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Spanish PM opposes EU talks with Scotland after Brexit BRUSSELS: Acting Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday said Madrid would oppose any separate talks with Scotland on its future in the EU after Britain voted to leave the bloc."The Spanish government is opposed to any negotiations with anyone else but the British government. The United Kingdom leaves and with it, all those who make up the United Kingdom," Rajoy said after the remaining European Union 27 leaders met in Brussels to discuss the Brexit vote.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Russia vows to counter NATO build-up MOSCOW: Russia's defence minister on Wednesday rebuked NATO for bolstering its military presence in eastern Europe and vowed Moscow will take countermeasures."The US and other NATO members continue to build their military potential, first and foremost in countries neighbouring Russia," defence minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. "Such actions by our Western colleagues will undermine Europe's stability and force us to take countermeasures, first of all, in the western strategic ...

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EU cities should get ready to clear euro in place of London: Hollande BRUSSELS: There is no reason for the City of London to remain a centre for euro clearing if Britain leaves the European Union's single market, and other financial centres in the bloc should get ready to carry out these transactions, French President Francois Hollande said. "As soon as Britain leaves the European Union's single market, if it decides to do so, there will be no reason for the euro zone to allow a non-member country ...

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Putin extends Western food embargo to end of 2017 MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended to the end of 2017 Moscow's embargo on food items from the West imposed in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.A decree posted in the official government database states that the existing embargo on produce, dairy, meat, and most other foods will be extended to December 31, 2017.Russia has since August 2014 banned most foods imports from the European Union and other countries, inlcuding the United States, which ...

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Putin lifts Turkey travel restrictions, orders trade 'normalised' MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lifted Moscow's travel restrictions to Turkey and ordered trade ties normalised after his first phone call with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan since Ankara downed a Russian jet last year. In the wake of the November incident Moscow slapped a range of sanctions on Ankara, including an embargo on some Turkish food products, as well as a ban on charter flights and sales of package tours to the country and ...

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EU ruling against Bulgaria over gas network is a heavy blow SOFIA: EU antitrust regulators have told Bulgaria it should sell its state-owned gas network operator Bulgartransgaz or face fines of up to 300 million euros ($333.27 million), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters in Brussels, Borisov said such a sanction would be unacceptable to Bulgaria. Last year the EU executive commission charged state-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding, the owner of Bulgartransgaz, with breaching EU antitrust rules by hindering competitors' access to ...

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UN rights commissioner voices fear of Burundi violence turning ethnic GENEVA: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday he feared increased violence and incitement in Burundi's crisis could turn ethnic in nature, but the government rebuffed his comments. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also told a meeting in Geneva while giving a report on Burundi that he was concerned about suspensions and arrests of students for defacing portraits of President Pierre Nkurunziza's earlier this month. Burundi has been ...