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London's minorities fearful after post-Brexit attacks LONDON: With yellow paint still evident on the building's doors, tenants of a Polish community centre in London on Monday described their fear after being targeted in a racist post-referendum attack condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament."The mood is a mixture of disgust and frightened. We've been here in the centre since 1962 and never encountered any racism," Joanna Ciechanowska, director of a gallery within the Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK) building in Hammersmith, told AFP."It is very worrying, I hear of some friends, travelling on a train, and all of a sudden the person next to them says 'go home and pack your bags'."She blamed the fractious referendum campaign for raising tensions, saying "if somebody has a grain of horribleness, it brought it out of them."The graffiti at the community centre read "Fuck You - Out" according to a receptionist.Around a dozen bouquets had been left ...

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EU to push on with US trade deal despite Brexit vote BRUSSELS: The EU will push forward with efforts to seal a huge trade pact with the US despite the "unprecedented situation" after Britain's vote to leave the bloc, its trade commissioner said Monday.Cecilia Malmstroem said she would fly to Washington on Tuesday for fresh talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which both sides want to seal by end-2016.But the process has been thrown into turmoil by the referendum result in which Britain ...

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France's Hollande says no time to waste organising Brexit BERLIN: There is no time to waste organising Britain's exit from the European Union and its aftermath, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday at a joint news conference with the leaders of Germany and Italy. "We must not lose time, neither for dealing in a suitable way with the question of the United Kingdom's exit, nor for providing a new impetus for the EU," he said at the news conference with German Chancellor Angela ...

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Ireland sees spike in passport queries after Brexit DUBLIN: Ireland has seen a spike in interest from British nationals seeking to gain an Irish passport and remain a citizen of the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc, the Irish foreign office said on Monday. Anybody born in the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland, or with an Irish parent or grandparent, is entitled to an Irish passport. Up to 6 million people living in Britain are estimated to have Irish ancestry.Post ...

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UK's Cameron tells ministers it's business as usual, readies for Brexit LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron urged his top ministers to get on with business on Monday and has set up a new unit to help lay the groundwork for a Brexit, or Britain's exit from the EU, his spokeswoman said."The government now needs to focus on doing all it can to prepare for a negotiation for us to leave the European Union ... and also to get on with a whole range of business that ...

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Italy PM Renzi says Brexit could be great opportunity for Europe ROME: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday that Britain's vote to leave the European Union could be a great opportunity for the rest of the bloc to make long needed changes.Renzi told the upper house Senate the EU must now focus "a bit more on social issues and a bit less on bureaucratic ones" and said it was important that not much time should be spent on deciding the technicalities of Britain's exit.He ...

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Indian PM defends under-fire outgoing RBI chief NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised outgoing Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on Monday, days after the central bank chief made public his decision to stand down after just one three-year term.In his first comments since Rajan announced his decision, Modi said he had a good working relationship with the central bank chief. Modi also defended Rajan in the face of strident criticism from right-wing members of his ruling political party.Those ...