi and French President Francois Hollande. "Matteo Renzi has initiated courageous reforms including the jobs act here in Italy. It won't show ...

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France's Sarkozy to run for 2017 presidential election PARIS: Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Monday that he would seek to win back the French presidency in 2017 should he win November's conservative Les Republicains party primaries. Sarkozy, 61, was unseated from the Elysee Palace at the last election in 2012 by the now deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande. "I have decided to be a candidate for the 2017 presidential election. I felt I had the strength to lead this battle at a troubled time ...

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German nuclear plant outages FRANKFURT: The following table lists planned outages and load reductions at German nuclear power plants.It gives dates for previous outages, plants returning online and planned shutdowns. Sources are operators' websites and the EEX exchange's transparency website.The maximum national capacity has gone down to 11,357 MW from previously 12,696 MW, after E.ON took Grafenrheinfeld permanently offline in 2015.Germany took the axe to the bulk of its nuclear capacity in the summer of 2011, switching off the ...

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Renzi calls for less bureaucratic Europe ahead of 3-way summit NAPLES: Europe needs to invest in defence, education and culture while breaking free of bureaucratic rules, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday ahead of a meeting with the leaders of Germany and France.Renzi will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande at a summit rich with symbolism as the European Union gropes for a way forward following Britain's shock referendum in June to abandon the 28-nation bloc.The trio will travel ...