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Greece repays 3.4 bn euros to European Central Bank ATHENS: Greece has repaid 3.4 billion euros ($3.79 billion) that was due to the European Central Bank Thursday, a source close to the government said.The payment was unlocked after European parliaments, including Germany's Bundestag, gave the green light to a third bailout package for Greece's stricken economy.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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France and Britain to sign deal on Calais migrant crisis CALAIS: France and Britain are to sign a deal on Thursday aimed at alleviating the migrant crisis in Calais, where thousands of people desperate to cross the Channel have gathered in slum-like conditions.The northern French port has hit headlines as migrants make attempt after attempt to enter the Channel Tunnel to reach Britain, some paying for it with their lives.Some 3,000 people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are camped in Calais attempting to ...

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Greece gets go-ahead for third multi-billion euro bailout ATHENS: Greece got the green light on Wednesday to start repaying its debts and reviving its economy after eurozone finance ministers formally approved a third reforms-for-rescue of up to 86 billion euros.A source close to the matter said Greece would receive a sum of 23 billion euros ($25.5 billion) on Thursday morning, thereby allowing Athens to make a loan repayment of 3.4 billion euros due the same day to the European Central Bank.The all-clear from ...

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Putin open to meeting Obama at UN meet: Russian FM MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin would be open to meeting with American counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday. "Our American colleagues are sending us signs that they want to maintain contact," Sergei Lavrov said, after confirming that Putin was planning to attend the United Nations meet new month."If there will be such a proposal [to meet] from their end, I think our ...

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NATO warns pro-Russia rebels against more Ukraine land grabs BRUSSELS: NATO on Wednesday warned pro-Russian separatists against grabbing more land in eastern Ukraine and stressed Moscow has a "special responsibility" to help restore peace as fighting escalates.It said the members of the 28-nation, US-led alliance expressed "their serious concern about the recent sharp escalation of violence" when they met in Brussels."Russia has a special responsibility to find a political solution," NATO acting spokeswoman Carmen Romero said in a statement. "Any attempt by the Russian-backed ...

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Turkey PM says all coalition options exhausted ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday said he had exhausted all options to form a coalition government, leaving the country facing snap elections just months after the June 7 polls.The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its overall majority in the June 7 legislative polls for the first time since it came to power in 2002, in a major setback for its co-founder President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.AKP leader Davutoglu met Nationalist Movement ...

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Seven civilians killed in fierce Ukrainian clashes KIEV: Seven civilians have been killed in intense shelling by Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east of the war-scarred state, officials from both sides said Monday."Two civilians -- a man and a woman -- were killed in overnight shelling in Sartana village," about two kilometres (1.2 miles) northeast of the government-held port of Mariupol, Volodymyr Kolesnyk, a spokesman for the local health department, told AFP.Kolesnyk added that six more civilians were wounded ...