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Greek leftists Syriza extends poll lead as election looms ATHENS: Greece's anti-bailout Syriza party has widened its lead over the ruling conservatives, two surveys showed on Thursday, days before a snap national election. A poll by Metron Analysis to be published on Friday showed Syriza would win 36 percent of the vote, ahead of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party which would take 30.7 percent of the vote. The 5.3 point gap is up from 4.6 points in a previous survey. A second poll by Rass showed the gap between the parties at 4.8 points from 4.2 points in a survey published on Wednesday. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

IS momentum halted or reversed in Iraq LONDON: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Islamic State's momentum in Iraq had been halted or reversed and that US weapons for government forces would be arriving very shortly. "In recent months we have seen definitively ... momentum halted in Iraq and in some cases reversed," Kerry told a London news conference after a meeting of the US-led coalition fighting IS. "Ground forces supported by nearly 2,000 air strikes now have ...
Britain's Prince Andrew denies underage sex claim DAVOS: Britain's Prince Andrew on Thursday made his first public comment on allegations that he had had sex with an underage girl, reiterating previous official denials of the accusations. Speaking before world and business leaders at an event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the 54-year-old second son of Queen Elizabeth said he wanted to address the events of the last few weeks. "I just wish to reiterate and to reaffirm the statements which ...
Italy's Renzi looks to ECB for message of change DAVOS: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped up calls for a change in direction in European economic policy, a day before the European Central Bank is expected to decide on a massive bond-buying programme to fight the threat of deflation.Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Renzi repeated his frequent calls for a change in focus from austerity to growth-oriented policy, saying Europe was currently "not in an economically correct direction".He said he hoped ...
Fighting eases in Donetsk after Ukraine claims airport victory DONETSK: Fighting eased in the Donetsk region on Monday after Ukraine launched a major offensive and claimed to clear pro-Russian rebels from most of the airport outside the key eastern city.There were a number of sporadic explosions overnight, but the violence seemed to be far less than in previous days, when heavy clashes shook the area around the airport and shelling moved closer toward the city centre, killing at least 10 civilians.It was unclear if ...
UN chief alarmed by flareup in Ukraine fighting UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm Sunday over fierce fighting around the Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine and called for an immediate end to the violence.Heavy shelling rocked the city as Ukraine rushed tanks to the frontlines and declared it had pushed back pro-Russian rebels from most of the airport.Ban said in a statement that he was "alarmed by the severe escalation of fighting." The fighting threatened to completely unravel a September 2014 ...
Kerry to co-host talks on IS in London WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to London on Thursday to host with his British counterpart a meeting of members of the coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group.Kerry's spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the one-day talks with foreign ministers from about 20 countries, including Arab states, would focus on "our shared efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL," an acronym by which the group is known.A British official separately confirmed the meeting will ...


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