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Merkel announces 2.3bn euro aid package for Syria LONDON: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged at a donor conference in London on Thursday to spend 2.3 billion euros ($2.6 billion) by 2018 to aid Syrian refugees."I hope this will be a good day for people who live in such suffering," Merkel said in images broadcast on German television as the international meeting got under way.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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German police arrest two Algerians 'linked to IS' BERLIN: German police have arrested two Algerians they suspect of links to the Islamic State group and are hunting for two others in operations in Berlin and other regions, they said on Thursday.The four are suspected of having planned a "serious act threatening the security of the state", police said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Assange says will accept arrest if UN panel rules against him LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he will turn himself over to British police on Friday if a UN panel rules he has not been arbitrarily detained, after spending years in the Ecuadoran embassy in London."Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further ...

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France rules out euro zone veto for Britain PARIS: French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday Britain could not expect to win a veto on euro zone policies and he also ruled out a further round of negotiations over reforms aimed at keeping the country in the European Union.The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, unveiled a draft reform package on Tuesday to persuade Britain, an EU member but outside the common currency, to stay in the bloc.Tusk offered Britain a way ...

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Cameron says to assert British parliament is sovereign over EU laws LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he would seek to assert the sovereignty of the British parliament over European Union laws as he concludes his renegotiation of ties with the bloc.Cameron is trying to finalise the details of a set of reforms he hopes will be backed by other EU leaders at a summit on Feb 18-19, though Britain's largely eurosceptic press and some lawmakers in his ruling Conservative party say he has ...

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Greece talks to lenders ahead of national strike showdown over reforms ATHENS: International lenders were locked in talks with Greece in a crucial first assessment of compliance with bailout terms on Wednesday, the eve of a national strike called to protest at pension reforms mandated by the deal.Greece must introduce a raft of pension reforms to win a positive assessment from lenders of its level of adherence to conditions of an 86-billion-euro bailout that deeply indebted Athens signed up to in 2015.Approval would pave the way ...

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EU agrees funding for Turkey to curb migrant flows after Italy drops objections BRUSSELS: European Union countries on Wednesday approved a 3 billion euro ($3.32 billion) fund for Turkey to improve living conditions for refugees there in exchange for Ankara ensuring fewer of them migrate on to Europe.The EU is counting on the deal to lower the number of asylum seekers arriving in Europe after over a million streamed onto the continent in 2015, mainly by sea from Turkey, with figures indicating little sign of the flow ebbing ...