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Italy's Renzi says will intensify reforms after local vote ROME: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday he would step up his efforts to reform the country and renew his party after what was widely seen as a disappointing local election result that he instead described as "very positive." "After yesterday's vote, we will carry on with even more determination in the process of renewing the party and changing the country," Ranzi said in a written statement. They were his first comments after Sunday's elections. Renzi's centre-left won five of seven regions at stake, maintaining its position before the vote, but support for his Democratic Party fell sharply compared with European elections last year, while anti-establishment and euro-sceptic parties performed strongly. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

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Turkey's Erdogan dares opposition to 'find my golden toilet' ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday invited the opposition to inspect his gigantic presidential palace for gold-plated toilet seats, vowing to resign if they could prove their allegations of his bathroom bling.Erdogan's 1,150-room palace, which was built at a cost of around 490 million euros ($615 million), has been condemned by critics as an absurd extravagance and held up as proof he is slipping further into authoritarianism.Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the Republican ...

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French unemployment hits new record high in April PARIS: French unemployment rose to a fresh record high in April, official statistics published Monday showed, with 3.53 million people out of work, a rise of 26,000 compared with the previous month.The news will come as a blow to the government of President Francois Hollande, who has pledged not to seek a second term in office in 2017 if he fails to reverse the upward trend in unemployment.Paris was buoyed last month by better-than-expected quarterly ...

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Greece says financing agreed to extend Russian gas pipeline MOSCOW: The financing of the extension of a pipeline carrying Russian gas from Turkey to Greece has been secured and a deal could be signed this month, the Greek energy minister said Monday.In an interview with Russian public television, Panagiotis Lafazanis indicated he had had a series of very productive meetings in Russia, which is ready to participate in the financing.He said there is "enormous interest" among Greek companies for an extension of the Turkish ...

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Strong quake off Japanese islands LONDON: A strong earthquake registering 6.4 occurred off Japan's Izu Islands on Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor followed a stronger quake of 8.5 magnitude on Saturday which had an epicentre off the Ogasawara islands, south of Tokyo, which caused no serious damage. That quake was at a depth of 590 Km (370 miles). The quake 398 Km (250 miles) south-east of the Izu Islands had a more shallow epicentre of 13.4 ...

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Kerry hospitalised in Geneva after French cycling accident GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry was hospitalised in Geneva on Sunday after a cycling accident across the border in France, the State Department said.He was flown by helicopter to the Geneva University Hospital "where he is currently being evaluated" following the accident in Scionzier, France, near Chamonix in the French Alps, a statement said, adding that Kerry, 71, had "likely suffered a leg injury". The accident occurred at around 9:40 am (0740 GMT), ...

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Spanish police seize cocaine-stuffed pineapples MADRID: Spanish police seized 200 kilos (440 pounds) of cocaine found inside hollowed-out pineapples that arrived by ship from Central America, the interior ministry said Sunday.The drug-stuffed fruit was found among 10 shipping containers filled with pineapples that arrived in the southern port of Algeciras, one of Europe's largest ports, the ministry said in a statement."Among the thousands of fresh pineapples inside the containers, they found fruit that had been hollowed out and stuffed with ...