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Three civilians killed in Ukraine's Donetsk KIEV: Three Ukrainian civilians died overnight in mortar fire around Donetsk airport, where government forces held out against pro-Russian rebels in the latest deadly violation of a ceasefire, officials said Friday.The Donetsk mayor's office said the clashes, in which five people were wounded, lasted nine hours.A Ukrainian military spokesman said government troops remained in control of the air hub, which was briefly seized by rebels in May, then recaptured.A truce in the six-month conflict signed by the warring sides and Moscow on September 5 has calmed some of the tensions in the Russian-speaking eastern rust belt.But the militias continue to mount daily raids on the international airport, which was once the busiest in eastern Ukraine and has a runway that could enable the separatists to receive essential supplies from Russia.The uprising in the east, sparked by the February ouster in Kiev of a Russian-backed administration, has claimed some 3,400 lives ...

Trade, rights on agenda as China's Li visits Germany BERLIN: China's Premier Li Keqiang will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, the third top-level talks this year between the export powers, amid growing disquiet over human rights and business rules.Berlin and Beijing say they are seeking to bolster their already massive trade and investment links by deepening their governments' strategic partnership at a third joint cabinet meeting and in bilateral business talks.Merkel will roll out the red carpet and receive Li with full ...
Greek unemployment eases to 26.4pc in July ATHENS: Greece's jobless rate eased to 26.4 percent in July from 26.7 percent in June, Greek statistics agency ELSTAT said on Thursday.July's reading was the lowest since December 2012 when unemployment stood at the same level.The record high was set in September 2013, when unemployment reached 27.9 percent.At more than double the euro zone average of 11.5 percent in July, Greece's unemployment rate remains near record highs despite signs of recovery in the economy, which ...
Italy PM Renzi wins confidence vote on labour reform proposal ROME: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote early on Thursday on a labour reform package that is a central part of his government's push to reform the chronically stagnant economy.Renzi won the vote in the upper house Senate 165 for and 111 against. He would have had to step down if he had lost. Stonewalling by opposition parties delayed the vote, expected in the afternoon, late into the night.The legislation now must ...
Scottish nationalists must rule out repeat referendum: UK minister GLASGOW: Scottish nationalists must rule out holding another referendum on independence to prevent damaging uncertainty hanging over the future of the United Kingdom, Britain's Scotland minister will say on Sunday.After a close fought campaign Scots voted last month by 55 to 45 percent to reject independence and keep the 307-year-old union with England intact, prompting the resignation of First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond."We settled the independence question in a ...
Support for Spain's ruling conservatives sinks: poll MADRID: Support for Spain's centre-right People's Party (PP) has sunk to its lowest level since its general election victory in 2011, while support for new leftist party Podemos has risen, a poll showed on Sunday.Spaniards have become increasingly disenchanted with politics as unemployment, fraud and separatist tensions in Catalonia cloud a nascent economic recovery.This has taken its toll on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government, which has also lost enthusiasm from traditional conservative voters since it ...
German defence minister wants to revive Euro Hawk BERLIN: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to revive the high-altitude reconnaissance drone Euro Hawk after the government backed away from plans to buy some last year, a German newspaper said on Saturday. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) said it had learnt from the defence ministry that it wanted "to get the Euro Hawk drone out of the garage" to be able to test a reconnaissance system for it. In an advance copy of ...


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