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Migrant numbers growing again at Calais camp PARIS: Hundreds more migrants have made their way to Calais on France's north coast in recent months despite the bulldozing of part of their "jungle" camp in March, and despite extra port security aimed at stopping them from reaching Britain.Official figures from the Pas de Calais region put the total in tents, shanties and a new state-run city of converted shipping containers at 3,900, up from 3,500 at the end of March, but well down from the peak of over 6,000 reported in September.And according to local aid organisations - who have long been at odds with the official count - numbers in the camp are much higher at somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 people, of whom several hundred are unaccompanied children and teenagers."We still see people arrive, the situation on the ground remains very difficult for refugees and specifically children," Marianne Humbersot, a lawyer who offers counselling for migrants, ...

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Greece to conclude major property deal in June: privatisation chief ATHENS: Greece will conclude the sale of a prime seaside property at the old Athens airport of Hellenikon in June, boosting proceeds from state sales this year to more than 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion), the privatisation agency chief said on Thursday.Privatisation has been a key condition of Greece's international bailouts since 2010, but political resistance and bureaucratic snags mean few have gone ahead so far.After six months of talks, Greece reached a deal with ...

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Putin says EU needs Russia to stay on global stage ATHENS: Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared to visit the bloc for the first time in almost a year.Putin, who starts a two-day visit to Greece on Friday, also called for an energy alliance with Europe and the relaxation of visa rules for Russians travelling to the EU. "A rightful position of the Old Continent ...

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EU faces 'difficult' talks on Russia sanctions: Germany VILNIUS: Germany says the EU is facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine due to the increased resistance of some member states, according to an interview released Thursday.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also told the Baltic News Service (BNS) that the West needed to engage in dialogue with Russia to "rebuild" lost trust and tackle crises in Syria and Libya.Steinmeier, who is to hold talks in Vilnius and Riga ...

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Turkey 'threats' over migrant deal won't work: Juncker ISE-SHIMA: Turkey must uphold its side of a deal made with the European Union over stemming the flow of migrants, a top EU official said Thursday, warning "threats" against the bloc will not work.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Ankara must ease strict anti-terror laws if it wants its citizens to enjoy visa-free travel on the continent.Juncker was speaking after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union his parliament would block laws ...

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French PM says possible to 'modify' labour reforms at centre of strikes PARIS: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday it might be possible to make changes to the labour reforms that have sparked protests and a wave of strikes.While he insisted the reforms would not be withdrawn, he told BFMTV: "There could still be changes, improvements."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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French jobless total falls in April for second month in a row PARIS: France's jobless total fell by 19,900 in April, declining for a second month in a row and offering a boost to President Francois Hollande in his fight to bring down unemployment.The number of registered jobseekers in mainland France stood at 3,511,100 at the end of last month, down 0.6 percent over one month and by the same rate over one year, the Labour Ministry said in its monthly jobless report. The ministry said it ...