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WHO calls for safe routes to evacuate east Aleppo sick, wounded GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Tuesday for dozens of sick and wounded people in the embattled eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be evacuated through safe corridors for treatment. The Syrian military, helped by Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias and the Russian air force, launched a major campaign to take rebel-held eastern Aleppo last week, where the WHO said only 35 doctors remained to care for at least 250,000 people. On Tuesday, pro-government forces were mobilising for a ground attack, a senior rebel said. "WHO is calling for the immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded from the eastern part of the city," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing in Geneva. "We are talking about only 35 doctors left in east Aleppo to take care of hundreds of wounded people, and the number is increasing," she said.Only seven hospitals remain in ...

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'No contradiction' between EU defence plan and NATO: Stoltenberg BRATISLAVA: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insisted Tuesday that EU plans for increased defence cooperation after Britain's departure would not undermine the transatlantic military alliance."There is no contradiction between strong European defence and strong NATO, actually it reinforces each other. The importance is that we avoid duplication, that it is complementary," Stoltenberg said as he attended an EU defence ministers meeting.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Britain 'will oppose any idea of an EU army': defence minister BRATISLAVA: Britain will oppose all EU plans for increased military cooperation that could interfere with NATO, despite being about to leave the union, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Tuesday."We are going to continue to oppose any idea of an EU army or an EU army headquarters which would simply undermine NATO," Fallon said at a meeting with his 27 counterparts in Bratislava, where European Union leaders earlier this month agreed to step up joint military ...

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OECD official says EU Apple ruling not precedent for future tax cases DUBLIN: A multi-billion euro back tax bill handed to Apple by the European Commission should not be seen as a precedent for future tax cases as it was based on state aid rather than tax law, the OECD official spearheading global tax reform said on Monday. European Union antitrust regulators last month ordered Apple to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in back taxes to the Irish government after ruling that a special ...

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EU launches programme to issue cash cards to migrants in Turkey ANKARA: The European Union launched a programme on Monday to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) will give refugees pre-paid cards for food, housing, schooling or medical expenses in Turkey.Earlier this year, EU countries approved a fund of 3 billion euros ($3.37 billion) to help Turkey improve living ...

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EU leaders to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions BRUSSELS: European Union leaders will explore next month the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. But the sanctions appear likely to remain in place for now, especially those slapped over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula seized by Russia in March 2014, despite the legal and political challenges of maintaining them. A series ...

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EU set to clear $1.8bn Wabtec, Faiveley deal BRUSSELS: EU antitrust regulators are set to approve Wabtec Corp's $1.8 billion bid for French rival Faiveley Transport on condition the US rail component maker sell Faiveley's brake pad unit, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The European Commission is expected to give the green light this week, ahead of its Oct. 24 deadline, the people said. Wabtec offered the concession in July after the EU competition enforcer said the deal to ...