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Police arrest over 100 in swoop on Turkey protesters ISTANBUL: Turkish police detained dozens of people at their homes and raided two media offices on Tuesday in a coordinated operation across the country to clamp down on nearly three weeks of mass anti-government unrest, lawyers and local reports said.Officers raided the homes of around 90 members of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), a small leftist group that has been active in Istanbul's Gezi Park protest at the centre of the nationwide protest movement, the Istanbul bar association said.Police also searched the offices of the Atilim daily and the Etkin news agency, local media outlets linked to the ESP group, the NTV and CNN-Turk television stations reported.NTV said 30 people were arrested in the capital Ankara and another 13 in the northwestern city of Eskisehir in a police swoop targeting 21 provinces overall.Under Turkish law, the detainees may be questioned for four days before they are taken to ...

Hungary announces more austerity cuts BUDAPEST: Hungary's government announced on Monday another round of austerity measures in the form of tax hikes even though its economic and budgetary prospects are looking brighter.The moves include raising a tax on financial transactions to 0.6 percent from 0.3 percent and a levy on financial transfers to 0.3 percent from 0.2 percent, Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said.A telecoms tax was also increased to three forints (0.0069 euros, $0.0046) per phone call or text message ...
Merkel to seek answers from Obama on online snooping BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was surprised by revelations of mass US online surveillance and that she would call for "transparency" on its scope in talks with President Barack Obama this week. Merkel confirmed in an interview with commercial broadcaster RTL that she would discuss with Obama an issue which has caused deep unease in Germany, where memories of the East German Stasi's spying on citizens are still raw."I will call ...
French-flagged tanker in West Africa ‘released’: IMB KUALA LUMPUR: A French-flagged tanker has been released after it was captured four days ago in the piracy-plagued waters off West Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday.In a short alert, the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting centre said the vessel was "released" earlier Monday and "is now proceeding to a safe port".The centre said the tanker was taken by pirates but did not say whether there were any losses, and could not be ...
Obama urges youth to make Northern Ireland peace permanent BELFAST: US President Barack Obama on Monday urged young people in Northern Ireland to finish making "permanent peace" and set an example to other parts of the world stricken by religious conflict, violence and war.Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, stopped in Belfast before leaving for the G8 summit, which is being held at a secluded lakeside hotel not far from the site of one of the worst killings in the province's conflict.A 1998 peace ...
Britain's Prince Philip leaves hospital after surgery LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip walked out of hospital on Monday, 10 days after the 92-year-old underwent exploratory abdominal surgery.The royal patriarch, who went under the knife on June 7, smiled and waved as he left the private London Clinic in the centre of the British capital.He had been expected to remain in hospital for up to two weeks following the operation, and he plans to spend two months recuperating.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...
Pristina, Belgrade set to exchange liaison officers PRISTINA: Kosovo and Serbia were set to exchange liaison officers who will help monitor implementation of an EU-brokered deal on normalising ties between the two sides, Kosovo's officer said on Sunday."As of tomorrow (Monday) I will start to work in my office in Belgrade," Kosovo liaison officer Lulzim Peci told AFP.The move "will contribute to improving ties between Belgrade and Pristina since, for the first time, liaison officers will communicate directly with the government in ...


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