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Floods in Britain prompt emergency government talks LONDON: Britain's government was holding emergency talks Sunday as flooding in northern England forced hundreds of people to leave their homes, including in the historic tourist destination of York.Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a call of the COBRA emergency committee as the floods cause chaos for families during the Christmas holiday season.Hundreds of flood warnings are in place around the country, with 31 of them severe, signalling a risk to life.More rain is expected in the area Sunday although the downpours are not expected to be as severe as on Saturday.Environment Secretary Liz Truss told the BBC that the amount of rain had been "unprecedented"."We're still in a situation with major flood warnings. People need to look at the latest advice from the Environment Agency, from the emergency services," she added."That's really important because in many places we have not yet reached the high point."Police have advised up to ...

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Russia says air force has not hit civilian targets in Syria MOSCOW: Russian air forces have not hit civilian targets since they started a bombing campaign in Syria nearly three months ago, a senior Russian officer said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television.London-based rights group Amnesty International said this week that Russia's bombing of Syria had killed many civilians and could amount to a war crime. Russia's Defence Ministry strongly rejected the allegations."The Military Space Forces have never hit civilian targets in Syria," said Viktor ...

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Socialists block Spain PM's bid to stay in power MADRID: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy suffered a setback in his bid to stay in office as the Socialists refused Wednesday to back his attempt to form a new government following an inconclusive general election.Rajoy's conservative Popular Party won the most ballots in Sunday's vote but lost its absolute majority in the 350-seat lower house of parliament, taking just 123.The opposition Socialists won 90 seats, followed by the far-left Podemos with 69 seats and the ...

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French ex-president Chirac leaves hospital for Christmas PARIS: Former French president Jacques Chirac left hospital Wednesday after two weeks of medical checkups and will spend Christmas with his family, relatives said.Chirac, 83, was taken to hospital in Paris on December 9 after complaining he had felt "weak for a few days," his daughter Claude Chirac had said at the time, adding that there was no "cause for concern"."He has returned home safely," a family member told AFP. However journalists waiting outside Chirac's ...

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Milan limits daytime traffic to battle smog ROME: Drivers in Milan will face a limit on daytime travel three days next week as the northern Italian city tries to bring air pollution down from dangerous levels.No cars, motorcycles or scooters will be allowed on the streets of the city of 1.3 million inhabitants from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (0900 to 1500 GMT) on Monday through Wednesday, city officials said.Authorities also announced on Wednesday a special "anti-smog" ticket that allows people to ...

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Walesa warns over democracy in Poland, urges new election WARSAW: Poland's former president Lech Walesa lashed out Wednesday at the policies of the ruling conservatives, saying they were undermining democracy and making his country a laughing stock.Walesa, who led the Solidarity movement that brought an end to communism in Poland, added his voice to an increasingly large chorus of criticism at home and abroad against the actions of the EU country's new government, by calling for a referendum to force early elections.He has been ...

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Russian raids in Syria may amount to war crimes: Amnesty BEIRUT: Amnesty International said on Wednesday that nearly three months of Russian air raids in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians, many in targeted strikes that could constitute war crimes.Some strikes "appear to have directly attacked civilians or civilian objects by striking residential areas with no evident military target and even medical facilities, resulting in deaths and injuries to civilians," Amnesty Middle East and North Africa director Philip Luther said in a statement."Such attacks may ...