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Greek PM proposes constitutional change for 'direct democracy' ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday said the constitution should be revised to give Greeks "direct democracy", a say in electing the president and holding referendums on laws."It is time to set aside fear of the people's judgment... even if the people are not infallible," Tsipras said in a televised speech.The people should be allowed to elect the nation's president -- who is currently chosen by parliament -- if efforts by lawmakers fail, as they did last year.The people should also be able to reject laws by referendum -- except those on fiscal matters -- and propose their own legal initiatives, Tsipras said.The Greek state should also be "religion-neutral", even if Greece's main religion remains Orthodox Christianity, the leftist PM said.Tsipras must now sway his ruling Syriza party, where a sizeable faction has expressed dissent on the issue.He said discussion groups would be formed nationwide and deliver a ...

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British PM rules out return of hard border in N.Ireland LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday promised a "practical solution" on the Irish border after Britain leaves the European Union in a bid to allay fears about a return to tough checks.She spoke on her first visit since taking office to Northern Ireland, which has what would become the United Kingdom's only border with the EU after Brexit."Nobody wants a return to the borders of the past," May said in Belfast, where she ...

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Hollande seeks to defuse row over Nice security PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Monday sought to defuse a row over allegations his government tried to alter a security report after the Bastille Day massacre in Nice.A probe into the claim should be allowed to run its course, Hollande said, declaring the truth would be established "(by) the law and no one else.""Truth and transparency are essential in a democracy," he added.At the centre of the storm is Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, whom ...

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Turkey targets media after coup as Erdogan meets opposition ANKARA: Turkish authorities on Monday issued arrest warrants for over 40 journalists in a new phase of the controversial legal crackdown after the failed coup, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to host opposition party chiefs for an unprecedented meeting.Over 13,000 people have been detained so far in a vast sweep in the wake of the July 15 coup bid, which the authorities blame on the reclusive US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.Istanbul anti-terror prosecutors issued ...

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British PM heads to N. Ireland for Brexit talks LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May heads to Northern Ireland on Monday in a bid to bring the province into the fold on Britain's negotiations to exit the EU.May was due in Belfast for talks with Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Forster and her deputy, Martin McGuinness.Cross-border relations with the Republic of Ireland are a prime concern for Northern Ireland in Britain's departure from the European Union.It is the United Kingdom's only land border and would ...

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French minister rejects charges of changing report on Nice attack PARIS: France's interior minister rejected on Sunday an assertion by a senior Nice security official that his staff tried to change a report into policing on the night of the Bastille Day attack that claimed 84 lives. France's Socialist government has come under fire for not doing enough to prevent a delivery man from ploughing a refrigerator truck into a crowd of revellers leaving a July 14 fireworks display on the Riviera city's beachfront promenade.Interior ...

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Munich gunman 'planned shooting for a year' MUNICH: The teenager who shot dead nine people at a Munich shopping mall spent a year planning the rampage but selected his victims at random, officials said Sunday.Details are emerging of gunman David Ali Sonboly as a depressed 18-year-old who was obsessed with mass killings and had long struggled with his mental health.With Germany still steeped in grief and shock, a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete on Sunday ...