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No survivors expected in French Alps plane crash: Hollande PARIS: All 148 people aboard an Airbus that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps are likely dead, French President Francois Hollande said. "There are not thought to be any survivors" from the Germanwings plane that crashed on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, Hollande told reporters.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Putin sacks two senior Kremlin officials amid speculation of turf wars MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin dismissed two senior officials on Monday in a surprise move that followed recent rumours of feuding at the heart of the Kremlin.The twin sackings come less than a month after the killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, which had exposed rarely seen tensions between various factions within Putin's inner elite.Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Oleg Morozov, 61, was leaving his post as head of the president's domestic policy department because of ...
Merkel wants to hear from Tsipras in person about reforms: aide BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to hear from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in person about the reform plans that he has promised to present to Greece's euro zone peers soon, her spokesman said Monday ahead of their talks in Berlin."Of course it's interesting for the chancellor to her from the Greek prime minister's mouth what his ideas are," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference. The two leaders were scheduled to meet ...
Tsipras tells Merkel 'impossible' to repay debt without EU aid FRANKFURT: Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a letter that Athens will not be able to service its debt without financial help from the EU, the Greek government revealed on Monday.Greek government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis confirmed a report in the Financial Times which said that Tsipras had written to Merkel.But he insisted that the letter should not be seen as a "threat"."This is not a threat, it is reality," ...
Russia says ending huge military drills that rattled West MOSCOW: Russia said it was ending military drills Saturday that saw over 80,000 troops mobilised from the Pacific to the Black Sea in a show of force amid tensions with the West. A senior military official said that the nationwide exercises -- that included sending nuclear bombers to Crimea and ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad in the heart of Europe -- would end on Saturday afternoon.President Vladimir Putin gave the order for them to start on ...
120,000 flee Philippines violence: UN GENEVA: More than 120,000 people have fled their homes in the impoverished southern Philippines since fighting broke out between government troops and Islamic militants in late January, the UN refugee agency said Friday."UNHCR is concerned about the safety of civilians as the conflict spreads into local villages," spokesman Babar Baloch told reporters.The Philippines military launched an offensive earlier this year against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a rebel group fighting for an independent Muslim ...
Bulgaria gives green light to NATO command centre SOFIA: Bulgaria cleared the way Friday for a new NATO command centre in the former Warsaw Pact country to shore up the eastern flank of the alliance against Russian "aggression".The centre is one of six being set up over the next year by the alliance alongside the creation of a rapid reaction force of 5,000 troops in response to Russia's alleged actions in Ukraine.The former communist country had banned its military from working under international ...


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