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Hollande vows to fight for weakest until he steps down      ABU DHABI: French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world.Speaking on his first foreign trip since announcing he would not stand for re-election, the socialist president also hit out at the policies of the conservative candidate who is now favourite to succeed him in May."My decisions as president have been based first and foremost on protecting," Hollande said, adding that he had always sought to look out for the "most vulnerable" and "civilian populations threatened by wars and terrorism"."This will be my task until the month of May." Hollande took issue with a campaign pledge by conservative frontrunner Francois Fillon to shed 500,000 public sector jobs if he becomes president."When you have no civil servants, you have no state, and when you have no state, you have no France," he told members of the French expatriate community in Abu Dhabi.Hollande was in the ...

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Ireland legalizing marijuana Ireland has inched closer towards legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, when the minority government on Thursday said it would not mind the first reading of a bill that is backed by all the other parties.Health Minister, Simon Harris, whose government lies in the minority and isn’t large enough to block any legislation – said that he would looking into making certain amendments at a later stage after a scientific review and clinical advice procedure is done which was commissioned earlier on last ...

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Erdogan urges Turks to convert foreign currency to lira ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks on Friday to convert their foreign currencies into gold and lira to stimulate the country's economy as the lira continued its slide against the dollar."For those who have foreign currencies under the pillow, come change this to gold, come change this to TL (Turkish lira). Let the lira win greater value. Let gold win greater value," he said during a televised speech in Ankara."What necessity is there to let foreign currency have greater value?" he ...

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Putin says Russia not MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin adopted a conciliatory tone to international rivals in a key speech on Thursday, saying Russia needed has "never looked for enemies" in the international community."We do not want confrontation with anyone. It is not needed -- not by us, our partners, the international community," Putin said during an address on the state of the nation."As opposed to some of our foreign colleagues who view Russia as an adversary, we are not looking, and have never looked, ...

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UK hopes to look at EU citizens rights early in Brexit negotiations: PM May LONDON: Britain hopes to tackle the issue of the future rights of European Union citizens in Britain and Britons living in the EU early on in talks on Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.  On Tuesday, the EU rebuffed a call from pro-Brexit British lawmakers for a quick deal on mutual residence rights for British and EU expatriates, telling them it was up to their government to launch full-blown divorce talks.  May has said she will not kick ...

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Much more than constitutional reform at stake in Italian ballot ROME; Italy's constitutional reform referendum on Sunday could lead to the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, trigger renewed turmoil in the country's battered banking sector, and push the euro zone back towards the edge of crisis.  The 41-year-old Renzi has held dozens of rallies across Italy this autumn in an adrenaline-fueled effort to defy the electoral odds and promote a reform that he says will strengthen government rule in the euro zone's third-largest economy.  He has said that if he ...

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Russia says gas exports to Europe, Turkey at 159.7 bcm in Jan 1-Nov 27 MOSCOW: Russia's gas exports to Europe and Turkey totalled 159.7 billion cubic metres (bcm) between Jan.1 and Nov. 27, Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Monday. Exports this year have now surpassed volumes for whole of 2015 which totalled 159.4 bcm, Gazprom said. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...