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Hollande voices 'concern' to Putin over Ukraine tension: presidency PARIS: French President Francois Hollande voiced his "concern" over a spike in tensions in Ukraine, in a telephone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his office said Tuesday."The president ... expressed his concern over a rise in tensions these past weeks and a growing number of ceasefire violations," it said in a statement after the call, which also included German Chancellor Angela Merkel."He underlined the risk an escalation of violence posed to the (peace) process." Ukraine has been in the grip of a conflict between its army and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country for two years.Kiev and the West accuse Russia of supporting the separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and deploying troops across the border -- claims Moscow denies.More than 9,500 people have been killed since the conflict started in April 2014, and deadly clashes continue to occur despite several truces.Tensions between Russia and Ukraine soared last ...

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Greece says at least 41,000 asylum seekers on its territory ATHENS: Greece has at least 41,000 refugees and migrants who are seeking asylum, mostly Syrians eligible to relocate within the EU, the migration minister said on Tuesday.Yiannis Mouzalas told a news conference that Greek and UN services had recorded 54,000 refugees and migrants on Greek territory between June and the end of July.Over 41,000 of them on the mainland have expressed interest in asylum, or have made formal requests.Another 2,000 have agreed to be returned ...

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Merkel wants migrant return deals with North African states BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe. Under the EU-Turkey agreement, Ankara agreed to take back one Syrian who made it to Greece in return for being allowed to send one from its massive refugee camps to the bloc in a more orderly redistribution programme.The deal also pledges billions of euros in ...

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Turkey hits IS with fresh artillery strikes ANKARA: Turkey shelled Islamic State positions in Syria on Tuesday for a second day, in response to mortar fire from across the border, Turkish media reported.Two mortar rounds hit the southeastern Turkish town of Karkamis, close to the border and facing the Syrian town of Jarablus, which is held by IS, the CNN-Turk channel reported. Turkish artillery hit four IS positions in Jarablus with around 60 shells at 6:30 am (0330 GMT), after shelling IS ...

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Italian PM says EU not finished after Brexit ABOARD THE GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI AIRCRAFT CARRIER: Britain's exit from the European Union will not lead to the demise of the bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Monday."Many thought the EU was finished after Brexit but that is not how it is," Renzi said as he welcomed the leaders of France and Germany for crucial talks on how to revive the European project in the wake of the Brexit shock."We want to write a ...

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Turkey has 'no clue' on Gaziantep wedding attack perpetrator: PM ANKARA: Turkey has "no clue" about who was behind the attack on a Kurdish wedding in a city close to the Syrian border that left 54 people dead, the prime minister said on Monday."We do not have a clue about who the perpetrators behind the attack were. Early information on who did the attack, in what organisation's name, is unfortunately not right," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

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Merkel backs Italian PM over EU budget rules ABOARD THE GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI AIRCRAFT CARRIER: German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave strong backing Monday to Italian premier Matteo Renzi, suggesting she could be flexible over EU budget rules as Rome grapples to kickstart its stalling economy. She made the comments at a press conference on the Giuseppe Garibaldi aircraft carrier, after talks with Renzi and French President Francois Hollande. "Matteo Renzi has initiated courageous reforms including the jobs act here in Italy. It won't show ...