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Germany confirms co-pilot had no terrorist background: minister BERLIN: Germany's interior minister said Thursday there was no indication the co-pilot who French authorities say apparently deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane into the French Alps had a terrorist background.Thomas de Maiziere told reporters that based on the information known so far about the co-pilot there was no indication of "a terrorist background", echoing comments by French officials.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Hungary under pressure over insider trading accusations BUDAPEST: The Hungarian government on Thursday rejected opposition accusations of insider trading, after state funds were withdrawn from a brokerage firm just days before it went bankrupt.The National Bank (MNB) suspended the licence of Quaestor brokerage on March 10, saying the company had issued more bonds than permitted.The foreign ministry confirmed that one of its institutions had invested 3.8 billion forints (12.7 million euros, $14 million) in government debt through Quaestor, but decided on March ...
UN creates digital privacy watchdog GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday decided to appoint an investigator to look into violations of digital privacy rights, following revelations of large-scale cyber-snooping by Washington and others.The council, which counts the United States among its 47 members, adopted by consensus the resolution establishing the three-year watchdog position."The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, including the right to privacy," the text said.The resolution presented by Brazil and Germany ...
Merkel says crash findings add 'absolutely unimaginable dimension' BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday findings that a Germanwings co-pilot appeared to have deliberately slammed a jet into the French Alps added an "absolutely unimaginable dimension" to the tragedy.Merkel said in a brief statement that "this tragedy is given a new, an absolutely unimaginable dimension" by the news about the co-pilot and that it went "beyond all imagination".Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Hollande calls for 'robust' Iran nuclear deal in talks with Rouhani PARIS: French President Francois Hollande called for a "lasting, robust and verifiable" nuclear accord with Iran during talks with President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, his office in Paris said."The president, while insisting on Iran's legitimate right to use peaceful nuclear power, insisted on the need to work towards a lasting, robust and verifiable agreement on Iran's nuclear programme," Hollande's office said in a statement .The discussion came as last-ditch talks resumed between Iran and world ...
Hollande plant visit may signal Peugeot decision PARIS: French President Francois Hollande will visit PSA Peugeot Citroen's Tr?mery factory on Friday, government officials said, in a sign that the domestic plant has been chosen over a Spanish site to expand engine production.The carmaker is due to announce additional production of its three-cylinder gasoline engines, pitting the factory in eastern France against another Peugeot plant in Vigo, Spain.The Paris-based company declined to comment on the presidential visit or on French media reports that ...
Putin says Western spies plot against Russia before polls MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin accused Western spies on Thursday of plotting to undermine his rule and "destabilise" Russia before elections by using public organisations for their own goals.At a meeting of Russia's Federal Security Service, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB, Putin took aim at non-governmental groups which receive foreign funding, saying Moscow would not relax its scrutiny of their activities."The attempts by Western security services to use public, non-governmental organisations and non-political groups for ...


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