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Denmark environment min to step down, bringing coalition crisis to a head COPENHAGEN: Danish Environment and Food Minister Eva Kjer Hansen said on Saturday she will step down having lost support in parliament, potentially bringing to a head a crisis threatening the minority government after only eight months in office. The Conservatives, one of the ruling Liberal party's coalition partners, said they could no longer support Hansen, who has been accused of misleading parliament over the environmental impact of a set of agricultural reforms.Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen must now replace Hansen or call fresh elections if he feels he no longer has the support of the Conservatives.Rasmussen's centre-right Liberals hold only 34 seats in the 179-seat parliament. They are supported by the Conservatives with six seats, the Danish People's Party with 37 and the Liberal Alliance with 13 - giving them a majority of just one.Rasmussen said on Wednesday that he would spend a couple of days with the leaders of ...

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London mayor Johnson sets out his case for Brexit LONDON: Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Saturday came out fighting for Britain to leave the European Union, warning that the country had "given away control of our destiny".The charismatic politician electrified the campaign for the June 23 referendum by declaring last weekend that he backed a so-called Brexit, positioning himself against Prime Minister David Cameron.After a few days out of the headlines, Johnson set out his stall in two newspaper interviews -- and hit ...

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Ireland faces possible deadlock after tight election DUBLIN: Ireland faced the prospect of political deadlock on Saturday, after the first exit poll from the election indicated the governing coalition has failed to win enough votes to secure a second term.Both Prime Minister Enda Kenny's centre-right Fine Gael and its Labour junior partner lost support, as many voters in the eurozone country complained they had not felt the benefits of economic growth.Fine Gael's support dropped from 36.1 percent in the last election in ...

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Russia keeps artist behind bars for torching security HQ MOSCOW: Russia on Friday ruled to keep performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky behind bars until April as he awaits trial for torching the door of the feared security service's headquarters.Judge Natalya Larina ruled that Pavlensky could attempt to flee justice and travel abroad, and extended his detention in a Moscow prison until April 6.His lawyer Dmitry Dinze argued in court that Pavlensky "is not a danger to the public" and that his activities have a "political ...

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EU vote is no 'parlour game', UK finance minister warns LONDON: Finance minister George Osborne warned Friday that the prospect of Britain leaving the EU was not a "parlour game", adding that slowing global growth meant it was the "very worst time" to gamble on a Brexit.Speaking to the BBC in Shanghai, where he is attending a meeting of G20 finance ministers, Osborne said leaving the European Union would deliver a "profound economic shock" to Britain.Britain is holding a referendum June 23 on whether it ...

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Putin hands top post at ailing VEB bank to Sberbank manager MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin removed the head of Russia's ailing state development bank Vnesheconombank on Friday and appointed a successor from Sberbank who will be expected to oversee a bailout that could swell to as much as $16 billion. The Kremlin's dismissal of VEB chief Vladimir Dmitriev, announced on its website, had been widely expected. VEB has accumulated billions of dollars of toxic assets after lending to financially questionable projects over many years. Sources close ...

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Irish economy frames voter debate as election kicks off DUBLIN: Ireland's uneven recovery took centre stage on Friday as voters cast ballots in a national election, torn between the urge to oust a government that has overseen years of austerity and fears that political instability might derail the rebound. Framed by a debate over how to distribute the profits of an economic growth surge since the country took a sovereign bailout in 2010, the election is unlikely to produce a clear winner, polls suggest. ...