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Turkish PM Davutoglu says humanitarian corridor to Aleppo cut off LONDON: The humanitarian corridor between Turkey and Aleppo in Syria has been cut off as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces seek to inflict a siege of starvation on the city, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.Speaking at a news conference after a Syria donor conference in London, Davutoglu said the forces were seeking to do the same to Aleppo as they did to the besieged town of Madaya, where dozens have starved to death."This humanitarian logistic corridor is now under the invasion of these foreign fighters and regime forces (with) the support of Russian war planes," he said."What they want to do in Aleppo today is exactly what they did in Madaya before, a siege of starvation."Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Irish PM's party loses support in first poll of election campaign DUBLIN: Support for the party of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny slipped in the first opinion poll published since the current election campaign started, the latest sign the election may fail to produce a stable government. It is the latest in a series of polls that have indicated the current coalition of Kenny's centre-right Fine Gael and centre-left Labour would fail to secure enough votes for a majority. Ireland votes on Feb. 26, Kenny announced ...

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IMF sees much bleaker Portugal deficit, growth than government LISBON: The International Monetary Fund expects Portugal's fiscal position to loosen in 2016, for the second year running, and for economic growth to slow as the country remains weighed down by high debts, contrary to more optimistic government forecasts. In a statement after a monitoring visit to Portugal following the country's 2011-2014 bailout, the IMF said it expected Portugal's budget deficit this year at 3.2 percent of GDP, well above 2.6 percent envisaged by the ...

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Turkey's Erdogan says Syria talks pointless while Russian attacks continue ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian peace talks in Geneva, which were suspended on Wednesday, were pointless while President Bashar al-Assad's forces and Russia continued their attacks in the country. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura halted his efforts to conduct the talks after the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city. "Russia continues to kill people in Syria. ...

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EU clears Liberty buy of KPN's Belgian unit BRUSSELS: The European Commission on Friday cleared the acquisition of the Belgian mobile unit of Dutch telecoms group KPN by US cable investor Liberty Global subject to conditions. Liberty said it would buy the unit, Base, via its Belgian subsidiary Telenet in April for 1.325 billion euros ($1.48 billion). The Commission, which acts as the competition authority in the 28-member European Union, said it had cleared the deal after Liberty agreed to sell Base's stake ...

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UK says Assange will be arrested if he leaves Ecuadorian embassy LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said on Thursday that if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London he will be arrested. The spokesman said that any decision by a United Nations panel that is examining Assange's appeal would not be legally binding and that an arrest warrant for Assange would be put into effect if he left the embassy. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Merkel announces 2.3bn euro aid package for Syria LONDON: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged at a donor conference in London on Thursday to spend 2.3 billion euros ($2.6 billion) by 2018 to aid Syrian refugees."I hope this will be a good day for people who live in such suffering," Merkel said in images broadcast on German television as the international meeting got under way.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...