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Britain pledges more support for children affected by Ebola ISLAMABAD: Britain has pledged a 2.5 million pounds (3.93 million US dollars) fund to help children affected by Ebola.The Department for International Development of the United Kingdom said the fund will go to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.The announcement followed a trip by department secretary Justine Greening to Sierra Leone, Xinhua reported."Ebola not only takes people's lives, it leaves children without families and survivors facing rejection from their communities. Our work will ensure these people are not left behind once Ebola is defeated," said Justine Greening.The funds will be used to set up six care centers to provide temporary protection, care and support for children who have been quarantined, orphaned or out of touch with their families. The fund will also help them reunite with their families or find new homes.The department said children who have been stigmatized or rejected by families and communities because of Ebola will ...

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders MOSCOW: Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phone call early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.The telephone conversation came after the White House confirmed that US President Barack Obama will sign into law fresh sanctions against Russia.The Kremlin said in a statement that the leaders "continued discussion of the crisis situation in ...
Failure for presidential vote in Greece could lead to snap polls ATHENS: Lawmakers from Wednesday will vote for a new Greek president in a ballot that will lead to snap general elections if they fail -- putting on the line years of efforts to turn around an economy in crisis.The government brought forward the indirect election from February, when it will be locked in delicate negotiations with the cash-starved country's creditors, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.But the gamble to stave off uncertainty during ...
British supermarket price wars rage before Christmas LONDON: British supermarkets are slashing prices ahead of Christmas, spurred by competition from German-owned discounters, benefitting customers of all tastes.Sales events dubbed "Black Friday", "Cyber Monday" and "Manic Monday" -- imported from the United States -- surged in popularity across Britain this year as retailers fight for market share both online and in stores.These provided fresh price battles between British supermarkets as they seek to halt the advance of German discounters Lidl and Aldi and ...
Kerry says Russia has made 'constructive moves' on Ukraine in recent days LONDON: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Russia had made constructive moves towards possibly reducing tensions in Ukraine."Let me say that Russia has made constructive moves in the last days," Kerry told reporters in London."There are some indications that whether it is line of control negotiations, or calm that is in place in a number of places, the withdrawal of certain people ... there are signs of constructive choices. That can ...
France's Royal wants 2015 freeze in motorway tariffs PARIS: French Environment Minister Segolene Royal called on Tuesday for a freeze next year in the tolls charged to motorists for use of the country's motorways. The government considers the operators' contracts to be too generous and plans to create a new regulator to oversee motorway tolls. Royal said that overall, she expected the motorway operators to "make an effort" amounting to 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion). She did not elaborate. The motorway operators are ...
Russia carried out snap military drills in Kaliningrad region MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin ordered snap military drills in Russia's westernmost Kaliningrad region earlier this month, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. The drills, which mobilised 9,000 soldiers and more than 55 naval ships, were carried out to test the military's combat readiness in Kaliningrad, an exclave that borders NATO members Lithuania and Poland. The drills were carried out between Dec. 5-10. "The exercise involved units of missile troops, artillery, mechanised infantry, airborne troops, marine ...


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