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Russia's Putin puts off meeting with Elton John MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin is unable to meet Elton John for a long-planned discussion of gay rights when the singer performs in Moscow next week, the Kremlin spokesman said Thursday."Unfortunately this time it won't work out," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, asked if Putin would manage to meet the star when he gives a concert in Moscow on Monday."The schedules don't fit," Peskov said. "That doesn't mean such a meeting won't happen next time."Peskov said he "had been corresponding a couple of weeks ago" with the musician over a possible meeting."As you know, there was indeed an agreement that if their schedules fitted, there would be a meeting, President Putin expressed readiness to do this," Peskov said.Putin is set to travel to Greece later this week to meet Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and visit an Orthodox Christian holy site, although it was not clear if this was the ...

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UK PM Cameron says EU referendum turnout is greatest concern for 'In' ISE-SHIMA: Those fighting for Britain to remain in the European Union are making good progress but getting young people to register and turn out to vote is the 'In' camp's greatest concern, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.Surveys show young people are far more likely to be in favour of remaining in the EU, but also far less likely to vote.An estimated 43 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds took part in last year's national ...

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French PM Valls to receive oil sector industry interest groups PARIS: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will receive representatives of the oil industry in his office on Saturday, his staff said on Thursday, as the sector is beset by strikes against planned labour reforms.Valls has taken a tough stance against the hardline CGT union that has spearheaded the strikes, shutting down refineries and disrupting fuel supplies in the last two weeks. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Putin won't meet Elton John in Moscow this month MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet Elton John when he visits Russia this month because there is no appropriate time in the two men's schedules, the Kremlin said on Thursday, noting that the two men could still meet at a later date.Putin telephoned the British entertainer in September to say he would be ready to meet for a chat after Elton John requested a meeting to discuss his concerns about gay rights in ...

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Migrant numbers growing again at Calais camp PARIS: Hundreds more migrants have made their way to Calais on France's north coast in recent months despite the bulldozing of part of their "jungle" camp in March, and despite extra port security aimed at stopping them from reaching Britain.Official figures from the Pas de Calais region put the total in tents, shanties and a new state-run city of converted shipping containers at 3,900, up from 3,500 at the end of March, but well down ...

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Greece to conclude major property deal in June: privatisation chief ATHENS: Greece will conclude the sale of a prime seaside property at the old Athens airport of Hellenikon in June, boosting proceeds from state sales this year to more than 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion), the privatisation agency chief said on Thursday.Privatisation has been a key condition of Greece's international bailouts since 2010, but political resistance and bureaucratic snags mean few have gone ahead so far.After six months of talks, Greece reached a deal with ...

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Putin says EU needs Russia to stay on global stage ATHENS: Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared to visit the bloc for the first time in almost a year.Putin, who starts a two-day visit to Greece on Friday, also called for an energy alliance with Europe and the relaxation of visa rules for Russians travelling to the EU. "A rightful position of the Old Continent ...