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Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam transferred to France PARIS: Top Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been transferred from Belgium to France where he is expected to be charged in court on Wednesday, French prosecutors said.Abdeslam, a French national of Moroccan origin who grew up in Belgium, is believed to be the last surviving member of the terror squad that killed 130 people in the French capital in November."Within the framework of the Paris attacks of the 13th of November 2015, Salah Abdeslam has been surrendered to the French authorities this morning," a statement from Belgian prosecutors said.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Abdeslam was formally placed under arrest after arriving on French soil at 9:05am (0705GMT)."He will be presented to judges during the day with a view to being charged. The prosecution will request his placement in temporary detention," read a statement from Molins.Sources close to the investigation said Abdeslam had been flown into France under tight security. ...

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Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism ANKARA: Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday pledged that Turkey's draft constitution would guarantee secularism after calls for a religious charter sparked controversy in the predominantly-Muslim country. "Secularism will feature in the new constitution we draft as a principle that guarantees citizens' freedom of religion and faith and that ensures the state is at an equal distance from all faith groups," Davutoglu said in a televised speech. The prime minister said that Turkey's secular and ...

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LuxLeaks whistleblowers go on trial LUXEMBOURG: Three Frenchmen went on trial in Luxembourg on Tuesday accused of an "incredible" document leak that exposed huge tax breaks for major global companies, in an issue brought sharply into focus by the Panama Papers scandal. Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, two former employees at services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and French journalist Edouard Perrin face charges over the theft of thousands of confidential files in the so-called LuxLeaks scandal.The opening of the trial brought ...

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First rocket launch from Russia's Vostochny delayed VOSTOCHNY: The first rocket launch from Russian cosmodrome Vostochny, which has been plagued by construction delays and mishaps, was on Wednesday postponed by a day, the space agency Roscosmos said.The Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying three satellites was due to launch at 11.01 am local time (0201 GMT), but this was halted two and a half minutes before take-off, Russian news agencies reported Roscosmos director Igor Komarov as saying. "The automated control system initiated an automatic ...

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Greece sends another 49 migrants back to Turkey ATHENS: Greece returned another 49 migrants to Turkey on Tuesday under a controversial EU-Turkey deal to reduce the influx, a police source said, three weeks after the first deportations.The latest expulsions came as tensions flared at a migrants' camp on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit by Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas.A government source told AFP that a "misunderstanding" triggered a disturbance at the Moria camp on Lesbos, one of several Greek islands that ...

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German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says FRANKFURT: A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station's operator said on Tuesday. The Gundremmingen plant, located about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Munich, is run by the German utility RWE. The viruses, which include "W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker", were discovered at Gundremmingen's B unit in ...

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Turkey visa deal only once 'all criteria met': EU PARIS: The EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that Turkey would only get visa-free travel to the bloc once it has met all the required criteria.Turkey has demanded its citizens be allowed to enter the European Union's passport free Schengen zone without visas by June, in exchange for it taking back migrants from Europe.But the EU insists that Turkey must meet 72 conditions before allowing visa-free travel, of which it is believed to have ...