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Court suspends summons for Spanish king's daughter MADRID: A Spanish court on Tuesday spared King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter Cristina from being questioned "for the time being" in a corruption probe that has plunged the royal family into scandal.The court in Palma on the island of Mallorca said in a written ruling that it suspended the summons for Cristina, 47, in the graft case against her husband.It said it remained to be decided whether Cristina would be summoned to go before a judge in a separate tax and money-laundering case also linked to her husband.The affair has plunged Spain's monarchy into an unprecedented crisis which has raised speculation over recent months that Juan Carlos would abdicate.The initial summons for Cristina was the first time a direct relative of the king has been called to appear in court on suspicion of wrongdoing.The probe is examining whether Cristina's husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, and his former business ...

Queen to miss Commonwealth meet in November: palace LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II will miss the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka in November, sending her son Prince Charles in her place, the palace announced on Tuesday.Buckingham Palace gave no reason for the decision, issuing a short statement saying: "The queen will be represented at this year's Commonwealth heads of government meeting by the Prince of Wales."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Kerry arrives in Moscow for key talks with Putin: AFP MOSCOW: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking to restore frayed US-Russia ties and win Moscow's support on the war in Syria.Kerry is making his first trip to Russia since taking over as the chief US diplomat in February, on what is one of his most diplomatically delicate missions to date after relations plunged to new lows in 2012.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Kerry to meet Putin in break with protocol WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday at the start of his first visit to Moscow in a rare break with normal protocol, US officials said Monday."It is quite important that Secretary Kerry will have a substantial, full meeting with President Putin," a senior State Department official said, asking to remain anonymous.Russian officials have allotted a lot of time for the meetings, and "we don't have ...
Saur creditors may join with bidder to reduce debt: sources PARIS: French water and waste treatment company Saur's creditor banks could join up with one of three potential bidders to try to reduce its 1.8 billion euro ($2.36 billion) debt, sources close to the talks said.Saur a rival of France's Veolia Environnement and Suez Environnement is facing pressure on its earnings due to the economic slowdown, which has hit the waste and environmental services sectors.This has made it difficult to deal with its high debt ...
Russian opposition seek to revive protests against Putin MOSCOW: Russian protestors unfurled a huge banner demanding the release of "political prisoners" on Monday, at the start of a day of protest against President Vladimir Putin intended to revive their flagging opposition movement.The banner, declaring "Freedom for the May 6 prisoners!", rippled over three floors at the top of a high-rise apartment block on Novy Arbat, one of Moscow's busiest streets. It was quickly taken down and one man was arrested.The gesture of defiance ...
UK BSkyB executive and daughter killed in speedboat accident LONDON: An executive at Britain's pay-TV group BSkyB and his eight-year-old daughter were killed in a speedboat accident while on holiday in southwest England, and his wife and three other children were also airlifted to hospital, Sky said on Monday.Nicholas Milligan, 51, who was managing director of Sky Media, the advertising sales arm of BSkyB which is 39-percent-owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, died after he and five family members were thrown into the water ...


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