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NATO head Stoltenberg urges 'restraint' in Macedonia crisis BRUSSELS: NATO head Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday urged restraint by all parties involved in deadly clashes in Macedonia as violence erupted for a second day leaving at least 22 people dead."I urge everyone to exercise restraint and avoid any further escalation, in the interest of the country and the whole region," Stoltenberg said in a statement, as concern mounted in Europe over apparent ethnic unrest in the former flashpoint region."It is important that all political and community leaders work together to restore calm and conduct a transparent investigation to establish what happened," he added.Ethnic Albanians make up around one quarter of Macedonia's 2.1 million population.Mindful of a deadly 2001 insurgency and multiple wars earlier during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, EU and NATO officials are particularly keen to prevent ethnically-driven violence from erupting in the heart of the continent again. NATO played an active role in the region following ...

German anti-euro party hopes to enter fifth state assembly BREMEN: Germany's eurosceptic AfD party hoped to enter its fifth state assembly Sunday as voters went to the polls in the northern city-state of Bremen, a bastion of the centre-left Social Democrats.Polls placed the two-year-old Alternative for Germany, which has been torn by infighting and defections, at around five percent, the cut-off mark for entry into the assembly of the smallest of Germany's 16 states.Founded on a call for Germany to leave the eurozone, and ...
Several people killed in Swiss shooting: police GENEVA: Several people have been killed in a shooting in the northern Swiss canton of Aargau, police said on Sunday.Police, who did not give the precise number of victims, said all those who died were adults but that the cause of the incident on Saturday evening in Würenlingen was unknown. A news conference would take place later on Sunday.Neighbours alerted police after hearing gunshots after 11 pm (2100 GMT) and officers subsequently discovered several dead ...
Spain hails passersby who helped military air crash survivors MADRID: Spanish authorities on Sunday hailed as heroes three people who helped rescue two survivors of an Airbus A400M military plane crash near Seville airport that killed four people the previous day."Talking with Manuel, the farmer who saved the injured of the A400M crash in Seville. A hero for all of us," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wrote in a Twitter message alongside a photo of him meeting with one of the three rescuers.Manuel and two ...
Europeans resist 'mad' EU refugee quota plan BRUSSELS: Key European governments are fiercely resisting an EU plan that would force the bloc's 28 member states to share the burden of hosting refugees in the wake of the migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean. The European Commission unveils the plan Wednesday and is facing push back from powerful member states such as Britain and the eastern Europeans, with Hungarian premier Viktor Orban calling the proposal "mad".The proposal, seen by AFP on Sunday, complements a ...
UK press says Cameron's toughest fight yet to come LONDON: Britain's Saturday newspapers said David Cameron's election win was a remarkable triumph of quiet conservatism, but leaves him facing battles to keep Scotland in the UK and Britain in the EU.The Conservative centre-right prime minister's second term in office is set to be much tougher than his first, despite winning a surprise majority in parliament, the papers warned. They also reflected on how the defeated centre-left Labour and centrist Liberal Democrat parties could rebuild ...
Dutch king insult case sparks royal outrage THE HAGUE: A decision to drag a Dutch activist before a judge for insulting King Willem-Alexander has sparked outrage in liberal-minded Netherlands and prompted prosecutors to re-evaluate the case based on a century-old law.Abulkasim al-Jaberi was arrested in November when television cameras showed him spouting a stream of profanity aimed at the king, Queen Maxima and the royal house.Al-Jaberi was part of a demonstration in Amsterdam against the Dutch "Black Pete" children's figure, which opponents ...


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