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Thousands rally in Spain for ETA prisoner amnesty MADRID: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bilbao in northern Spain on Saturday, calling for amnesty for prisoners of the ETA Basque separatist group.Protesters in the Basque country, who hold this demonstration every January, held up placards of a finger pointing to the sky as they denounced the prison conditions endured by Basque separatists.Almost all members of ETA, a group that gave up armed resistence to Spain in 2011, have been jailed but the movement has refused to disband.They have been calling for an amnesty for their incarcerated members so they can be reunited with their families.Basque newspaper Gara estimated the number of people in the Bilbao streets on a rainy day as 78,000, while police declined to give a crowd estimate.An association defending the rights of ETA prisoners released a statement blasting "those who keep in prison prisoners who have long served their sentences imposed by the ...

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Merkel urges United States to stick to international cooperation PERL-NENNIG: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged the United States to stick to multilateral cooperation, saying a trend towards protectionism was a risk to prosperity.The United States is Germany's most important trading partner and the protectionist rhetoric of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has unnerved exporters in Europe's biggest economy.Germany holds the presidency of the G20 leading economies this year, a platform Merkel wants to use to safeguard multilateral cooperation.Speaking after a meeting of senior ...

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Turkey's Erdogan says Greeks avoiding solution in Cyprus ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the Greek side was once again avoiding a solution to the Cyprus problem, warning that a solution without Turkey should not be expected. "We have told Cyprus and Greece clearly that they should not expect a solution without Turkey as guarantor. We are going to be there forever," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul after Friday prayers. Speaking a day after UN-hosted talks broke up in Geneva, Erdogan ...

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Former Italian PM Berlusconi sues ECB at European Court of Justice FRANKFURT: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his Fininvest holding company have filed a case against the European Central Bank at the European Court of Justice, court documents showed on Friday. The records did not contain any information about the case other than that it was filed on Dec 23. The ECB declined to comment. In October, the ECB opposed Fininvest owning a "significant stake" in Banca Mediolanum. Fininvest said at the time it ...

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Russia stays mute on possible US invitation to Syria talks MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Friday declined to confirm whether it would invite the United States to Syria peace talks later this month after Washington was excluded from brokering a recent truce in the war-torn country. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday that Turkey and Russia had agreed that Washington "should be definitely invited" to talks under their auspices on the war-torn country's political future set to take place in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on January ...

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'I'm not ashamed' says Paris attacks suspect PARIS: The main suspect in the Paris attacks said he was "not ashamed" in a letter to a woman who has been writing to him in prison, according to extracts published in the French press Friday.Salah Abdeslam has refused to respond to questions from French judges about the November 13, 2015 attacks in which 130 people died at the hands of Islamic State group militants. But in correspondence with an anonymous woman published by the ...

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Germany's Merkel says EU must boost security cooperation, funding BRUSSELS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on European Union members on Thursday to increase their security and defence cooperation because there was no "guarantee of perpetuity" in relations with the United States.Europe faced growing challenges within its own borders and in nearby regions, including migration, increasing terrorist threats, the war in Syria, violence in eastern Ukraine and poverty and famine in Africa, she said.Merkel did not mention President-elect Donald Trump by name but clearly seemed ...