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Bulgarian PM's plane makes emergency landing SOFIA: A plane carrying Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was forced to make an emergency landing at Sofia airport on Wednesday because of a problem with the landing gear, BNT state television reported.The problem occurred when the aircraft's landing gear failed to retract shortly after it took off for Brussels, the network said.The prime minister himself confirmed the technical malfunction to another news agency.The plane circled over Sofia for about an hour before making an emergency landing back at the airport shortly after 8:30 pm (1830 GMT), according to local media.Borisov was expected to leave later on Wednesday on another plane to attend Thursday's European Council meeting in Brussels. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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Italy court delays decision on Fininvest's Mediolanum stake ROME: An Italian court has delayed a decision on a request by Fininvest, the holding company of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, to suspend an order to sell part of its stake in asset manager Mediolanum, two people close to the matter said on Wednesday. The decision has been delayed until April 22, the sources said. Fininvest, which owns 30.15 percent of Mediolanum, was told by the Bank of Italy last October to sell a ...

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Germany bids farewell to reunification president Weizsaecker BERLIN: Germany held a state funeral Wednesday for Richard von Weizsaecker, the president at the time of reunification who helped the country deal with its wartime past by saying it had been "liberated" by the Nazis' defeat.Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was due to dash to Belarus later in the day for key Ukraine peace talks, was among about 1,400 guests gathered at Berlin's Protestant Cathedral to bid farewell to the ex-president.Weizsaecker --- who held the ...

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Switzerland slides into deficit on surprise revenue fall GENEVA: The Swiss government said Wednesday it suffered its first federal budget deficit in nearly a decade last year following a surprise 9 percent drop in key sources of tax revenue.The deficit of 124 million Swiss francs (118.5 million euros or $133.8 million) was the first since 2005, and was also a surprise as Bern had forecast for 2014 a budget surplus of 121 million francs.Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said "we will investigate" the ...

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Spain opposition fires Madrid chief in election year MADRID: Spain's opposition Socialist Party fired its Madrid leader on Wednesday after he was tainted by corruption allegations as it fends off a challenge from protest party Podemos ahead of elections this year.The sacking of Tomas Gomez was the most dramatic sign yet of divisions in the Spanish left as the country prepares for local and regional polls in the coming months and a general election in November."The federal party leadership has approved a resolution ...

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DSK lashes out at court for focus on sexual preferences LILLE: Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday lashed out at the focus on his sexual behaviour in a French court where he is charged with pimping, saying he was not on trial for "deviant" acts.The 65-year-old, once seen as a frontrunner for the French presidency, said the idea that his preference for certain practices highlighted in court, such as sodomy, would spur him to seek out prostitutes was "absurd."For a second day, the court ...

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Putin arrives in Minsk for Ukraine peace summit: AFP MINSK: Russian President Vladimir Putin jetted into Minsk Wednesday for a crunch peace summit with the leaders of Ukraine, Germany and France aimed at ending 10 months of conflict in Ukraine.Putin touched down in the Belarussian capital ahead of the crucial meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French leader Francois Hollande, an AFP journalist at the scene said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...