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Voting begins in bitter Labour leader contest in UK LONDON: Voting starts Monday to decide if veteran leftist Jeremy Corbyn will remain leader of Britain's Labour party, with an ill-tempered campaign deepening divisions that threaten the party's future.Ballots and online voting forms were being sent to party members, who have until September 21 to decide whether to replace Corbyn with MP Owen Smith, previously little known outside parliament.Corbyn, 67, is favourite and retains the backing of most trade unions and many grassroots supporters who signed up last year to propel him to a shock leadership election win.But he has failed to win over many of the party's MPs, 80 percent of whom backed a recent vote of no-confidence in Corbyn.Britain's vote on June 23 to leave the European Union provided the catalyst for the leadership challenge, with many lawmakers criticising Corbyn's performance during the campaign as lacklustre.London mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour's leader in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale, are among ...

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Italy to hold elections in 2018 whatever referendum outcome: Renzi MARINA DI PIETRASANTA: Italians will vote in new general elections in 2018 no matter how a referendum on constitutional reform turns out later this year, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Sunday. Renzi, who came to power two years ago by ousting grand coalition-leader Enrico Letta, has staked his political future on winning the referendum which he says is crucial to more stable and stronger government. Asked in an interview before an audience at ...

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Maverick Montebourg enters French presidential race FRANGY-EN-BRESSE: Former French economy minister Arnaud Montebourg on Sunday joined the race to become French president in next May's election, effectively signalling the start of the campaign season.Maverick left-winger Montebourg is the third former minister from President Francois Hollande's Socialist government to declare his intention to stand as a candidate after former ecology minister Cecile Duflot and Benoit Hamon, who once headed the education ministry."I am a candidate because it is impossible for me to ...

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Turkey PM says Syria regime starting to see Kurds as threat ISTANBUL: Damascus has understood that Kurds in northern Syria have become a threat after regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in the country's northeast late last week, Turkish premier Binali Yildirim said Saturday."This is a new situation... It is clear that the regime has understood the structure Kurds are trying to form in the north (of Syria) has started to become a threat for Syria too," Yildirim told foreign correspondents in Istanbul, referring to the ...

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Turkey to take more active role on Syria in next six months, PM says ISTANBUL: Turkey will take a more active role in addressing the conflict in Syria in the next six months to prevent the war-torn country from being divided on ethnic lines, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.Yildirim also told a group of reporters in Istanbul that while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could have a role in the interim leadership, he must play no part in its future.Syria's more than five-year conflict has taken on ...

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Turkish parliament approves Israel deal ANKARA: The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a delay caused by last month's attempted coup, state-run media reported.Lawmakers ratified the agreement to restore relations after a six-year rift before parliament was due to go into summer recess.Under the deal, Israel will pay Turkey $20 million (17.7 million euros) in compensation for the 2010 raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship that left 10 Turks ...

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Russia says its warships fired cruise missiles at Syrian targets MOSCOW: Russian warships fired three cruise missiles at militant targets in Syria from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday morning, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. The cruise missiles flew over unpopulated areas, the ministry added. It said the missiles targeted the Nusra Front, which has recently changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...